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GREGGY G'S 2008 MLB: 3-1 ATS - NBA PLAYOFFS: 1-1 ATS

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When your Center is chasing the opponents PG like this...

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...It means ur team is just fit to play solid D!

ATLANTA HAWKS @ BOSTON CELTICS (UNDA 189)
I expect even more defensive passion tonight from a Boston squad whose leader is playing his 1st game since winning the Defensive MVP Award, and a Hot-Lanta squad that just received their first tasting of playoff intensity. While these two totaled 185 points in Game One, through three quarters they were on pace for 170 points before both squads loosened things-up with the game-in-hand and some of their starters on the bench. Overall, the Hawks actually played solid defensive, especially on the interior, but were victimized by some ridiculous shooting from behind the arc by Boston (9-16 3pters). Look for the Hawks to step-it-up even more tonight, and while they’ll still lose by double-digits, don’t expect the Celtic wings to find as many open looks from deep. As for Coach Woodson’s youngsters on the offensive end, since they averaged just over 86 ppg against the Three Amigos during the regular season and scored 81 in Game One, I’d be surprised if they break 80 tonight as the Celts bring their game up another notch and look to demoralize the Hawks confidence before leaving town. Also, as with almost every series, watch how the officials let a little more go tonight and turn this contest into a half-court battle…Total points scored 178-183

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When your small forward can make plays like this...

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...I'm guessin it puts a smile on every Piston face!

PHILLY 76ERS @ DETROIT PISTONS (UNDA 178.5)
After holding the Sixers to 38 first half points and leading by as much as 15 in the 3rd quarter, the veteran Pistons seemed to take their foot off the gas and actually looked as though their reputation would close the game out for them. As result, Andre Miller led his scrappy squad to unexpected victory and left the Pistons embarrassed after crabbing all season about being disrespected. In addition, while the Pistons somewhat up-tempo style gave them a solid lead early, I believe playing a faster tempo enabled the Sixers to make a 2nd half comeback. Tonight, I expect the Flip & Chauncey to make this a half-court slugfest and prevent Andre Miller from running the court and getting his high-flyers some easy buckets. Even when they were rolling during the regular season, Philly has struggled to make shots from the perimeter and has relied on defensive turnovers to open things up. As a result, look for the Pistons to be more patient on O and to do a much better job of getting back and protecting the basket off a miss. While some would consider this an ugly game, I’ll consider it an exciting business adventure…Sixers/Pistons total points 167-172

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NBA TEASER SPECIAL
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That has 2 be a sign...She's teasin' us in the Home Whites!

ATLANTA HAWKS @ BOSTON CELTICS (teased to -11)
The Celtics will clampdown even harder on D tonight and will look to demoralize the Hot-Lanta youngsters before heading out of town. Especially with Rajon “Iverson arms” Rondo making life miserable for Mike Bibby (2-10 Fgs in Game 1) and forcing Joe Johnson to spend more time initiating the offense, I expect another sub 40% shooting night for the Hawks and plenty of ugly shots on the perimeter from the likes of Josh Smith…Celtics by 16-20 points

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The way KG plays D, the Hawks may think there's two of em!

PHILLY 76ERS @ DETROIT PISTONS (teased -6)
The Pistons are embarrassed and will be jacked for the start of this one, while it’s almost impossible for the Sixers not to be somewhat satisfied with stealing one on the road already. Look for Detroit to be much more patient in their offensive sets and to get RIP much more involved in the game-plan. As for the defensive end, I expect the Pistons to do whatever it takes to keep Andre Miller out of the middle and force the Sixers to beat them from the perimeter…which they can’t do…Pistons by 12-16 points

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The Pistons will be tightening up the D tonight!

Posted by Greg Gamble on April 23, 2008 12:15 PM |


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