NBA 12/20

Teaser of the Day: Phoenix -1.5/Dallas -5.5

The Knicks could play the game of their life, but they still don’t have the firepower to hang with Goran Dragic, Bledsoe, Gerald Green, and company.  Dallas can score the lights out and there’s simply no way San Antonio isn’t absolutely exhausted after two triple over time games.  We don’t even know who will be on the court for the Spurs tonight.  That bench isn’t as deep without Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills on the roster.  Lock city teaser of the day.  You can bankroll this one.

Dallas -10.5 vs. San Antonio:
See above.

Pelicans -5 vs. Portland:

Portland’s the better team, but they’re coming off a 7 quarter marathon against the Spurs.  There’s no way there’s not some weak legs here.  Not to mention, the Blazers are down Batum and Robin Lopez.  An already short bench gets even shorter.  Expect Anthony Davis to own LaMarcus Aldridge, mainly due to fatigue.  New Orleans takes this one 101 – 93.  Don’t mess with the over/under, as both teams can really score and the Pelicans can really struggle at times.

Atlanta +5 @ Houston:

Sheer value all over this one.  Give the star power to Houston in Harden and Howard.  Give team depth and better ball movement to the Hawks.  Dwight Howard’s nothing more than a dunk machine inside.  He has little to no post moves.  Paul Milsap and Al Horford should not only get their 18 and 10 each, but they have the ability to limit Howard.  Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver provide too much for a bad Houston defense to defend.  Even if Atlanta doesn’t win, there’s sheer value in the Hawks.  We’re riding the Hawks train this season.  Mike Buddenholzer has made us believers, and there’s a lot of money to be made on them.

Utah @ Charlotte Over 192:
It’s a little dangerous when you’ve got two teams that have played so many games over the past few days.  At this point, though there’s vengeance for both teams to consider.  Al Jefferson will definitely want to show his old team they should have given him his payday, and the Jazz bigs will want to prove their worth.  In a hotly contested game, we think there’s too many easy buckets for both teams.  Charlotte wins 100 – 98.

Denver -3.5 vs. Indiana:
Absolutely love this pick.  Guard play wins in the NBA and the Nuggets have it in spades over the Pacers.  Back to back will mean absolutely nothing when you have more speed and team depth.  Not to mention the Pacers are coming into the mile high city.  We know Indiana’s bigs will have trouble adjusting to that altitude.  Big man play does not win these games in the NBA when the other team has superior guard play.  Nuggets win walking away 110 – 91.

Bucks +10.5/Under 211.5:
Absolutely love the under in this one.  The Clips not only come off a back to back, but they’re coming home from the mile high city where they were run ragged by the Nuggets.  Milwaukee is banged up and inconsistent on the offensive end already.  The under is a straight lock, especially with Milwaukee’s ability to block shots in the post.  With the fatigue set in we like the Bucks to cover the 10.5, as well.  How are you going to get up for Milwaukee after a tough loss in Denver?  Clips win, but in an ugly fashion.  Final score Clips 99 – Bucks 92.

 

NFL 12/20

Teaser of the Day Philly -1/San Fran & SD Under 48:

Washington’s back to RGIII again, which is actually a little bit scary as Desean Jackson will like to stick it to his old team.  What’s even scarier is the Skins’ defense has showed a little sign of life, at time.  All that being said, we can’t see Philly losing a huge playoff implication game that means absolutely nothing to the Skins.  Philly wins close 27 – 21.

San Fran can’t throw with Colin Kaepernick, right now.  San Diego has one of the top 15 defenses in the league.  The Chargers can’t run, nor can San Fran throw.  There’s too many questions, whereas the 9ers will stick to their ground and pound to try and win.  At the end of the day, it’s hard to see too many points being scored.  Final score 21 -17 Chargers.

Chargers vs. 49ers Under 41:
See Above.

