Monday, April 25, 2005

Monday's NBA Playoffs Picks

April 25, 2005

Home Team in CAPS

Anthony's Picks:

Sunday: (2-2), Playoffs: (4-4)

  • BOSTON -3.5 over Indiana
  • DALLAS -7 over Houston

-I love the way the Celtics played the other night, but more importantly, Jermaine O'Neal looked lost. He hasn't realy played well since returning from the IR (15.0 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 37.5 FG%). The Pacers had 20 turnovers, (bad ones) and the Celtics just looked much more prepared to play. Indiana was lost for much of this game, but maybe their little run in the 4th quarter of Saturday's game can spark them. I doubt it. BOS 104, IND 98.

-I was literally shocked that Houston stole Game 1 the other night. I belive it was just one of those games that Dallas was too cocky for since they were playing at such a high level to end the regaulr season. Tonight will be a different stroy and totally dominated by Dirk. DAL 109, HOU 97. GLTA



Paul's Picks:

Sunday: (2-2), Playoffs: (4-4)

  • BOSTON -3.5 over Indiana
  • DALLAS -7 over Houston

-The only game of the first weekend that really has me questioning my first round pick was the Indy/Boston one and for good reason-- Indy got a shellacking they didn't see coming to them. As impressive a season Indiana has had in light of all the crap they have dealt with, I just feel they're in over their heads in this series. Carlisle completely took Pierce out of the game and they still got bombed. What happens when Pierce has an average game? Jermaine is not 100%, Reggie appears to have run out of gas, and Anthony Johnson is one point guard Gary Payton can still have his way with. I do think Indy will keep tonight's game close, very close. But it's tough to see them pulling out a nail-biter at the Fleet Center. Boston 87, Indiana 83.

-Avery Johnson was out-coached in game one of the series, plain and simple. JVG threw different defenders at Nowitzki with lots of double-teams and left him with few open looks. Avery did nothing to try and stop T-Mac who scored an easy 34 points. I'm big on Avery, but his lack of playoff coaching experience has me a bit worried. It'll be interesting to see what adjustments he makes tonight to ensure they don't completely fall into a hole. I'm confident Dirk will get his tonight, but he really needs help around him. I said it from the beginning, Stackhouse is the key to this series. He's the one other guy on the Mavs that can beat you in a lot of different ways and has the ability of forcing JVG to really defend him. This will open things up for not only Dirk, but guys like Terry, Finley, and Howard who can be counted on when they're not asked to do too much. Like the other game, I think this one sticks close to the line. Dallas 101, Houston 92.

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