Were some of you who took my advice on the Heat worried a little at halftime, or maybe even deep into the 3rd quarter last night? You shouldn't have been. That game was the perfect example of what Miami's whole season has been like---at least from the point when they started that long winning streak. There had to be at least a dozen games just since late January where the Heat were close. or even behind, in games, but when the 2nd half rolled around, the team started rolling and would bulldoze their opposition.
I still don't like Coach Spoelstra in late game situations when the game is on the line, but what I've learned all year about The Champs is that they are experts at in-game and halftime adjustments. It also doesn't hurt that they have the best player in the game. And I would guess, whether it's because of LeBron or not, Wade is probably still a top 10 player also. That can be pretty devastating when this team gets things figured out. And it has been.
THE NBA (3-0 ATS/2-1 SU/2-1 TOTALS last night and 5-10/10-4/9-6 so far for the week)
BUTTA (1-0 last night and 2-1 so far for the week)
Pivotal games tonight, but I don't have a feel for any of them. I'll pass them all.
ALL THE REST
1. CELTICS 103, Knicks (+2 1/2, O183) 101 - This one is too close for comfort according to my projection, but I don't think I'd want the Celts anyway. The Knicks are the better team, and they can get this series by the throat with a win. I question whether they will or not.
2. LAKERS (+5 1/2, U187 1/2) 97, Spurs 81 - We've seen the Lakers get overwhelmed in the 2nd half of each of the first 2 games of this series. The Spors struggled and stumbled mightily on the road at the end of the season though. Is that something to be concerned about, or was it a case of a team that was just throttling down prior to the playoffs?
3. Nuggets (pk, U212) 109, WARRIORS 102 - In spite of what my numbers say, it's not going to surprise me one bit if the Warriors win this game. It will be a rowdy and raucous crowd at Oracle tonight for their team's first playoff game in years, and we might as well face facts. This series is probably the most likely to go 7 games.
THE SHOW (2-3 yesterday and 11-11 so far for the week)
BUTTA (1-0 last night and 4-1 so far for the week)
Pretty slim pickings here tonight. It's a full schedule, but I don't see anything that gives me a distinct edge going in, and there aren't many games that even tempted me.
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
1. MARLINS (LeBLANC +100) over Cubs (Feldman) - The one thing the Fish do pretty well is pitch, but that's about it. The Cubs don't hit very well either, so maybe if somebody runs into one for Miami, they can pull one out tonight. At least it looks like Feldman should cooperate to reach that end. He's only 7-17 overall and 5-14 when his team is coming off a win over the last 2 seasons.
2. Angels (Wilson -135) over MARINERS (HARANG) - That bullpen is going to have Mike Scioscia pulling what's left of his hair out all season long, and the Halos are missing more often than not in clutch situations on offense. It's all added up to a miserable start for Anaheim, but Wilson is 6-3 lifetime against the M's and 38-13 in his career against sub-.500 teams.
THE DAILIES (6-6 ATS/6-4 SU/8-4 TOTALS yesterday and 33-35/30-33/40-28 so far for the week)
1. Indians (+1 1/2, U8 1/2) at ROYALS
2. RED SOX (-1 1/2, O9) over Astros
3. Blue Jays (+1 1/2, U9) at YANKEES
4. Rays (+1 1/2, U71 1/2) at WHITE SOX
5. TWINS (+1 1/2, U8 1/2) vs. Rangers
6. Orioles (+1 1/2, O7 1/2) at ATHLETICS
7. MARINERS (+1 1/2, U7 1/2) vs. Angels
8. TIGERS (-1 1/2, O7 1/2) over Braves
9. PADRES (+1 1/2, O7) vs. Giants
10. CARDINALS (-1 1/2, U8 1/2) over Pirates
11. NATIONALS (-1 1/2, U7) over Reds
12. MARLINS (+1 1/2, U7 1/2) vs. Cubs
13. D-BACKS (-1 1/2, U9 1/2) over Rockies
14. Brewers (+1 1/2, U7 1/2) at DODGERS
15. Phillies (+1 1/2, U7 1/2) at METS
Very late today, I know. But I had other stuff to do, and I knew early on that I wasn't going to be moving on anything tonight. No harm, no foul. Have a great Friday night. Be careful out there, and I'll see you tomorrow.