NCAAB 12/20

Kentucky -14 vs. UCLA:

Take it from a UCLA fan, this is the absolute hardcore lock of the weekend.  UCLA scores points, against the Cal State Northridge’s of the world.  Kentucky is one of the longest, most athletic teams, in the country.  UCLA plays absolutely no defense and has no ability to impact Kentucky’s scorers.  At the end of the day, too many easy buckets for the Wildcats is the problem.  Kentucky wins 85 – 62.

SMU +1.5 @ Michigan:
Something is seriously wrong in Ann Arbor.  The Wolverines aren’t just in a funk, they aren’t even competitive right now.  You’re looking at a team that got blasted by 30 against a good Arizona team.  They can’t even beat Eastern Michigan at home.  SMU is riding a 5 game win streak, granted against lesser competition, but until Michigan can beat the New Jersey Institute of Technology, how can we logically pick them over a Larry Brown SMU squad?  SMU 63 – Michigan 54.

Louisville -12.5 vs. Western Kentucky:

Yeah, finals week means absolutely jack shit to a team like Louisville.  These guys are here to play basketball not study.  You’re looking at a Western Kentucky team that got blasted by Minnesota by 20 + points.  Louisville has had a week to prepare for this one.  It’s been sort of an every other game type thing for the Cardinals.  They didn’t show up last week, we love Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier to show up with authority.  Louisville blasts Western Kentucky 75 – 50.

Ohio State +1 @ UNC:

Ohio State is proving early on that they’re a contender to win the Big Ten Title.  OSU has length, quickness, and athleticism all over their back court.  UNC is too much of a one man team right now.  This game should be back and forth with Carolina getting more from Tokoto and Meeks at home, than usual.  But we’ll take the team that plays more physical defense.  Ohio State win 70 – 68 on in Chapel Hill.

Syracuse +11.5 @ Nova:
There’s no logical reason to take the Orange with the way they’ve played this season.  Syracuse is one of the worst 3 point shooting teams in the country and Villanova defends at an incredible clip.  Both teams have had a week to prepare for this one and Syracuse knows everything about how Villanova plays, as does Nova about the ‘Cuse.  We think the Syracuse zone turns this into one heck of an ugly basketball game.  Nova wins 56 – 49 in a struggle.

Indiana +3 @ Butler:

One win over North Carolina, a team that’s really inconsistent, and everybody’s back riding the Butler train.  The last loss to Tennessee was not impressive.  College Basketball games are won in the back court.  We get Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr. , as the more athletic back court.  Butler at home is always tough, and we’re sure Kellen Dunham will shoot well, but there’s too much for the Bulldogs in this one.  Hoosiers win 75 – 63.

Notre Dame -2.5 vs. Purdue:
The Irish are one of the hottest shooting teams in the country, led by Jerian Grant.  Purdue has all the talent in the world, but they haven’t put it together to date this season.  We’ll go with the team that’s reached their potential versus the team that’s blown a few games they shouldn’t have.  Irish make less mistakes and that’s the difference.  Irish 85 – Purdue 78.

Xavier -5 vs. Auburn:
Xavier’s been playing together and playing well all season.  Now Bruce Pearl’s finally starting to get some of his boys back, but not in time to have the chemistry and pure shooting Xavier has, yet.  It’s hard to pick an Auburn team that can’t beat Tulsa or Coastal Carolina.  Xavier 74 – 60.

Northern Iowa +2 @ Iowa:

The one thing we know about Ben Jacobsen teams is they play the more disciplined brand of basketball.  UNI is off to one of the best starts in the country, whereas Iowa can’t shoot from the outside and they play inconsistent defense, at best.  We’ll take the smarter, more cohesive, team.  UNI pulls the road upset 74 – 70.

West Virginia -1.5 @ NC State:

The Mountaineers defense is too stifling for an up and down Wolfpack squad.  West Virginia is our surprise team of the year in the Big 12.  We think they’re on their way to a top 4 finish behind ISU, Kansas, & Texas.  West Virginia gets a big road win 68 – 62.

Oklahoma -6 vs. Washington:
Washington’s a solid team, at home!  Just like Okahoma’s a terrible team, on the road!  At home the Sooners are world beaters, and they’ve got the athleticism to prove it.  Time and place is everything in sports.  Boomers sooner at home, with a huge travel day for the Dawgs, we’ll take Buddy Hield and Boomer Sooner.  Okie wins 83 – 72.

