GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 PIGSKIN PICKS: 62-43 ATS...59%
NFL 23-18 - NCAA 19-15 - Teasers 20-10 - Lovely Ladies 69-0
GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 HARDWOOD PICKS: 22-16 ATS…58%
NBA 13-11 - NCAA 5-6 - Teasers 4-0 - Church League 69-0
Before we get to my three ATS Hardwood selections for today, I think it's time to get you ready for the Thursday Night Pigskin Action...
BCS National Championship Game – Miami, FL
OKLAHOMA SOONERS @ FLORIDA GATORS (-4)
As a graduate of the Big 12, it pains me to admit it, but the conference’s dominance in the polls this season was created with smoke-n-mirrors. Like Tara Reid after we first saw her in the movies and thought: “sexy college hottie”, but then, after candidly seeing her on the beach we now think: “a middle-aged Benjamin Button from the new Brad Pitt movie”. Early in the year, the Big 12’s pass happy spread powerhouses rolled as they played mid-majors not ready to handle their size, speed, or had the depth in the secondary to compete. Following that, they headed to conference play and proceeded to pass the pills like it was ecstasy in a rap video. And besides controlling the bottom-feeders of the conference, did you ever see those powerhouse squads stop each other?
And count me in as a pigskin fan that was bamboozled…I never realized these guys were one trick ponies. Fortunately for us, the gambling masses haven’t taken notice as the conference’s 4-2 Bowl record has been camouflaged by three Big Ten victories (Northwestern, Minnesota, & Ohio State). Throw-in a Nebraska victory over a Clemson squad in coaching disarray, Missouri & Texas playing poorly and barely pulling out victories, and Texas Tech’s embarrassing defense against Mississippi, and I honestly believe the Sooners haven’t had the prep-work to properly face a dominate gang like Florida.
I could spend time talking about the ridiculous amount of weapons & trackstar speed littering the field for Florida, or how Timmy has a chip on his shoulder after Sam Bradford won the Heisman, or how the Gator D doesn’t have a weakness on either the 1st or 2nd strings, but I’m not…because you’ve already heard it. Florida will win by double-digits because of Coach Urban Meyer. Since the disappointment last season (where Meyer thought his players where just happy being a Gator) and the hiccup against Ole Miss, the brilliant football mind has become psychotically motivated to destroy every team in the country and has convinced his ridiculously talented players they can’t be stopped.
While QB Sam Bradford has been nearly flawless this year through the air, the Florida DL and creative blitz packages will force him to check down and enable the Gators speedy linebackers to have a field day. On the other side of the ball, for all the J.J. Redick ridicule Timmy T receives, he’s the most imposing QB in the land (6-3, 240), has a more accurate arm than given credit for (28 TD, 2 INT, 65%), and has little 4-foot scatbacks running around him like Sonic the Hedge Hodge to ease the pressure (Percy Harvin, Jeffery Demps, Chris Rainey, etc). Throw-in the ridiculous speed on the outside with 6-3 Louis Murphy (17.0 avg, 6 TD) and the emergence of TE Aaron Hernandez (last 2 games: 7 rec, 104 yards, 2 TD), and I’m sorry to say it Big Twelvers…but the Gators are gonna dominate all night!
FINAL SCORE: SOONERS 24 GATORS 38
with that, time for GREGGY G'S ATS ROUNDBALL SELECTIONS
(Too skip to my NBA Hardwood Selections...TOUCH ME HERE)
DAVIDSON WILDCATS @ DUKE BLUE DEVILS (-14)
Yes, I hate Duke and I luv Stephen Curry. But that should give you confidence I’m predicting a 20-point victory from the Krzyzewski Devils. While Curry’s production is still ridiculous (29 ppg, 7 apg), the junior’s shooting percentages are the lowest of his career…and I have three reason why. 1) With the graduation of PG Jason Richards (13 ppg, 8 apg), Curry has played more point and doesn’t get the easy looks the playmaking Richards could get him. 2) While Davidson Cinderella Story has been unbelievable, the past two seasons trying to prove themselves more-n-more against the big-boys has taken a toll. 3) Elite teams are no longer surprised by the darlings from Davidson and have scouted game plans to stop a team with an undersized superstar fleeced with average to above-average roll players.
As for Duke, while I refuse to mention or support their ridiculously talented, smart, and mostly white ballers, I will admit they look sickly sweet right now Homeboys. As for some easy gambling math… Duke won at Purdue by 16 …Davidson lost at Purdue 18 …which means you don’t have to worry about the 14 unless its doubled. Especially in Dukeville with the rabbit rude-azz rich kids, I’m guessing will see Stephen Curry biting his mouthpiece and looking at the scoreboard in disarray more than a few times...KRZYZEWSKI DEVILS BY 20-26
MIAMI HEAT (+5.5) @ DENVER NUGGETS
I know the Nuggs played well without Carmelo for a few games and probably will have some fiery talk how they can win without him, but...TOUCH ME HERE 4 THIS AND MORE NBA PICKS
MIAMI HEAT (+5.5) @ DENVER NUGGETS
I know the Nuggs played well without Carmelo for a few games and probably will have some fiery talk how they can win without him, but looking at their roster, I just don’t see how they keep things afloat for the long-term. As for tonight, the Heat regulars are finally started to work in with the MVP season of Dwayne Wade and know they need to climb in the standings with the clutter of mediocrity in the East. Especially after a tough loss playing well against San Antonio Monday, I expect Wade & Co. to come in confident to handle the Melo’less Nuggets. And the worst part of Carmelo’s injury is when they’re facing a team with a dominate shooting guard (ala Mr. Wade) and George Karl doesn’t have the luxury of playing his best perimeter defender for long stretches, SG Dahntay Jones, because he needs the scoring bunch from J.R. Smith. So call me crazy, but no matter what else happens in tonight’s match-ups, I just believe Wade's domination at the two will carry us and them to a victory…HEAT BY A COUPLE
CHARLOTTE BOBCATS @ CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (-13.5)
This is how stupid sports media is nowadays…for the last 3 days all I’ve heard about is how King James always gets away with traveling, and thankfully, the refs finally called it in the waning minutes of the Cavs loss to the Wiz. Uuuhhh Shit…somebody just made the most dangerous baller on the planet angry. And my guess, he’s gonna prove he doesn’t need a “Crab Dribble” to absolutely dominate tonight.
As for the Cats O Bob, after beating the Celtics in OT at home last night, my guess is we’ll see the undermanned kids from Charlotte looking a little winded tonight. In addition, after that emotional victory for the struggling squad, do you really think Grandpa Larry has the energy to take a flight and motivate a bunch of players to beat an angry Bron-Bron. Especially with Raja Bell out again tonight, any team starting Matt Carroll at SG for back-to-back nights and covered the night prior…my grandma always says they’re a lock to get blown-out!
KING JAMES SCORES 43 AND THE CAVS WIN BY 21