ATS – MONDAY: 4-0…That was for you Dr. King!
ATS Overall – NBA: 61-56 CBB: 15-13 NFL: 22-20
NEW JERSEY NETS @ SACRAMENTO KINGS (-6)
As seen during their abysmal performances during a 5-game losing streak (home losses to the Knicks, Blazers, & Celtics and road losses to the Clippers & Suns by an average of 16 ppg) the Nets are playing without passion or confidence. Jason “I can’t shoot” Kidd is seemly minutes away from another personal hostage ploy to leave town, while Vinsanity & RJ know one of them will be gone by the trading deadline. As for the surprising Kings, with all the injuries early on, Reggie Theus’s confident style brought out some amazing performances from his supposed role players (Beno Udrih 14 ppg 5 apg 41-3pt%, John Salmons 16 ppg, 5 rpg, 51-Fg%, & Francisco Garcia 14 ppg 4 rpg 38-3pt%), while veteran 7-footers Brad Miller & Mikki Moore have paired and created unbelievable spacing for a team full of long-range shooters. While the return of...
While the return of Bibby, Martin, & Artest last week was supposed to derail a team thriving with overachievers, the trio has blend in perfectly and actually looks much more composed and team-oriented then in past seasons. Especially with their 1st opportunity to show the crazy Arco Arena fans that this team can thrive with multiple talents and will become something special, I fully expect the Kings to blow-out the hapless Nets from tip-off to the final buzzer…Kings by 12-16 points
NBA/NCAA Teaser Special
PHOENIX SUNS (teased to -4) @ MILWAUKEE BUCKS
Normally, I wouldn’t trust a Western Conference team coming from warm weather to face an Eastern Conference malcontent in freezing weather, but the Bucks also played last night in New Orleans and totaled crapped down their leg in the 2nd half. While MILW has some nice young pieces, their frontcourt has no business playing a run-n-gun style with the Suns. Even though Andrew Bogut will probably put up some nice numbers in the box-score, the Suns will run up-n-down and find wide-open paths to the basket with the Australian still chugging up the floor. In addition, besides the fact that Yi Jianian seems to have hit the rookie wall, my guess is he’ll be useless against the human energizer-bunny Shawn Marion and coach Krystkowiak will be forced to use the defensive-challenged Charlie Villanueva in his place. As for the Suns, they currently have the best record in the West by half a game and Stevie Nash knows the only way they roll into Finals is if they can pull home-court throughout the playoffs. I kind of like it straight-up, but with another beautiful tease below…no reason not to give D’Antoni a few extra buckets…Suns by 9-13 points
ILLINOIS ILLINI @ OHIO ST. BUCKEYES (teased -2.5)
After watching the Illini blow an 8-point halftime lead and resort to players & coaches arguing on the bench at Purdue Saturday, the 1-5 Illini (in conference) are headed towards a complete disaster for the season. While I’ve been a supporter of coach Bruce Weber, his inability to snag any big-time recruits, combined with some major off-the-court problems from his players has led to speculation that Champagne may not be long for his services. Even when Illinois is playing well, you can tell their just waiting for another collapse. Tonight, they face a young Buckeye squad in Columbus that is in the midst of a 3-game losing streak, but looked awfully impressive in a 5-point loss at #7 Tennessee and showed some heart in a 6-point loss at #11 Michigan St. Sr. PG Jamal Butler has commanded the youngsters with a steady hand (15 ppg, 6 apg, 96-ft%), while 7-foot freshman Kosta Koufos has preformed well considering the lofty expectations (14 ppg, 7 rpg, 2 bpg). Not to mention, the Buckeyes are undefeated at home and already beat Illinois in Champagne by 16! Probably don’t need to tease it, but with the Buckeye’s youth…it sure doesn’t hurt. Buckeyes by 6-10 points