IF it wasn’t for some Isaiah Thomas heroics last Sunday I would have had my first perfect week. Alas, I was on the right side of the Superbowl results thanks to some Tom Brady heroics but enough of the past. A lean slate of games again this weekend means I could go close to another perfect week. Here we go.
Last Week: 6-1
Chicago Bulls @ Minnesota Timberwolves
BOTH squads are looking to bounce back after tough losses to under whelming teams. The Bulls may be without Dwyane Wade AND Jimmy Butler. Even if their superstars are in uniform, I still have this marked down as a Minnesota win.
Verdict: Timberwolves W
San Antonio Spurs @ New York Knicks
DO I really need to dive into explaining the result of this match. The Spurs have as many road wins as the Knicks have total wins (22). Oh and New York is 6-20 in their past 26 gams, currently riding a four game streak of L’s.
Verdict: Spurs W
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Detroit Pistons @ Toronto Raptors
THE rested Toronto Raptors have had three days to prepare for the Pistons. They also have their leading scorer DeMar DeRozan back in uniform. This could get ugly.
Verdict: Raptors W
New Orleans Pelicans @ Sacramento Kings
A battle of the bigs will take place in downtown Sacramento on Sunday. All stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be trying to rack up wins number 22 and 23 respectively for the year, while trying to avoid loss number 34 and 33 as well. If you couldn’t tell from those stats both teams are fairly close but I have more faith in the Pelicans to pull out a victory.
Verdict: Pelicans W
#11 Cincinnati Bearcats @ #25 SMU Mustangs
OUR first game on the college basketball front sees the top two ACC teams trying to upset the other. Cincinnati are currently on a 15 game winning streak, while the Mustangs have won 17 of the past 18. The result will come to little moments at pivotal stages and I have faith that Mick Cronin’s roster can pull out a road win.
Verdict: Bearcats W
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Oregon State Beavers @ #10 UCLA Bruins
OREGON State has been home to some famous basketballers in the past. Names like Gary Payton, Ricky Berry and A.C. Green are a few that come to mind. This year however the 4-21 Beavers lack serious talent and the match up against Lonzo Ball and UCLA on the road will end badly.
Verdict: Bruins W
Northwestern Wildcats @ #7 Wisconsin Badgers
THIS match might seem like an obvious result on paper, but there is something about this years Northwestern squad. Aiming for the programs first appearance in the NCAA tournament, Chris Collins’ Wildcats have a 18-6 record, and a win over Wisconsin could all but secure a tourney spot. The Badgers are gaining the slight edge due to this game being played in their own building, don’t be surprised if there is an upset though.
Verdict: Badgers W
#12 Virginia Cavaliers @ Virginia Tech Hokies
STELLAR outside shooting and defense continues to drive this Virginia Cavaliers team. Coming off a big win over Louisville, they will look to keep their winning form and unfortunately for the Hokies, I don’t see a way for them to flip the script.
Verdict: Cavaliers W