Friday, March 25, 2005

Friday's NBA Picks

March 25, 2005

Home Team in CAPS

ANT'S PICKS

Last Night: (4-0), Week: (9-5)
  • Chicago +7 over BOSTON
  • MIAMI -4.5 over Phoenix
  • Atlanta +13 over SAN ANTONIO
  • GOLDEN STATE -6 over Milwaukee
  • Washington +6 over CLIPPERS
  • New York +5 over SEATTLE

I'm not just choosing Chicago because of my article, I just think the Celts are going to struggle again after getting smoked by the Knicks Wednesday. BOS 96, CHI 93. Miami had one glitch in the past three weeks, big deal. Phoenix is playing their fourth road game in a row and the Heat are looking for revenge of their loss earlier in the season to the Suns. MIA 103, PHX 95. San Antone couldn't beat Christ the King Girls right now by more than 13. SAS 94, ATL 91. Golden State should be back at full strength tonight and blow out the Bucks 109-95. The only reason I took the Wiz is because Livington cannot guard Arenas and Simmons is hurting so Hughes should rough him up as well. LAC 99 WAS 97. Finally, the Knicks seem on a mission after destroying the C's the other night. They are really determined to make the playoffs and should take care of a battered Sonics squad. NYK 103, SEA 101. GLTA see you all next Friday when I get back from Florida. PEACE

PAUL'S PICKS

Last Night: (3-1), Week: (8-5)
  • MIAMI -4.5 over Phoenix
  • GOLDEN STATE -6 over Milwaukee
  • CLIPPERS -6 over Washington

A couple of great matchups tonight-- Indiana returns to Detroit for the first time since the "Malice in the Palace" on November 19th and Miami hosts Phoenix in what could very well be a preview of the NBA Finals. I'm going to leave the Indy/Detroit game alone, but I really like the Heat to cover at home tonight. Phoenix hasn't been playing their best basketball as of late, and coming off of Charlotte and Atlanta, I think Miami will overwhelm them--especially considering the Heat are coming off of a 4-day layoff. Golden State is coming off of a lackluster performance against the Mavs on Wednesday, but don't let that fool you. This team is playing excellent basketball and just had a rough shooting night and seemed to let their emotions get the best of them-- something that's common for a young, inexperienced team. The Bucks are also playing their 4th West Coast game in 6 nights and haven't looked good at all, and with Mo Williams likely out again, expect Baron Davis to torch Anthony Goldwire. Washington has been just scraping by the last few weeks going a respectable 5-5, of course those 5 wins are 2 nail-biters against Utah, and wins against Charlotte, Atlanta, and the Lakers. Right now the Clips are looking like the Heat compared to all of those teams, so look for the Clippers to cover tonight.

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