BYU -3.5 vs. Stanford:
Stanford really hasn’t show anything all season, or given us any reason to believe they’ll go on the road and get a big win.  BYU is fantastic at home, as usual.  Their loss to Utah doesn’t hurt, as Utah is one of the best teams in the country this season.  BYU handles their business at home 85 – 77.

 

NCAAF 12/20

Air Force +1 vs. Western Michigan:

The Falcons have proven themselves all season in a fairly tough Mountain West Conference.  A win over a solid Colorado State squad capped a strong 9 – 3 season.  This Air Force team beat the likes of Navy, Boise State, and CSU this season.  They’ve also covered the spread in 4 of their last 5 games.  This game is being played in Boise, where Air Force is very familiar.  The travel and lack of experience against Air Force’s option will be an issue.  We’re riding the Falcons in this one 41 – 38.

Utah State -10 vs. UTEP:
Defense wins big games and Utah State has one of the best in the country.  Coming off a bad conference title loss to Boise, the Aggies will be ready for a hard fought bowl win.  Utah State has proven it all year with wins over Air Force, BYU, and a tough 3 point loss to a very good Colorado State squad.  UTEP had a mediocre season in a very mediocre Conference USA.  We just can’t back a team that got blasted 31 – 13 by Rice!  Utah State wins 35 – 10.

Nevada -1 vs. UL Lafayette:

Same song and dance, just new bowl game.  How can you back a UL Lafayett squad that beat the likes of South Alabama, Texas State, and UL Monroe?  Common opponent in this one, Boise State.  The Broncos blasted Lafayette by 25 points!  The Broncos beat the Wolfpack in a shootout 51 – 46.  Enough said, too much talent from the Mountain West.  Too much of a tested squad in Nevada.  Wolfpack 37 – Cajuns 17.  This is the absolute lock of the bowl season.

Utah -3 vs. Colorado State:

The Rams have proven themselves a tall task on the season and this one will be close.  Utah’s 3 wins over top 25 Pac 12 opponents says alot though.  Utah has the more imposing defense and pass rush.  One thing we know is the Utes can run the ball (1,300 + yards on the ground), and Colorado State gave up over 100 yards rushing against every single opponent it faced this season.  This one will be close.  Our only worry is CSU may be the more motivated team and take a crazy win, but Utah has won 10 of their last 11 bowl games.  We’ll take the Utes, barely, 31 – 26.

South Alabama -3 vs. Bowling Green/Over 53:

The one thing the last few weeks of the season proved is South Alabama can score the rock.  The 40 points they hung on Navy was no joke.  Bowling Green averaged close to 30 points, per game, on the season.  Despite their poor finish on the season, we think Bowling Green scores enough to push this over.  That being said, Bowling Green’s awful defense, and 3 game losing streak leave us uninspired.  South Alabama blasts Bowling Green 42 – 24.

 

NBA 12/19

Utah +4 @ Orlando/Under 192.5:

Expect a tight back and forth battle between two of the bottom feeders in the NBA.  That’s the perfect scenario to take the points, especially considering Utah is the more talented team.  They’ve got the most talented players on the floor in Burks and Hayward.  They matchup perfectly inside with Favors and Kanter against Vucevic.  The advantage to Orlando goes with how far Victor Oladipo can go with his point to assist ratio, which has been off the charts the past few weeks.  Either way, we’re getting the more talented team getting points.  We love the under, as well as both teams are in the bottom 10 in the NBA in points scored, while the Magic are one of the best in the league defensively.  Orlando wins 97 – 94.

Charlotte -4 vs. Philly:

Philly’s had 4 days off, that’s about all you can really say about Philly right now.  The sixers might be able to hang around if they receive a barrage from Tony Wroten and MCC, other than that they’re severely outmanned talent-wise.  Al Jefferson should have 28 – 12 easily in this one, and Kemba Walker should be able to assert his dominance.  It’s hard loving either of these teams, but how do you bet on a team that’s 2 – 22 right now?

