GREG GAMBLE’S 2008-09 HARDWOOD Luv: 126-98 ats…56%
NBA 85-75 - NCAA 33-19 - Teasers 8-4 - Church League 69-0
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While I understand why Cub Nation is always up-n-arms when Zambrano’s antics at the plate or on the bases causes him to miss time, as a Wrigleyville outsider, you should just be thankful you have a pretty darn-good ball-player that does some of the most entertaining thinks I’ve ever seen on the diamond. And in all honesty, the biggest reason they might be in trouble with him on the DL for a couple weeks is the taxing the bullpen will take because the Cubs didn’t pull the trigger on Peavy and the scary fact that the already short-leashed Rich Harden (5.11 ERA) is struggling with confidence & location. But even saying that, I believe their line-up will keep them near the top till Carlos gets back. As for the my Sox, I'm not wasting more than a few innings & a morning boxscore till they're a couple games over .500...which means I may get a chance to take the summer off!
HOTLANTA HAWKS @ CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (-11.5)
While three out of their four match-ups saw the Hawks stay within double-digits, not to mention pulling off a win in Atlanta on Dec. 13th, this is a whole new stage and situation. With a MVP award to get the King even more juiced-up, a surprising LakeShow loss to keep them focused, and the underrated fact they''re well-rested, I expect to see the Cavs absolutely destroy a banged-up Hawks squad to open the series. With ATL already sporting a miniscule bench, F Marvin Williams’ wrist injury enabled him only five minutes of court time over their last five games and forced journeymen Maurice Evans & Flip Murray into heavy minutes. Throw-in how slow Al Horford looked on Sunday after missing Game Six with an ankle injury (32 min, 3-9 FGs, 7 pts, 3 reb), and the confidence can't be too high for the Hotlanta kids!
And tonight, they face one of the deepest teams in the Association chomping at the bit after sweeping the Pistons two Sunday Fundays ago. And while the novice gamblers will tell you the Hawks only lost by six in Cleveland on March 21, I studied the contest more than the film career of Daisy Marie and know that King James & Co. simply shut things down after opening-up an 18-point halftime lead. And trust me you little degenerates, this won’t happen tonight as the Cavs look to demoralize the Hawks psyche and open Round Two with a splash…BRON-BRONS BY 20-25 PTS