LAST WEEK NBA: (2-1)
SEASON MLB: (1-1)
With the NBA playoff season here I want to make my feelings very clear about the East and the West. The Celtics, Pistons, and the West should all be 1 seeds while the remaining 6 teams in the East should respectfully lose game one and go home. I automatically give the edge to the East simply because anyone from the West will have gone through 12 grueling victories, and probably at least a half a dozen losses in the meantime. Check out my locks by clicking below, and in true T-Bone fashion there will be a set of roundballs for each pick………
Washington @ Cleveland -4
After sitting out this week to rest his back, Bron Bron will be as lively as the 20 year old he once was….was that last season or the season before? I’ve got to believe that a couple things are going to happen early that may set the tone for the whole series….1) Bron is going to get the ball early in the offensive sequence trying to set a pace that is higher than their regular season performance, if this works early the Wiz will be switching defenses more often than Jenna Jamison does partners, and 2) with Haywoods coming out this year I have to believe that Ilgauskas will use his size and experience to take him out of his game early. Either way Haywood works best on the move which means one less big man in the paint for the Wiz when they need to hit the glass. So, advantage Cavs on the boards. Ultimately, with no inside game and Bron making up for the lack of cohesiveness that the Cavs have shown in the back half of the season, the Cavs will roll up the Wiz in Game 1. Cleveland by 9.
Dallas +5 @ New Orleans
With only 5 wins separating the 2 and 7 seeds in the West this really isn’t your typical matchup. When you look on paper these two are damn near identical, and when you look further into how they play their game it is even more identical….low turnovers, high offensive efficiency, and not a great deal of urgency on the offensive end. So I’m going to go old-school with you and say that experience rules out, both today and by the end of the series. This is truly a test of whether or not Scott can get his team to believe that they deserve to be the new kids on the block, you know, Donnie, Joey, Jordan, blah, blah, blah. Nowitzki will control this game from beginning to end, especially since he chose to not play the best against them in the regular season. I do believe that Paul and the gang are solid, and will be a force to be dealt with next year if they stay in tact, but even the good guys get butterflies and feel like rookies some time. Dallas wins this outright by 6.
New York Mets -120 @ Philadelphia
With the Mets coming off the dominant performance of Santana and riding a 4 game win streak, I have to believe that Oliver Perez is going to come out on fire. Perez has been relatively solid in his first 3 outings, but did have a minor let down in the last one giving up 6 in 4 innings. I don’t see a second let down in a row for this simple reason, when you have a spark in the locker room like Santana, and solid talent everywhere else, the whole team ends up playing at a higher level. Moyer will get outs for the Phillies today, but will have to rely at least 4 innings on the bullpen, and that is not good for the Phils. Mets win by 2 runs on a dominating strikeout performance by Perez.