As the season progresses and playoffs near, the NBA on Friday night becomes more predictable than Rex Grossman throwing into the flat. The young up-incoming teams fighting for an improved playoff position play with reckless abandon, the veteran playoff squads start to rest their starters and give the night off to the crusty old-timers, and the bottom feeders only seem to play well on Friday if they’re in a city without a great nightlife. It’s the finally 25 games of the regular season and the book knows we’ll be collecting more than that kid in December whose mom is Jewish and Dad loves Jesus. Let’s make this a profitable weekend fellaz…you know I need it. Happy Birthday Big Trev…Much Luv from Greggy G and boyz!
DETROIT PISTONS (-3.5) @ MIAMI HEAT
I know the Heat haven’t played too shabby since D-Wade went down, but against any of the upper-echelon teams they’ll get embarrassed more often than not and just don’t have anybody to match-up with athletic players on the wing. Not a good sign with Rip & Tayshaun in town, and also not a good sign when you’ve got Jason Williams and Gary Payton trying to guard my man Chauncey. In addition, I also think the Pistons would love nothing better than to embarrass Riley and the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year. While Rasheed may be a little gimpy tonight (ankle-questionable), I really don’t think it will matter and have a feeling Shaq will be on the bench for good by the end of the 3rd quarter…Pistons by 8-14 points
UTAH JAZZ (-2) @ MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
Over the last month, whoever has played against the T-Wolves has taken my money faster than a stripper on a snowy night. I’m sick of it and cannot believe I wasted so much of my girl’s money on the most inept, lazy team in the league. Even KG seems to be playing in-spite of Minnesota, and I have a feeling he’s done shopping at the Mall of America by this summer. As for the Jazz, all three of their big-men and Deron Williams are back healthy, while Harpring and Fisher have been unbelievable in their absence and should be able to use their bread n butter (easy jumpers and back-door cuts) with ease against a squad now counting on Ricky Davis to rally the troops. Also, Boozer and Co. are only a game behind the Spurs, which means Jerry Sloan will be treating this game like he’s playing against a team of all John Amechi’s…Jazz by 8-14 points
ORLANDO MAGIC @ SAN ANTONIO SPURS (-11)
After hearing all about how the West will be a two-horse race between the Suns and Mavs, the Spurs have starting playing like they’re in the running for Anna Nicole’s kid. Especially at home, where they’ve won their last four by an average of 20 points per, they’ve been passing and cutting like their playing for Gene Hackman in Hoosiers and seem to pile it on late more than they did earlier in the year. As for the Magic, they just don’t have much besides Dwight Howard, and it definitely doesn’t help that veteran leader Grant Hill is out with another foot injury. The Magic are sinking faster than Jayson Williams bank account, and it’s too hard to think a team with 6 point guards can cover 15 against the Spurs…Timmy D by 16-22 points
G. GAMBLE’S HOOP TOTALS- NBA 88-69 ATS ; NCAA 52-54 ATS