Submitted by Kelso Sturgeon on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM
There was stunning news out of the nation's capital last night-a report the Washington Wizards, and they indeed are the creative wizards of losing, had won a basketball game. Is it true? I'm trying to figure it out but am still skeptical of anything coming out of Washington, DC, the home base of more liars, con men, crooks, thieves and morally bankrupt degenerates than can be found in all 50 states.
Did the Wizards win their first game of the season, after opening 0-8 with a series of lifeless who-gives-a-dam bush league performances. I guess I will have to await the Pony Express which occasionally visits residents of the desert out-back.
I'm hoping the news is right-that Washington did win-if only for the sake of those fools who have for years paid premium prices to watch one of the most worthless"professional" franchises in history-a team that has for the past 20 years shamelessly been waving the wait-'til-next-year-flag.
Like tomorrow, next year never comes.
For bettors, it must be noted the Washington Wizards, pending confirmation of last night's supposed win over Toronto, another NBA team running on fumes, opened the season 2-6 against the number and for many good reasons.
In case you have not looked of late, Washington holds down many dubious spots in the world of NBA statistics. The Wizards are:
--Ranked 27th of 30 teams in points per game, averaging 86.7.
--Ranked 29th in point differential, losing by an average of 11.7 points per game.
--Ranked 28th in field goal percentage, shooting 40.5% from the floor.
--Ranked 29th in assists per game, averaging 15.3.
--Ranked 4th in points allowed, giving up 98.4 per game.
If Washington did win last night, may I be so bold as to suggest bettors should not get too excited about it. The spots remain on this old leopard, maybe forever.
The plus side for bettors in all of this, we at least know we have a team against which we can bet when things get a little dicey and are not goings so well. Thus far, Washington has failed to cover 75% of the time and that is a figure directly from heaven. Pay Attention.
Evansville Wins As 50-Unit MVC Game Of Year
Tuesday night was a very decent night in basketball and here is a complete list of the games I released, along with the pre-game comments I shared with clients.
For the record I am coming right back tonight with basically the same betting menu-another 50-unit college basketball winner, another 25-unit NBA power play and with a 3-game package for my Best Bets Basketball Club. All games are available on this website and toll free at 1-800-755-2255. The price is always right and all major credit cards are accepted. Here are Tuesday's results.
Best Bets Club
10 Units: ILLINOIS (14-3) +8 ½ over Ohio State (15-2)
Prediction: Ohio State by 2-3
Final Score: Illinois 79, Ohio State 74 - Winner
Comments: Illinois is 10-0 at Assembly Hall this season and plays a disciplined style of basketball that is going to keep this game close, despite the fact the Illini will be without one of their starting guards, Sam Maniscalco (9.9 points per game) who is out with an injury. Illinois' three losses were at Purdue (13-4), 75-60, on a neutral floor to Missouri (14-1), 78-74, and on a neutral floor to UNLV (16-2), 64-48. Ohio State certainly is an outstanding basketball team but quite over-hyped and thus offered to the public at inflated betting line prices. The Buckeyes are 2-2 on the road, with the losses coming at Kansas (12-3), 78-67, and at Indiana (15-1), 74-70. The win should go to Ohio State, the cover to Illinois.
So, what happened? Illinois stuck to its disciplined style of play, kept it close all the way, tied it up 66-66 with two minutes to go and went on to win outright behind 43 points from Brandon Paul, a 6-4 junior guard and Illinois' Mr. Basketball in 2009. For the record, the 43 points scored by Paul were the third most in school history and came on the strength of 11-of-15 field goals, 13-of-15 free throws and 8-0f-10 free throws.
5 Units: VIRGINIA TECH (11-4) -4 over Florida State (9-6)
Prediction: Virginia Tech by 10-11
Final Score: Florida State 63, Virginia Tech 59 - Loser
Comments: Virginia Tech is in major bounce-back form coming off a 58-55 loss at Wake Forest in its last start and should come out with fire in its eye tonight. The Hokies are 7-1 at home while Florida State, which stands 1-3 in its last four games, is 1-5 away from Tallahassee.
So, what happened? Virginia Tech could not buy a basket, hit 30.5% from the floor and was 2-of-12 from 3-point range (16.7%) and lost. There was no bounce upward for the Hokies who shot in the 30s for their second straight game. End of that report.
25 Units: PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (6-2) -5½ over Los Angeles Clippers (4-2)
Prediction: Portland by 9-10
Final Score: Portland 105, Los Angeles Clippers 97 - Winner
Comments: In the first meeting between these teams the Clippers won 93-88 and they come into this contest riding a 3-game winning streak that began with that victory. The Clippers are 1-1 on the road, winning at Golden State and losing at San Antonio. Portland is 5-0 at home and it is of note in the loss at L.A. it was down 17 points at the end of three and ended up losing by 5. In that game, forward Gerald Wallace was held scoreless, adding to the mystery of why he averages 4.7 points per game on the road and 21.2 at home. Portland has every single edge in this game and let's just call it a little early-season revenge.
So, what happened? Portland simply took care of business while hitting 51.4% from the floor, led by Wallace who scored 20 points.
Personal Best Club
Missouri Valley Conference Game Of Year
50 Units: Evansville (7-7) +8 over INDIANA STATE (10-5)
Prediction: Evansville by 3-4
Final Score: Indiana State 80, Evansville 78 - Winner
Comments: Evansville is far better than its record and, after a slow start, is playing the kind of basketball most predicted it would at the beginning of the season. The Purple Aces did not play up to snuff earlier in the season and lately have just been unlucky. They lost their last two games by a total of 3-points, missing a last second free throw in a 67-66 home loss to Wichita State (12-3) and getting beat at Illinois State (11-4), 75-73, on a three-pointer at the buzzer. Indiana State also has lost its last two games and is but 1-3 in its last four. This game is one of two teams headed in the opposite direction-Evansville up and Indiana State on a downer-and the figures say the win in this one belongs to the underdog.
So, what happened? Evansville was in the game all the way, even though Indiana State was a blazing hot from the floor, hitting 55.3% of its field goal attempts. The game was still in doubt with 23 seconds to play and it is obvious by the final score Evansville just missed in pulling off a major upset.