While I'll always be a Cigarette-Box-rolled-in-my-sleeve-Camaro-driving Sox fan, Big Z is the reason I'm watchin' more Cubbie ball. Dude's batting .343 with an OB% of .343...that's what I call a free-swinger! As a result...
DETROIT PISTONS @ BOSTON CELTICS (-5.5)
Similar to the way the Celts seemed to shut things down in the 2nd half Monday, if Boston can build an early lead I expect the Pistons to rest-up for Game 6 in Mo-Town. Chauncey continues to struggle with his hamstring-injury and will probably be the 1st one to take a seat, while you know Rasheed will be crabbier than normal and kicking ova a chair shortly after his 1st technical. Also, considering that Antonio McDyess (21 pts, 16 reb) dominated KG (16 pts, 10 reb) in Game 4, we might actually see Mr. Garnett pound his fist through his chest as he riles-up the Garden on his way to a 20/20 evening. And call me crazy, but I have a feeling Jesus Shuttlesworth is gonna finally find his stroke tonight. He’s had too many wide-open looks to shoot like Chris Duhon, and tonight, I’m predicting he knocks down a few early and gives that cock-eyed sneer from the 2nd quarter on. Throw-in Paulie’s old-man body-flailing post-up that gets him to the charity-stripe with more regularity at home and...
Throw-in Paulie’s old-man body-flailing post-up that gets him to the charity-stripe with more regularity at home and Rondo’s confidence boost as he realizes he can simply out-hustles a gimpy Billups, and I fully expect the Celtics to win by double-digits tonight. Rip Hamilton’s the only Piston that should cause a match-up concern for Doc, but as we’ve seen throughout the playoffs with Flip’s boys, if the Celts can ride the emotion to an early lead Detroit’s offense will loss the crisp-cuts and harsh screens that make them so dangerous.
Motivated from the wonderful artistic performances and the passion from the home crowd, the Two Amigos and their lil Homeboy Ray-Ray roll tonight...Celtics by 12-16 points
LOS ANGELES DODGERS @ CHICAOG CUBS (-1.5 runs) (+130)
This seems easier than T.T. Boy’s chances of getting’ lucky at a Vivid Entertainment Pool Party. Big Z at home (7-1, 2.47) with a loaded line-up against Derek “I wish my ERA was” Lowe-r (2-5, 5.03) on the road with half his squad on the DL. Piniella also gave the middle of his infield, and two of his hottest hitters, the night-off yesterday, which hopefully means we’ll see some sharp play from DeRosa (.315) and Theriot (.311). Wrigleyville continues to rock...Cubs cruise by 4-6 runs