EARLY afternoon games are on the menu before Super Bowl LII takes over every TV set in America. Coming off a double-digit winning week I’m feeling confident about my picks and (spoiler alert) expect to see Tom Brady hoisting the Vince Lombardi trophy by days end.
Last Sunday Picks: 10 – 2
Overall: 448 – 330
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Portland Trailblazers (29-23) at Boston Celtics (38-15)
WITH Kyrie Irving out, the Blazers have a chance to snatch a victory at the TD Garden. There are plenty of other good Celtics, but the way Lillard and McCollum are playing right now I can’t see them being shut down.
Verdict: Trailblazers W
Milwaukee Bucks (28-23) at Brooklyn Nets (19-34)
THE last time these two teams clashed the Bucks were preparing for life post Jason Kidd. Since then Milwaukee is 5-1 and the roller coaster Nets won’t halt their hot streak.
Verdict: Bucks W
Atlanta Hawks (15-37) at New York Knicks (23-30)
ATLANTA is giving up a shit ton of points lately meaning that New York could be in for a big day out.
Verdict: Knicks W
Memphis Grizzlies (18-33) at Toronto Raptors (35-16)
THE Raptors own the best home record in the league and the Grizzlies have the second-fewest road wins in the NBA. You do the math.
Verdict: Raptors W
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Los Angeles Lakers (20-31) at Oklahoma City Thunder (30-23)
LIFE without Andre Roberson is proving to be tough for OKC who have lost back-to-back games after three straight after winning eight in a row. A matchup against the Lakers is far from a walkover, but it’s a good chance for the Thunder to get back in the winner’s circle.
Verdict: Thunder W
Charlotte Hornets (22-29) at Phoenix Suns (18-35)
KEMBA Walker, who is fresh off a 40-point outburst against the Pacers needs just a pair of 3’s to become the franchises all-time leader in made treys. Barring anything crazy Walker will get the record and the W in Arizona.
Verdict: Hornets W
Illinois Fighting Illini (12-11) at #17 Ohio State Buckeyes (19-5)
THE Buckeyes surprisingly find themselves in a position to win the Big Ten championship. Ohio State will likely cruise to a win against Illinois and set up a huge game against No. 3 Purdue next week.
Verdict: Buckeyes W
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Seton Hall Pirates (17-5) at #1 Villanova Wildcats (21-1)
NOVA has looked almost perfect this season, but a tough conference foe in Seton Hall should give them a real test. In a weekend of notable upsets, I’m predicting the No. 1 team in the country to fall.
Verdict: Pirates W
#25 Arizona State Sun Devils (16-6) at Washington State Cougars (9-12)
POOR Arizona State. They started out 12-0 only to stumble once conference play began. Despite their struggles, they are still able to get over the Cougars on the road.
Verdict: Sun Devils W
Super Bowl LII
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New England Patriots (13-3) vs Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)
ONCE again David vs. Goliath is the story of Super Bowl Sunday as New England and Philadelphia meet in the winner take all season finale. There is a blueprint to success for the Eagles, but I can’t see the newly crowned MVP coming up short in his 8th Super Bowl appearance. Sigh.
Verdict: Patriots W