LOS ANGELES LAKERS @ DENVER NUGGETS (+5)
While Kobe has the killer instinct to keep his boys focused on closing this out, I expect a slight letdown from Lakers tonight with a 3-0 lead. With Carmelo coming off an awful Game 3 (5-22 Fgs), A.I. pissed he was benched for the final 11 minutes in that contest, and Eduardo Najera calling-out Sasha Vujacic for flopping all over the floor, I expect the Nuggets to come flying out of the gate tonight. Look for Carmelo & A.I.’s desperation to take them to the charity stripe much more than their 9 trips Saturday and for Linas Kleiza & J.R. Smith to finally catch fire from downtown (4-18 3pters last two games). Reports even have infighting between Coach Karl and his superstars, but as we’ve seen in the past with these two...
Reports even have infighting between Coach Karl and his superstars, but as we’ve seen in the past with these two, I expect them to use it as motivation and for their scowls to be in full-force. With the embarrassment of a sweep in their rearview mirrors, I just can’t see how Denver doesn’t get the Pepsi Center rocking and take this thing back to L.A…Nuggets by 4-8 points
BOSTON CELTICS @ ATLANTA HAWKS (UNDA 190)
In Boston’s 1st two wins the Hawks averaged 79 ppg, while in their surprise victory Saturday they broke out and dropped 102. Even if they don’t admit it, you know the Celts started to take the Hawks lightly and were embarrassed by their performance. Look for the lockdown D to return and for KG to prevent the Hot-Lanta highfliers from getting the crowd riled-up. The Celtics saw what happened when they were careless with the ball in the 2nd half and allowed few more fastbreak opportunities as a result. Tonight, watch as Boston slows the game down and forces the young Hawks to play more of a halfcourt game. Final Score: Celtics 97 Hawks 81