Thursday, November 18, 2004

Thursday's NBA Picks

Thursday, November 18

Home Team in Caps

Anthony's Picks

Last Night:(8-3), Week:(14-7), Year:(31-31-1), Locks:(2-0)
  • PHILADELPHIA (+8) OVER San Antonio
  • CHARLOTTE (+7) over Cleveland
  • New York (+6.5) over HOUSTON
  • If Paul aint lockin, I aint lockin.

Paul's Picks

Last Night:(8-3), Week:(11-10), Year:(37-30-1), Locks:(2-0)

  • PHILADELPHIA (+8) over San Antonio
  • CHARLOTTE (+7) over Cleveland
  • HOUSTON (-6.5) over New York
  • NOTE: No Lock tonight for Paul

    Our rival challengers, "SlackJawed Gawker" and "The Hat" faired rather well last night going 8-3 and 7-4, respectively. After a shaky start, Paul and I cleaned up with the later games and we remain undefeated with our "Locks of the Night." We welcome any challengers, on any given night. Thanks Matt.


At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hat has Philly, Cleveland, and Houston.

The Gawker's not a betting man. But if he were, he wouldn't bet tonight. The point spreads are too large to have a good feel about any of the games, so it's understandable why Paul decided to forgo choosing a Lock of the Night.

Slackjawed Gawker nevertheless chooses...
San Antonio, who have won their last 4 games by an average of more than 15 points. Philly is undersized and/or inexperienced in the frontcourt. Dalembert would probably get more minutes tonight except that he'll inevitably have foul trouble. Kyle Korver won't get a chance to sink so many 3s with Bowen on him and Ginobili and Barry torching him on the defensive end.

Cleveland, who is also playing very well lately, particularly on the defensive end (it's all relative). Charlotte will be especially hungry after choking against Utah in front of their home crowd, but they have no answer for LeBron. I think the Cavs are just beginning to develop a taste for winning, and realize they can make a statement in the East over the next couple weeks. I don't expect them to take these next 2 games lightly, even if both of Charlotte's true point guards are out with injuries.

Houston, who desperately needs to win tonight. They did not expect to have a losing record 9 games into the season. No one did. In their last game, they choked in the final seconds to Atlanta, of all teams. After tonight, they start a very difficult 4 game road trip out west. This is a must-win game and I expect them to really take it to the Knicks. Think about it: Yao v. Nazr Mohammed and Kurt Thomas. Jim Jackson is playing well. 6.5 is a lot of points given Houston's style of play, but if there is a lock tonight, this is it. Anthony, you still have time to change your mind before you watch your undefeated record clank against the backboard like a Jamal Crawford brick.


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