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GamBlog LogoPicks Of The Week – January 22, 2008

Matt is back with this week’s picks. Congrats to Matt and his wife on the birth of their first child, a healthy baby boy. But not even the birth of his son could stop Matt from making this weeks picks, so here he is with the picks. As always, have fun with these, these are not gambling picks, just picks for the fun of it.

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NBA Edition

Phoenix Suns (30 – 12) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (23-18)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Friday, January 25, 2008
7:00 PM EST
FSNOH, WTAM

Back on November 4th, the Phoenix Suns beat the Cleveland Cavaliers by 11 points in the desert. However, you have to remember that was the third game of the season and the Cavs were without the services of Anderson Varejao. The Cavaliers come into this game riding a 5 game winning streak (their longest of the season), while the Suns coming off of a loss have only lost back to back games twice this season. The key for both teams is actually pretty simple. The Cavaliers need to slow down Steve Nash, and the Suns need to contain Lebron James. While the key is simple to recognize, it won’t be nearly as easy to carry out on the hard wood. I see the Cavaliers of the last few weeks continuing to keep up their intensity on the defensive side of the ball and the Suns finding ways to exploit it. That being said, Lebron will keep this game close and give the Cavs a chance to make a run in the 4th quarter. I anticipate the spread being around minus five or six in favor of the Suns. This is a tough decision that I just can’t seem to take my heart out of. I’ll take the Cavs and the points, but will be pleasantly surprised if they pull out the victory.

Official prediction:

Phoenix Suns – 100
Cleveland
Cavaliers – 96 (+6)

mjgreg’s current record ATS is 2-0

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GamBlog LogoPicks Of The Week – January 17, 2008

Loyal reader Matt has asked to write a ‘Picks Of The Week’ segment for the Cleveland Sports Authority, and I decided it seemed like a great idea, so I am pleased to announce the first segment of ‘GAMBLOG’. Once a week Matt will give you his picks of the week against the spread. Enjoy these, and don’t take them too seriously. Matt is not an expert, just an enthusiast. So if you take his advice and lose some money, don’t expect compensation from Matt. Although, if you win some money, Cleveland Sports Authority will gladly take 10% for giving you such great picks. Enjoy, and take these for what they’re worth.

mjgreg’s GAMBLOG
featuring our picks of the week

Championship weekend edition

Sunday, January 20th @ 3:00 PM on CBS
San Diego vs
New England -14 at Gillette Stadium

This week marks two of the larger spreads in recent championship weekend memory. New England could obviously bust out a 14 point victory on any given Sunday; I just don’t see it happening with this much at stake against a pesky San Diego team that has won 8 games in a row. Both teams have distractions this week, the Chargers are suffering from multiple player injuries and the Patriots allegedly have players inflicting injuries on civilians. However, I don’t think either will play a big part on Sunday. I look for the Chargers to make a game out it for three quarters, with the Patriots pulling away in usual fashion winning by 13 points and making most gamblers sweat to the final snap.

Official prediction:

New England 34
San Diego 21

 

Sunday, January 20th @ 6:30 PM on FOX
New York vs
Green Bay -7 at Lambeau Field

The late game features two teams I never expected to make it to the NFC Championship game at the beginning of the season. The Giants lost their biggest offensive contributor in Tiki Barber to retirement, and the Packers seemed destined for another season hovering around .500. The Packers came flying out of the gates and never let up, and the Giants flew under the radar all the way until week 17 when they gave New England a scare. I have never seen a team gain so much confidence from a loss, but Eli and the Giants have seemed to pull together and are putting together a captivating run. Unfortunately for them, no one is more fascinating than Brett Favre and legend of Lambeau Field. Nobody wins in the playoffs at Lambeau besides the Packers, with the exception of Vick’s Falcons a few years back. Along with the rest of the country, I’m pulling for Favre to get back to the Super Bowl. The cold weather and bruising defenses help keep this a relatively low scoring game, but the Packers prevail with a game winning field goal as time expires. Giants cover, but Eli will have to wait another year to chase his brother’s fame.

Official prediction:

Green Bay 20
New York 17