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THE NBA WEEKEND UPDATE – MAJOR TV SHOWDOWNS BOTH SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY AFTERNOON …

PLUS, COLLEGE HOOP GOODIES AND MLB “OVER” WINS TOTALS FOR THE NL CENTRAL & THE NL WEST

Okay, so we used to love hearing a certain New York City-based sports talk radio show duo discuss how the NBA went “in and out of the clouds” at this time of the year … in other words, in the days / weeks following the Super Bowl and with “March Madness” about to steal away many of the national sports headlines, the NBA drifted in and out of the public consciousness for even the hard-core hoops fans.

Well, let’s just say that the marquee matchups of this coming winter weekend – that’s the Philadelphia 76ers at the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night on ABC (8:35 p.m. ET tip-off) and then Sunday’s matinee (a 3:35 p.m. ET tip) between the Boston Celtics at the Los Angeles Lakers also on ABC — has NBA fanatics in a veritable tizzy … are we right or not?

The Bucks – now 47-8 following Thursday’s 126-106 win / cover against 13-point dog Detroit — sport the league’s best record and could well meet up with the Sixers (35-21) in a second-round NBA Eastern Conference Playoff series (go check the standings!) while the Celtics (38-16) and the Western Conference-leading Lakers (41-12) both are playing plus-.700 ball these days and, heck, all one has to do is say Celtics vs. Lakers and that’s usually enough to get the juices flowing.

So, we very much look forward to these rollicking national TV matchups this late February weekend and here’s a quickie update on these teams and their pointspread records:

TEAM SPREAD RECORD PCT
Boston 32-21-1 .604
Milwaukee 32-23-0 .582
LA Lakers 28-24-1 .539
Philadelphia 24-28-4 .462

Folks, add ’em up and this quartet of NBA teams is 116-96-6 (a dandy .547 winning rate) … just sayin’!

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THE COLLEGE HOOPS REPORT

No question we’ve spent plenty of time talking “bubble teams” lately but here’s a recommendation to the NCAA Tournament Committee folks … take a peek at the pointspread records for the teams in question and let that be an unofficial guide:

THUMBS UP

MEMPHIS (18-8) – The fact that the Tigers play in a non-power conference (see American Athletic) hurts the NCAA Tournament cause, for sure, but keep in mind Penny Hardaway’s squad is a solid 15-10-1 ATS (against the spread) and that features non-conference outright upset wins against Tennessee and N.C. State.

MARQUETTE (17-8) – Personally, we believe this Big East team is gonna wind up in one of those #8 vs. #9 games in the first round of this year’s NCAAs but there are some folks that think the Warriors lean more towards a “bubble” side … if that’s the case, then check out the fact Marquette is 15-10 ATS this year and that features a surging 7-2 spread log in its last nine games plus non-league wins / covers against Purdue and USC.

THUMBS DOWN

CINCINNATI (17-9) – The Bearcats have played some truly thrilling games lately but should they be part of next month’s 68-team NCAA Tourney field? According to the team’s pointspread mark, we’d have to say “nay” based on that sluggish 10-16 spread mark that includes four consecutive ATS losses while heading into Sunday’s game versus Wichita State.

ARKANSAS (16-10) – There’s a lot of differing opinions on this Razorbacks’ team whether they even belong among the “bubble team” talk (they do) but we’ll squash their chances here based on the fact the Hogs are just 12-14 versus the vig and that includes a current 2-7 spread log since Jan.18th.

THE BASEBALL REPORT

Hey, Baseball’s back (Spring Training games are here!) and so let’s continue with our division-by-division looks at the projected wins totals of all the MLB teams with a key comment tossed into the mix. We getcha an old-fashioned doubleheader here today with the National League Central and the NL West:

NL CENTRAL

TEAM PROJECTED WINS QUICK COMMENT
St. Louis 87.5  The Cardinals won “over” 88.5 wins last year (see 91-71) and their pitching’s even better here
Chicago Cubs 85.5  The Cubbie bullpen melted down way too much in ’19, will that happen again in 2020?
Cincinnati 83.5  Count on the Reds’ starting rotation to be one of MLB’s best, but let’s see about winning close games
Milwaukee 83.5  Tell us right now that OF Christian Yelich will play 150+ games and then this is an “over”
Pittsburgh 69.5  No doubt the Buccos in rebuilding (tanking?) mode, so who needs the “over” here!

 

NL WEST

TEAM PROJECTED WINS QUICK COMMENT
LA Dodgers 101.5 Enough of this Astros-bashing, it’s high time for the Dodgers to go “over” first and then win it all
Arizona 83.5 Will the addition of one-time legendary LHP Madison Bumgarner push the D-Backs over the hump?
San Diego 82.5 Okay, so we nailed the Padres to go “under” last year and cashed but let’s steer clear of ’em in ’20
Colorado  74.5 Maybe whiny 3B Nolan Arenado can put up some MVP-like numbers and the Rockies’ relievers can rebound
San Francisco 68.5 What’s to like about this Giants’ crew? Not all that much and that starts with new manager Gabe Kapler

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