And now it's time for...Deep ATS Thoughts, by Greg Gamble
Two things need to happen for Utah to make this a series...they must control the tempo, and AK-47 has to play like his Once a Year I Get Out Of Sleepin' with my Neighbor/Groupie-Hall Pass might get revoked. Lakers/Utah barley break 200 in Salt Lake...UNDA 216
...no reason swimwear & sand couldn't be added 10 rows-back...and no reason for Reinsdorf to let $$$ seperate him from hiring a great coach with fresh ideas that our talented youngsters are screaming for.
And now, onto the nutz n boltz of my ATS Pick of The Day...
LOS ANGELES LAKERS @ UTAH JAZZ (UNDA 216)
In Lakerland, after Kobe & the boys averaged almost 115 ppg in double-digit victories, Utah must realize they need to slow things down to have a chance. On offense, D-Will must be patient, and overall, the team must take better shots to prevent Kobe from advancing long rebounds. Throw-in the crazy, bordering on Mountain Redneck-annoying fans, and LA won't come close to their ridiculous shooting %'s in Games 1 & 2 (51 fg% , 55 3pt%). Should be closer than the 1st two and the winner will struggle to score 105...Lakers/Jazz total 200-208 points
By: $$$ Mike
Hornets @ Spurs:
The Spurs took care of home court, taking advantage of the crowd and some weak defense by the Hornets. They got into a run and gun game with the Spurs and got ran off the court in the 4th quarter by the Giniobli and Parker. Look for N.O. to play better D in game 4 and go up 3-1.
Lakers @ Jazz:
The Lakers will have their hands full trying to control the decibel level in Utah and matching the intensity I am sure the Jazz will come out with to start the game. If the Lakers can stay close look for the MVP to take over down the stretch and go up 3-0.
Cleveland @ Boston:
Boston is putting the clamp down on Lebrezzy. I am sure he will be happy to get back home where their team should be able to feed off the crowds energy. I don't think it will matter though.....the Cavs just don't have enough.