Skood Picks: Wednesday, November 20th

Posted: November 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

paulgeorge

 

Big night for the Indiana Pacers. They’re coming off their first loss of the season against Chicago and get set to take on the Knicks at the Garden. Indiana comes in at 9-1 and boasting the best record in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Knicks, predictably, are struggling out of the gate and are rumored to be looking to shake up their roster with a big trade. A loss to the Pacers tonight could be the lynchpin that begins the massive overhaul in Manhattan. Easy money, folks. Take the Pacers with the points.

Lock it down, folks: Indiana Pacers – 6 @ New York Knicks

On the other hand, the San Antonio Spurs take the best record in basketball home with them to take on the Boston Celtics. 3/4 of Beantown appears to be content with tanking, which, ironically would make every Boston loss the first time that this city hasn’t complained about the refs during a defeat. The Celtics have won games this season that they shouldn’t have, including a triumph over the two-time defending champion Heat. I don’t think Boston will defeat San Antonio. But, they have enough talent to keep this one relatively close. The 14 point spread for the Spurs just screams Boston.

Lock it down, folks: San Antonio Spurs – 14 vs. Boston Celtics

In the NHL this evening, a quintet of games is highlighted by Pittsburgh @ Washington in a matchup of Metropolitan Division rivals. It’s always a great battle when Sidney “Crybaby” Crosby takes on Alex Ovechkin. Pittsburgh is a road favorite in this game, which isn’t shocking considering the world’s love affair with the golden child, Crosby. The Capitals have been playing very good hockey, and I think that they should at least keep this to a one goal game at home.

Lock it down, folks: Washington Capitals +1.5 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Finally, we have the dud of the NHL schedule as the Columbus Blue Jackets head north of the border to the Rogers Saddledome to take on the Calgary Flames. Both of these teams come in at 7-11-3 and neither appears very poised for a playoff run this season. Neither team can score or stop the puck from going in right now. So, one has to wonder which side of the pendulum this stinker will swing. When in doubt, look in the net-mouth. Sergei Bobrovsky > Karri Ramo/Reto Berra.

Lock it down, folks: Columbus Blue Jackets +1.5 vs. Calgary Flames

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