A .500 weekend to greet March won’t cut it and I have faith in this weekend is a more fruitful experience. With the NCAA bracket announced tonight, the final conference championships take place with nine NBA games dictate the tanking/playoff race. Fingers crossed.
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Toronto Raptors (48-17) at New York Knicks (24-42)
AS the Raptors knocked off the NBA’s best team on Friday night, New York guaranteed a losing record for the fifth straight season with their 42nd loss. You do the math.
Verdict: Raptors W
Chicago Bulls (22-43) at Atlanta Hawks (20-46)
TWO teams hoping for faithful bounces of the ping-pong balls are more focussed on losing than winning right now. The young duo of Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine isn’t too concerned with draft positioning and will subsequently lead the Bulls to a W.
Verdict: Bulls W
Golden State Warriors (51-15) at Minnesota Timberwolves (38-29)
STEPH Curry will be sidelined for this match, giving the Timberwolves the perfect chance to take down a below full strength Golden State team. Minnesota is missing their own West All-Star in Jimmy Butler and will be eager to snap their three-game losing streak. Kevin Durant has other ideas.
Verdict: Warriors W
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Utah Jazz (36-30) at New Orleans Pelicans (38-27)
THE recipe is pretty clear for New Orleans if they want to keep winning they need Anthony Davis on the court. After reeling off 10 straight wins their streak was snapped to the Wizards with AD in street clothes. Davis’ status for Sunday is uncertain as he looms as a game-time decision, therefore I’m putting my faith in Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz.
Verdict: Jazz W
Sacramento Kings (22-43) at Denver Nuggets (20-46)
IF the Nuggets are serious about the playoffs in 2018, they need to send a message in this game. After slipping to the Mavericks last week, and with a tough schedule coming up they must win games like this. I have faith.
Verdict: Nuggets W
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Houston Rockets (51-14) at Dallas Mavericks (21-45)
HOUSTON’S first loss in 18 tries will have them eager to return to the winner’s collum. It’s highly likely against this Dallas squad despite the fact that they have back-to-back wins.
Verdict: Rockets W
Indiana Pacers (38-28) at Boston Celtics (46-20)
THE Celtics will miss Jaylen Brown’s athleticism when it comes to guarding All-Star Victor Oladipo as they play host to Indiana on Sunday. They still have enough talent to hold off the Pacers and stay in touch with Toronto for the Eastern Conference crown.
Verdict: Celtics W
Philadelphia 76ers (35-29) at Brooklyn Nets (21-45)
ROAD games are an issue for the 76ers eager to return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season. Losers in eight of their last 11 games away from home, Philly has an easier challenge than usual in the hands of Brooklyn. I’m tipping the home side to cause the upset though.
Verdict: Nets W
Cleveland Cavaliers (22-43) at Los Angeles Lakers (20-46)
AN interesting game closes out the weekend as LeBron and Co visit the surging Lakers and their new scorer Isaiah Thomas. It marks the first time that IT will play against the Cavaliers since they traded him at the deadline and I’m expecting plenty of fireworks leading to an LA victory.
Verdict: Lakers W
Davidson Wildcats (20-11) vs. #25 Rhode Island Rams (25-6)
WITH the A-10 title on the line the Wildcats will be looking to overthrow a ranked Rhode Island team they beat just nine days ago. Davidson took down No. 2 seed St. Bonaventure 82-70 while the Rams came back against No. 4 seed St John’s to advance to the championship game. My monies on Curry’s alma mater causing the upset.
Verdict: Wildcats W
Kentucky Wildcats (23-10) vs. #13 Tennessee Volunteers (25-7)
WITH no clear best team in the conference, Kentucky is timing their run to perfection. To claim their conference title they need to dethrone the regular season champion Volunteers, whom they are 0-2 against this year. The third times the charm!
Verdict: Wildcats W
#21 Houston Cougars (26-6) vs. #8 Cincinnati Bearcats (29-4)
I warned you all about Rob Gray from Houston and his ability to single-handedly burn his opponents. Fresh off of 33 points against the Shockers, Gray and the Cougars are looking to take down the favoured Cincinnati Bearcats. Don’t miss this one, I have a hunch it’s going to go down to the wire.
Verdict: Cougars W