I honestly don't know what to make of the big deal made by the Grizzlies yesterday. It was my understanding that the trade they made last week had set them up to be able to keep the core group together so they could attempt to make a deep run into the playoffs. Now, it's anybody's guess what's going to happen with the Griz. They did get a good player in Ed Davis from the Raptors, but I don't know how much help Tayshaun Prince is going to be. The thing that really concerns me is how much upheaval is there going to be in that Memphis locker room. It's true that Rudy Gay's production had fallen off greatly since he became the subject of trade rumors, but he's a part of this core group of Grizzlies that had "grown up" together and made this franchise relevant again. Only time will tell, but it sure seems to me that Memphis' ownership group has thrown their team and it's chances under the bus.
THE NBA (7-5 last night and 13-17 so far for the week)
SU WINNERS (8-4 last night and 18-12 so far for the week)
THUNDER and WARRIORS
TOTALS (8-4 last night and 19-11 so far for the week)
OVER - Mavs/WARRIORS (206)
UNDER - Grizzlies/THUNDER (191 1/2)
BUTTA (2-0 last night and 2-2 so far for the week)
I don't want to make the knee-jerk reaction and jump the Thunder just yet. That doesn't mean I won't after I get more information. As we know, none of the players involved in a trade can be used by any of the teams involved until all the players dealt are available to their new teams, and right now, it's highly doubtful that the Grizzlies new players will play for them tonight. Possibly more to come, but as of right now, I'm not looking at any plays in The Association tonight.
ALL THE REST
1. THUNDER (-8 1/2) over Grizzlies - The Thunder are the only direction to look for this game based on all the factors already discussed, but if that's not enough, OkC is a doggone good team. THUNDER 109, Grizzlies 77
2. WARRIORS (-3 1/2) over Mavs - The Warriors have been a thorn in the side of the Mavs for years, and Oracle Arena has especially been a house of horrors for Dallas. Golden State beat the Mavs by 4 points in Dallas in mid-November. I want to be very careful here though. The Warriors are coming off a long road trip, the Mavs are a little better now than they were in November but so are the Warriors with Bogut back in the lineup. The real question mark here is going to be whether or not Curry, Barnes and Landry are available to Coach Jackson tonight. If all go, that could make the OVER (206) look very inviting. WARRIORS 108, Mavs 102
COLLEGE HOOPS (1-0 ATS and 0-1 SU & TOTALS last night and 2-0 ATS and 1-1 SU & TOTALS so far for the week)
As with the NBA, there's no BUTTA right now, but I still need to do a little more research on the New Mexico St./TEXAS ST. game out of the WAC. I feel like I want to pull the trigger on the Lobos, but right now, I'm not quite ready to make that call.
ALL THE REST
1. LOUISIANA (-1 1/2, O141) over N. Texas - RAGIN' CAJUNS 79, Mean Green 63
2. W. KENTUCKY (-11, U125) over Troy St. - HILLTOPPERS 68, Trojans 53
3. Utah St. (+5, O133) at IDAHO - VANDALS 69, Aggies 66
4. SEATTLE (-7, U138) over San Jose St. - REDHAWKS 71, Spartans 61
5. New Mexico St. (-8 1/2, O144 1/2) over TEXAS ST. - Lobos 83, BOBCATS 62
6. TEX.-SAN ANTONIO (+8 1/2, U123) vs. Denver - Pioneers 58, ROADRUNNERS 50
It must be a late January Thursday night if we've got more college hoops action than games scheduled in the NBA. With the temperature struggling to reach 20 today here in God's Country, it's so nice to think about the fact that we're only a few weeks from baseball! Have a great rest of your Thursday. If you're starting your weekend early, please be careful out there. I'll see you tomorrow.