ATS MONDAY - 3-0 ...with a push that should've won!
ATS HOOPS Overall – CBB: 34-26 NBA: 76-84
GOLDEN ST. WARRIORS (+2) @ ATLANTA HAWKS
While an East Coast road-trip never sounds like a nice ATS investment for the sometimes absent-minded Warriors, with Baron’s boys barely holding onto the final playoff spot in the West they have no-choice but to be focused tonight. Especially with three extremely winnable games to open the trip (ATL, CHAR, MIA), you have to expect Nellie to have his wildly athletic group ready to roll. But the biggest reason I predict a GST victory in HotLanta tonight is the match-ups on the perimeter. While the Warriors and Hawks share the highflying options at the forward spots, Mike Bibby has no business trying to stop the bouncing-backside of Baron Davis and the lighting-quick Monta Ellis is simply unguardable right now (last 5 games: 25 ppg, 6 apg, & 5 rpg). Throw-in the drama that surfaced this weekend that some in the Hawks front-office tried to fire Coach Mike Woodson, not to mention...
Throw-in the drama that surfaced this weekend that some in the Hawks front-office tried to fire Coach Mike Woodson, not to mention a newspaper report that said many of the players would like to see him go as well, and this has all the makings of Josh Smith yelling at the bench by the 3rd quarter. As mentioned about the Warriors, with a remaining schedule out West that gets tougher and tougher, you have to believe they’ll be determined to open this road trip with some fire tonight…Warriors by 6-10 points
PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (+2) @ OHIO ST BUCKEYES
At the beginning of the year, if you told me I’d be heading to Columbus taking the Boilermakers and only a bucket, I would have said your crazier than the network that head that hired Shannon Sharpe as a TV commentator. But since then, we’ve seen Purdue and their insanely deep rotation of 3-pt shooters and defensive stoppers completely dominate the last few months of the season (winners in 13 of last 14). As for the Buckeyes, they’ve been absolutely awful (losers in 6 of last 8) and are currently playing with no-confidence or anybody outside of Jamar Butler and Kosta Koufos that can actually make a shot. While some will say they’ll rally the troops at home tonight, watching them get blown-out at Minnesota Saturday makes a victory against one of the hottest and well-coached teams in the country virtually impossible…yeah, I f*cking said it!...Boilermakers 6-10 points
BOWLING GREEN FALCONS (+3) @ BUFFALO BULLS
While most of you know I have animosity for the Buffalo Bulls because they have a player named Greg Gamble that ruins every google search for yours truly, I promise that this play has nothing to do with my 98-Degrees breakup-level hatred for Mr. Gamble. The Bulls sit dead-last in the MAC (2-12), have lost their last 3 conference home games by 9 points or more, and are led in scoring by a 6-1 guard that shoots under 40% from the field, under 35% from behind the arc, and averages more TOs than Assists. As for the young Falcons, while they’ve had an up-n-down season, they seem to have finally found their rhythm and a consistent rotation as shown by a 16-point road win at Detroit and a shocking 89-83 victory against #24 Kent St. in their last two. Jr. Brian Moten who averages less than 10 points for the season has averaged 21 ppg on 57-3pt% over those last two, while Fr. Joe Jakubowski has averaged under 8 ppg & 3 apg for the season and has dropped 19 ppg, 8 apg, & 55-3pt% in those last two as well. Virtually every youngster on the roster has stepped-up their game for the Falcons, and I expect that to continue against Bulls squad that has never found a solid rotation or go-to-guy all season…Falcons by 5-9 points