ATS - College BB: 3-1 NBA: 23-23 NFL: 21-18 MLB: 116-91
multiple sources report KING JAMES OUT TONIGHT!
*Injury update...KING JAMES OUT!
NEW JERSEY NETS (+3.5) @ CLEVELAND CAVS
If Bron-Bron's out tonight, the Nets roll into Cleveland like Dylan McKay at the Peach Pit...Spud Webb smooth baby! The Nets need wins, and with NY on the schedule tomorrow. you know Kidd, Vince, & RJ will do whatever it takes to grab the next two. Check back for updates on LeBron, and it might be wise to play it early as the line will be moving all-day!...Nets by 7-10 points
LOS ANGELES LAKERS (-8) @ MINNESOTA T-WOLVES
Kobe & Phil are coming off losses to Orlando & Utah and will come out with some desperation tonight. Lamar Odom is finally starting to find his old magic, while Andrew Bynum has continued to prove that the Lakers made the right move by not traded him for Jason “I can’t shoot” Kidd. As for the T-Wolves, they’ve lost their last two by an average of 22 points and their top-3 players are questionable tonight (Al Jefferson, Marko Jaric, & Antoine Walker)…and just the fact that I told you Antoine is one of their top-3 players is reason enough to pull-out your 401k and invest on LA…Lakers by 12-16 points
UTAH JAZZ (-3) @ SACRAMENTO KINGS
I know the Jazz played at home last night (W 110-101 Heat) and most ATS players would be more scared than Tommy Lee before a Q-Tip test to invest on a back-to-back, but Sloan knows the Spurs and Rockets slept-walked through a trip to Sac-town and came away on the losing end of team quarterbacked by Beno Udrih. Especially with two-days off before heading to Texas, I’m guessing the newly extended coach will make sure they’re hitting on all cylinders before facing the Spurs & Mavs this weekend…and will remind them how they were embarrassed on their last back-to-back against an Isiah & Starbury led Knicks squad. Last night Boozer & Okur returned after taking a game-off to rest some nagging injuries and looked smoother than Alba’s backside dropping 49 points, 21 rebounds, & 7 assists on Miami. Not to mention, D-Williams should have his way with Udrih and AK-47 can handle Ron-Ron better than most…if he even decides to play (Artest questionable-personal). As for who can stop the Boozinator, let’s just say I’m not putting my money on a guy named Mikki…Jazz by 6-10 points
NBA/NCAA TEASER SPECIAL
LAKERS Teased to -4
USC TROJANS vs #2 MEMPHIS TIGERS (teased -3.5) ESPN
I’m confident Kobe will cover 8, but dropping it to 4 ensures a backend cover doesn’t disrupt my “for-play” tonight. Nuttin’ worse than have the Lakers up 15 only to have the T-Wolves throw in some lucky 3s in the final minutes of a 7-point loss!
As for the Tigers vs “the thing that Jason Caffey & Travis Henry don’t wear”, this one pits two of the top NBA picks in next year’s draft (Memphis’s Derrick Rose & USC’s O.J. Mayo) and will be played at Madison Square Garden on ESPN. Besides the travel advantage for Memphis, the Tigers are loaded with veteran talent, and have a much better team-player in Chicago’s very-own D-Rose. While Mayo averages two more buckets per game, Rose has more assists (4.3 to 2.8), less turnovers (2.8 to 4.5) and shoots a better percentage (50% to 45%) from the floor. In addition, some of the Trojan players have started to look a little disgusted when the offense bogs down with O.J. controlling the rock, while Derrick has taken Calipari’s advice and looked to distribute when attacking (19 pts & 12 assists in his last contest against Austin Peay). Memphis by 7-11 points