FOR the second straight week I managed to post an 8-4 record, which is pretty solid. If I can keep up 66% on all my picks I’ll be happy with that, but there is a real chance to go 11-0 today. It kind of sucks that I won’t be able to sneak in any AFL based on the time difference from back home in Australia. The NBA and NCAA Tournament should have me in good stead though.
Last Sunday Picks: 8 – 4
Overall: 486 – 351
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Cleveland Cavaliers (43-29) at Brooklyn Nets (23-50)
FOR the Cavs the postseason starts now. With just 10 games remaining and all their guys close to fully healthy they need to spend this time hitting their straps and figuring out how they are going to challenge for a chip. That means bad news for the Nets.
Verdict: Cavaliers W
San Antonio Spurs (43-30) at Milwaukee Bucks (38-34)
AN ankle injury to Antetokounmpo in his last game means his status is questionable for this game. All reports indicate that he will play, but if he doesn’t Milwaukee don’t stand much of a chance. Riding a six-game winning streak, the Spurs have everything to lose and with LA balling out they should take the road W, regardless of if Giannis is in uniform or not.
Verdict: Spurs W
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Miami Heat (39-34) at Indiana Pacers (42-31)
INDIANA needs just one more win to clinch a playoff spot, but they face a tough foe in Miami. The Heat have their sights set on a postseason berth of their own and trail the Pacers by just three games in the Eastern Conference standings. No one Indiana to be close to a top-4 spot and led by Victor Oladipo I think they get the victory they need.
Verdict: Pacers W
L.A. Clippers (38-34) at Toronto Raptors (54-19)
L.A. is perilously close to being knocked out of postseason action and a visit to the Air Canada Centre to face the league’s best home team isn’t what they need right now. A Raptors team keen to bounce back from a mediocre week is going to feast on the Clippers.
Verdict: Raptors W
New York Knicks (26-47) at Washington Wizards (40-32)
JOHN Wall is coming. His return to the court is inching closer and closer for the Wizards, who are desperately waiting to see Wall back in uniform for the first time since January 31st. Still, even without their All-Star Washington will take down New York as they look to improve their seeding out East.
Verdict: Wizards W
Boston Celtics (49-23) at Sacramento Kings (24-49)
NEWS broke yesterday that Celtics All-Star Kyrie Irving is out for a few weeks with a knee injury. His absence is a massive blow for Boston heading into the playoffs, but they are still good enough to beat the Kings right? Sacramento is 6-5 in March (I thought they were tanking?) so don’t sleep on them causing an upset. Surely not though, right?
Verdict: Celtics W
Portland Trailblazers (44-28) at Oklahoma City Thunder (44-30)
EASILY the pick of the games for Sunday features two teams currently sitting 3rd and 4th in the wild, wild West. While both of these teams are all but guaranteed a playoff spot, where they will finish remains to be seen. OKC faces a much tougher run home and a win would be huge for tiebreaker purposes. I have faith that Lillard and McCollum will come out firing and Portland can rebound from back-to-back losses.
Verdict: Trailblazers W
Atlanta Hawks (21-52) at Houston Rockets (59-14)
THE league’s best team hosting the league’s third-worst team. Yeah, not gonna happen Hawks fans.
Verdict: Rockets W
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Utah Jazz (41-32) at Golden State Warriors (54-18)
ALL of a sudden this game is huge for Utah. Getting a win in Oracle Arena is always a fearful task, but the Warriors are severely hampered right now. Curry (knee), Thompson (thumb) and Durant (ribs) are sidelined for this game with a plethora of injuries to key role players too. It comes at the best time for the Jazz as they look to continue their second-half surge. They can’t let this opportunity slip.
Verdict: Jazz W
#1 Villanova Wildcats (33-4) vs. #3 Texas Tech Red Raiders (27-9)
HALF the Final Four is set and Nova against Texas Tech will see another team take one of the coveted spots in San Antonio. The Red Raiders should not be counted out here, with tough wins over Florida and Purdue seeing them advance to their first Elite 8 in program history. However, it’s the end of the road for Chris Beard’s men here as the Wildcats are just too good.
Verdict: Wildcats W
#1 Kansas Jayhawks (30-7) vs. #2 Duke Blue Devils (29-7)
I still stand by my statement that I am not a believer in Kansas. Then again I did pick Arizona and Michigan State to make the championship game so why listen to me? Duke and the Blue Devils need to dethrone the Jayhawks so I can keep some credibility to my name. In Coach K I trust.
Verdict: Blue Devils W