Pick 'n' Roll: Thursday's NBA bets

Cleveland at Chicago (-3 ½, 193 ½)

All that jabbering with Spike Lee, jacking 25-foot treys, and single-handedly snuffing the life out of a determined Knicks team can take a lot out of a fella. But just because that’s how LeBron James spent his Wednesday night before the second half of a back-to-back in Chicago doesn’t justify the Cavs coming into this game as significant underdogs against the 10th place team in the East. This line opened with the Bulls at -4 and it’s already been bet down to -3 ½ – and although the public isn’t always the best indicator of which way you should bet, in this instance I think they’re right. The Bulls’ are just 2-4 since the big trade, but the Cavs have jelled much better with a 4-2 record in that time. It also doesn’t help that Tyrus Thomas has been suspended for two games for missing practice. The last time these teams played, Thomas was a significant factor with 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.

Pick: Cavaliers

Indiana at San Antonio (-13 ½, 196)

You’d be a fool to go against the Spurs while they’re on a 10-game winning streak. This team is starting to peak right on schedule as they get primed for the playoffs – so don’t think they’ll let a team like Indiana stand in their way. San Antonio is the kind of team that can have a bad shooting night like they did in their last game on Tuesday (33.8 %) and still manage to win by 11 and get the push. You can expect a much better performance tonight against the third worst scoring defense in the league. And if you’re worried about laying the points, just remind yourself that San Antonio is 9-5 ATS when favored by 10 or more points.

Pick: Spurs

Houston at Dallas (-6, no total)

The Mavericks have won and covered against Houston in six straight meetings, but this game will be an entirely different animal. Dirk Nowitzki has been suspended by the league and Yao Ming is out for the rest of the Rockets’ season. Amazingly, the Rockets are 4-0 straight up and ATS without Yao as this team has shown surprising depth with young players stepping up and Tracy McGrady taking the leadership role. The Mavs, on the other hand, will be playing their first game without their leading scorer and the league’s reigning MVP. That will most likely require a major adjustment and it will probably throw off their rhythm for at least the first half of this game.

Pick: Houston

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Posted by DORIAN07
6 years ago

Trianstupid how did u count 4 last week when u just opened an account on 3/6/08!!!!
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Posted by DORIAN07
6 years ago

Who is all these assholes that just opened an account to girl. GO AWAY F-U-C-K-E-R-S... Aussie doen't owe u jerk offs a respond so I owe to him to respond on his behalf because he gets me $$$$. U guys are truly low lifes, bookies or rookies. Maybe all three!!! Back to the games----I like Hofstra-3.5 but I see everyone is on them. Makes me nervous....
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Posted by MCSEXY81
6 years ago

WWW.KISSAUSSIESASS.COM LOL U KNOW ITS FUNNY!
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Posted by frontpage78
6 years ago

train10 ur right
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Posted by pig106
6 years ago

AMEN SADOK.
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Posted by Sadok
6 years ago

Alias's? Get real dude this is just a forum. why fu.ckin bother when he's just givin out free picks. Some of you guys take all this way too seriously, betting out of your league. Only bet 5% of a large amount and things will be better. NOBODY WINS EVERY BET and NOBODY SHOULD FOLLOW A BET BLIND
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Posted by WhippingPost
6 years ago

Pimp...I am not one to jump on a train and that could be why I am not the best at college. I think you have to look at each game as a new game. NMSU was a really strong play last night. Go look long and hard at that one because that kind of play will make you $$$$. That was a great job finding that gem. Make sure the next game looks good, last night that play looked good from all angles...I know they are hard to find.
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Posted by Trainme10
6 years ago

Aussie - I agree totally with Pimpnatrion. You put yourself in a public forum, you pat yourself on the back all the time - you need to expect the crtiticsiim Also - pleawee clean up your fuilthy mouth. UYour profanity is appalling, and you need to really step[ back please and get sopme manners before posting in here again. How many alias accounts does Aussieguy have? I counted at least 4 last week. There is the Aussie we see today - petulant, foul-mouthed, insulting others, and there is the Aussieguy who actually talks sports, Covers team please take note of these alias accounts like Aussieguy.
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Posted by PimpNation
6 years ago

Whipping Post- When you get some info today, let me know because there are a ton of NBA games and I like about four, which means I am 1-3 at best. Thoguth I had 'em last night. So I guess I am 1-1 for the official record!! Feels like 1 1/2-1/2. Question for you: When do you get off the train that has been so good to you? Does your system factor that in? Houston for example...today that looks like the easiest bet of the year, but last night, there were tons of Mavs supporters on here? I sort of want to play NMST on saturday no matter what the line is...just hope Vegas hasn't caught on yet. What do you think?
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Posted by PimpNation
6 years ago

Pig- A win is a win on UCLA...I had Stanford and N Mex State and thought I had two easy winners. UCLA up 2 with 1:17 seconds left in OT? Crazybeat! Well, so much for that. FYI--watch this NMST team against Hawaii on Saturday as their 21 point win last night dropped their average amrgin of victory in their last 4 to 27.75 points. That number is hard for me to dismiss. I like finding a team and riding them until they throw me...sometimes too long. Good luck to all and Aussie, you have to expect some criticism if you put yourself in a public forum. Lighten up a little and just don't respond to the idiots on here. You know you are good and you might be pressing a little in order to restore your name...just handicap the games and see what happens. Just look at Stanford for me last night...UCLA NEVER led in regulation and were getting 8 1/2 points...how do you lose that one? Relax and get back in the game...we need your insight in the NBA...especially me. You and Whipping Post are keeping me alive in the NBA and I could care less if you lose a few here and there. Gonna happen!
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Posted by pig106
6 years ago

