MY worst week in months means that my strike rate slipped to around 62%. Not bad, not great. Time to get back on track with the MLB opening day, men’s Miami Open Final and a HUGE slate of NBA games with 24 teams in action.
Last Week: 6-6
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Boston Celtics @ New York Knicks
NO surprises here, Boston wants that #1 seed and will get another W here. New York beat Miami in their last game but haven’t won back to back games since late December.
Verdict: Celtics W
Charlotte Hornets @ Oklahoma City Thunder
WESTBROOK has 39 triple doubles on the year and is just two away from tying Oscar Robertson’s record of 41. If Russ plays the last seven games he needs just 24 boards and 39 dimes to average a triple double for the entire season. Expect a big game from Beastbrook.
Verdict: Thunder W
Memphis Grizzlies @ Los Angeles Lakers
AFTER locking up a playoff berth the Grizzlies have their sights set on climbing as high as possible. The best way to do so? A win at Staples.
Verdict: Grizzlies W
Dallas Mavericks @ Milwaukee Bucks
DALLAS have proven to be pesky to playoff teams, upsetting the standings slightly. I have a hunch they will continue to do so on the road against the Bucks.
Verdict: Mavericks W
Utah Jazz @ San Antonio Spurs
11 wins seperate these two squads, but on paper the Spurs are such an elite team that this could get ugly quickly. Especially if Kawhi Leonard continues to channel his beast like performances of late.
Verdict: Spurs W
Chicago Bulls @ New Orleans Pelicans
THE TNT Bulls continued their surge to their 20th straight win against the Cavs on Thursday. To bad the real Bulls are shithouse.
Verdict: Pelicans W
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Philadelphia 76ers @ Toronto Raptors
A visit to the Air Canada Centre won’t bode well for the 76ers. Nothing more needs to be said.
Verdict: Raptors W
Atlanta Hawks @ Brooklyn Nets
IMPRESSIVELY Brooklyn has gone 7-8 in their last 15 games, but expect the L’s to stack up as the Hawks and others look to gain momentum for the playoffs.
Verdict: Hawks W
Denver Nuggets @ Miami Heat
PORTLAND’S latest surge has all but closed the door on the Nuggets lim playoff hopes. The Miami Heat instead are surging towards the postseason, that says enough.
Verdict: Heat W
Indiana Pacers @ Cleveland Cavaliers
CLEVELAND has hardly looked like defending champs as of late. A game against the equally un-impressive Pacers can help them get back on track.
Verdict: Cavaliers W
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Washington Wizards @ Golden State Warriors
THIS is easily the pick of the games on offer for Sunday. The Dubs are riding a 10 game winnign streak and once against look invincible, but don’t expect the Wizards to go down without throwing a few punches at Oracle.
Verdict: Wizards W
Houston Rockets @ Phoenix Suns
IN the last few days Westbrook has put forth his claim to be MVP with some insane stat lines and performances. Expect Harden to harness this opportunity against a struggling Suns team to let Harden reaffirm his MVP credentials.
Verdict: Rockets W
#4 Roger Federer vs. #5 Rafael Nadal
I don’t care what you say, you can’t not pick Roger Federer here. Nadal winning is a real possibility, but the Fed Express is on fire in 2017. Don’t be silly, back the G.O.A.T
Verdict: Federer W
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New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
CHRIS Archer was 0-3 against the Yankees last year. I’m backing the ace to go 1-0 in the early 2017 W/L column.
Verdict: Rays W
San Francisco Giants @ Arizona Diamondbacks
DESPITE this game being played in the desert the Giants possess a potent offense that will be the difference against the Diamondbacks. Bumgarner vs Greinke will be interesting, but expect San Fran to get their first win here.
Verdict: Giants W
Chicago Cubs @ St Louis Cardinals
THE reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs take to the field in the final Opening Day game against the Cardinals. Emotions will be running high for the Cubs and it may be their undoing in the end.
Verdict: Cardinals W