ATS - College BB: 7-8 NFL: 22-20 NBA: 32-38 MLB: 116-91
You know what the Holiday means for Greggy G…driving all weekend to see the relatives and making calls every 5 minutes from the coat closet. With holiday roundball tourneys, NFL for three straight days, the bowl season in full-regalia, and a flask shaped like a X-Mas ornament, it’s tough to complain too much about a 5-day vacation. With that, let’s briefly hit-up some NFL banter in the case I’m unable to find a wireless internet port in Iowa. The Cowboys have left the door open for Green Bay to think they can snag home-field at Lambeau this postseason…which means Chicago is going to get absolutely destroyed on Sunday. The Vikings loss was more devastating for the Bears-moral than if they had lost by 20, and you have to think GB is pissed about handing the Bears a victory in Week 5. And how about Romo trying to redeem himself after a horrible performance because his thumb was hurting and smelled like Simpson. What better way to bounce back than against the 4th-string QB in Carolina. I know some of you think teasers are a sucker bet, but Packers -3 and Dallas -5 seems too good to be true! Have a great Holiday Homeboys, and make sure to check-in all weekend as Teasin’ T-Bone, Money Mike, and yours truly will keep the picks & pics rollin’!
NEW YORK KNICKS @ CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (-5.5)
For all the talk that Dumars fleeced MJ by ridding himself of Nazr Mohammed’s contract for two cheap frontcourt rotation guys (Herrmann & Brezec), the Cats ‘O Bob desperately needed some strength in the middle to help-out Okafor since Walter & Primoz were more finesse than force. In only his 2nd game, Nazr showed why the Pistons gave him a long-term deal two years ago and contributed 17 pts, 8 reb, & 3 blks in beating the Jazz 98-92 at home. Especially with Felton, J-Rich, & Wallace providing most of the offense, Mohammed & Okafor can concentrate on offensive rebounding and protecting the basket at the other end. As for Knicks, with Starbury out tonight, they don’t really have a true point guard to keep-up with Felton, while Jamal Crawford should struggle with Richardson’s strength and defensive ability. The only chance for the Knicks to pull this one out is if both Curry & Randolph have huge games, and I can’t see that happening with the defensive abilities of the new Twin Towers in Charlotte. And finally, for all the flak ‘His Airness’ received for practicing with team, while the media laughs at MJ in a practice jersey, I guarantee the young Cats ‘O Bob have dialed-it-up a notch since they saw his tongue waggin…Bobcats by 10-14 points
INDIANA PACERS (-5.5) @ MINNESOTA T-WOLVES
After a slow start, the Pacers have quietly climbed-up in the standings and seem to have fallen in luv with Jim O’Brien’s up-tempo system. They’ve won 4 of their last 5, have been getting ridiculous contributions for Dunleavy, Daniels, & Rush of late, and Granger & O’Neal (when healthy) have both been lethal inside-out at both ends of the court. While Tinsley is questionable tonight, the Pacers rolled the Sixers by 17 without him Wed and actually have a better record on the road than at home. As for the T-Wolves, Al Jefferson has been the only bright-spot in a horrific season, but expect Indy to rotate bodies on him all night and force their .34 3pt% to beat them…Pacers by 8-12 points
DAVIDSON WILDCATS (+3.5) @ NC STATE WOLFPACK
If you haven’t seen Sophomore G Stephen Curry (24 ppg, 48 fg%, 42 3pt%, 86 ft%) shoot the rock, your missing the prettiest thing since former NBAer Dell Curry was spotting-up…and yes, Stephen is his son. For those who think he’s put-up those numbers against mid-majors, while most major-conference schools rack-up wins against teams you’ve never heard, the Wildcats have already played UNC (lost by 4), Duke (lost by 6), and @UCLA (lost, but up by 4 at halftime). Not to mention, Davidson also has a Sr. PG leading the nation in assists and shooting 40% from behind the arc, and two 6-8 Sr. forwards that are disciplined and have the experience to handle the big-boys from the big-programs. As for the Wolfpack, they’ve had an unimpressive start to the season, but do have a phenom frosh on the block that will force the Wildcats to collapse down-low all night (6-8 J.J. Hickson 19 ppg, 8 rpg, 2 bpg, 71 fg%). Even with Hickson, NC ST. has lost two of their last three, including a 23-pointer at Michigan St and an embarrassment at East Carolina by 6. While the Wildcats will struggle with the Wolfpack size tonight, State’s backcourt has been extremely average this season and should get lit-up to the tune of 30 pts by Curry & 10 assists by Jason Richards…Wildcats by 3-7 points