BOSTON CELTICS @ CLEVELAND CAVS (-2)
Heading into Game 4, is it possible King James could have a 4th straight miserable shooting performance…my dirty money says ‘Hell No’! Even more amazing is how the Cavs blew-out the Three Amigos with James barely shooting over 30% from the field. With his supporting cast looking more comfortable back at home...
(Don't worry, this Celtic won't help the Three Amigos 2night!)
I expect their confidence to grow, and more importantly, open things-up just enough to give Bron-Bron a lil more room to maneuver. While Celtic supporters will tell you Paulie and Shuttlesworth also haven’t had a breakout game yet, I believe Pierce is destined to be grabbing his shorts more than grabbin’ the rock in this series as James has tired him out at both ends, while Allen has morphed into nuttin’ more than a spot-up shooter…aka, a slightly better version of Wally Szczerbiak. In addition, with Doc Rivers continuing to look frustrated, overwhelmed, and stomping around like a disappointed older brother, I never thought I’d say this, but Mike Brown is the best coach in this series. Throw-in the “Z-Factor”...
Throw-in the “Z-Factor” as Big Z (18 ppg, 8 rpg, 55 fg%) has quietly dominated Kendrick Perkins, and a PG match-up that surprisingly has shifted into the Cavs favor as Doc has destroyed Rando’s confidence and Cassell continues to think he’s the go-to-guy. Delonte West & Boobie Gibson have done a solid job playing the point when James needs a break, while both are much better long-range shooters than the Celtic Duo. In addition, as we’ve seen throughout these playoffs, the homecourt advantage seems to gain even more of stranglehold as the series’ progresses…and I expect that trend to continue tonight. Bron-Bron drops 35 and the Cavs win by 6-10 points
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (-110) @ MILWAUKEE BREWERES
I luv to invest on Tony LaRussa the day after he passes out in his car, or when the Cardinals are coming off a loss and closing out a series after a long road-trip. With Milwaukee having won 2 of 3 over the weekend after St. Louis lost their final two games in Colorado, I expect some desperation in the hardnosed Cardinals tonight and expect them to do whatever it takes to get a win. Making ATS matters even more intriguing, the Cards send their ace to the mound, Adam Wainwright (3-1, 2.25), who’s only given up 1 earned run in his last two starts, while the Brewers reluctantly send AAA-bound Dave Bush (0-4, 6.98) to the rubber. Can’t figure out why the line is so low, except for the fact that the Gambling Gods sometimes sent-out a gift to let you know they still care…Cardinals by 3-5 runs