Swinging Johnson - NBA Record (7-7, -2.7 units)
*Games assigned 1 to 5 units.
Before I tell you that we cashed with the Boston Celtics -4 over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night for 2 units, let me remind all of you who are using a version of Microsoft Word that doesn't automatically save, that whenever you are asked to save changes, for the luv-a-gawd...SAVE THEM!
Yes, this is my second go-round writing this article and yes we did cash with the Celtics on Friday night but we are still in the red which is not where I want to be so let's move into the black and nail this bitch tonight between the Bulls and the Pacers
Chicago Bulls (34-25 SU, 26-32-1 ATS)
I'm sure Bulls fans are tired of hearing people say how good they might be with Derrik Rose back in the fold. But fear not Bulls fans, Chicago management has procured the highly sought after services of one Sweet Lou Amundson, formerly of the Minnesota Timberwolves and so instrumental in their success this season that they cut him on February 8th. Yes, this 6'9" tower of power has been teasing the entire league for almost a month now, keeping everyone wondering where he will eventually ply his considerable talents. Wonder of all wonders, the Bulls were able to win a one-team bidding war and Sweet Lou will be jackin' his swagger in Chi-town.
Okay, enough with busting chops on some journeyman NBA player who is in the twilight of a mediocre career, however the Bulls need all the help they can get because their starters are being driven like a team of rented mules by head coach Tom Thibodeau. Joakim Noah has been immense in victories over the 76'ers on Thursday night and a 96-85 defeat of the Nets last night at the United Center in Chicago. Noah had a triple double against Philly with 23 points, 21 boards and 11 blocks. Last night he led the team in points again with 21 and grabbed 10 rebounds with four blocks.
Noah checks in with an average of 43 minutes of playing time over the last two games, while Luol Deng and shooting guard Kirk Hinrich are playing into the 40's as well. This is going to be a very tired team if they don't get Richard Hamilton (back spasms) and Taj Gibson (knee) back or get some more bodies to spell the starters.
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Indiana Pacers (37-22 SU, 34-25 ATS)
The Pacers have won and covered six of their last seven games, with their latest victory on Friday night on the road in Toronto where they took a solid 93-81 decision over the Raptors after suffering a defeat at home the night before at the hands of the Clippers. It was a testament to just how resilient this Pacers team is and how important the big man in the middle Roy Hibbert is after serving a one-game suspension, which not so coincidentally was their lone loss to the Clippers during this seven game stretch of dominating basketball.
The Pacers have won and covered both games this season against the Bulls with the latest being a 111-101 victory at home on February 4th. They will look to continue their recent offensive explosion where they are averaging 109.5 points over their last four home games.
I can't help but love the Pacers in this spot. I just wish they had last played on Thursday night instead of the back-to-back they did on Thursday/Friday. But we will take solace in the fact that Chicago will be playing their third game in four nights when they tip off tonight against Indiana.
As prolifically as the Pacers have been scoring recently, let's not forget they are ranked 1st in the NBA in points allowed 1st in rebounding. I bet against them on Thursday night when they lost and failed to cover against the Clippers but I am firmly in their court tonight in NBA odds betting.