Great 3-point shooting display by the Kings in the 4th quarter did me in last night. The Rocks were right there with a double digit lead with about 4 minutes to go in the game, but almost like Notre Dame against Louisville on Saturday night, Sacramento surged back quickly with 3 quick treys. They were also fouled on another attempt and sank all 3 free throws, and that was about the end for the Rocks. It was a tough way to go, but sometimes it just happens that way. We move on.
THE NBA (5-4 yesterday)
SU WINNERS (5-3 yesterday)
76ERS, Celtics, CAVS, PACERS, PISTONS, BULLS, BUCKS and MAVS
TOTALS (5-4 yesterday)
OVERS - Wolves/CAVS (205), Nets/PACERS (183 1/2), Hornets/PISTONS (195 1/2) and Hawks/MAVS (204)
UNDERS - Clippers/76ERS (184), Celtics/BOBCATS (193), Spurs/BULLS (191) and Wizards/BUCKS (197 1/2)
BUTTA (0-1 yesterday)
PARLAY: CAVS (-290) over Wolves and PACERS (-500) over Nets - I'll come out with a (-160) payout here. I could go ahead and take my chances with 2 separate plays on the sides of both these games, and the trending data would certainly back me up. The Cavs (-7) are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games, and the favorite is 9-3 in the last 12 in this series. The Wolves are a feisty squad at times though, but they are only 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 9-18 in their last 18 overall. I just can't get past laying more than 3 possessions on a team that's not in the playoff hunt. When it comes to the Pacers (-8 1/2), there isn't a whole lot to go on. The favorite is 19-7 ATS in the last 26 games in this series, but they real key may be with Brooklyn. This is a b2b closer for them, and they're only 2-7 SU when on the road in that situation so far this season. They're also playing their 5th game in 7 nights. And if that's not enough, the Nets are only 12-25 ATS in their last 37 games against Central division teams. CAVS 123, Wolves 109 and PACERS 104, Nets 82
ALL THE REST
1. 76ERS (+5 1/2) vs. Clippers - The Clips got a big monkey off their back by drilling the Knicks yesterday, but this might be a very tired team. They'll be playing their 6th game in 9 nights tonight as they close out their "Grammy Trip". It hasn't gone well so far for them, and the Sixers are certainly not in the elite category in the league. The one thing the Sixers will do, however, is kick and scratch and claw for a full 48 minutes. I'm not sure if I'm buying the projection I have for this game, but I can sure see this one being very close at the end. 76ERS 77, Clippers 69
2. BOBCATS (+4 1/2) vs. Celtics - It sure doesn't look right, but it just might work out. The Celts are on a b2b and off a 3OT game last night. I wouldn't suggest that they'll just be going through the motions tonight, but it's very possible that there won't be a whole lot of pep in the C's step as this game wears on. We all know the 'Cats are quite likely the worst team in the league, so I'd never think of backing them, but it might be a spot for them. That blind squirrel just might get a nut tonight. Celtics 96, BOBCATS 92
3. PISTONS (-5) over Hornets - I really thought about laying the Pistons here. They've been playing well lately, especially at home, but with them on a bit of a roll, it looks like the perfect time for a team like the Stingers to come in and give Detroit a bit of a problem. PISTONS 116, Hornets 94
4. Spurs (+2) at BULLS - As expected, the Spurs had a real problem with the Nets size for the better part of that game last night. They were able to overcome that when the Nets went cold in the 2nd half though. The Bulls are one of the best rebounding teams in the league, so even though the Spurs are 18-6 ATS in their last 24 b2b finishers, I can't make the move on them tonight. BULLS 96, Spurs 95
5. BUCKS (-4 1/2) over Wizards - The Bucks are one of those really frustrating teams for a guy like me. They really struggled on Saturday night against a Pistons team that was really tired from a grueling scheduling spot, and Milwaukee lost the game outright. In fact, the Bucks were never really ever close to covering the number, and it never really felt like they were going to be able to turn it on and get there. They should make amends tonight with a much shorter price, but the Wiz are greatly improved from where they were before John Wall returned to the lineup. This might not be a walkover for the Bucks either. BUCKS 97, Wizards 89
6. MAVS (-5) over Hawks - The Mavs have played much better, especially at home over the last few weeks, and the Hawks have been a big disappointment...AGAIN! There doesn't have to be much more said than that. MAVS 110, Hawks 102
COLLEGE HOOPS (6-6 ATS/5-5 SU/5-7 TOTALS yesterday)
1. Kansas St. (+8, O131) 72, KANSAS 71
2. OKLAHOMA (-15 1/2, U118) 67, Tcu 41
3. GEORGETOWN (-4 1/2, U122) 64, Marquette 47
The numbers say one thing, but the trending data says something completely different with the G'Town game tonight. The projection may come out to an UNDER, but trending data says that 9 of the last 12 meetings in this series have gone OVER, so be careful there. Also, I really don't like the Wildcats chances in Lawrence tonight against the Jayhawks. There's no way that anybody is coming into "The Phogg" and handing KU it's 2nd straight home loss and 4th loss in a row overall. And by the way, the last time Kansas lost 3 straight games to unranked teams, the Jayhawks won the national title with "Danny & The Miracles". Just food for thought.
Have a great rest of your Monday. I'll see you again tomorrow.