Boston vs. Minnesota Over 211:
Love these big overs in these NBA games.  Rule of thumb is when that over/under is high Vegas is baiting you to take to the under, when the clear play is the over.  We’ve got a Celtics team toward the top of the NBA in scoring.  Rajon Rondo, while their distributor, wasn’t part of that scoring onslaught.  We should see easy buckets and strong play out of Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, Evan Turner, and Jared Sullinger.  Minnesota is still horrible, but the fast play of the Celtics should get them some easy buckets in transition.  The C’s rank toward the bottom of the NBA in total team defense and why would that change all of a sudden? Boston 120 – Minnesota 100.

Detroit +8.5 vs. Toronto:

Every statistical reason, on paper will tell you to take the Raptors.  Toronto has one of the better scoring defenses in the NBA, and they also average one of the higher PPG totals.  That being said, we love Detroit’s inside presence in Drummond and Greg Monroe against a Raptors squad that’s no better inside.  The question is will Brandon Jennings and company show up to give Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross a push.  At the end of the day, 8.5 is too many points for a home team that has rim protectors like Detroit.  Remember, these scum bags don’t have to win, they just have to cover!  Toronto 98 – Detroit 93.

Washington -6 vs. Miami/Over 189:
Miami’s a whopping 2 – 7 at home this season.  Washington is a top 4 team in the west with scorers in Bradley Beal, John Wall, Marcin Gortat, etc.  We’ve got no Chris Bosh on the floor, and Miami’s guards (other than D-Wade) haven’t been able to throw it in the ocean lately.  To top it off, the Wiz bashed Miami by 20 + points the last time they played.  On what earth is their value in Miami?  Maybe Miami covers through a great D-Wade night, but there’s value in the Wiz and that’s where we’re riding.  Final score Wiz 102 – Miami 93.

Chicago +6.5 @ Memphis/under 191:

Memphis is playing its 3rd game in 4 nights, after two emotional wins over Golden State and San Antonio.  Everybody is making a big deal about Chicago playing last night when they clearly went through the motions against a bad Knicks team, looking ahead to Memphis.  Fatigue sets in after that last triple overtime win.  Too many points are being given to a deep Bulls team that can match up with Z Bo and Marc inside.  Remember Noah is back to help Pau now.  Bulls hang around in a tight game and steal it in the grindhouse.  Bulls 93 – Grizz 90.

Blazers +4.5 @ San Antonio:

Everyone’s riding the Blazers and so are we.  A triple overtime loss is never good, especially when you’re as old as the Spurs.  Too much firepower on the wings for Portland, and without Tony Parker whose going to stop Lillard.  There’s a high chance we don’t see any of San Antonio’s big 3 in this one.  Blazers win 101 – 87 against a beat up Spurs squad.

Clippers vs. Nuggets Over 214.5:

We get two teams that love to push the pace and have scorers all over the map.  The Nuggets are averaging 8 three’s, per game.  Both teams get tons of transition dunks through the Manimal, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.  Either team could pull away with a big spurt, making the spread hard to pick here.  The sheer pace and scoring ability of both teams lends this game toward the over though.  Clippers 109 – Nuggets 107.

Teaser of the Night: OKC -2/Bulls +11.5:
Despite playing last night and not having KD tonight, OKC is a different team with Westbrook, Ibaka, and Jackson on the floor.  Too much high flying athleticism for a bad Lakers squad.  OKC is hungry, they know they lost a tough one last night, which they would have won if KD were on the floor.  The team that has something to play for wins this one outright.  See above on Bulls pick.  We love a Bulls/Tom Thibedeau team getting 11.5 points, all day, everyday.  If you don’t like OKC give the Blazer +9.5, but definitely include the Bulls in your teaser.

