Just a terrible performance by the Nets last night. Really bad shooting was the key to the whole thing led by their leaderi, Deron Williams. They couldn't throw it in the ocean and hit the water if they threw it from the side of the boat, but while it results in a loss for me, it's not entirely a bad thing. We'll talk more about that when these 2 teams reconvene in Chicago on Thursday, but I think the thing that really surprised me about the whole game was that it looked to me like the Nets were playing flat-footed for the entire game. The Bulls didn't appear to be doing anything different offensively. They're somewhat limited that way without Rose and having an injured Noah out there, but the Nets were reacting on defense instead of attacking the ball as they did in Game 1. And the action wasn't much better on the offensive end as the Nets just didn't control the paint as they should have been able to. I hope those weren't the adjustments we've heard so much about.
Hats off to King Felix. He finally got his 100th win in his 4th try at it. His offense didn't let him down, and they didn't waste his usual strong performance. And to El Gato's credit, he didn't relax when it came to getting some runs. He was all over that 'Stros lineup from the beginning, so good for him. At age 27, he's got he's hit the century mark in wins. He's been a durable and reliable starter throughout his career, so you wonder just how many he'll get by the time he's done. You also can't help but wonder how many he'd have if he would have been toiling for a better team. He's not worried though. After the contract extension he sogned in the offseason, he's going to be a very happy man for the rest of his life.
THE NBA (0-2 ATS/1-1 SU/0-2 TOTALS last night and 0-6/4-2/2-4 so far for the week)
EGAD! As evidenced by the numbers above, it's been a rough start to the week in The Association. Fortunately, I haven't had a lot invested in it so far.
BUTTA (0-1 last night and so far for the week as well)
KNICKS (-6 1/2, U185) 93, Celtics 84 - The Knicks had to battle back in Game 1, and I think that really surprised a lot of people that the Celts made it so hard on them. I see the same kind of game here tonight. The Knicks are the better team, but the play here is not about who wins. This is going to be another grinder of a game like we're used to seeing between these clubs, and that's why I'll be on the UNDER tonight.
ALL THE REST
1. HEAT (-14, U197) 110, Bucks 85 - The only way the Bucks stay in this game and this series is if they shoot their way into it. That's okay, and they're more than capable at any given point in time of hitting everything they throw up, but at some point, they're going to have to play defense.
2. NUGGETS (-8, O208) 111, Warriors 103 - This matchup gave us the best Game 1 of the whole bunch over the weekend, but the landscape is entirely differnt tonight. The Warriors have lost their 2nd best player for the duration, while the Nugs get Manimal back on the court tonight. You'll notice how my projection for this game lays right down on the number, and we've seen in the past how teams will rally when they lose one of their best players. But I think the loss of Lee, coupled with Faried coming back for Denver is going to be too much for the Warriors.
THE SHOW (1-1 last night and 2-3 so far for the week)
BUTTA (1-0 last night and 1-1 so far for the week)
You already know that I'm on the Twins in Game 1 of their doubleheader today, and so far so good. I think there might be another play out there, but for right now, I'm not willing to commit to it till I see how this game plays out as well as how things are looking with my hoops play tonight.
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
1. Dogers (Kershaw -140) over METS (NIESE) - This is about as low a price as you might even see with Kershaw, and that's probably due to the poor output of the Dodger offense. Kershaw wasn't sharp his last time out, so I think he's probably back on the beam tonight. He is 5-0 lifetime against the Mets with a 1.37 ERA, but the real issue here is whether or not the Dodgers will score enough runs to support him.
2. Brewers (Gallardo -125) over PADRES (RICHARD) - The Crew is red hot right now, and Gallardo was terrific his last time out. He's also 12-1 over the last 2 years when the team is coming off a win. Clayton Richard is coming off getting scratched over the weekend, ao this might be a good spot to back the Brewers.
3. RAYS (PRICE -195) over Yankees (Hughes) - David Price is another ace that wasn't particularly sharp his last time out. The Rays probably still should have won that game, but that's water under the bridge. Tampa is playinjg some good ball right now, and Price is 7-3 lifetime against the Yanks.
4. Rangers (Ogando -115) over ANGELS (VARGAS) - Again we have another situation where Ogando is coming off getting blown up his last time out after being next to unhittable to start the season. There's big trouble in Anaheim right now, and I think what this game boils down to is the fact that the Rangers look like the more mentally tough team. A bad bullpen will make a team look weak, and that's where the Halos are dealing with right now.
5. Marlins (Nolasco +115) over TWINS (PELFREY) - Originally, it was suppose to be Nolasco in Game 1 of the doubleheader, but the Fish decided to go with the kid, Jose Fernandez, instead. Either way, I think I'd prefer Miami in Game 2, even with all the struggles they've had so far this season, because Pelfrey is only 1-8 with a 5.20 ERA in his career against Miami.
ALL THAT GLITTERS (5-6 ATS/7-3 SU/4-7 TOTALS last night and 13-14/16-10/15-12 so far for the week)
1. ORIOLES (+1 1/2, U8) vs. Blue Jays
2. Athletics (+1 1/2, U8 1/2) at RED SOX *
3. Indians (+1 1/2, U8) at WHITE SOX
4. TIGERS (-1 1/2, O7 1/2) over Royals
5. ASTROS (+1 1/2, O7 1/2) vs. Mariners
6. ANGELS (+1 1/2, U8) vs. Rangers
7. RAYS (-1 1/2, O7) over Yankees
8. TWINS (-1 1/2, U7 1/2) over Marlins
9. REDS (-1 1/2, U7 1/2) over Cubs
10. ROCKIES (-1 1/2, U10) over Braves
11. METS (+1 1/2, O6) vs. Dodgers
12. PHILLIES (-1 1/2, U7) over Pirates
13. Brewers (-1 1/2, U7) over PADRES
14. GIANTS (-1 1/2, U6 1/2) over D-Backs
15. NATIONALS (+1 1/2, U7) vs. Cardinals
* - Once again today, I come up with a tie in the A's/RED SOX game today, and also be advised that not only will the Marlins and Twins be playing 2 today. The Braves and Rockies do as well in Denver.
That's it. Gotta run and try and nurse the Twinks through this 9th inning. Have a great rest of your day, and I'll see you again tomorrow.