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Coming off a decent 2 for 3 outing on Sunday



2007-01-30

Coming off a decent 2 for 3 outing on Sunday, I decided today I would split the action going for one college basketball game and one NBA game. After surveying all the games out there, there were 2 games that jumped out at me, Suns at Timberwolves and Pitt at Villanova in a Big East matchup. The Suns to me were a no-brainer. Like I've said over and over, I'm going to continue betting on them until they lose. And once that happens, I will keep right on betting on them. Night in and night out, they are the closest thing there is to a sure thing. And in college, to me Pitt is the best team in the Big East conference. Even though they are on the road, Villanova has just lost too many players to the NBA

I made a couple of corrections
So to recap, my picks for tonight were:

Pitt -5 at Villanova
Suns -5 at Timberwolves
Suns T'Wolves over 211


The Suns came into the game just one win away from completing a perfect month. However, that idea ran into a 6-foot-11 road block named Kevin Garnett.

Garnett almost single-handedly snapped the Suns' 17-game winning streak, scoring 44 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in Minnesota 's 121-112 victory on Monday night. Garnett scored 15 points in the fourth, including a looping fallaway from the baseline that gave Minnesota a 118-109 lead with 1:55 to play.

Raja Bell scored 26 points and Steve Nash had 20 points and 18 assists for the Suns, who were looking to tie for the fourth-longest winning streak in NBA history.

But one night after downing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for No. 17 in a row, the Suns couldn't find an answer for Garnett and uncharacteristically lost their offensive execution in the fourth quarter. After scoring 95 points in the first three quarters, Phoenix managed just 19 in the fourth and looked a little stagnant. Perhaps their long road trip did them in. Nash picked apart the Wolves' defense for the first three quarters, piling up assists at a near-record pace. But he scored just three points on 1-of-6 shooting and had just one assist in a final period that belonged to Garnett. The Suns were in deep trouble midway through the fourth quarter thanks to three big shots by Garnett and some dirty work on the boards by Mark Madsen.

Ricky Davis had 17 points for the Timberwolves, who shot 59 percent and simply wore the Suns down in the final minutes.

Shawn Marion had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Leandro Barbosa added 17 for Phoenix, which entered the night 15-0 in January.

So I lost the game, but at least hitting the over allowed me to break even for the game.With its inside game stifled, Pitt got its transition offense going just in time.

The Pitt Villanova matchup, thought contested well, was never really in doubt until the very end and I needed to survive Levance Fields scored 20 points and Aaron Gray had 14 points and 10 rebounds, leading No. 7 Pittsburgh over Villanova 65-59. Antonio Graves had 13 points, including a clutch 3-pointer in the closing minutes, to help the Panthers (20-3, 8-1 in Big East) win for the 10th time in 11 games.

Curtis Sumpter scored 21 points for Villanova (14-7, 3-5). The Wildcats were seeking their third victory over a ranked opponent this month.

Pitt took its first lead since before the midpoint of the first half when Keith Benjamin hit a 3-pointer to make it 38-37 with 12:21 left. Benjamin sank another 3 to extend the lead to 43-37 a few minutes later. Nardi finally ended Pitt's 12-0 run with a 3-pointer and Scottie Reynolds' driving layup tied it at 45. Villanova turned the ball over on five of seven possessions during Pitt's run.

Playing tenacious defense, Villanova held Pitt to under 30 percent shooting in the first half and forced 11 turnovers to take a 28-23 lead. A 10-0 run put the Wildcats ahead 23-17, and Sumpter answered Fields' 3-pointer with one of his own to make it 26-20.

So, for the night, I'll take 2 out of 3…

Till next time, may all your bets be winners.


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