NCAAB 12/19

St. John’s -6.5 vs. St. Mary’s:

St. John’s has a 3 headed monster in D’Angelo Harrison, Sir’Dominic Pointer, and Phil Greene IV.  You have to love teams that defend end to end, play physical basketball, and have superior guard play.  St. Mary’s really hasn’t proven much, other than an overtime win over a Creighton squad that’s really inconsistent.  Too much athleticism on the SJU side for a St. Mary’s team that can’t beat Northern Arizona.  St. Mary’s also has to travel to MSG, where the Red Storm are fantastic.  Too much travel and not enough athleticism for the Gaels.

Clemson @ South Carolina Over 126.5:

South Carolina has shown improvement all season.  Sindarius Thornwell has been hot in dropping 13 a night and 6 boards.  The GameCocks have averaged almost 80 ppg, over the last 3 games, including a win over Okie State.  We’ve believe Frank Martin’s team has found itself offensively, and would expect nothing less against a big, instate, rival.  This one’s too close to call from a spread perspective, because either could happen with the way Clemson likes to defend.  We’re riding with the home team though 71 – 62 in a nice over.  Don’t mess with the spread in this one.

Arizona -6.5 @ Utep/Over 132.5:
Vegas must know something we don’t in this one.  Tim Floyd teams are extremely well coached, and going on the road is never easy.  Vince Hunter will definitely get his points against the Wildcats.  The length and athelticism on the Arizona size can be matched by very few.  The easier play here is the points, because both teams like to run and gun in averaging well over 70 points per game.  We like the more talented team to cover the -6.5, but definitely take the over.

Teaser of the Night: Arizona -1.5/St. John’s -1.5

See above.

Tennessee Tech +14 @ Tennessee:
Another what we’d call “timing” game.  Tech’s averaging a lofty amount of points on the season.  That being said, Tennessee will play a defensive style that will take Tech out of their comfort zone.  Tech is talented enough to play with the likes of an Alabama within 2 points, on the road, they can do the same at Tennessee, who is very similar.  The big difference is this is Tech’s super bowl and they’ve had 4 days to prepare for it.  The Vols come back home on 1 day’s rest, after losing a hard fought, fast paced, game at NC State.  The Vols win, but on tired legs.  Vols 74 – Tech 63.

Colorado State -3.5 @ Denver:
Straight gut shot pick of the night.  Not tons of logic, or stats behind this one.  Colorado State looks like the class of the Mountain West right now.  They’re extremely well coached, and improving, under Larry Eustachy.  Just seems like too much for Denver.  At the end of the day, we’re going with the Rams for the win.  CSU takes this one 70 – 61.  Don’t bet your house on it, but we’ve got a gut feeling on it.

NBA 12/18

Knicks +11 @ Bulls:

There’s alot on paper to like the Bulls, especially with Joakim Noah back, but paper doesn’t tell everything.  The Knicks have been fantastic at covering, not at winning, this season.  Carmelo Anthony always gives the Bulls fits and they still have no one to guard him.  If we’re going on talent, the Bulls should own this one and they probably will.  But they won’t own it enough to cover.  A late 15 point lead slips back and the Knicks backdoor cover 97 – 90.

Milwaukee +7.5 @ Sacramento/Under 203.5:

Too much is being made of a close back to back night in Portland.  This Bucks team has showed resolve and the Kings are reeling right now.  Sacramento actually showed up against OKC two nights ago and still couldn’t cover.  We gotta think there’s a bit of a letdown when Milwaukee comes to town.  Not to mention, Larry Sanders and Giannis still provide more force inside.  Sacramento’s speed could be a problem, but we like the Bucks to cover.  We’ll take the under either way, as both teams are pretty much all or nothing on the offensive end.  We’ll go with nothing tonight in a 99 – 95 Bucks win.

OKC +3 @ Golden State:

These two teams play amazing matchups.  You will not want to miss a single minute of this game.  Expect up and down scoring and ridiculous athleticism on both sides.  OKC will jump out early, but Golden State will have a 5 – 8 point lead by Q3.  Like the last couple of meetings, we really feel this will come down to the last possession or two.  The value is in the team getting points.  Thunder hold a 1 point lead late, and a Splash Brothers’ 3 at the buzzer is the difference.  Golden State 104 – OKC 103.  Thunder cover.

