AS another Sunday rolls around I’ll bring you the picks from the best sporting action on offer. With such a heavy schedule of NFL games I’m focusing just on the late afternoon games, and throwing in my picks from NBA Sunday as well. Let’s dive right in.
Last Week: 10-3
Philadelphia 76ers @ Detroit Pistons
THIS will be short. No Joel Embiid, No Philly. Don’t expect Ersan Ilyasova to bail them out here, especially considering this is being played at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Verdict: Pistons W
Boston Celtics @ Oklahoma City Thunder
BOSTON will be without the reigning All-Star Isaiah Thomas and OKC are hungry to redeem themselves after a loss to Houston the other night. The real question is can Russ record his eighth straight triple double?
Verdict: Celtics W
Golden State Warriors @ Minnesota Timberwolves
I had this marked down as a forgone conclusion that Golden State would win, yet I’m slightly put off after last night. They got beat down by the Grizzlies, as they failed to move the ball efficiently, couldn’t hit an outside shot and were clearly hurt by the absence of Zaza Pachulia and Andre Iguodala. But the Warriors haven’t dropped two in a row for over 100 games and the T-Wolves aren’t enough of a threat to stop that streak.
Verdict: Warriors W
New Orleans Pelicans @ Phoenix Suns
FOR some weird reason I am very intrigued in this match-up. Both are on a back-to-back with the Pelicans having been embarrassed by the Clippers without Anthony Davis, while the Suns managed to defeat the Lakers in LA last night. The expected return of AD for the Pels gives them the edge, but I expect this game to be close.
Verdict: Pelicans W
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Carmelo will look to continue his scoring binge against the Lakers after netting 33 in a win over Sacramento on Friday Night
New York Knicks @ Los Angeles Lakers
LOS Angeles has recently hit the skids after starting the season hovering close to .500 through 20 games. They miss the scoring from D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young, while New York will hope Derrick Rose returns for them. Carmelo Anthony has been scoring the ball well of late and continues to lead the Knicks back to relevance.
Verdict: Knicks W
New York Jets @ San Francisco 49ers
AS sad as it sounds the first game of the afternoon slate is an irrelevant match-up of two teams who have given up on 2016. Flip a coin, heads = Jets, tails = 49ers.
Verdict: 49ers W
New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
MANY people expected the Falcons to run away with the NFC South title a few weeks ago, but the Bucs have stormed back into playoff contention with a four game winning streak. They have too much at stake to not claim victory here.
Verdict: Buccaneers W
Atlanta Falcons @ Los Angeles Rams
AND with Tampa Bay hot on their heels, Atlanta can’t afford to slip up at the Coliseum this weekend either. I have a funny feeling the Rams will come to play and could cause some issues, but the Falcons are too good not to tip them. Monitor the status of wide-out Julio Jones closer to kick-off, because if he doesn’t play LA’s chances of an upset increase dramatically.
Verdict: Falcons W
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The Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers have been two of the most dominant organisations over the past decade, and both are desperate for a win this weekend when they meet at Lambeau Field. Who you got?
Seattle Seahawks @ Green Bay Packers
WITH the playoffs nearing every game matters, especially if you are Green Bay, who thanks to their early season struggles, have to run the table to claim a playoff berth for the eighth straight year. Seattle showed last weekend that their offense has the capability to produce big plays, which could hurt the Packers if they aren’t careful. Due to Earl Thomas’ injury and the Packers playing at home I’m giving them the slightest of edges, but make sure you don’t miss this potential classic.
Verdict: Packers W
Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants
ARE the Dallas Cowboys going to lose again? They have taken on every challenge thrown at them an emerged victorious, yet it seems like we are still waiting for them to prove themselves. They have claimed gutsy wins over the Steelers, Redskins and Ravens in the past month and the Giants shouldn’t pose much of a threat. Eli and Odell have had a kind schedule which has helped inflate their win column, therefore expect the Cowboys to get the W on Sunday Night Football.
Verdict: Cowboys W