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Daily Dose of Hoops: Nov. 10-13

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

By Ron Jumper

It is always amazing how life as a handicapper goes up and down at a moments notice, one minute you love me and then you hate me. For football season, it has been mostly love and never more so then this weekend. On the hardwood, we are just a couple of weeks in and, as is usually the case, there have been some surprises along the way. I had a tough opening week of the Daily Dose of Hoops, going just 3-8-1 but I will survive. We have several hundred picks to go in this NBA season, with this being the second year in a row I’ve gotten off to a slow start. Cheers to an improved second week of DDOH!

Friday November 13, 2009
Overall Record: 11-12-1
NBA Record: 10-12-1
NCAAB Record: 1-0

Philadelphia 76ers (+1) cover vs. Utah Jazz
The Jazz are very banged up on the road and the Sixers should capitalize.

Mavericks/Timberwolves Under 198.5
No Al Jefferson for the Wolves, leading to what I believe will be a tough night offensively for an already inept offensive team.

UConn Huskies (-24.5) cover vs. William & Mary
Do I really have to explain this one?

Idaho Vandals (+12) cover vs. Utah Utes
Vandals are a mid-major sleeper and they win this game straight up against a Utes club that lost a lot.

Ole Miss Rebels (-13) cover vs. UALR Trojans
This would have been a close game last year, not so much this year.

 

Thursday November 12, 2009
NBA Record:
10-10-1

Miami Heat (+1.5) covers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Heat are pretty good this season, sitting at 6-1 overall. The Cavs got a huge win over Orlando last night and play a tough back-to-back road in this matchup. I expect the Heat to be nice and fresh in this one, leading to a hard fought home win.

Phoenix Suns (+7.5) cover vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are not at full strength just yet, with Gasol, Bynum, and even Mbenga not quite 100% yet. On the other side, the Suns continue to impress. This game should be a close one that comes down to the wire. I see it very unlikely that the Lakers will pull away and win by a large margin.

 

Wednesday November 11, 2009
NBA Record:
8-9-1

Chicago Bulls/Toronto Raptors Over 206
It is against the Raptors religion to play defense, or maybe it is has something to do with being located in Canada and having a team full of Europeans, not really sure. Either way, the Bulls played last night and lost in heartbreaking fashion as a buzzer beater by Brad Miller was waved off so I see them being sluggish tonight on the defensive end. For Toronto, they have allowed 260 points in their last 2 games (130 ppg) and scored over 100 points themselves every game this season. Take the Over and enjoy what should be a high scoring game.

Detroit Pistons (-3.5) cover vs. Charlotte Bobcats
The Pistons are at home, where they are 2-1, and they face a Bobcats team that is 0-3 on the road. Throw in Charlotte also played last night against Orlando, and I’m feeling pretty good about the Pistons getting a solid win at home. This probably won’t be a fun game to watch, as neither team is likely to light up the scoreboard. The total for this game was set at 172 and I’m not even sure they can reach that.

Boston Celtics (-11) cover vs. Utah Jazz
If it wasn’t enough that Boston has been a fantastic home team and Utah has been a terrible road team over the last couple of years, throw in that the Jazz are banged up beyond reason. Deron Williams isn’t expected to play, his backup Ronnie Price is out, and then C.J. Miles, Kyle Korver, and Matt Harpring are all out as well. That likely leaves rookie PG Eric Maynor to go up against Rajon Rondo, welcome to the NBA Eric!

College Basketball:

California Golden Bears (-18) cover vs. Detroit Titans
This is my first college play of the season, though I’ll have a full slate for everyone Friday night. The Bears are the odds-on favorite in the Pac-10, which isn’t saying a whole lot. However, it says a lot more then being a 7-win team in the Horizon like this Titans team was last season. Expect a blowout here, don’t be concerned that Murray State hung around with Cal Monday night because the Racers are actually a solid club

 
Tuesday November 10, 2009
NBA Record:
4-9-1

Orlando Magic/Charlotte Bobcats Under 185
Excluding Toronto, who doesn’t believe in defense more emphatically than Britney Spears doesn’t believe in underwear, the Magic have struggled to put up points on the road this season and come into this one a little banged up. The Bobcats, a good defensive team, have been very good at home this season. I expect a close game in the mid-80s here.

Miami Heat (-7) cover vs. Washington Wizards
The Heat are 5-1 and playing fantastic basketball this season, while the Wizards are banged up and slumping. I look for the Wizards to have no answer for Dwyane Wade and for the Heat to march on to a 6-1 start.

Chicago Bulls (+2.5) cover vs. Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets have been on the road, gotten banged up, and lost a couple in a row. The Bulls, on other hand, are 3-0 at home and appear to be playing great basketball. Last week, the Bulls won straight up at Cleveland. I expect the Nuggets to get out-rebounded and out-hustled tonight, as they lose their third road game in a row.

Portland Trail Blazers (-6.5) cover vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Oddly enough, the first home game after a long road trip still leaves the team tired and beat up. The Grizzlies just finished a 5-game road swing and are back at home for the first time. I expect a sloppy effort from Memphis tonight, while Portland is playing the first game of its own 5-game road trip. I expect the Trail Blazers to get this road swing off on the right foot.

Daily Dose of Hoops: November 3-6

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

By Ron Jumper

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the Daily Dose of Hoops!

