Before we get to my NBA Playoff and Diamond picks, here's a few quick thoughts for you heading into the weekend...
I know he's not a sleeper, but I believe OJ will become the most dominate player from this year's draft. With remarkable athleticism, deep-range, solid ball-handling, an underrated defensive prowess, and a confident flair, a great headmaster could turn him into the best combo-guard since D-Wade
Speaking of sleepers, 6-9 PF J.J. Hickson (15 ppg, 9 rpg, 2 bpg) was a beast as a freshman for a bad NC St. squad and reminds me of a more aggresive Drew Gooden. While he'll need some time, I can't believe most draft gurus have him slated in the mid-20s
SAN ANTONIO SPURS (+7) @ LA LAKERS
What’s amazing to my luscious azz is how everybody at the Eastern Seaboard Programming Network (ESPN) discussed how Kobe took over and willed the LakeShow back from 20 points down. Listen, I know Mr. I Luv Holdin’ Down White Girlz was pretty remarkable offensively, the reason Pop’s vets lost was they only scored 13 points in the 4th as they looked like they spent the summer at the Eric Snow Shooting Camp. Speaking of ESPN, how bad does it suck to go from Kenny Smith & Charles Barkley one night to Stephen Azz Smith and Stuart “Look into my wondering eyes” Scott? While Kobe will continue to work hard for his points versus Bowen, Timmy D had his way with Mr. Gasol and Ronny T (30 pts, 18 reb, 4 blks) and I expect that to continue against the defensively-challenged LA frontcourt. In the same sense, Tony Longoria was...
In the same sense, Tony Longoria was able to get anywhere he wanted and I expect him to play an even bigger role with Manu a little banged-up. And while the Lakers definitely have the momentum, considering Manu & Finley combined to shoot 3-18 (2-11 3pt) and they barely lost, you have to like the Defending Champs getting a TD from Vegas. Spurs keep it close and Oberto jacks Vujacic in the nuts by halftime…someone wins by less than 4
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (+105) @ LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Simple equation tonight for Greggy G’s ATS diamond play…Derek Lowe (2-4, 5.34) has been pretty shitty this year, while Adam Wainwright (3-2 3.25) has been pretty solid. In addition, the Cardinals line-up is filled with baseball grinders that never take a night off, and have been getting serious contributions from some unexpected spots (Ludwick .336 12 Hrs, Aaron Miles .323, Skip Schumaker .301, Yader Molina .301). Throw-in the massive struggles for Andrew Jones (.167, 2 Hrs), the decline of Jeff Kent (.234, 4 Hrs) and the injury to Rafael Furcal and the Dodgers line-up is suddenly extremely pedestrian…Cardinals by a couple