Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Wednesday's Picks

Baron Davis and the Warriors will be amped tonight for a big showdown with the Kings at The Arena.

November 30, 2005

Home Team in CAPS

Ant's Picks:

Last Night: (4-3-1); Week: (5-7); Season: (112-91)
  • WASHINGTON -10 over Portland
  • ATLANTA +5.5 over Miami
  • Memphis -5 over TORONTO
  • CLEVELAND -8 over Clippers
  • BOSTON -1.5 over Philadelphia
  • NEW JERSEY +4 over Detroit
  • NEW YORK -1.5 over Chicago
  • New Orleans +8.5 over DENVER
  • Indiana +2.5 over PHOENIX
  • Charlotte +7 over SEATTLE
  • Sacramento +5.5 over GOLDEN STATE

Paul's Picks:

Last Night: (6-1-1); Week: (8-4); Season: (106-97)

  • WASHINGTON -10 over Portland
  • Miami -5.5 over ATLANTA
  • Memphis -5 over TORONTO
  • CLEVELAND -8 over Clippers
  • Philadelphia +1.5 over BOSTON
  • Detroit -4 over NEW JERSEY
  • NEW YORK -1.5 over Chicago
  • New Orleans/OKC +8.5 over DENVER
  • Indiana +2.5 over PHOENIX
  • SEATTLE -7 over Charlotte
  • GOLDEN STATE -5.5 over Sacramento

--The Blazers are just about ready to pack it up and get back home after last night's drubbing in Philly. This will be their 7th game in 11 days on this brutal East Coast road trip. Wiz, much like the Sixers last night, are feasting their eyes on opponent like this to help get them back on track. WAS 101-90

--Miami has struggled away from home so this is their chance to gain a little confidence away from American Airlines Arena. The Hawks won't be ready for the energy Dwyane Wade and Alonzo Mourning have been bringing after having played last night in Houston. MIA 95-87

--Memphis has won each of the last five games that they haven't been outrebounded in-- that's been a consistent trend for them over the last 2+ seasons. Toronto is one of the worst rebounding teams in the league. I also trust this experienced and well-coached Memphis team to take care of its business on most occasions. MEM 98-90

--The Cavs should bounce back after having a couple of days to figure out what went wrong in an ugly home loss to the Wolves on Saturday. Clippers will likely come in happy knowing they were able to take 1 of 2 in a back-to-back at Minnesota and Cleveland. CLE 104-90

--Even as sketchy as the Celtics are, it's still a little difficult to picture them losing consecutive games at home. Nevertheless, these Celtics couldn't cover the Eagles wide receivers right now let alone Allen Iverson, Chris Webber, and co. PHI 111-107

--Could it be a trap game for the Pistons with their much-anticipated meeting with Larry Brown and the Knicks on Friday? Nah. Detroit has had plenty of time to prepare for this game, they'll be primed. And I'll be there to watch 'em! Bo-yah! DET 99-94

--The Bulls enter MSG riding a very impressive 4-game winning streak, yet they're favored to lose to the lowly Knicks? I can't think of a reason to bank on the Knicks tonight, except for the fact that Chicago did play last night. You're slick, Vegas. NYK 88-86

--The Nuggets have covered in every game after coming off a loss since they dropped their first two of the season, but they'll be without Carmelo Anthony tonight. Who's going to score against an underrated defensive ball club? Hornets should keep it close. DEN 89-85

--Indiana has owned the Suns over the last 3 years with the exception of a fluke blowout loss last January in a game in which Jermaine O'Neal had just returned from his suspension and Rick Carlisle actually started Michael Curry. I think the Pacers defense will be too much for a Phoenix attack that is both predictable and stoppable. IND 94-89

--Charlotte has covered 4 of 5 while Seattle hasn't covered in any of their last 4. Charlotte should be able to keep it within 7 after getting smoked last night, right? Wrong. SEA 105-97

--Don't be fooled by Sacramento's mini hot streak-- all 3 wins came at home against lesser competition. The Warriors will be all fired up knowing they're actually hosting a meaningful game against a division rival. They should do no less than beat the Kings handily, just as they did twice in March last season. GS 106-94


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