Who else gives out FREE 6-team parlays, who else gives you daily up-dates on your favorite porn-starts, and who else can say they’re 32 frickin’-games over .500…Say it with me: IN GREG GAMBLE I TRUST!!! What a beautiful evening last night, no west coast game to keep me up and a White Russian that tasted so much sweeter because I realized I could actually afford real Kaluha. Now before I break-down tonight’s college action, I need a favor from you guys. This site will only get better (injury-alerts, spread-movements, new BYOB strip-clubs, etc.) if I can hand my boss a two-week notice and put all my time into degenerative investigation habits. So as my boy Jerry McGuire once said: “Help-me…Help-you!” Get your boyz to check out the site, tell them to sign-up for the free newsletter, and let them know there are no-strings attached…just like the underwear you bought your girl with all the money Greggy G’s made ya.
Alright, enough shameless plugs…lets jump into some picks. As always with Thursdays, the NBA has only two games so I’m going with a fun college trend tonight on all my plays. While playing on the road in-conference always spells trouble for the favorites on their first trip of the year, I believe the second road trip for conference leaders is much easier and the spread is always lower as Vegas knows the gamblers got killed earlier on this trend. Tonight, I’m only taking conference leaders on the road against the bottom feeders at the mid-major level…with a spread of 5 or lower. You know why…because I can! And get ready for Friday boys, the NBA guru will be back and so will a late night of my girl wondering why we’re watching the 4th quarter of a blow-out between the Buck n Sonics…www.insideplays.com.
PENN QUAKERS (-3.5) @ LASALLE EXPLORERS
The Quakers are the real deal. Their record doesn’t look overly impressive after playing UNC, Syracuse, Seton Hall, UTEP, on the road earlier in the year, but this senior laden squad is undefeated in the Ivy League and just starting to round into shape. As for LaSalle who has lost 7 of 9, all their wins came earlier in the year against the likes of St. Francis-PA, Morgon St., NJ Tech, & Md-Bal Co (I don’t even know what that means!). In addition, 4 out of their top 5 players are freshman and their team name is the Explorers (Explorers = gay…unless they’re traveling with Sakajawea)…Quakers by 7-13 points.
WICHITA ST. SHOCKERS (-4) @ ILLINOIS STATE REDBIRDS
Their team name is the M*tha F*ckin SHOCKERS…you know that thing with your index & middle finger (aka Smokin’ the Pinky). I can’t believe I need to go any further, but Wichita St. was ranked as high as #8 in the nation earlier in the year after beating LSU, Syracuse, & Wyoming on the road. Early in conference they’ve looked terrible on the road, but as goes Gamble’s theory…look for them to step-up over the second half of the season. As for the Redbirds, they’re 1-6 in conference and are shooting 43% from the field, 33% from behind the arc (unlike my friend Craig Ganek who is Wicked from Three!), and 64% from the charity stripe…Smokin’ the Pinky by 6-12 points.
MARIST RED FOXES (-2) @ NIAGRA PURPLE EAGLES
The Red Foxes have one of the best guard duos in the land with Jared Jordon (18.4 ppg 8.8 apg 6.6 rpg) and Will Wittington (17.0 ppg 42 3-pt%). After losing their first road contest in-conference a couple days after New Year’s, Marist (13-4 , 5-1) has won 3-in-row, included their last contest on the road against Siena. As for the Purple Eagles, they’re a .500 team who lost to the same Siena team by 11 at home a week ago….Red Foxes by 6-12 points.
WRIGHT ST. RAIDERS (-1) @ CLEVELAND STATE VIKINGS
After a slow start the Raiders have won 8 of 10, with their only loses coming on the road against #19 LSU and #13 Butler. Led by senior Dashaun Wood (19 ppg, 42 3-pt%), Wright St. is a surprising 4-1 in Horizon League play, while the Vikings are 1-5 in conference with their only win coming against their basement dwelling partner Detroit…Wright St. by 5-11 points.
G. GAMBLE’S HOOP TOTALS- NBA 56-31 ATS ; NCAA 19-12 ATS