GREG GAMBLE’S 2008-09 HARDWOOD Luv: 113-90 ats…56%
NBA 72-67 - NCAA 33-19 - Teasers 8-4 - Church League 69-0
Sorry for the Insideplays absence this weekend, but Teasin’ T-Bone has resigned due to health concerns and yours truly was busy taking tests for his Life, Health, & Pimping licenses. What can I say Homeboys, I’m wicked smart and care deeply about the health of America. But enough about saving lives…time to start saving the economy!
CHICAGO BULLS (+4) @ DETROIT PISTONS
As crazy as this sounds, the Bulls might be the scariest 1st round opponent for the three big-dogs in the East. While the addition of John Salmons (19 ppg, 42-3pt%) & Brad Miller (12 ppg, 8 rpg, 42-3pt%) initially ignited the squad, the development of the youngsters and Coach Vinny del Scott Baio are the reasons I'm believing ChiTown will have a punchers chance if they're playing Boston or Oralndo.
While Derrick Rose has looked strong all season, he's becoming more of a vocal leader on the hardwood and added a consistent jumper to make life even more miserable for opposing guards on the pick-n-roll. At the other guard spot, while Ben Gordon continues to knockdown nearly every jumper and actually seems a little more interested in defense, Capt Kirk’s (10 ppg, 4 apg, 42-3pt%) smooth transition and ability to play both guard spots off the bench has given Coach Baio all kinds of flexibility with his nightly match-ups. Throw-in the passionate and suddenly under-control play of Noah & Thomas underneath, and the Bulls are no longer just dangerous in the United Center.
As for Detroit, the Pistons seem lost without Chauncey and don’t have many fresh legs left in the frontcourt. And while lil Will Bynum has given them a nice lift off the bench of late, when he’s taking big-shots in the 4th quarter you know something’s wrong in Coach Michael Curry’s huddle. While Iverson’s initial departure lit a spark under this veteran squad, the magic has worn off and Joe Dumars seems left with a tired and crabby group. I know they’ll probably show a little more fire in Mo-Town tonight with their 8th seed rival in town, but trust me, the Bulls will ride their momentum and pull off the the upset tonight.
BULLS BY 4-8 PTS
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS @ UTAH JAZZ (-12)
Situated in the middle of the Western Conference playoff clusterf*ck, I was shocked to see how awful the Jazz played last week (lost three straight) and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw they undermanned Warriors beat them at home on Saturday night. And because of this, I’m predicting Coach Sloan & Co. take things out on the worst team in the Association and beats the Clippers by 20 tonight. While Utah is desperate to regain their mojo and still has a slight chance to avoid playing the Lakers in Round One, the ClippShow is simply counting down the days till they don’t have to listen to Mr. Dunleavy again and can hit-up their summer-time groupies…Jazz by 20-25 PTS