My record is sinking faster than Bison Dele hanging on his boat with a bunch of relatives. I’m sick of watching my boys get down in the 1st quarter or let their crappy bench blow it late…I need my coaches to ensure a fast start, a furious finish, a mentality to cheat-like hell, and most importantly, know what the damn line is! I’ve decided not to bore you with my banter until I finally find that win streak or I head on another road trip. Game-on Gambling Gods, I’ve got 4 playing tonight...and I need all 4 to cover!
ATLANTA HAWKS @ NEW ORLEANS HORNETS (-6)
The Hornets are a ½ game out of the final playoff spot, have been awesome ATS on back-to-back nights or following a loss, will be playing at home, and are catching a Hawks squad that is still messing around with the rotation and simply playing for individuals stats. Lame-duck coach Mike Woodson has been trying to convince both Josh Smith and Marvin Williams that they can play power forward, but they just don’t have the beef or the understanding of how to play post defense. As a result, David West should have a huge game, while Chris Paul always looks good when he’s matched-up against career back-up floor generals (Speedy Claxton & Anthony Johnson)…Hornets by 10-16 points
TORONTO RAPTORS (+5) @ HOUSTON ROCKETS
After getting spanked by the Spurs on Monday, I have a feeling the Raptors are desperate to prove they can handle one of the big-boys in the West. The Raptors are extremely aggressive up-front and should be able to handle the over-achieving (but tiring) Juwan Howard and Mr. Mutombo on the block. As for the Rockets, T-Mac missed their embarrassing lose to the Celtics at home Monday with the flu, but also has been battling some minor-injuries that has many in Houston concerned. Just like my Hornets pick, Chris Bosh and Co. have been awesome coming of a loss and are desperate to move up a spot in the playoff standings…Raptors by 1-6 points
UTAH JAZZ (-4.5) @ MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
The Jazz played their first game in months with a healthy starting frontcourt of AK-47, Boozer, & Okur, but struggled to find a rhythm and lost to the Kobe Bryant show at home Monday. While Deron Williams is questionable tonight, in his absence Derek Fisher has been extremely efficient and shouldn’t have too many problems if he’s forced into action against Chucky Atkins and Damon Stoudamire. The Jazz are only 2 games ahead of Houston for home-court in the first round of the playoffs and I’m pretty sure Jerry Sloan is not going to let them lose two in-a-row…especially to the Grizz…Jazz by 7-13 points
INDIANA HOOSIERS (-7) @ NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS
After an outstanding start to Big Ten season, including a victory against then #2 Wisconsin, the Hoosiers have struggled lately and are desperate for another victory or two to guarantee an NCAA birth. As for the Wildcats, they only have two conf. wins (Penn St. by 2 and at Minnesota) and coach Carmody is starting to play more of his youngsters in hopes the 2007-08 season won’t be as bad as this year…Hoosiers by 10-16 points.
G. GAMBLE’S HOOP TOTALS- NBA 85-69 ATS ; NCAA 50-51 ATS