FOR the second time ever I was under 50% for my Sunday Picks last week, which is probably not an ideal trait for a sports blogger. I’ve got a good feeling about this weekend though. I’m reeling off my first clean slate getting every game right. Positive thinking right? Or maybe I’m just delusional. Enough babbling.
Last Week: 5-6
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Dallas Mavericks
THE poor Mavericks can’t catch a break with injury. They have missed guys for inconsistent periods of time which makes it tough for the team to gel and form some continuity.
Verdict: Timberwolves W
New York Knicks @ Toronto Raptors
TORONTO is rolling right now, with their 132 points against Brooklyn the other night the most scored in regulation in team history. The Knicks are trending in the opposite direction, winning two of their last 11 and may be without Porzingis for this game. Raptors.
Verdict: Raptors W
Milwaukee Bucks @ Atlanta Hawks
GIANNIS Antetokounmpo has been garnering all the headlines this season when talking about the Bucks, but rookie Malcolm Brogdon is fast building his own reputation. He has stuffed the stat sheet in his last eight games, cementing himself into the starting line-up in the process. He returns to his hometown on Sunday determined to put on a show.
Verdict: Bucks W
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Houston Rockets @ Brooklyn Nets
AT the midway point of the season the Rockets may very well have the MVP on their team. After losing two straight don’t think James Harden won’t be out for blood as well.
Verdict: Rockets W
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Sacramento Kings
AND if Harden’s isn’t the Most Valuable Player then there is no debate over who is. Russell Westbrook is officially averaging a triple double after 41 games, that’s not a typo. His lack of teammate support may hurt his MVP chances, and his chances of winning this game though.
Verdict: Kings W
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Chicago Bulls @ Memphis Grizzlies
BEFORE the season began one of my bold predictions was that Chicago would finish at the bottom of their division. Detroit’s recent three game skid is the only reason they aren’t anchored their now.
Verdict: Grizzlies W
Detroit Pistons @ Los Angeles Lakers
Which also doesn’t bode well for the Pistons chances in this game. They literally can’t stop anyone from hitting a three on defense, and the absence of KCP and Leuer will make that task even harder. Lakers.
Verdict: Lakers W
NFL DIVISIONAL ROUND
Green Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys
THIS shapes to be the game of the weekend. Then again I feel like I have said that with every postseason appearance Aaron Rodgers makes. With both offenses featuring plenty of talent the game will be won or lost on the defensive side of the ball.
Verdict: Cowboys W
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs
THE Steelers showcased just how dominant their offense can be when clicking on all cylinders. Unless Tyreek Hill has 37 highlight plays, I think this is the end of the road for Kansas City.
Verdict: Steelers W
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