November 19th NBA and NHL Degeneracy

Excerpts from Max’s Notes

NBA

Warriors at Grizzlies 

Memphis lost on Sunday by double digits to the Nuggets and look to rebound against a Warriors team that has been absolutely decimated by injuries. Add D’Angelo Russell to the scrap heap that is the 2019 Warriors team. He was the only player to produce any type of offense and with Draymond Green disengaged when his team is losing, I just don’t know where they will get enough offense to stay competitive with even the lesser teams in this league.

Blazers at Pelicans 

There’s a chance that Carmelo Anthony might make his Blazers debut today. Let’s see if that helps them at all because they have struggled all season. The Blazers just don’t look like the team that had a chance of making the finals last year. Their loss last night was another embarrassing one and they are at risk of dropping another one to the Pelicans now.

Suns at Kings

The Suns are playing in a back to back after dropping a home game to the Celtics last night. Booker could not find much help as the Celtics played tight defense and limited the Suns to only two players to score in double digits. The Kings are coming off a close win against the Celtics and are 7-3 against the spread over their last 10 games. The Suns are 9-3 against the spread and 5-1 against the spread as underdogs this year. Sorry Rez. It’s a close one and I’d give the edge to the team that’s home and didn’t play last night.

Thunder at Lakers

OKC gets the unenviable task of the Los Angeles back to back series. After losing a close on to the Clippers last night, the Thunder stay in LA to face the Lakers. The Lakers have won 4 in a row and are 9-3 against the spread. But as OKC showed last night, they can keep it close. They are 8-5 against the spread. Chris Paul has had a couple of good offensive games recently and if he can get going, OKC will continue to be a tough matchup every night.

NHL

Flyers at Panthers

The Flyers have dropped three in a row but all three have been close ones. Conversely, the Panthers have won 3 of 5 but have not looked incredibly impressive in those wins. Two of them game from an inconsistent Rangers team and the other from the beaten-up Bruins team that the Flyers beat last week too. The Panthers do put up a lot of shots and goals per game, but they also give up a ton. The Flyers defense and goaltending has been damn solid.

Wild at Sabres

The Sabres are in a bit of a slump lately. They’ve lost 4 of 5 and their sole win was over a lowly Ottawa team. Minnesota is not a very good road team. They are 3-10 this season away from home but they have improved their play recently and got a big road win against a red-hot Coyotes team a week and a half ago.