INDIANAN PACERS (-7) @ PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
Even if the trade for Iverson was not made, I still love would have dropped some Jordan’s on this game. The Pacers have come out of the gate slow, but if you look at their roster it’s even harder to understand how these guys are only .500. Larry the Legend’s squad has been playing with sense of urgency of late and O’Neal, Harrington, & the rebounding machine that is Jeff Foster should have no trouble with the 76ers frontcourt…Even if the underachieving Joe Smith shows up from Mile High in time…Pacers by 10-16 points
DALLAS MAVERICKS (-6) @ SEATTLE SUPERSONICS
As long on Nash, Stoudemire, & Co. continue to roll-up victories, I expect the Mavs & Spurs to be playing with an extra gear each night. All three teams realize how important home-court will be so, especially Dirk and Avery who seem to have something to prove after last year’s championship meltdown. As for the Super “Average” Sonics, they’ve lost 5 in-a-row, all without Jesus Shuttlesworth (aka Ray Allen), and seem to have already given up on the season…Dallas by 10-16
GOLDEN ST WARRIORS (+2) @ BOSTON CELTICS
Danny Ainge and Celts have run-off 5-in-row…so I’m guessing this young squad is due for a nice home-loss. As for the Warriors, they’ve lost three-in-a-row and are only 1-9 on the road this year…so I’m guessing this young squad is due for a nice road-win. Don Nelson should be helped by the return of Jason Richardson and a dominating effort by Baron Davis against Doc Rivers cast of undersized point guards…Warriors by 3-9 points.
Standings and all picks for the Bowl Spectacular should be up by the end of the week…Holla!
GREG GAMBLE’S HOOP TOTALS- NBA 25-15 ATS ; NCAA 9-8 ATS