LUCKY, LUCKY , LUCKY !!!! I WILL ADMIT MY PLAY ON UCLA WAS NOTHING BUT LUCKY.BUT I WILL TAKE IT !! NOW 16-7 ON ONE A DAYS. SORRY TO ALL THAT HAD STANFORD. YOU DID GET JOBBED. ON TO FRIDAYS PLAY. I AM GOING WITH AUSTIN PEAY - TENN MARTIN OVER 150. MARTIN LIKES UP AND DOWN GAME AND HAS GONE OVER LAST 6. PEAY SCORES WELL AT HOME AND HAS AVERAGED 88 PTS A GAME AGAINST MARTIN THIS YEAR. LOOK FOR OVER TO FLY HERE. AS ALWAYS BOL TO ALL. THE PIG. ALSO, LAY OFF THE AUSSIE. EVERYBODY GOES THROUGH A BAD STREAK. IF YOU CANNOT SAY ANYTHING NICE THAN JUST DO NOT SAY ANYTHING. HE IS STILL THE BEST PICKER ON THIS SITE , HANDS DOWN.
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Posted by indrep
6 years ago

Aussie - Chin up buddy. Collectively you probably posted more winners here lately than anybody. I heard that you have another blog somewhere. If so, in interested in communicating with you. Testrite - If you followed my advice you went 3 for 3.
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Posted by pizzashop
6 years ago

Aussieuy first time post... been following u and pack and thank u guys for the G's I told Sonnybarbershop about u and he followed u for the last three days...sorry Sonnybarbershop you're down C's but I am up G's from them....Thank You aussieguy and by he way where was cec6057 today.... his nba on weds was dead to rights
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Posted by MCSEXY81
6 years ago

lol shut up dummy!
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Posted by D-Rail
6 years ago

its been awhile that i posted anything in here but i do follow this site every day. Aussieguy i been following u for awhile and a few others in here. i went with u the last couple of days as i liked what u had picked and the reasons why. tough losses buddy but as u know u cant hit them all and u will have some bad days thats why its gambling. i do know ur great at making your pics and posting reasons why and u winning % has been great and i would ride ur plays anyday of the week. good luck and i know u will get em back and burry your book. take care
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Posted by JD01
6 years ago

sonny barbershop you and m's mcsexy81 go home yours not good in here.
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Posted by Aussieguy
6 years ago

JD01, sorry mate. We'll get them. Take care. AUSSIE
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Posted by MCSEXY81
6 years ago

ALLRIGHT PEEPS HERE ARE MY WINNERS! DREX+1 LAKERS-15 TOR O 192- PHI U 201 MIA U 220
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Posted by JD01
6 years ago

AUSSIE. I never post because I am not the expert ,but ilove gambles.Ifollow your bets you don't make me ,and no one .that right you don't have to sorry, to day i bets .dallas- 1 5 units dallas over 5 units spur over 5units thanks frasttrain. chicago under 5 units MCSEXY81 darn you love to know you. AUSSIE thanks take care,
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Posted by abraham282
6 years ago

Does anyone have the O/U for the Knicks/Pistons game?...my book doesn't have it yet
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Posted by WinnerHere1
6 years ago

u deserve it MCSEXY!!! you talk chit but at the same time your producing losers? this forum can do with out negativity a few of us like to win and caht with each other to get insight & knowledge on capping games!!! if you want to join your welcomed, what is not welcomed are childish antics and negativity!!
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Posted by WinnerHere1
6 years ago

ANYBODY for some FOOTBALL???? YES FOOTBALL!!! WENT 2-0 last week in the AFL, Looking to build on that. Fridays games: GEORGIA FORCE (0-1) AT TAMPA BAY STORM +5.5 (1-0) (line opened at -6) FRIDAY, MARCH 7, AT 7:30 P.M. ET I'm leaning towards the visiting team getting +5.5, Georgia has one of the better teams in the AFL they held Dallas and Clint Doezel to just 51 points last week. The storm have the advantage of playing this game at home, but Georgia does not want to start the season 0-2 and I look for them to come out and play a close game. PICK Georgia Force +5.5 COLUMBUS DESTROYERS (0-1) AT DALLAS DESPERADOS -9.5 (1-0) (Line opened at -6.5) FRIDAY, MARCH 7, AT 8:30 P.M. ET This one baffles me!!!! according to scoresandodds.com the line opened at -6.5 and now sits at -9.5??? a three point jump and you lost your starting QB???? Yes Clint Doezel the starting QB for Dallas is ut and will miss up to 6 weeks. The QB position is the most important in the AFL and to lose your starting QB and the line moves the other way 3 points, makes me scratch my head!!! Columbus upset Dallas Last year in the Playoffs last year, and in their last regular season game the destroyers had a 30-7 lead in the 2nd quarter and Dallas came back to win 53-51 on a last sec FG. So Columbus plays Dallas tough and with out their starting QB. I like the points and take Columbus +9.5!!
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Posted by MCSEXY81
6 years ago

LOL U GUYS ARE MEAN!
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Posted by WinnerHere1
6 years ago

Sony who are you I've never seen you post in here b4?
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Posted by WinnerHere1
6 years ago

Pretty funny how thes few guys in here are bashing aussie and the ones that are follwowing him but as you can see MC SEXY went 0-3 UCONN (L), San Jose (L), Stanford (L) MINT and his 500 Star in Witchita St Play (L) Why the hate? you guys were losers today too!!!
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Posted by trev1982
6 years ago

"I would bet the farm on Houston to win straight up, but my betting site doesn't have it posted yet. Seems a little fishy that Dallas is -6 point favourites seeing that Dirk's out and Houston won 16?straight, but take advantage of this screw up. ..."