HOUSTON ASTROS @ CHICAGO CUBS (-1.5) (+115)
The Cubs have already played three day games in Chi-Town weather, while the Astros just finished-up a series in San Diego and limp-in with a 1-3 record. Not to mention, I think the Astros will suck this year and can’t match the power in the Cubbie line-up. As for the pitchers, it’s never a good sign when your starting pitcher is 29 years-old and entering only his 2nd full Major League season…Hello, my name is Chris Sampson and I play for Houston. As for Rich Hill...
As for Rich Hill…he’s not too bad…Cubs by 4-6 runs
INDIANA PACERS @ MILWAUKEE BUCKS (+3)
With Milwaukee 19-18 at home and the Pacers 13-25 on the road, the only explanation for the line is that Vegas believes Indiana’s playoff bubble hasn’t burst yet and will yield to some trend bettors. But in actuality, Larry Bird’s band of overpriced white-dudes know their done now that their trailing Hot-Lanta by 4 games. As for the Bucks, while they’ve been done for the last two months, Coach Krystkowiak is desperately hoping to keep his job and the players are in the same boat with a new GM heading to town. The Bucks are currently riding a 2-game win-streak, and while that’s doesn’t sound too special, they’ve only had 2 streaks all year of 3 or more and will do everything they can to pull it off at home tonight. In Washington Wednesday, the Bucks frontcourt looked awesome as Charlie V & Andrew B combined for 44 points & 22 rebounds and should have similar success against the rusty Jermaine O’verated & the slow-footed Troy Murphy. Throw-in the recent signing of Ramon Sessions who has been an awesome playmaker and started to make Mo Williams a little more focused, and I expect the Bucks to win easily as Michael Redd looks to bounce back from a lousy performance against the Wiz…Bucks by 6-10 points
PHILLY 76ERS @ ATLANTA HAWKS (-1)
While Vegas must think the Hawks will have a letdown now that their 4 games up on the Pacers, I believe the young squad and hot-seat Coach Woodson are enjoying this positive-momentum for the 1st time in their career. In addition, Mike Bibby & Joe Johnson have been unbelievable of late, not just from deep, but distributing the pill to all their high-flyers. I know Philly has screwed me more than ATM fees in Vegas, but one of these days their not gonna cover a spread….Hawks by 6-10 points