Pelicans +5 @ Houston:

The one thing the Pelicans can do is score points.  Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard should neutralize each other.  At that point it’s just who shoots better from the wings, and outside of James Harden New Orleans is just as athletic to get their own on the perimeter.  A little too much travel and a back to back, coming from the mile high, have to play some role in this.  We think Houston wins, but they fail to cover.  105 – 101 Rockets.

NCAAB 12/18

Cleveland State +19 @ Virginia:

It seems like suicide betting against Virginia.  You’re talking about one of the deepest, best defending teams in the country.  Timing is absolutely perfect for this game though.  Virginia will surely overlook Cleveland State a bit, and it’s exam week.  The Cavs have barely been able to fit in practices between finals and trying to get away for a day or two during the Holidays.  Cleveland State played a low scoring drag out game with a Louisville team that may be the most athletic team in the country.  We’ll get a similar type of ugly ball game here where the Vikings can hang around.  Virginia 65 – Cleveland State 50.

South Alabama +14.5 @ Richmond:

Just a gut feeling on this one, but if you look at all their past games Richmond is a borderline very good team.  They are close to beating solid teams like UNI, NC State, etc.  But they aren’t there yet, and while South Alabama has struggled to win games, they’ve been competitive in all.  In fact, USA has not lost a single game by more than 13 points this season.  That includes a 12 point loss to Miami.  For those of you that don’t know that’s a perfect 7 – 0 against this spread line.  We’ll take those odds.  South Alabama hangs around within 15 in a 69 – 60 loss.

Duke -10.5 vs. Uconn:

Nobody rallies the troops like Uconn.  The scary part of this, as well, is Ryan Boatright has the ability to carry Uconn throughout this one.  We feel like there’s too much Jahlil Okafor and too much Justice Winslow for Duke to blow this game though.  End of the day, there’s firepower all over Duke, and Uconn doesn’t have the length of the Dukies.  We’ll take the Blue Devils in a close cover 76 – 65.  If you’re at all IFFY, follow our teaser below, it’s the much safer play.

Teaser of the Night: Ole Miss -3/Duke -5.5:

Ole Miss can still score the rock, as well as ever.  The Rebs still have their issues on defense, but they’ve proven they can play good teams well.  Wins over Creighton and Oregon definitely prove that.  Coastal Carolina hasn’t shown us anything.  A very average UCLA team blew them out by 13, and their best win is Auburn, who is awful.  We’ll ride the home team to cover and knock the more athletic Duke squad down to 5.5.

Depaul +6 @ Oregon State:

All the Vegas odds numbers have this game as a 1 – 2 point game.  Depaul’s lack of defense is always an area of concern, but Oregon State has offensive woes like you can’t believe.  We like the talent on Depaul to a much greater degree.  If this were neutral we’d be picking the Blue Demons all day.  We don’t feel like home court is worth what the oddsmakers are giving the Beavers.  We’ll take value in the points, and actually expect the big road upset.  Depaul wins 73 – 56.

NFL 12/18

Jags -3.5 vs. Titans:
Our advice is take the safer play and buy the extra .5 point in this one to ensure the push.  Either way, we’ve got the home team who has the better quarterback.  We’ve got the by far better defense in Jacksonville.  The Titans have zero run game, whatsoever.  Tennessee is giving up points left and right.  They’ve also showed no signs of life all season.  Jacksonville just played Baltimore tight, they recently beat the Giants, and Blake Bortles is starting to get it figured out.  Jags are the easy pick.  Take the -3.5, but if you can buy the .5 point, buy it.  Jags win 24 – 14.

 

NBA 12/17

Dallas @ Detroit: Under 205:

Dallas is coming in on back to back nights of play.  Detroit’s defense has been somewhat respectable all season.  That being said, Detroit’s offense has been terrible.  Well over half of their games have been scored below 100 points.  Timing is everything in life and hoops and the timing is perfect here for an under.

