Both of my games last night were full of plenty of nervous moments, but like the old saying goes: "It's not how you start but how you finish that counts." I'll take it. Quite honestly, I put the Spurs game on one of the smaller TVs in the media room right about the time the Sixers were making their big charge so that I could watch the new show on FOX, "The Following". Intersting show. Very suspenseful. I would highly recommend it if you're into psychological drama. Kevin Bacon is the lead character in the show, and he's one of those tortured souls. His character hasn't been fully developed yet, but he did a real good job with it last night. I know I'll be watching again next week.
THE NBA (9-0 last night and 11-2 so far for the week)
That's not a typo. The numbers made a clean sweep yesterday. I'm not sure yet if that's an indicator that we're clear of the first adjustment phase of the season. We all know by now that one good night doesn't mean the end of a slump any more than one bad night puts an end to a hot streak, but this surely is encouraging.
SU WINNERS (5-3 yesterday and 7-5 so far for the week)
Celtics, PISTONS, BUCKS and CLIPPERS
TOTALS (6-3 last night and 7-6 so far for the week)
OVER - 76ers/BUCKS (196 1/2)
UNDERS - Celtics/CAVS (190 1/2), Magic/PISTONS (197) and Thunder/CLIPPERS (201)
BUTTA (1-0 yesterday and 1-1 so far for the week)
Nothing here for tonight...yet. I'll let you know later if I'm going to pull the trigger on one of tonight's games.
ALL THE REST
1. Celtics (-4) over CAVS - It's no secret. The Celts stink, but the Cavs aren't much better. Maybe calling his team out will work for Coach Rivers for tonight at least. Celtics 94, CAVS 87
2. PISTONS (-5 1/2) over Magic - This actually looks like it might be a pretty decent game. It's most likely that neither of these teams will make a charge for a playoff spot, but it's games like this that either would need to win to keep hope alive. PISTONS 101, Magic 95
3. BUCKS (-6 1/2) over 76ers - If there is a play out there tonight, this will be it. I want to sit and watch what happens with this number though. When first posted, it was Bucks (-7) and sank to where it's at now almost immediately. I want to see if it goes down any further before I move on the home team here. If it does, I might make the move. If not, I don't think I want to put anything at risk right now for a (-290) payout on the moneyline even though the Sixers are only 1-8 so far this season on the back end of a b2b. BUCKS 106, 76ers 98
4. CLIPPERS (+1) vs. Thunder - This should be fun. Not only are these 2 of the best teams in the whole league, but they're both off losses in their last games. CLIPPERS 99, Thunder 96
As you would expect, I've already been digging away in an attempt to find an edge for the Super Bowl in a couple of weeks. The number opened with the Niners (-5), but the early money has brought that down to (-3 1/2). That's pretty common for the early going during a 2-week layoff, so I don't think it really indicates too much for us to grab onto. I know I won't be showing my cards till the day of the game.
What I can tell you is that since the expansion of the playoffs to 6 teams in each conference, the #4 seed from the AFC has reached the big game 4 times and is 2-2, while the #2 team in the NFC has made it through 5 times and is 3-2. I know this doesn't tell you much. It's not intended to. It's just a fun fact to know and tell so that you can impress your acquaintances with. Hey! Two weeks is a long time to have to try and kill. Have a great day, and I'll talk to you again tomorrow.