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NBA: 91 of 138 wins. 72 of 138 spreads.
Overall: 111 of 168 wins. 87 of 168 spreads.

Wow. Both games were exactly what I thought they would be, grudge matches. The Pistons absolutely wanted to give the Spurs their third loss in a row. The Jazz were determined to finish out the weird string of Celtic losses that follows every time the Lakers beat Boston. Spoiler alert: fans were not cheering like this guy in Boston after the game (that link is one of the most awesome things I’ve seen in a while by the way). Yesterday’s recap:

  • Gah, the Spurs and proving me wrong 3 times in a row. This game bounced back and forth. AI tried his hardest, but in the end a few key plays gave the win to the Spurs. I picked the Pistons.
  • Almost the same exact thing happened between Utah and Boston, except I picked the winning team in this one. Utah ended up staying on top against Boston. I can’t believe I picked two games yesterday, picked against both teams that are top 5 ranked, and managed to survive. I hope KG is alright… he’s on my fantasy team.



Speaking of which, so was T-Mac. That ass-hat. Maybe you should tell your team that you’re having surgery a little bit further away from trade deadline day. Oh well. Overall, I was 1 for 2 in win picks and 1 for 2 on spreads. I’ll take that on a day with two of the toughest games I’ve seen in a while. Today’s picks:

NBA

Orlando Magic (-2½) vs. Charlotte Bobcats

The Magic have gotten spotty as Hell in their last few games. They only beat Charlotte at home by 5 a few games ago. Even so, I still think that the Magic win this.

Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks (-3½)

How do you pick a team that beat San Antonio and lost to the Clippers in their last two games? You throw your hands up in the air and say, “I don’t know what the fuck is happening anymore.” Then you feel a little piece of you die inside as you pick the Knicks to win a game.

Indiana Pacers (+3) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Both teams are spotty. The T-Wolves have no discernible home winning record. I’ll pick the Pacers. Really, both of these teams are random.

Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies (-6)

Um, the Kings were shit, but they apparently have an entirely new roster as of the last two days. The picked up 9 new players, traded away 5, and waived 1. Who knows how they’ll be down the stretch this year. One thing is for sure though, they will have absolutely no cohesiveness tonight. Memphis wins.

Washington Wizards vs. New Jersey Nets

I hate the Nets, but they win this. There is no line currently up.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets (-3)

The Rockets have an impressive home record, as well as a starter that magically is getting knee surgery right before the trade deadline. I think they win this, but both teams are pretty equal.

Cleveland Cavaliers (-7½) vs. Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks are spotty and the Cav’s aren’t. The Cav’s have trouble with spreads sometimes, but I’ll give this to them anyways.

Denver Nuggets (-3) vs. Chicago Bulls

The Nuggets have a really good traveling record, as well as recent wins against Orlando and Miami in their respective cities. The Bulls have a decent home record, but nothing to brag about against a much better team overall. Nuggets win.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns (-9)

The lines closed on this game. OKC is terrible and the Suns are spotty. But, the Suns win this and cover.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Portland Trail Blazers (-4½)

I’m really wary on this pick. The Trail Blazers have not been winning by a lot at home lately. They have a good record, but not against the spread. I’ll pick them because both teams are spotty and when in doubt, go with the home team with the slightly better record.

New Orleans Hornets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (-8½)

God, that’s a big line against a New Orleans team with CP3 back in the lineup. I know LA is at home, but I feel like the Lakers always have the biggest battle against the spread. I’ll give this to the Lakers because they either blow a game out or every once in a while it stays close and gets interesting, but more often than not they win (44-10 anyone?).

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