It is tradition that I begin offering basketball picks Tuesday through Friday, while football season is finishing up, then hit the hardwood full force starting in January. Check here daily for free picks and previous results. I try not to hide my records, like most handicappers who only post their record when they happen to go on a winning streak every now and then but ignore the previous month or so of losing. What I have picked all season long in every sport is right here for the world to see on this website.

Friday November 6, 2009
NBA Record:
2-6-1

Wizards (+1.5) cover vs. Pacers
The Wizards get back on track tonight with a win over the Pacers.

Nuggets/Heat Over 201
Both teams can score, Nuggets don’t believe in defense.

Pistons/Magic Over 192
Magic have put up 120 in both games thus far.

Cavaliers (-8) cover vs. Knicks
LeBron puts on a show for MSG crowd.

Spurs (+4) cover vs. Trail Blazers
Spurs bounce back from a tough loss.

 

Thursday November 5, 2009
NBA Record:
2-4-1 ATS

Cleveland Cavaliers (-11) cover vs. Chicago Bulls
The Cavs are a very good team and have been playing very well since their 0-2 start. The Bulls, on the other hand, had to hold on for dear life to beat the Milwaukee Bucks at home. Chicago trailed 43-29 at halftime, which is just bad basketball. Against the Celtics last week, the Bulls lost 118-90. I’m expecting the Cavs to put a hurting on Chicago tonight.

San Antonio Spurs (-1) cover vs. Utah Jazz
The keys here are rest and health. The Spurs haven’t played since Saturday, while the Jazz are coming off a tough loss Tuesday night to Dallas and will be without Kyle Korver, C.J. Miles, and Matt Harpring. I expect the Spurs to take advantage of the opportunity to steal a game on the Jazz’s home court.

 

Wednesday November 4, 2009
NBA Record:
1-2-1 ATS

Detroit Pistons (+9) cover vs. Toronto Raptors
While the Raptors did beat the Cavs in their home opener, they followed that up with losses to Memphis and Orlando to sit at 1-2. The Pistons are an all new team with the additions of Ben Gordon, Austin Daye, Charlie V, and Ben Wallace and have played a different brand of basketball thus far this season. Expect a close game tonight that leaves the Pistons covering the number.

New York Knicks (-4) cover vs. Indiana Pacers
Until further notice, it is best to fade the struggling Pacers. They are winless and I don’t like their chances of getting the first one tonight. The Knicks will be able to run and gun at home to win by a comfortable margin tonight. Lay the points and enjoy this one.

Celtics/Timberwolves Under 187
Last night, the Celtics shot 14-20 from downtown, including 6-8 3-point shooting by Rasheed Wallace. That won’t happen again tonight, as I’m expecting the Celtics to get back to scoring in the low 90s, high 80s. Either way, the Timberwolves are not a very good offensive team and Al Jefferson should struggle against the Celtics frontline. You probably won’t want to watch this one, as points will be hard to come by.

 

Tuesday November 3, 2009
NBA Record:
1-1

Washington Wizards (+12) cover vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Wizards hate the Cavs, just simply do not like them at all. With Arenas back and playing like his old self, I expect the Wiz to give the Cavs all they want. Caron Butler is expected to go, though Antawn Jamison is still out. For Cleveland, I think they are still adjusting to the new pieces and are not hitting on all cylinders just yet. A key matchup for tonight is watching how the Cavs defend Arenas off the pick and roll. Shaq has never liked coming out on the perimeter. If Agent Zero can knock down open shots at will, that could spell trouble.

Los Angeles Lakers (-6.5) cover vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
I really like the Thunder and where they are heading, however this game is today. The Lakers are just better across the board and are a nightmare matchup for OKC. Artest will lock down Durant and who on the Thunder can handle Kobe outside or Bynum inside? Andrew Bynum should have a field day against Nenad Kristic and Etan Thomas. The Thunder have made progress this season, but not quite enough to play with the big boys yet.

NBA Free Picks: Opening Night

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

By Ron Jumper

The NBA debuts tonight and I have to say I’m excited for it to all get started. The marquee matchups tonight on TNT are Boston-Cleveland and Clippers-Lakers. In the spirit of kicking things off right, I’ll be picking those two games tonight. As the NBA season gets going and football starts to wind down, we will dive more and more into basketball. For now, expect a handful of plays each week when there isn’t football going on. On a Tuesday night like tonight is a prime example. Enjoy!

Boston Celtics (+5.5) cover vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Celtics should win this game straight up, as they are the better team and more ready to compete now. The Cavs, on the other hand, have several new key pieces to fit and get the rotation worked out. How will Shaq and Big Z’s minutes be divided? Don’t forget the other new pieces they added to the rotation: Anthony Parker and JaMario Moon. I like the Celtics to steal a rare road win at Cleveland, as the Cavs have been great at home recently.

Los Angeles Lakers (-11) cover vs. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are not very good and they are banged up, Blake Griffin isn’t going to play and we may not even see Baron Davis or Marcus Camby. The Lakers, who are likely without Pau Gasol, will roll to a nice and easy opening night victory. In the pre-season, the Lakers already were starting to play on a regular season level thanks to Kobe Bryant. Expect a very boring game after the first quarter or so.



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