GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 HARDWOOD PICKS: 30-19 ATS…61%
NBA 19-12 - NCAA 7-7 - Teasers 4-0 - Church League 69-0
GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 PIGSKIN PICKS: 63-44 ATS...59%
NFL 23-19 - NCAA 20-15 - Teasers 20-10 - Lovely Ladies 69-0
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If you haven't heard, not only has Eddy "Cheeseburger, Cheesburger" Curry's basketball career become a joke, a former male limo driver is now accusing him of sexual harrasment and revealing some bizarre stories. While I have no idea if this is true, if Big Ed really wanted a cheeseburger bad enough, I could see a proposition similar to what the crack-head offered in Menace to Society.
MIAMI HEAT @ MINNESOTA T-WOLVES (+2)
Holy Kevin McHale hairy arm pits…the Wolves have won five-straight and have done it with Sabby Telfair running the point! And from my experience, just like the first time you get clearance from the tower to head south and all of a sudden you think you’re a connoisseur of fruit-juice, Minny’s first significate win streak since KG left has these youngsters believing they can play with anybody. As mentioned, the speedy Sabby has surprisingly played under-control since taking over the reigns (last four games: 13 ppg, 8 apg, 3 tpg) and enabled Randy Foye to play his more natural position at Shooting Guard (last 5 games: 21 ppg, 4 apg, 50 fg%, 56-3pt%). Throw-in the finally healthy sharp-shooting Mike Miller to give their backcourt some size and ability to stretch the defense for Al Jefferson down-low (23 ppg, 11 rpg, 50 fg%), and the Wolves should cause some problems for a squad giving big-time minutes to Mario Chalmers & Chris Quinn to run the show.
While D-Wade is having a MVP season under Pat Riley’s new sideline puppet, the Heat are still trying to fit the pieces in around him. With two rookies garnering late game minutes (Chalmers & the Bease), Shawn Marion not looking anything to close to the Matrix in their half-court sets, 6-9 C Joel Anthony actually starting, and the ghost of Jamal Magloire the only other option with some size, I have a feeling GM LA Looks knows he needs a big-time move at the deadline…unless this year is simply a wash as they wait for Marion to come off the books so they can bring a baller like Boozer to South Beach.
But the biggest reason my ATS Van is parked outside the Target Center, I luv that Miami just played out West and concluded the visit w/ a tough loss in Hollywood Sunday night against the undermanned & uninterested Lakers. I guarantee Mr. Wade was extra psyched for the battle with Kobe on the LA stage, and I’m also guessing his teammates and him enjoyed the posh nightlife atmosphere afterwards. Fast forward two days later, and the Heat are getting off a plane in sub-zero temps to play a T-Wolves squad they subconsciously think they can sleepwalk over…and that just ain’t happening!
While Kevin Love still is struggling to find his place in the offense, the former Bruin has been an absolute beast on the glass (last five games: 13 ppg, 11 rpg, 58 fg%) and should pair with Big Al & bruising PF Craig Smith to dominate the Heat’s frontcourt tonight. As for the Wade taking-ova factor, for some reason I feel like a suddenly-confident Randy Foye actually matches-up pretty well…WOLVES BY 5-11 PTS
DALLAS MAVERICKS (+6) @ DENVER NUGGETS
I’ve already lost a few times this year playing against a Melo-less Nuggets squad, but even in defeat, I stand by my belief that they don’t have the horses to carry this thing for too long. And tonight, while Dallas will be w/out Josh Howard, I just believe the veteran presence and desperation after losing two straight for Dirk, Kidd, & Terry will be too much for Chauncey & his young shooters to handle...MAVS WIN OUTRIGHT
ATLANTA HAWKS @ PHOENIX SUNS (-6.5)
As the NBA-gurus have warned us from the onset, one injury to the Hawks, especially in the frontcourt, could spell their playoff demise. While C Al Horford shouldn’t miss much too much time and some may even say his stats look pedestrian, his contributions go beyond the box score as he’s a phenomenal “help” defender and makes-up for the fact ATL is forced to play two SFs (Josh Smith & Marvin Williams) instead of a true PF. As for the proof, in their first game without Mr. Horford, the Hawks lost at home by 15 to sub-.500 Philly, were out-rebounded by 15, and allowed the Sixers to shoot 55% from the field.
Considering the Hawks frontcourt had major problems stopping an Elton Brand-less 76ers squad, do you think Coach Woodson feels any better game-planning to contain the the rebirth of The Diesel (last 9 games: 21 ppg, 10 rpg, 2 bpg) and the dominance of Black Jesus (22 ppg, 9 rpg, 55 fg%) with Zaza Pachilia & some undersized center named Solomon Jones? Throw-in a decent match-up against Joe Johnson with the defensive abilities of Jason Richardson (Btw, is it me, or is J-Rich playing with even more passion and dedication since his little drinky-drivey incident) and Mike Bibby’s probable reluctance to follow Stevie Nash around 100 screens or chase the Brazilian Barbosa Bandit for more than two minutes, and I expect the Suns to runaway with tonight’s contest…PHOENIX BY DOUBLE DIGITS HOMEBOYS
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BRADLEY BRAVES (teased to +1.5) @ INDIANA STATE SYCAMORES
After beating previously undefeated Illinois State, the (10-5) Braves looked sloppy losing at home to a disciplined Creighton squad. Tonight, former NBAer and current Bradley Coach Jim Les will try to regain the focus of his guard-oriented attack on a road-trip playing the 4-12 Sycamores. While Indiana State had their biggest win of the season with an OT victory over Illinois State this weekend, the Redbirds still looked disappointed from the Bradley loss and didn’t play with same intensity they have all year. While Bradley usually struggles with teams that pound the ball inside, Indiana State is similar to the Braves in their guard-dominated attack…the difference, the Sycamores are much younger and shoot the ball much worse.
BRADLEY BOUNCES BACK WITH A VICTORY
MEMPHIS TIGERS (teased to -2) @ TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANES
While the Tigers lost plenty this off-season to the NBA, Coach Calipari already has enough horses to make a decent run again this year. After some understandable losses early in the year to Xavier, Georgetown, & Syracuse, the Tigers finally have set a rotation and have proceeded to win six straight. As for the (11-5) Golden Hurricanes, they’ve looked solid against many of the mid-level opponents thanks to 7-foot Jr. Jerome Jordan’s development (13 ppg, 9 rpg) and the perimeter scoring from Jr. Ben Uzoh (14 ppg, 4 apg, 4 rpg), but overall, this team doesn’t have much else in terms of consistency to trade punches with the depth of the top tier teams. Tonight, Tulsa keeps it close for 30 minutes with some home-cooking, but in the end, the Tigers versatility will be too much for the Hurricanes to handle…
MEMPHIS BY 7-12 POINTS