GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 PIGSKIN PICKS: 56-36 ATS...61%
NFL 21-16 - NCAA 17-11 - Teasers 18-9 - Ladies 92-0
GREGGY G’S 2008 HARDWOOD PICKS: 1-1 ATS (NBA)
Today opens my 2008 NCAA ATS Roundball Luv...Touch Me Here
SAN ANTONIO SPURS (-1) @ DALLAS MAVERICKS
With everybody healthy and a underrated bench exposed to plenty of minutes early on, the Spurs are set for a nice run through the holidays. After beating Denver & GST by a combined 52 points in their last to, the championship swagger appears to have returned and Coach Pops has them playing with playoff intensity as they attempt to regain their place in the standings. On the Mavs side, while they’ve played well of late, I just don’t think they have the guns to keep pace with the upper echelon teams in the West. During their current five-game win streak (all w/out Josh Howard - questionable), they’ve beaten the Clipps, Hawks, & an underperforming Suns squad at home, and the lowly Kings on the road…not what you’d call statement wins.
As for the match-ups tonight, Longoria & Manu will abuse the Kidd/Terry combo in the backcourt, while Popovich finds a away to keep the German Diggler from too many open looks.
SPURS WIN by 4-8 POINTS
DETROIT PISTONS (-4.5) @ WASHINGTON WIZARDS
The Bad Boys are beyond desperate to regain their moxy after an embarrassing loss to the Knicks, while the Wizzanators (3-15) already know their season is lost and still have to hear about Agent Zero talking shiznit on every media outlet possible. Considering Caron Butler is really their only star (sorry, but Jamison is simply a 6-9 jumpshooter) and their interim-inexperienced coach is experimenting with youngsters & D-leaguers (Dee Brown & JaVale McGee have started for them of late), look for a deep Pistons squad to jump out early and pour it on all-night. Prince should put the clamps on Butler, RIP always is psyched to return to the place where MJ threw him out, and A.I. & Stuckey should have a field day against Dee Brown & a banged-up Antonio Daniels. PISTONS ROLL BY 8-14 POINTS
With that Homeboys, time to open-up the NCAA ATS season!
...because who doesn't luv a lil college fun! (READ ON)
PURDUE BOILERMAKES (-12) @ BALL ST. CARDINALS
Nothing makes me happier as a gambler than seeing a deep & aggressive Boilermakers squad fresh off a couple losses (Duke & Oklahoma). Following their back-to back losses Coach Matt Painter claimed his team was “not a good defensive team”, and then watched as they held Arkansas-Pine Bluff to 23% shooting in route to 48 point win. I know it was against the Golden Lions, but they completed the task without Robbie Hummel (probable tonight) and regained the swagger of a team that will harass you full-court for 40 minutes. Tonight, they head to Ball St. to face a squad fresh off a 10-point loss at Evansville and a student body depressed from their football team’s Friday Night debacle. While 6-5 Sr. PF Anthony Newell (15 ppg & 10 rpg) should be commended for carrying the Cardinals to a (4-3) record thus far, my guess is he’ll struggle with the Boilermakers size down-low, not to mention, he’s been scoring while shooting very poorly from the field (38 fg%, 29 3pt%, 64 ft%). PURDUE BY 20
VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES (-2.5) @ GEORGIA BULLDOGS
While the Bulldogs (5-3) record might look good on paper, considering those wins have come against USC Upstate, Eastern Michigan, Presbyterian, Santa Clara, & Mississippi Valley St...let’s just say I’m not that impressed. As for their losses, how about by 21 to Loyola (IL) on a neutral site, at W. Kentucky, and by 34 at Illinois! On the flipside, the defensive minded Hokies have an identical record to the Dawgs, but their losses have been by 1 to Xavier, by 4 to Seton Hall, and by 2 versus Wisconsin. And as we saw how Georgia’s young backcourt handled the tough defense of the Fighting Illini, I expect the Tech to control this one from start to finish and to be a suprising player in the ACC again this year…HOKIES BY 10
*at Madison Square Garden
TEXAS LONGHORNS (-2) vs VILLANOVA WILDCATS
Listen, I luv Coach Jay Wright & the undefeated Cats as much as anybody, but they've played the easiest schedule of anybody with Final Four aspirations thus far. Check this shiznit out…Albany, Fordham, Niagara, Monmouth, Towson, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, & Houston Baptist. When looking at their stats, the usually frontcourt-challenged Cats look ridiculous down-low, but please, who have they played that has anybody taller than 6-6. On the flipside, the (6-1) Longhorns have already battled Notre Dame, UCLA, Oregon, & St. Joe’s…and with plenty of muscle down-low (Forwards Damion James & Gary Johnson: 25 ppg, 16 rpg) (a trio of 6-10ers each seeing plenty of PT), I expect Villanova to struggle early-on adjusting to playing a big boy with some big dudes. In addition, while you may consider this a home-game for the Cats (@ Madison Square Garden), I’ll give the advantage to the Longhorns who have already traveled to Maui to play Notre Dame, Oregon, & St. Joe’s. TEXAS BY 6-10 POINTS