Miami -4 vs. Utah:
Both teams are on back to back games here and clearly Utah has the advantage on the inside.  But guard play wins games and the Jazz are terrible at guard and wing, compared to the Heat.  Miami comes home, after a big upset win in Brooklyn.  We feel like that win propels them over Utah, as Utah comes out tired and deflated from their loss at New Orleans.  Heat 98 – Jazz 89.

Spurs -3 vs. Grizz:

The Spurs absolutely own the Grizz head to head.  Style of play is a huge thing in the NBA and Memphis does not match up with San Antonio whatsoever.  Not only that, but we get them coming off a huge emotional win against Golden State, AND we get them on back to back nights of play.  Rest has always been big for San Antonio.  Fantastic timing to take the Spurs and run with it.  Spurs walk away 101 – 85.

Suns -3 @ Charlotte:

Goran Dragic, or no Goran Dragic the Hornets simply cannot score.  The worst part for Charlotte is Al Jefferson is in a funk.  The big man is averaging 12.7 ppg, over the past two weeks, when they have to have him average 25ppg to be competitive.  Too much speed, too much shooting, and too much quickness for Charlotte.  Suns win 101 – 93.

Atlanta +6.5 @ Cleveland/Over 200.5:

The lock of the night is the Hawks getting 6.5.  Ladies and gentlemen we are finally believers in this new brand of hawks.  Not only are there 4 legit scorers on this team, but they play a pace and brand of basketball that is how basketball should be played.  It’s finally refreshing, coming from some of the turds Atlanta used to put on the floor.  Mike Buddenholzer has truly put his “Spurs” brand of basketball on this team.  The Cavs are obviously great, but these two teams are close in talent.  Atlanta has a clear advantage inside with Milsap and Horford.  Cleveland has no sniper like Kyle Korver.  Obviously, LBJ and Kyrie dominate for the Cavs, as well.  Atlanta has a chance to be in the conference finals this year, and they may even win this one.  We’ll take the Hawks 103 – 99.

Boston -4 vs. Orlando:

On paper, they may look even, but it’s fantastic timing for Boston.  The C’s have better guard and wing play in Rondo, Jeff Green, and Evan Turner.  Orlando is coming off a pitiful performance at Toronto, but the turnaround is too soon to be that competitive.  Not to mention, Boston is still lighting up the nets offensively.  This game is tight for 3 quarters, until Boston pulls away for a 15 point win.  Boston 110 – Orlando 95.

Toronto -12.5 vs. Brooklyn/Under 197:
Brooklyn is old and uninspired.  Brooklyn is just plain awful.  How can you lose, at home, to a Miami team that’s down Bird Man and Bosh?  Miami also has a one legged D-Wade, and an over the hill Luol Deng.  Brooklyn has no heart, no character, and completely no “give a shit” left on their season.  Coming off a back to back, that spells disaster.  Toronto, despite losing Demar Derozan is still playing hard and inspired basketball.  The real problem becomes no inside buckets for Brooklyn in this one.  Raptors walk away with 109 – 82 victory.

Denver +2.5 vs. Houston:
Neither team will stop much in this one, but Denver is a different team at home.  If Dwight Howard were here we might push the Rockets.  James Harden won’t shoot as well on the road, and Ty Lawson is a dominant freak in the mile high.  Nuggs pull out a close one 103 – 97.

Teaser of the Night: Portland -5/Atlanta +11.5:
See above on Atlanta.  Portland is fantastic at home.  Lillard, Matthews, Batum, and Aldridge shoot at an incredible clip pretty much anywhere, but especially at the Rose Garden.  Milwaukee just lost Jabari, but that’s not the biggest factor.  The Bucks just haven’t been playing well lately.  They also win on defense and they simply don’t have the defensive athleticism to hold down one of the most potent offenses in the NBA, on their home floor.  Portland’s fantastic, period.  They’re even more fantastic, at home.  Milwaukee can’t defend, or score enough, to hang around.  Portland most likely covers the 9 points, but why not play it safe, especially when the Hawks have been scoring at the clip that they are.