ATS – Yesterday: 1-2…How does Camby go for 20 pts, 23 reb, & 6 blks and they lose!
Overall – CBB: 13-11 NBA: 52-51 NFL: 22-20
PHOENIX SUNS (-8) @ LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
The last time the Suns played in LA, they beat the Clippers by 20 and turned Chris Kaveman into a non-factor with their up-tempo style. While Grant Hill is out for PHX, Boris Diaw was ridiculously efficient as his replacement against the Bucks (10-15 Fgs, 11 reb, & 4 ass) and may be playing with a little chip on his shoulder after two years of hearing overweight & overpaid skepticism from the critics. In addition, Nash returned from the flu with one of his best performances of the season (35 pts, 7 ass, 5-7 3-pt) and Stoudemire was a machine around the bucket as he continues to look stronger with each passing game (31 pts, 8 reb, 2 blks, 12-16 Fgs). As for the Clips, they lost a last-second heart-breaker to the Mavericks Saturday and only have Timmy “No-D” Thomas and the track-star challenged Kaman to run with the Matrix and Amare. Not to mention once Barbosa is in for Stevie, Sam I Am & Brevin Knight are gonna wish they were still in the training room once he starts flying down the sideline. For all the up-n-down talk about the Suns this season, they’re tied for the best record in the West with the Lakers, who they face on Thursday, so expect the Suns to be running on all cylinders tonight as the prep for a 1st place showdown on TNT…Suns by 12-16 points
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LA SALLE EXPLORERS (-4) @ PENN QUAKERS
The Explorers are much better than their 5-9 record after a majority of their 1st half schedule found them on the road (losses: @ Florida St. by 5, @ #16 Villanova by 13, @ DePaul by 5, @ Bucknell by 1). Led by Sr. G Darnell Harris (17 ppg, 50 3pt%) & 6-8 Fr. Jerrell Williams (last game: 15 pts, 15 reb, & 2 blks) La Salle has a nice combination of veteran talent and young athleticism that finally started to mesh during their double-digit victory at St. Bonaventure Saturday. As for Penn, their line-up sports even more youngsters than La Salle (with half the athleticism), has seen them loose to Florida Gulf Coast University by 30 and only up 4 at halftime in their last contest against the worst team in all of college basketball in NJ Tech (0-18)…did I mention they haven’t played in 10 days and lost one of their few Sr. leaders in Michael Kach just 3 games ago. Look for La Salle to built off their road victory against the Bonnies with Harris & Williams providing the inside-out scoring threat, and the bevy of athletic 6-6/6-7 forwards to dominate the glass and keep this thing around 10 all-night…Explorers by 8-12 points
WISCONSIN BADGERS (-4.5) @ PENN ST NITTANY LIONS
The Nittany Lions have rolled to 10-5 record with their only quality victories coming against Illinois & Seton Hall, and are coming off a home loss to the Golden Gophers this past Saturday. As for Wisconsin, they underperformed in a 10-point victory against Illinois Sunday so expect Bo Ryan to have his troops extra focused for this Big Ten road-trip. Teams that have given the Badgers the most trouble the last few years have been able to spread the floor and utilize abig-man in the middle…which is not PST’s forte as they shoot only 32% from behind the arc and rely on a couple 6-5 post players to do most of the damage on the block. Especially with a couple freshmen playing a prominent roll in the line-up for Penn St., look for the Badgers to utilize the shot-clock until they find a back-door cut or a wide-open jumper on each possession…Wisconsin by 8-12 points