Now comes the toughest task for Golden State — fighting a letdown.
It can easily happen for the exciting Warriors, fresh off a scintillating first-ever win for an 8 seed over a 1 in a 7-game series. Comebacks just don’t happen often in the NBA, much less monumental upsets like the Dallas meltdown.
Our pick was Dallas in 7, so it wasn’t like the Warriors had no chance. It will be a very long summer for Dirk Nowitzki, especially if the NBA delivers the MVP to his doorstep.
What remains for Golden State is Utah, a dreadfully dull team that wins with precision and the Jerry Sloan blue-collar ethic of mistake free, fundamentally sound basketball. When AK-47 (Alexei Kirilenko) shows up, the Jazz can be rough. We’ll side with Golden State and its great crowd in 6.
Detroit demolished Chicago in Game 1 of their best of 7. Game 2 was Monday in Detroit. A split would do wonders for the Bulls. Down 2-0, and Chicago really faces an uphill fight.
Nets +5 at Cavs: New Jersey stayed within this number in Game 1 during a 4-point loss and should do the same here. Cleveland, other than LeBron James, seems like they lack the killer instinct, which makes us like to stick with the dog. NETS.
Spurs +5Â½ at Suns: San Antonio continues to be a reliable cover on the road, whether as a small favorite or underdog. Rock steady. The Suns must win Game 2 and by a margin in order to put the fear of doubt in San Antonio. Look for Amare Stoudemire to step up. SUNS.