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: 6-4
Los Angeles Clippers @ Washington Wizards
THE Wizards have found their groove lately reeling off four wins from five tries after starting the season looking rather average. Their star duo in the back court of Wall and Beal should make the game interesting, but they lack the depth to battle with a hot Clippers team.
Verdict: Clippers W
Sacramento Kings @ Dallas Mavericks
INJURIES continue to keep Dallas rooted to the bottom of the West standings, and even though Sacramento aren’t world beaters, they should handle business on the Mavs home court.
Verdict: Kings W
Utah Jazz @ Memphis Grizzlies
TWO teams that are in interesting spots could give us game of the night. Memphis and Utah have dealt with injuries to key players throughout the early going, and are both shaping up as playoff contenders. I’m giving the Grizz the slight edge due to Mike Conley being back in uniform though.
Verdict: Grizzlies W
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Brooklyn Nets @ Philadelphia 76ers
HONESTLY how do you pick a winner for this game. The Nets and 76ers are the two worst teams in the East at the moment and have a combined 13-38 record. The young bigs of Philly should guide the team to a win, but it will be interesting to see how many minutes Noel gets after his tirade the other day.
Verdict: 76ers W
Toronto Raptors @ Orlando Magic
TORONTO are starting to string together some winning basketball, but face a tough test against a young hungry Orlando team who is fighting to stay relevant. The Raptors will be to good for the Magic though, especially if DeRozan gets hot early.
Verdict: Raptors W
Boston Celtics @ Miami Heat
FOR some strange reason I am smelling an upset brewing in this game. The Celtics haven’t looked like the world beaters they were meant to so far this year, while the Heat have struggled to cope with the loss of Dwyane Wade in the off-season. I’m counting on Hassan Whiteside to lead the Heat to a much-needed win though.
Verdict: Heat W
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New Orleans Pelicans @ San Antonio Spurs
ANTHONY Davis continues to defy logic with his stat lines this year, but unfortunately basketball is a team game, and there may be no team that personifies team better than the Spurs. They will take care of business.
Verdict: Spurs W
New Orleans Saints @ Arizona Cardinals
TWO teams who many expected to be in the NFC playoff picture at the start of the season are now just making up the numbers as they look to next season. Drew Brees vs. the Cardinals defense is the real matchup everyone will be watching and I expect Arizona to get the edge.
Verdict: Cardinals W
San Francisco 49ers @ Atlanta Falcons
THE Falcons have too much to play for to not win here. The 49ers are in free fall and even without Julio Jones Atlanta will win.
Verdict: Falcons W
New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos
ONE of the more intriguing matchups of the weekend sees two AFC teams scheduled to play postseason football meet up. Although with a tough schedule the Broncos may fall out of that playoff race very quickly. Brady versus the elite defense will be interesting, but the inconsistent Denver offense will be their downfall.
Verdict: Patriots W
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Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers
OAKLAND are building towards the playoffs, while the Chargers unfortunately have drawn the short straw this year. All three of their divisional foes are in the playoff race and they won’t be able to pull off the miracle and top any of them. The Raiders will be hoping they can rediscover their dominant offensive play that saw them sky-rocket to the top of the AFC after stalling in recent times.
Verdict: Raiders W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Dallas Cowboys
ARE the Cowboys starting to falter? We saw the Giants defense stop the seemingly dominant Dallas offense last week, which has led to many questions surfacing. The Buccaneers are hungry and are playing some stellar football at the moment. Call me crazy but I can see Jameis Winston and Co pulling off one of the upsets of the year.
Verdict: Buccaneers W