GREG GAMBLE’S 2008-09 HARDWOOD Picks: 90-73 ats…55%
NBA 61-54 - NCAA 22-15 - Teasers 7-4 - Church League 69-0
I know everybody is waiting for my Big Dance Breakdown & Sweet Sixteen Sleepers, but have a no fear Homeboys, I'll have my magical picks posted for you at midnight. And considering I already gave you the play-in-game winner paired with a spectacular bikini yesterday, stop with the evil emails & toilet paper decorating my mansion…I’m trying to win a couple brackets myself!
SUCKTOWN KINGS @ CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (-11)
As proved in their 26-point throttling of the Raptors Monday, Grandpa Larry has turned the Cats O Bob into believers as they sit just a game & a half out of the playoffs. With a reshaped roster combining young exciting talent with veteran execution, Charlotte has shown the ability to beat-up on the bottom-feeders…especially ones off a back-to-back, in the middle of a road trip, and sporting a 4-30 road record this season.
Speaking of the Kings, they lost by 22 in Hotlanta last night and seem to have completely given-up on the season. Making matters worse, their match-ups with Cats could turn this into a blow-out by the 2nd quarter. In the frontcourt, Boris Diaw’s crazy PF-handles and Okafor’s strength will embarrass the Kings slight & unproven rookie Jason Thompson & 20 year-old Spencer Hawes. At the point, the slow-footed & fresh off a foot-injury Beno Udrih will have the luxury of chasing Raymond Felton & DJ Augustin. At SF, Noce’s banged-up body will unsuccessfully try to slow do-everything F Gerald Wallace. And finally, while Kevin Martin can score, his chronically bad ankle shouldn’t be too happy about a back-to-back against the 2009-version of Bruce Bowen…Raja MFin Bell. All in all, this is gonna be uglier than Tara Reid in bikini after her 7th trip to the plastic surgeon…BOBCATS BY 16-22 POINTS
DENVER NUGGETS (-6.5) @ MEMPHIS GRIZZ
With the logjam of teams separated by just a couple games between the 2nd and 8th seed, the Nuggets have stepped-up their game of late (3-game win streak) with the hopes of finding home-court in the first round and a second round match-up that doesn’t include Kobe. Especially with all the negative-pub Carmelo’s been receiving of late, watch as the superstar follows Chauncey’s advice and starts dominate every aspect of the game in leading Denver up in the standings.
On the Grizz side, besides the occasional inspired team play on the same night an opponent is overlooking them, Memphis seems to be counting down the days till summer vacation. Especially once they start trailing in a game, the youngsters simply take turns going one-on-one against the opponents. And tonight, with Denver on a three-game home win-streak where they’ve won by an average of 17 ppg, look for Coach Karl to stress how the doubters don’t believe Denver can win on the road to have his squad psyched from the get-go…NUGGETS BY 12-16 POINTS
CHICAGO BULLS @ OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (-1.5)
If you checked me out yesterday, I took the Bulls and made some bank. But tonight...TOUCH ME HERE FOR THE LUV
CHICAGO BULLS @ OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (-1.5)
Even with all the Celtics in street-cloths, what an awesome win for the Bullies last night. But too bad the back-to-back travel to Oklahoma City to play one of the most underrated second half teams in the Association (when healthy), will bring out the inconsistencies that drive Chicago fans crazy. Outside of Vinny Del Scott Baio’s squad inability to prove they can utilize some momentum, tonight’s match-ups make it impossible for me to believe they can handle the newfound hype in Thunder Country. Oklahoma City taught the Spurs this lesson Monday in a come from behind victory that showcased some of the best young talents in the game.
And tonight, with Durant playing his third game since returning from an extend rest, look for this match-up to cause all kinds of problems for John Salmons. While Salmons was awesome last night and playing some great defense against Paul Pierce, Paulie looked gassed from the onset and doesn’t have the length are quickness that Mr. Durant does. In addition, while D-Rose has been unbelievable this season, some could argue that Russell Westbrook (16 ppg, 5 rpg, 5 apg) is just as talented and looks much more confident at this point. As for the sharpshooting Ben Gordon, considering the former Bulls lanky defender Thabo Sefolosha spent three seasons guarding him in practice, I’m guessing his 6-7 frame causes some problems for the lil off-guard. And finally, pseudo-PF Jeff Green has quietly had a remarkable season (17 ppg, 7 rpg, 40-3pt%) for new coach Scottie Brooks and has a nice handle to make life miserable for Tyrus Thomas’s overrated-azz. I could go on, but I’m a Bulls fan and this is making me depressed…THUNDER BY 6-12 POINTS