I have come a long way to chalk up my 500th correct guess. From my first pick all the way back in Nov of 2016 when I chose the Titans over the Bears to the Nuggets’ victory over the Bucks last weekend I have come a long way. With a fairly light schedule of 11 matches, I’m now hunting the coveted 1,000 mark.
Last Sunday Picks: 12 – 5
Overall: 505 – 340
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Indiana Pacers (47-33) at Charlotte Hornets (35-45)
A home-and-home series against the Hornets is all that the Pacers have left before they kick off their playoff journey. They are pretty much locked into the 5th seed, but I think that Indiana will still come out firing.
Verdict: Pacers W
Dallas Mavericks (24-56) at Philadelphia 76ers (49-30)
EVEN without Joel Embiid, the Sixers are rolling through their opponents all the way to home-court advantage in round one. The Mavericks have been hanging tough with teams lately, but good luck stopping these guys. Philly is rolling right now.
Verdict: 76ers W
Atlanta Hawks (23-57) at Boston Celtics (54-25)
YOU can be forgiven for missing this game. Boston is just trying to get to the playoffs without losing any other bodies now.
Verdict: Celtics W
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Detroit Pistons (38-41) at Memphis Grizzlies (21-58)
AT the start of the season this matchup could have had some intrigue. Now it does not. As the Grizzlies continue to nosedive, the Pistons are just playing for pride now. As Memphis tries to sew up a top pick, expect to see more G-leaguers you have never heard of in uniform.
Verdict: Pistons W
Orlando Magic (24-55) at Toronto Raptors (57-22)
THERE was a time when the Raptors looked like they were definitely going to win 60 games on the year. With just three matches left, they can still do so if they win out against Orlando, Detroit and Miami. They will look to start their run the right way this evening.
Verdict: Raptors W
Utah Jazz (46-33) at Los Angeles Lakers (34-43)
UTAH is closing in on clinching a playoff berth and a win against the Lakers would all but assure their spot. They can still finish as high as 3rd in the wild and wacky West. LA, on the other hand, will be looking to end their year on a high. I’ve got the Jazz on Sunday though.
Verdict: Jazz W
Golden State Warriors (57-22) at Phoenix Suns (20-60)
AFTER picking almost every favourite in the games above should I end with an upset pick? No, absolutely not.
Verdict: Warriors W
Miami Marlins (2-6) at Philadelphia Phillies (3-4)
MIAMI lost 20-1 to the Phillies yesterday. TWENTY TO ONE. There’s no reprieve today either with Philadelphia unveiling their star signing Jake Arrieta for the first time in 2018. Look away Marlins fans.
Verdict: Phillies W
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Los Angeles Dodgers (2-6) at San Fransisco Giants (4-3)
SITTING at 2-6 is not how I thought the Dodgers would start their year. After struggling against the Giants and Diamondbacks, LA is turning to their ace Clayton Kershaw (0-2, 2.25 ERA) to steady the ship. Fingers crossed he can step up to the plate.
Verdict: Dodgers W
Oakland Athletics (4-6) at Los Angeles Angels (6-3)
COME one, come all to see the Shoehei Ohtani show! Through the Angels first few series, Ohtani (1-0, 4.50 ERA) has emerged as a star, crushing homers and throwing strikeouts, living up to the hype that followed him all the way from Japan. Let’s see if he can stay hot in his second start.
Verdict: Angels W
HEADING into the fourth and final day of action at the Masters, Patrick Reed (-14) holds a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy (-11), who is trying to complete the Career Grand Slam. A handful of relevant names are hot on their heels with the likes of Rickie Fowler (-9) and Henrik Stenson (-7) needing everything to go perfectly if they want the win. I have faith that Rory can claim his first Masters crown and his 5th major win by the time Sunday is done and dusted.
Verdict: Rory McIlroy W