GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 PIGSKIN PICKS: 57-37 ATS...61%
NFL 22-17 - NCAA 17-11 - Teasers 18-9 - Lovely Ladies 94-0
GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 HARDWOOD PICKS: 8-7 ATS…53%
NBA 4-4 - NCAA 3-3 - Teasers 1-0 - Church League 69-0
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LA CLIPPERS @ CHICAGO BULLS (-3)
For those of you new to IP.com may I say: “Welcome to the ATS Pool Party with Tequila in the Sangria” and “Just because I’ve bet on my hometown Bullies two nights in a row don’t think I’m a homer”. After singing the praises of darting-Derrick, the freak of nature had his first awful game of the season (and potentially lost my girl her X-Mas present by fouling DJ Augustine from behind the arc and up by three in the waning seconds!) That being said, observing his moxy to become a leader paired with the disappointment of letting down his teammates, I expect Baron Davis & his creaky-knees to have some fear in those eyes playing a back-to-back against the lightning quick kid.
Every Association aficionado knows playing back-to-back on the road rarely brings out the best for a below-average veteran squad. While the (7-17) Clippers have actually found a nice rhythm winning three-straight, traveling to the Windy City after a snowstorm is not a recipe for success for a team w/out a bench. Last night, four players took their warm-ups off after opening tip…and let’s just say their not what you call NBA legends: Mardy Collins, Steve Novak, Paul Davis, & Jason Hart. And with guys like B-Diddy, Zach “Baby-fat” Randolph, and the 34 year old Camby logging heavy minutes in Oklahoma City, those cats are gonna have to play a much bigger role at the United Center.
I know the Bulls also played last night, but they’re young, deep, playing at home, and much more accustomed to winter in Chicago. While Rose’s game wilted in Charlotte, the continuing improved play of T-Time (last two games: 38 pts, 14 reb, 4 blk, & 56-fg%), Joahkim Noah (last two games: 14 pts, 14 reb, 5 ass, 3 blk, & 86-fg%), Luol Deng (last 5 games: 17.4 ppg, 54-fg%) & Ben Gordon (last 5 games: 23.6 ppg, 49-3pt%) is a more important trend for Vinny Del Baio’s Bulls. Especially with the Chicago media all over this guys earlier in the year, look for the youngsters to have plenty of energy and to easily outrun the undermanned Clippers tonight…BULLS BY DOUBLE DIGITS
MILWAUKEE BUCKS @ PHILLY 76ERS (-3.5)
I know the Sixers have disappointed my wallet and yours just about every time I’ve thrown them up here, but since the coaching change, I see a team like Chicago that’s starting to gain some momentum. In Saturday’s 15-point win against the Artists Formerly known as the Bullets, Elton Brand finally looked like the big-money baller dropping 27 & 9, while Sammy D (17 rebounds) attacked the glass like it was a contract year. Throw-in the recent reemergence of Iggy (last 5 games: 18.2 ppg, 8 rpg, 4.2 apg), Andre Miller (last 5 games: 14.6 ppg, 7.0 apg), Lou Williams (last 5 games: 16.5 ppg), and adding a shooter to the starting line-up to spread the floor for Elton in Willie Green, I expect Philly to make a lil run through the All-Star Break.
As for the overachieving Bucks, while Scotty Skiles has them competing, they’re 5-11 on the road this season and don’t have a true PF to stop Brand’s low-post game (Luc Richard Mbah a Moute & Charlie V). While Redd & RJ make for a nice combo on the wing, Iggy & Thad Young have the athleticism & length to make them earn their buckets tonight. Throw-in the defensive challenged Luke Ridnour & Ramon Session trying to stop Andre Miller from banging his way to the cup, and I like the 76ers to start-up a nice lil two game win streak…
MO CHEEKS OLE SQUAD BY 7-12 POINTS
CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFENS @ SYRACUSE ORANGE (-24)
What can I say, I can’t have a day this week without mentioning the kids in Orange. I know I told you karma screwed them Monday, but the Gambling Gods have too much on their plate to worry about BOOBheim all week. Following the loss to Cleveland St., the coach claimed his players have taken teams lightly of late, which means tonight we’ll see a fiery and disciplined Cuse squad from the opening tip. And who better to take out their frustrations on that the MFin Golden Griffins! In (3-6) Canisus’s last three games they’ve lost to Albany by 28, St. Peter’s by 24, & Manhattan by 18. Considering that’s an average of over 23 points per contest, don’t you think #11 ranked & angry Orange can throw in a couple more buckets…CUSE BY 36-46