ATS - College BB: 7-5 NFL: 21-20 NBA: 29-35 MLB: 116-91
What do you know…Greggy G won on the hardwood last night! Next thing you know, T-Mac will actually win a playoff series, Ben Gordon will learn to play defense, Lance Briggs will actually give more than the money under his couch for child-support, and a MLB player will say: “Yes, I used HGH and it helped me sign a 50-million dollar contract. If I could go back in time, I would have started using it earlier.”
As for the Bears, while the hope that Kyle Orton is the next Tony Romo may hold as much weight as Harold Minor being the next Jordan, damn does Da Bear O-Line suck! So before I determine Kyle is the next coming of Jonathan Quinn or Henry Burris, I’m giving the grizzly looking dude another couple weeks…it was his 1st start in three years and I think he had six snaps that were at his shoelaces. As for tonight, there’s a Kobe coming to town and I don’t think it’s the one from the movie “Kobe Loves Beef”!
LOS ANGELES LAKERS (+2) @ CHICAGO BULLS
You think Kobe knows Bulls fans have been chanting his name every time the club gets down by double-digits...I’d say yes. Do you think Phil Jackson doesn’t have a Kobe’esque ego every time he comes back to Chicago…yes again. Throw-in an underrated 7-footer in Andrew Bynum (11 ppg, 10 rpg, 2 bpg, 60 fg%) that will make Big Ben look twice his age and the improving play of Lamar Odom at the 4-spot, and I can’t see how the Lakers don’t easily handle things at the United Center. Not to mention, Luol Deng missed practice Monday with a bad back, Captain Kirk & Gordon have no chance at slowing Mr. Bryant, and Benny the Bull looks more interested in sitting on blonde chicks laps than riling up the crowd. As for all the Chi-Town faithful that claim the Bulls have been playing better, they’ve beaten ONE team with a winning record (Detroit) this season. As for the Lakers, they’ve won 5 of 6 and have a bench that will more than match the point-production from Noce, Duhon, & Noah...Lakers by 5-9 points
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TORONTO RAPTORS (-5) @ LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Of all the terrible teams, the Clippers seem to have the strangest mix of youngsters, vagabonds, & old-timers. Especially with the injury bug now grabbing Tim Thomas’s ankle (questionable), I starting line-up featuring Paul Davis, Quinton Ross, & Brevin Knight should struggle to keep this within double-digits tonight. While the Raptors have been inconsistent, they have a winning record on the road and were in the midst of a 4-game win-streak, including victories against Dallas & Houston, before falling to the Celtics Sunday. Too much depth and too much disciple in-town for the Clippers to pull this one out…Raptors win by 8-12 points
#3 KANSAS JAYHAWKS (-11) @ GT YELLOW JACKETS
During the J-Hawks 10-0 start, Bill Self has only had three games decided by less than 23 points. Those things tend to happen when you have eight top-tier NCAA starters in the rotation and a veteran backcourt that plays balls-out defense. Even though KU has only had one road test this season, it came against a solid USC squad (W 59-55), and they have the upperclassmen to understand how a ruckus atmosphere on road can lead to uncharacteristic turnovers. As for the Yellow Jackets, if freshmen Thaddeus Young and Javaris Crittenton had not bolted for the NBA this summer I may not have felt as confident tonight, but Coach Paul Hewett is still feeling-out the roster and barely squeaked by (3-6) Georgia St. in their last contest. As for the home-court advantage, Tech has only played one home game this season and that was over a month ago…Jayhawks by 15-19 points