GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 PIGSKIN PICKS: 56-36 ATS...61%
NFL 21-16 - NCAA 17-11 - Teasers 18-9 - Lovely Ladies 92-0
GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 HARDWOOD PICKS: 3-2 ATS…60%
NBA 2-2 - NCAA 2-1 - Teasers 0-0 - Church League: 0-0
Trust me tonight Cougar fans, if you call Josh "Shroom Boy" he'll dunk on your frickin' head...Touch Me Here for preview
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (-6.5) @ PHILLY 76ERS
Just like Brick Majors in Barely Legal 15, King James & Co. are out to demoralize anyone that lays in their path. And tonight, they get to showcase it on the Eastern Seaboard Programming Network against a team & coach looking less confident than Chris Dudley at the charity stripe. Since losing in mid-November, Bron-Bron and the boys have won nine straight, all by at least 12, and by an average of over 20! While casual fans will assume the best player on the planet has simply taking over, the truth of the matter is he has the deepest squad in the Association who perfectly complement his abilities.
With bodyguards down-low (Big Ben & Brazilian Side Show Bob), a veteran low-post presence (Big Z), shooters to space the floor at every corner (Wally, Boobie Gibson, Delonte West, & Sasha), and finally a legit 2nd scorer (Mo Williams), they’re my favorites to win David Stern’s trophy. Throw-in the fact the superstar appears motivated from all the criticism of his supposed departure and a defensive-minded coach with Finals experience, and I actually think the Cavs have chance to win 70 this year. Oh yeah, did I mention this one’s on national TV tonight?
As for Philly, after a brilliant 2nd half last year, the huge acquisition of Elton Brand (probable tonight), and the ridiculous extension for Mo Cheeks, nobody in the league has undershot their expectations more than the Sixers. On of the biggest problems has actually been fitting Elton into their system. As a low-post scorer on the block, GM Ed Stefanski forgot to add shooters to surround the double-team magnet leading to a stagnate offense as Thad Young, Iggy, & Andre “Don’t shoot a jumper” Miller are all slashers. Especially tonight with the size the Cavs have to crowd the middle and their overall defense prowess, I expect things to get ugly tonight.
I’m not lying…last game Mo “Dead Man Walking if I hadn’t signed that contract” Cheeks actually dusted-off Donyell Marshall because he’s the only one that can space the floor…unfortunately, the festively-plump journeyman couldn’t guard my-azz after a 6-pack of 24-oz. Icehouses and a half pack of Newport Lights. As a result of seeing Mr. Marshall in the box-score Saturday and hearing Sammy Dalembert complaining about PT yesterday, I honestly don’t see how this isn’t a blowout. While the naysayers will say the Cavs played last night, considering their starters averaged just over 27 minutes played in a 20-point home victory over Toronto, I’ll take my chances…CAVS by 15-20
GONZAGA ZAGS (-5.5) @ WASHINGTON ST. COUGARS
While I don’t believe the Zags are a mortal lock to win it all like the Cavs, I do believe they have as a good a chance as anybody. Losing only a few role players from last year, Josh “Magic Mushrooms” Heytvelt looking to...(KEEP READING & DROOLING) or (TOUCH ME HERE)
GONZAGA ZAGS (-5.5) @ WASHINGTON ST. COUGARS
While I don’t believe the Zags are a mortal lock to win it all like the Cavs, I do believe they have as a good a chance as anybody. Losing only a few role players from last year, Josh “Magic Mushrooms” Heytvelt looking to have finally recovered from the national-wide embarrassment, and the motivation from the early Big Dance exit last year, the Zags have jumped out of the box like a stripper when she sees NBA veterans walk in. While most teams have scheduled cupcakes, (6-0) Gonzaga has already beaten Oklahoma St., Maryland, Tennessee, & Indiana…and by an average of 15 ppg!
And back to Mr. Magic Mushroom, I think people forget how good the 6-11, 240 lb. kid was as a sophomore before the harmless incident (I’m not saying you should try mushrooms, but if you do, give me a call). Check out these stats, and remember this is a top-tier squad in 06-07…15.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.7 bpg, 54 fg%, 40 3pt%. Unfortunately, he missed the end of the season because of suspension and was relegated to the bench for all of last year and struggled with the nightly cat-calls from opposing gyms. Thankful, he’s returned to form and seems poised to dominate every time someone yells “Shroom Boy, Shroom Boy!”
Even better, he’s now surround by a sick cast of characters…the flying bowling ball at the point Jeremy Pargo (10 ppg, 7 apg, 5 rpg), the feathery touch of 6-10 Austin Daye (12 ppg, 6 rpg), small forward/fullback Matt Bouldin (12 ppg, 5 rpg, 3 apg), Kansas transfer 6-8 Micah Downs (12 ppg, 6 rpg), and defensive guru SG Steven Gray (10 ppg). Throw-in Heytvelt in the middle (15 ppg, 7 rpg, 2 bpg, 63 fg%, 50 3pt%) and I dare you find my a better, more disciplined, top-6 in the country.
Now I know traveling to play Washington St. has turned out badly for most the last few seasons, but this is not the same team from last year having lost three starters, including the heart and soul of this squad in Derrick Low & Kyle Weaver. Case in point, the Cougars lost at home two weeks to Pittsburgh by 15, and again on their own court Saturday to Baylor. While 6-6 freshman G Klay Thompson (12 ppg, 5 rpg) is gonna be special, I don’t think he’s the type of young player that should be leading a major conference team in scoring. As for who they’ve beaten for their six wins, the only team you’ve probably ever see on TV is Mississippi State. ZAGS ROLL by DOUBLE DIGITS
GREGGY G'S NCAA/NBA TEASER SPECIAL
CLEVELAND CAVS (teased -2.5) @ PHILLY 76ERS
GONZAGA ZAGS (teased -1.5) @ WASH ST. COUGARS
Want to know why,…because I can BEEATCHES!!!