I’VE made over 100 picks now sitting at roughly a 60% strike rate which isn’t too bad. I am ready to hit the ground running for my second hundred (hopefully with alot more correct picks) starting off with the weekend’s top 20 ranked college teams and NBA action.
Last Week: 3-3
New York Knicks @ Atlanta Hawks
THE Knicks may be going into this game without Derrick Rose who tweaked his ankle against Charlotte on Friday. It makes the already tough task of beating Atlanta even harder.
Verdict: Hawks W
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Cleveland Cavaliers
I can’t decide if I’m concerned about the Cavs recent struggles or not. Will we look back at this month and laugh when Cleveland is back in the Finals? Or is this start of bigger issues?
Verdict: Cavaliers W
Houston Rockets @ Indiana Pacers
IF you need one reason to know why Houston will win this game, watch the highlights of James Harden torching the 76ers on Friday. He is literally unstoppable on offense.
Verdict: Rockets W
Washington Wizards @ New Orleans Pelicans
NEW Orleans ends their impressive six game homestand against the rejuvenated Wizards. As tempted as I am to go with Washington here, they don’t have a good road record and the Pelicans have beat the likes of Cleveland and San Antonio in the past seven days. Enough said.
Verdict: Pelicans W
Orlando Magic @ Toronto Raptors
BOTH teams will probably be without their leading scorers with Evan Fournier and Demar DeRozan currently listed as questionable. It doesn’t matter from a Raptors standpoint, they still have Kyle Lowry. For Orlando however, gulp.
Verdict: Raptors W
Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls
DRAMA and teammates feuding is poisoning one of these teams. The other is one of the most successful teams in the month of January. Trust the process.
Verdict: 76ers W
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Dallas Mavericks @ San Antonio Spurs
A healthy Dallas is starting to look like an OK basketball team winning games recently winning five of their past eight. This is a different ball game playing against San Antonio though. I’m sniffing an upset but can’t go against the Spurs
Verdict: Spurs W
Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trailblazers
WATCHING the two backcourt’s go against each other will be fun, but the Warriors are starting to click as a unit. They seem to have it figured out, which is a scary prospect for the rest of the league.
Verdict: Warriors W
#12 Virginia Cavaliers @ #1 Villanova Wildcats
VILLANOVA showed their weakness earlier in the week in their shock loss to Marquette. They were a woeful 6-34 from three point territory and couldn’t establish an inside game. Expect to see them attack the rim early and often to set the tone against a tough Virginia team capable of pulling off the upset on the road.
Verdict: Wildcats W
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North Carolina State Wolfpack @ #13 Louisville Cardinals
SHORT handed Louisville could be in some danger here with two of their key back court pieces, Quentin Snider and Tony Hicks both injured. That being said the Cardinals are coming off a 55 point win at Pittsburgh and are in their own building. They should be fine. Should.
Verdict: Cardinals W
Washington Huskies @ #7 Arizona Wildcats
THE only reason to watch this game is to see what kind of stat line Markelle Fultz puts up. Unfortunately he doesn’t have the teammates to help make an upset a possibility.
Verdict: Wildcats W
South Florida Bulls @ #17 Cincinnati Bearcats
FRESH off a win over #24 Xavier the Bearcats are clicking and looking to keep the ball rolling. South Florida on the other hand is struggling mightily, riding an eight game losing streak and are winless in conference play. It doesn’t take rocket science to figure this one out.
Verdict: Bearcats W