Throwing It All Away

3/24/14 in NBA   |   pigskinfan   |   44 respect

Amid the furor and mayhem that is The Madness, many may have lost sight of what's going on in The Association.  It's that time of year when things get a little hectic with the big boys too.  Playoff spots and seeding in those playoffs are hanging in the balance, and with about a dozen games to go in the season for most teams, things are getting as wild and unpredictable as the whole year up to this point has been.

In the West, there are several teams vying for the last couple of playoff spots.  In the East, it pretty much boils down to seeding from #4 through #7,  Beyond that, only 2 teams are battling for that last playoff spot, and that battle is looking more like a pillow fight.  It doesn't really seem like either team, the Hawks and Knicks, really want the berth.

Yesterday, and for the 2nd game in a row, the Hawks crumbled in the 4th quarter.  They coughed up a 9-point lead entering the final stanza and lost by 10 points.  The Raptors are a good, solid squad that deserves to be in the playoffs this season, but all in all, it was pretty ridiculous.

So, what do you do if you're in the race for the playoffs, you know that the team you're chasing has already lost their game and you build a 15-point halftime lead in your game that night?  If you're the Knicks, you choke it all up, get dominated in the 2nd half by a team that doesn't have it's best player and you lose not only the game, but also the chance to pick up that valuable ground.

I guess the question should be:  Does it really make any difference?  Probably not.  Whichever of those 2 teams eventually gets that playoff spot, they're just going to be cannon fodder in the 1st round.  What I really enjoyed, though, was the fact that tomorrow night, one of the national games on TNT will be Knicks at Lakers, and the network seems to be proud of it.  UGH!

THE NBA  (3-4 ATS/4-3 SU/3-4 TOTALS yesterday)

BUTTA  (1-0 yesterday)
Nothing going on here tonight.  I thought we might have something with the Griz when they opened at (-6), but that number has ballooned to (-7 1/2), and I don't want to carry that weight.
Rockets   94 Suns 110
BOBCATS (+4, O206) 113 HAWKS (-2 1/2, O213) 117
Blazers   99 Pacers   82
HEAT (-6 1/2, O208 1/2) 110 BULLS (-1 1/2, U179)   91
Nets (-1, U199) 100 Nuggets 105
PELICANS   96 THUNDER (-11, O218) 121
Wolves 103 76ers   89
GRIZZLIES (-7 1/2, O197) 119 SPURS (-21 1/2, U211 1/2) 122
Pistons 100 Bucks   99
JAZZ (+1, O202) 114 CLIPPERS (-16, O212) 122

---The Nets have not been a real good b2b team this season, but they might have an edge tonight.  New Orleans will be missing some of their offensive punch with Eric Gordon injured and "expected to miss" this game.
---While I do like the Griz tonight, I also think the TOTAL for that game is vulnerable to the OVER.  The Wolves play no defense at all, but they do seem to get theirs on offense on most nights.
---I'm really not sure what happened, but the Jazz have gone from favorite to underdog for their matchup with the Pistons tonight.  It's really not anything that I'm going to lose any sleep over, but it sure doesn't make sense to me.

 COLLEGE HOOPS  (8-3 ATS/8-3 SU/4-7 TOTALS yesterday)
Just because The Madness is taking a few days off, that doesn't mean we don't have any games.  The NIT, CBI and CIT provide the action tonight.

BUTTA  (1-0 yesterday)
ILLINOIS ST. (-2) over Texas A&M - One of the good things about these "lesser" tournaments is that we can exploit home court advantage where there might be one.  This game is one of those cases.  A&M is a terrible road team.  They went only 1-8 SU away from College Station this past season, and here they are.  Illinois St., on the other hand, is a very good home team having gone 13-3 in their own gym this season.
THE NIT      
Georgetown 61 Lsu (+6 1/2, U143) 56
FLORIDA ST. (-4, U138) 72 SMU 58
Arkansas 58    
CAL (-2, U152) 67    
Radford 80 Penn St. 54
OLD DOMINION (-6, O140 1/2) 86 SIENA (+3 1/2, U137) 70
Texas A&M 43 Princeton 55
ILLINOIS ST. (-2, U127 1/2) 66 FRESNO ST. (-3 1/2, U139) 61
Neb.-Omaha (+6 1/2, U160) 76    
MURRAY ST. 81    

---I was thinking that Fresno St. might be a pretty decent play tonight, but then I got to digging a little bit.  The Bulldogs closed their season pretty strong, and Princeton is a long way from home, but Princeton also doesn't appear to be intimidated.  The Tigers have a winning record on the road this season.

That's it, folks!  Have a great rest of your Monday, and I'll see you tomorrow.
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