Greg Gamble MLB 2008: 2-0 ATS - NBA Playoffs: TBD
UTAH JAZZ (+1) @ HOUSTON ROCKETS
Forget all the other BS in this game and look at one match-up: Deron Williams vs Bobby Jackson. The veteran Bobby J is a career 6th-man sparkplug known more for his streaky-shooting than ability to lockdown defensively or run the point, but because of a hamstring injury to Rafer Alston (doubtful), he’s been forced to tangle with one of the best young playmakers in the game. With the inexperience of rookie back-up Aaron Brooks as the only other option for Coach Adelman, expect Bobby J to play big minutes again tonight (Game 1- 33 min. 3-15 Fgs) and to struggle keeping the deceptively strong D-Will (Game 1- 20 pts 10 ass 7-12 fgs) out of the paint. And if you’re not sold on that match-up, how about the fact that in Game One Utah’s two hottest shooters the last few weeks (Brewer & Okur) combined to shoot 2-11 while the Rockets Shane Battier went 4-4 from downtown…and the Jazz still won by double-digits. Tonight...
Tonight, I expect both Brewer & Okur to knockdown a few more shots, Shane Battier to struggle to duplicate his last perfect outing, and T-Mac to continue to grimace about some nagging injury every time the Rockets are down by more than five. I know it’s tough to win two in-a-row on the road in the playoffs, but it’s even tougher to win when you’re starting Mutombo in the middle and Bobby J at the point…Jazz by 6-10 points
WASHINGTON NATS @ ATLANTA BRAVES (-1.5 runs) (+105)
Since Greggy G predicted a Braves & Teixeira resurgence last week, Grandpa Cox has the squad in the midst of a 4-game winning streak and Teixeira has recovered from his opening season slump (last 4 games: .389 avg 2 Hr 6 Rbi). As for tonight’s pitching match-up, I swear lefty Matt Chico (4.81 0-3) starts 3 games a week for the Nats. Chico’s ERA isn’t too shabby considering he’s averaging almost 1.5 base-runners per inning, but that usually catches-up with a pitcher when facing a team with hot-bats like ATL. On the flipside, Tim Hudson (3.38, 2-1) will be looking to bounce back after being roughed-up in his last start and should look fresh after lasting only 3 innings in that start. Hudson actually faced the Nats 10 days ago in Washington and held them to 3 hits in 8 innings of shutout ball. Braves roll easily at home tonight and Matt Chico ends up pitching again for them on Wednesday…Braves by 3-5 runs