HOUSTON ROCKETS @ GOLDEN ST WARRIORS. (-4.5)
The Warriors are 10-5 at home this season and have averaged over 110 points over their last 5 for the home crowd. Baron Davis has been spending less time casting from behind the arc, as Don Nelson has gotten the dominating point guard to abuse undersized guards in the paint. Not a good sign for the wafer-thin Rafer Alston and a backcourt missing T-Mac for a second straight contest. Yao is not much of trackstar and playing on a surgically repaired foot, so do not be surprised if Van Gundy sits him down once the Warriors are up by 10…Warriors by 8-16 points...2 more winners below!
SAN ANTONIO SPURS (-7) @ NO/OKL HORNETS
The Spurs are finally at full strength and have taken it to another level with Ginobili back in the lineup, while Byron Scott’s squad has only won 2 of their last 9 and are still without Peja, Bobby Jackson, and David West. While Chris Paul is a remarkable floor-general, Tony Parker is one of the few point guards that can keep up with the second-year Demon Deacon. The Spurs are getting some great play from a deep bench, most notably Brent Barry (17-25 from 3pt over the last 6), and should keep this in double digits for most of the second half…Spurs by 11-17 points
ORLANDO MAGIC @ CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (+2)
While the Magic have been a pleasant surprise this season, they lost at home by 7 to the Bosh-less Raptors as Jameer Nelson and Hidayet Turkoglu sat out and Grant Hill left after 19 minutes. All three are out tonight and are facing a Bobcats squad that is healthy and nearly beat LeBron at home last night. I know it’s tough to actual invest on Charlotte, but they need a win in the worse way and you know they’ll come out fired-up tonight …Bobcats by 4-10 points
GREG GAMBLE’S HOOP TOTALS- NBA 21-12 ATS ; NCAA 8-6 ATS