Greggy G’s 2008 MLB: 3-0 ATS – NBA Playoffs: 1-0 ATS
*4:20 BASEBALL UPDATE ADDITION
DALLAS MAVERICKS (+4) @ NEW ORLEANS HORNETS
While nobody in the league has been able to contain CP3, well…besides maybe Devin Harris, I still feel the Mavs have too many passionate scoring veterans to let this thing head to Dallas 0-2. Besides the bionic-kneed German, nobody shot the ball well for Avery in Game One, and I expect guys like Jerry Stackhouse & Josh Howard (combined 6-25 Fgs) to try to get things going at the charity-stripe early in the contest. With Peja forced to guard one of them, look for them to play off Dirk in the high-post and create isolations either on the shallow wing or extended block. In addition, with Chandler & West’s mobility off the pick-n-roll, look for the Mavs to counter with more pairings of Bass & Dirk than Dampier & Dirk, which in-turn should give them another scoring option and more loose-ball opportunities. Since Jason Kidd has not shown the ability to slow Chris Paul in any way, I also expect Avery to counter with more minutes for Jason Terry at the point. If Joumana’s punching-bag is gonna let the Wake Forest Wonder drop 35 pts & 10 assists...
If Joumana’s punching-bag is gonna let the Wake Forest Wonder drop 35 pts & 10 assists, you might as well have the streaky-shooting JT play his lousy D and at least limit the Hornets ability to sag onto the Stackhouse/Howard Iso’s at the other end. Overall, I just expect Dallas to call-on their playoff experience and force the issue at both ends tonight…which means a huge FT advantage and plenty of hard fouls on Mr. Paul…Mavs by 2-6 points
WASHINGTON NATS @ ATLANTA BRAVES (-1.5 runs) (-115)
I've been riding the Happy Train with Grandpa Cox the last week or so and expect another easy victory with Cy Smoltz (3-0, 0.56) heading to the mound after averaging only a lil' ova 80 pitches per outing this season. As for the Nats...their the FRICKIN' NATS! And on the mound for the DC, the young John Lannon (0-2, 4.86) who just faced ATL less than 10 days ago at home and allowed 9 hits & 6 runs in only 4 innings. Tonight, he faces a much hotter batch of bats and will be pitching on the road...which means Grandpa's boys win by more than 3 tonight