12.31.20 Hoop Tales: 2020 Will End, but the Props Never Will Edition

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Lorenzo de Almagro recap”: Darius Garland  impresses in his debut - Fear The Sword

Wednesday: 0-2 (-2 units)

Season: 4-7 (-3.58 units)

Recap: The Bucks were leading by 5 with 2:20 left in the first and then surrendered an 11-0 run by the Heat to close the quarter. Elsewhere, Durant did everything against the Hawks, except cook three times from behind the arc.

First Pick: Cavs +2 1st Quarter vs IND (-109) – Loser

Fact #1: The Pacers have yet to hold a lead entering the 2nd quarter in this young season and are 0-4 ATS in the 1st quarter thus far

Fact #2: The Cavs are 3-1 ATS in the first quarter thus far

Second Pick: Darius Garland O14.5 pts vs IND (-121) – winner

Fact #1: Garland has posted 15+ points in three of four games this season

Fact #2: The Pacers are allowing an average of 28.5 points to the 2-guard position through 4 games

Third Pick: Pascal Siakam O19.5 pts vs NYK (-110)

Fact #1: I’m not stopping this “Skilled Big Man Point Total Over vs NYK” narrative until it goes ice cold. I played Drummond on my own the other night, but felt shaky about it blog wise and it didn’t hit because he didn’t get the shot attempts. So it’s like it never happened in our world.

Fact #2: Siakim dominated this matchup a season ago, posting point totals of 23 and 31 points, respectively.

Fact #3: Siakim has eclipsed 20+ points in two of three games thus far and the Knicks allow an average of 25.6 points to the PF position.

Fourth Pick: 5-Pt Teaser of Thunder +10.5/Suns +9 (+107)

Logic: The Thunder have been playing close games to start, so the points are just for comfort here against a Pelicans team off to a 2-2 start. On the other side, the Suns played the Jazz well in two meetings last season + aside from a thrashing of the Blazers to open the season, teams have kept it close with Utah out the gate

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