Friday, November 25, 2005

Friday's Picks

How bad is Houston? Even Yao's ready to blow chunks...

November 25, 2005

Home Team in CAPS

Ant's Picks:

Last Night: (2-0); Week: (14-9); Season: (98-70)
  • Portland +3 over ORLANDO - *Steve Francis Starting*
  • BOSTON -5.5 over Charlotte
  • Atlanta +12 over INDIANA
  • Dallas Pk over MIAMI
  • MEMPHIS -6 over Houston - *Tracy McGrady Questionable*
  • Milwaukee +6.5 over MINNESOTA
  • DETROIT -10.5 over Washington
  • SAN ANTONIO -11 over Chicago
  • Golden State -2.5 over UTAH - *Andrei Kirilenko Questionable*
  • Clippers +5 over DENVER - *Marcus Camby OUT*
  • SACRAMENTO -8 over Toronto - *Peja Stojakovic Questionable*
  • New Jersey +6 over PHOENIX - *Vince Carter Doubtful*

Some quick notes:

--POR 8-1-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 vs. ORL.

--BOS has beaten CHA by an average of 18.5 points at home in their last two games

--In their last 10 contests, IND has never beaten the ATL by more than 11

--DAL is 8-2 in their last 10 vs. MIA

--MIN is due for a tight one at home, going 4-1 ATS at home over their last 5

--DET is 9-1 ATS vs. WAS in their last 10 meetings

--SAS has won their last 9 meetings vs. CHI. They are 5-0 at home, CHI 1-4 away

--With Kirilenko due back, that line is too shady

--DEN is without Camby which is like Peter North without his penis

--SAC has won their last 4 meetings vs. TOR by 9+

--PHX is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 at home. NJ is 4-1 in their last 5 @ PHX

Paul's Picks:

Last Night: (2-0); Week: (13-10); Season: (85-83)

  • ORLANDO -3 over Portland - *Steve Francis Starting*
  • BOSTON -5.5 over Charlotte
  • Atlanta +12 over INDIANA
  • Dallas Pk over MIAMI
  • Houston +6 over MEMPHIS - *Tracy McGrady Questionable*
  • Milwaukee +6.5 over MINNESOTA
  • DETROIT -10.5 over Washington
  • Chicago +11 over SAN ANTONIO
  • Golden State -2.5 over UTAH - *Andrei Kirilenko Questionable*
  • Clippers +5 over DENVER - *Marcus Camby OUT*
  • Toronto +8 over SACRAMENTO - *Peja Stojakovic Questionable*
  • PHOENIX -6 over New Jersey - *Vince Carter Doubtful*

--Stevie Franchise IS in the lineup so I'm switching my pick to Orlando. ORL 83-79

--The young Celts are a much better home team and have proved trustworthy against inferior teams this season. Bobcats have been dreadful on the road. Plus for some reason I'm banking on the Celts having a little extra motivation as they rock their new unis tonight. BOS 102-92

--The Pacers haven't beaten the Hawks by 12+ in any of their last 10 meetings. Atlanta is also steadily putting things together. IND 96-89

--Miami is 6-3 without Shaq, but they have been anything but impressive. The experienced Mavericks meanwhile are rolling right now and should be able to overwhelm a Heat team riding a 6-game home winning streak. DAL 104-102

--There's no reason why the Rockets should only be getting 6 in Memphis against a Grizzlies team that's sure to be ferocious after two consecutive ugly losses. This line should be closer t0 8, thus I'm taking the Rockets. MEM 88-83

--Both the Bucks and Wolves would LOVE to play every single game at home as their respective home/away records indicate. These two always seem to play each other tough and I see that trend sticking in tonight's game. I'm not sure the Wolves have the firepower to comfortably put away a more explosive Bucks team. MIN 99-96

--The Wiz are reeling right now as Eddie Jordan continues to juggle the rotation in order to fix this 5-game slide. The Pistons, specifically Chancey Billups (who always gets worked up to play against All-Star Gilbert Arenas) and Rip Hamilton (who was traded by Washington a few years ago) love ramming it down the Wizards throat. Pistons will rock the Wiz at The Palace. DET 109-88

--The Spurs have followed up all 3 of their 20+ blowout wins this year with less-than-stellar performances, including 2 losses and a squeeker against Houston. Bulls have been off since Sunday giving them plenty of time to prepare for a team that they took to overtime earlier this month. Expect a close game. SAN 98-95

--Let's see...Utah clobbered the Warriors the first time they met in Oakland; Andrei Kirilenko is expected to give it a go tonight; the Jazz are coming off two impressive victories; and Utah is at the Delta Center where they're a MUCH better team, yet the Warriors are favored tonight? Vegas wants you to take Utah, but I'm taking their side and going with the revenge factor. Warriors live up to the challenge tonight. GS 91-87

--Camby's out man, sheeeeeeeeeeeet LAC 102-93

--The Kings have blown away four of the last five teams they've played at Arco while the Raps have hung tough in the first two games of their four-in-five-night West Coast trip. Shouldn't this line be over 10? Raps will make this a battle tonight, the blowout loss will come tomorrow night at Golden State. SAC 119-114

--The Nets can't defend Hickory High right now let alone the run 'n gun Suns. They'll stick with the Suns for awhile before watching Phoenix slip away in the 2nd half. PHX 109-100


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