Gambling: Blaine’s Basketball Picks

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Overall: 2-2-1     Last Night: 2-2-1

Wow, what a wild ride last night was. After the Pistons blew an 18-point first half lead for a push, we were saved by the Kent Bazemore of all people to finish 2-2-1. I like picking an odd number of games because I don’t like finishing days .500, but here we are. Let’s just put our heads down and be thankful we got out alive. The NBA slate is slim, so I’ll start there with my first pick of the night.

Lakers (-2.5) vs. Nets

This will be an entertaining matchup between two juggernauts that are missing their big men. I also think this might be the beginning of the Twitter civil war. The Nets continue to exceed my expectations with not just every game played, but with every story that comes out of Brooklyn. Now my expectations were not as high as everyone else’s when they traded for Harden, but anyways, I digress.

The Lakers are going to blow out the Nets, period. I can draw up the classic arguments like the Nets are traveling East to West, but that’s not what the story is here. The story is LeBron is P-E-T-T-Y. Whether it’s against his rumored successors like Giannis and Zion or against former teammates with a colored past like Kyrie, LeBron always seems to play with a chip on his shoulder when you would expect him to. I predict more of the same happening Friday night.

Call me “LakeShow Blaine”

Winthrop (-9.5) @ High Point

Winthrop is 18-1 and 10-9 against the spread. They are nasty and going to be a fun team to watch in the tournament after they win the Big South. Until then, we get to watch them beat up on losing teams that aren’t in the Eagle’s stratosphere.

Colorado (+3) @ Oregon

This line really has me confused. The Buffs have been one of my favorite teams to watch all year, and for the life of me, I can’t think of a single reason why they shouldn’t be favored other than Oregon’s brand recognition. Give me Colorado in a late one.


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