After my pathetic attempt on the college hardwood, I’m going back to my bread and butter…or in my case, going back to my Crab Cakes dipped in Mickey’s Ice. BTW, thanks to all of you who text and dropped me a message last night about the Purdue loss…I hope you all get stuck in a room between Mike Tyson and Cosmo Kramer. But before I jump into my NBA picks, best of luck this weekend to those of you in the Bowl Spectacular, and hopefully, you’ll see updated standings by Sunday. (I will be consuming large amounts of alcohol so be sure to double-check the results!). Have a splendid New Year’s (even you Huv-Dogg) and make sure to tell everybody at the party that the reason you’ve got so much bling-bling is Greg Gamble! And now for my 4 NBA Winners… www.insideplays.com
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS @ PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS (-5.5)
I’ve been riding the Blazer bandwagon lately, especially against HORRIBLE teams with a short roster. With everybody retuning from injury (excluding the permanently troubled Darius “Who Cares” Miles), Nate McMillian’s squad runs two-deep at each position and is starting to clean-up against the league’s bottom feeders. Speaking of bottom feeders, Philly was there with A.I. and is now trying to add two very-average role players (Andre Smith & Joe Smith) into the flow. After losing by 25 to Kings on Wed. and 19 to Warriors a day earlier, you really think Chris Webber is looking forward to traveling to Portland and banging with Zach Randolph tonight?...I think not…Blazers by 10-16 points.
NEW YORK KNICKS (+12.5) @ PHOENIX SUNS
Now listen everybody, I hate the Knicks and I love the Suns…but do you think Phoenix is going to be as sharp after playing an emotional game in Dallas. Nash was playing against his former team, best friend, and for Western Conference bragging rights, so I cannot see how he’ll be as sharp after the last second loss. Not to mention, Amare’s knee, the Suns short bench, and a Knicks squad that is playing quietly under the radar winning 4 of their last 5. Zeke is getting unbelievable play in the frontcourt of late (Curry, Lee, & Frye), and you have to image Starbury (who quietly scored 41 on Wed.) will have some extra ammunition playing against his former employer…Suns by 2-8 points
NEW JERSEY NETS (+2) @ MIAMI HEAT *LINE TO CHANGE
On my 3-1 Wednesday evening, the only team to keep me from being undefeated was the Nets…and boy did they look bad. While they’ve lost 4-in-a-row and are desperately scrambling for some low-post help, tonight in Miami should be the medicine Kidd, Carter, & Jefferson need. Dwayne Wade is questionable tonight, but many reports have him sitting out the next two. As you’ve read from me before, without Wade and Shaq that Heat are dreadfully bad. The only reason they stayed close with the Bulls after D-Wade got injured in the 1st was Paxson’s youngsters lost focus. With the Nets last few embarrassing losses, they won’t have that luxury and should easy run past Riley’s rapidly aging squad…Nets by 6-12 points.
GREG GAMBLE’S HOOP TOTALS- NBA 37-17 ATS ; NCAA 9-9 ATS