SAN ANTONIO SPURS @ NEW ORLEANS HORNETS (-4)
After blowing-out SA in the 1st two, I believe NO was lil shocked they were so easily dominated in the 2nd half of Game 3 and let that monta trickle into Game 4. With things moving back to the Hive, I expect the Hornets intensity to be off the charts and for Byron Scott to ensure Chandler's flying high for alley-oops and David West is running the veteran Spurs PFs into the ground. In Game 4, Tyson didn't attempt a shot and only managed 4 bounds in 25 min., while David West played into the hands of the Spurs by slowing things down on the block.
Byron Scott needs a flashy lockerroom speech to get his youngsters rollin'
Tonight, I expect Chris Paul to...
Tonight, I expect CP3 to be running wild trying to get his shooters (Peja & Pargo), athletic bigs (West & Chandler), and slashers (Julian Wright & Bonzi) open looks to get the crowd rocking. If the Hornets can jump out early on the Spurs, I wouldn't be suprised if Popovich gives Timmy D & Ginobili plenty of 2nd half rest and NO blows this thing open late in the 3rd quarter...Hornets by 10-14 points
DETROIT TIGERS @ KANSAS CITY ROYALS (-120)
This seems like a no-brainer for the money…The Roylas are playing at home and have their best pitcher toeing the rubber in righty Zach Greinke (4-1, 1.80), while the Tigers send-up their most hittable pitcher in lefty Nate Robertson (1-4, 6.64). At the plate, KC is also hitting 15 points higher (.268) against lefties, while the Tigers actually hit 37 points lower against righties (.258). For once…Royals roll
SAN DIEGO PADRES @ CHICAGO CUBS (-1.5 runs) (+115)
While Jason Marquis might send Lou to an early grave, lucky for him over the last few years nobody has hit worse than the Padres, and this year, their living-up to the trend ranking dead-last in runs, BA (.233), & OBP. Usually in San Diego’s favor has been their ability to send out an All-Star starting pitcher to combat their shitty bats, but tonight, say hello to former Cub Shawn Estes. The lefty has appeared in two games since the 2005 season, totaling less than 8 innings, and will be facing a Cubbie squad that’s finally healthy and averaged more than 8 runs over their last 3 home games…Cubs in a rout
Celts @ Cavs:
Boston not being able to win on the road is getting silly. They look really old at times, and I contribute that to most of the road losses that they have seen in these playoffs. At the end of the day though, they have home court advantage....so it doesn't really matter.
Magic @ Pistons:
The Pistons should be able to take care of business tonight and wait for Boston to finish off LeBrezzy and the crew. Yeah I said it, the Cavs looked good last night but I'm not convinced they will win a game 7 in Boston. The refs won't let it happen no matter how well Cleveland plays. Don't get it twisted, the NBA wants a Boston L.A. final! Just keepin it real folks.