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ATS HOOPS FRI: 2-2…Oh yeah, and I lost the Super Bowl
ATS HOOPS Overall – NBA: 68-66 CBB: 22-19

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The Sixers always struggle to stop Antawn's crafty moves!

WASHINGTON WIZ (-2) @ PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
After a solid January for the Wiz (9-6), a hip-injury to Caron Butler and some tough match-ups (Raptors, Jazz, & Lakers) have the DC boys in the midst of 3-game losing streak. While Butler returned to action Sunday against the Lakers, Bryant was virtually unstoppable and the Wizards spent the majority of the 2nd-half with their 2nd-team on the floor. Following the game, the players and coaches commented on their passiveness and vowed to show the aggression and fire they showed after the New Year that placed them just below the top-tier teams in the East. Especially with the 76ers experimenting with the youngsters at PF, I expect Jamison to use his clever inside-out play to keep Philly’s inexperienced frontcourt off-balance and in foul-trouble most of the night. While Iggy & Andre Miller...

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After spending some time relaxin', Butler should be ready to roll

While Iggy & Andre Miller have been the only real consistent scorers for Mo Cheek’s squad, they have some tough match-up’s tonight with the size/strength of Antonio Daniels at the point and the combo of Butler & Stevenson on the wing. In addition, the 76ers blew a 2nd half lead in ATL last night and sounded pretty devastated in the locker-room following the game. As for an ATS trend, let’s just say playoff teams looking to regain some momentum always seem to find it against a team showcasing their tradable assets and a coaching staff unsure of their future…Wiz by 6-12 points

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No matter how nice the weather...LeBron always looks smooth!

BOSTON CELTICS @ CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (-2.5)
Without KG in the middle to disrupt the unstoppable penetration from King James, I can’t see how LeBron doesn’t use his size, strength, & athleticism to absolutely slash his way to 40 points, 10 rebounds, & 10 assists. Over the last few games, Doc has protected the basket with the slow-footed Kendrik Perkins, the even slower-footed Brain Scalabrine, & the undersized Leon Powe. Not to mention, Big Z & Gooden seem to have stepped-up their game since Varejao went down (36 pts, 25 reb, 4 blks versus the Clippers Saturday) and have the shooters on the perimeter to make the Celts pay for collapsing on the drive (Daniel Gibson 47-3pt% & Damon Jones 41-3pt%). While Paulie & Shuttlesworth will provide plenty of scoring options for Doc, I believe James has the ability to lock-down Pierce and expect to see more of the Cavs defensive specialists on Ray-Ray all night (Ira Newble & Devin Brown). Throw-in some home-court and I don’t think it’s too much to ask for Cleveland to win by more than a couple buckets…Cavs by 6-10 points


NBA/NCAA TEASER SPECIAL

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J-Kidd whines more than a kid forced to eat his Veggies!

LOS ANGELES LAKERS (teased to -3) @ NEW JERSEY NETS
The fire in Kobe’s eyes seems brighter than ever after the Lake Show pulled-off an amazing trade for Pau Gasol. Even without the new Grizzly, Bryant had raised his game over the last few weeks (last 6 games: 35 ppg, 9 rpg, & 56-fg%) and helped lead the Lakers to impressive road wins at Toronto (121-101), Washington (103-91), and 1-pt defeat at Detroit. Tonight, they face a Nets squad that continues to be led by Mr. Whine & Cheese Kidd, who can’t seem to understand how is team is so bad when he’s shooting 36% from the field and only ranks 20th in the assist/turnover efficiency. In addition, with Gasol now a Laker instead of his azz, I expect the pouting to continue and the Nets to struggle worse than they did Saturday in a 12-point loss to the Hawks. Especially with Odom, Turiaf, & Radmonavic playing great of late, especially on the glass, look for them to continue to try to prove to the Zen Master that they need to be part of the new rotation…Lakers by 7-11 points

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If she's wearin' Loyola (MD) colors, that has to be a sign!

LOYOLA (MD) GREYHOUNDS (teased +10) @ NIAGARA P. EAGLES
The Greyhounds were pre-season favorites to win the MAAC, but after a brutal non-conference schedule that had them on the road at Kansas, Illinois, Dayton, & Seton Hall, they started conference play without much confidence and lost two of their 1st three. Since then, they’ve won six of seven in conference, 5-straight overall, and won their last two contests on the road by an average of 19 ppg. While Niagara has the leading scorer in the conference in 6-4 Charron Fisher (27 ppg, 9 rpg), is currently tied with Loyola in the standings, and are winners of 2-straight themselves, the Greyhounds counter with their own superstar in 6-5 Gerald Brown (18 ppg, 5 rpg) who’s surrounded by a much more talented group, especially on the block (6-7 Sr. Michael Tuck last 4 games: 20 ppg, 10 rpg & 6-8 Jr. Omari Israel: transferred from Notre Dame). This should be a close game throughout, but I expect the early season travel-schedule of Loyola (Md.) to assist them in keeping this close tonight…Greyhounds in a buzzer-beater

Posted by Greg Gamble on February 5, 2008 10:59 AM |


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