NBA PLAYOFFS: (5-1)
More hoops action on this Sunday Funday, and with a 4-0 playoff record in the last week I am ridin' a wave that doesn't look to be coming down anytime soon. I can't say that I like much on the ATS side during the daylight today, but like a true male animal hunting for the femail prey, I love what the night time action is offering me. And with that, onto my picks to see how experienced teams matchup against the newcomers.
Detroit -5 @ Philadelphia
I’m not convinced that the Pistons are going to come away with this series, but lucky for everyone that this -5 spread is only talking about todays matchup. The good thing for the Pistons is that it hasn’t been their defense that has been hurting as they are still only allowing the Sixers 91 pts a game. The problem has been their ability to take advantage of offensive opportunities, I expect some early establishment with Billups and Wallace who combined for 13 points on 3-17 shooting, and 7 of those 13 came from the line. So some early pick-n-roll play between the two will be essential to the offensive flow for the game. And although I was distraught by the lack of leadership I saw from Flip on Friday night, today comes down the all of the players having enough pride to not come back home down 3-1. Iguodala continues to struggle, and the Pistons roll by 12.
New Orelans +5 @ Dallas
I’m not convinced that simply by taking a plane ride from New Orleans to Dallas makes the Hornets magically score 30 points less a game. One thing is certain, CP3 was rattled by the defensive intensity of Jason Terry on Friday night, but that only works for one game, I sure don’t see how he won’t adjust for tonights game. I’ve got to believe that if Paul can’t get his own game going that he will be able to find a much more relaxed West and Stojakovic combo, both of which are due to drop in a few more buckets than Friday. I won’t go as far as saying that the Hornets will win today, since they haven’t since ’98 in Dallas, but it will be close enough to cover. New Orleans losed by 2.