ATS HOOPS Overall – CBB: 24-20 NBA: 70-74
I know...I'm an embarrassment right now!
BRADLEY BRAVES (-1) @ INDIANA ST. SYCAMORES
While Bradley is only 14-11 on the season, their senior-captain PG Daniel Ruffin (15 ppg, 6 apg, 90-ft%, 43-3pt%) missed the end of December and most of January with an abdominal injury that contributed to 6 losses in 8 games. In his absence, former NBAer and Headmaster Jim Les was able to develop some of his younger stars, and now with Mr. Ruffin back, they look even better than before. The Braves reeled off 5-straight with their heady-playmaker’s return to the line-up, before losing a nail-bitter at the MVC’s 2nd place squad Illinois St on Saturday. Tonight, they’ll look to bounce back against a Sycamores squad without Larry Bird and having lost 7 of 8 in-conference, including 5-straight. This one shouldn’t be close, but I’m guessing Vegas knows most people don’t know what Greggy G knows, so if you like it…
This one shouldn’t be close, but I’m guessing Vegas knows most people don’t know what Greggy G knows, so if you like it…jump on early as the line will be moving as the word of IP.com spreads…Braves by 5-9 points
NEW ORLEANS HORNETS (-5.5) @ CHICAGO BULLS
The trade winds in Chi-Town are blowing in every direction as reports have surfaced that GM Johnny Pax is all over the board when it comes to who’s available. And yesterday, only a handful of players practiced due to injury (or precautionary for trade purposes), which means the Bulls rookie Headmaster is expected to be calming influence for a team in total disarray and facing the 2nd best squad in the West. While Duhon has played great in the absence of Capt. Kirk (questionable), his sore knee will have to work overtime to slow-down arguable the best PG in the game in CP3. An almost identical situation can be found at PF tonight as Joe Smith’s overachieving-azz, and recently drained-knee, will be tangling with the man-child known as David West (20 ppg, 9 rpg, & 1.4 bpg). Throw-in Mr. Stojakovic and his re-emergence as one of the best shooters in the game (Thru Feb: 22 ppg, & 55-3pt%), as well as, the return of Tyson Chandler (probable-flu) who will be looking to show-up his aging and undersized replacement in Chicago, Big-(overprized) Ben Wallace…Hornets by 9-13 points
NBA TEASER SPECIAL
DENVER NUGGETS (teased -2) @ MIAMI HEAT
Flying under the radar of late, the Nuggets have been playing solid ball even while dealing with the injury bug (won 9 of last 13). With their starting line-up intact Sunday, the Nuggets absolutely dominated King James in his own house (113-83) and know they need to take advantage when playing the bottom-feeders as their barely holding-on to a final playoff spot in the West. While the Heat did improve their roster with the addition of the Matrix, it will definitely take some time for his teammates to get used to his unique style, not to mention, he’s learning to play alongside Mark Blount instead of Amare and is receiving feeds from J-Will instead of Mr. Nash. Too many weapons on the Nuggets and too many holes still on Coach LA Looks roster for Miami to pull this one out…Nuggets by 7-11 points
SACRAMENTO KINGS (teased to -1) @ MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
As reported all over the web, nearly everybody not named Rudy Gay & Mike Conley Jr. is available for the right price. Not to mention, the Grizz only won 13 games when Pau Gasol was on the roster and now have Kwame Brown in his place. As for the Kings, they’ve looked like a playoff team since the return of Ron-Ron, Martin, & Bibby, and while Artest’s name has been bandied-about in trade rumors, once the St. John’s kid steps on the floor he’s all crazy-bball-business…Grizz by 6-10 points
"The Daily Rant"
By Money Mike
Bad news for Clemens. Andy Pettitte's affidavit to congress supports Brian McNamee's claims that Clemens used steroids. I am trying my best to believe "The Rocket" but its getting harder and harder every day. I hope for his sake he's telling the truth! Regardless...if the truth ever comes out.....somebody is going to jail!
Isn't it crazy how a player can go from extremely sought after to probably out the league in just two years? Trent Green was cut by the Dolphins yesterday after only one season with the club. I would love to see him come back....but health is more important. Another concussion could have lasting affects on the rest of his life.
Rutgers vs. Tennessee:
Now does this look like the face of a girl who shoots 66% from the free throw stripe? Nicky Anosike stepped up to the line and drilled 2 free throws with .2 seconds left in their match up last night against Rutgers in girls college basketball. Regardless of the free throw percentage.....she has ice water in her veins!
Games to watch tonight:
No real intriguing NBA games tonight......
#9 Michigan State @ #23 Purdue 7:00 PM EST