Enter SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: For the NBA season that begins Tuesday, SportsFilter is bringing back the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em. Choose the winner and margin for the nationally televised games each week on TNT, ESPN and ABC (around 6-8 games). Last year was won by Howard T, who left the rest of us in the dust. First prize is a $25 NBA Shop gift certificate.How This Works
SportsFilter is running a season-long NBA Pick 'Em contest and awarding a prize to the season's winner: a $25 NBA Store gift certificate.
To play, pick who you think will win and by how many points. You then get points based on the result:
Picked the winner? You get 5 points
Picked the winner and a spread within the margin of error? You get 3 more points
Picked the winner and the exact spread? You get 2 more points
What's the Margin of Error?
A window around the spread that's defined as the following:
spread - round(0.3 * spread) <= Margin of Error <= spread + round(0.3 * spread)
You get rewarded for being close to the spread. The bigger the spread, the bigger the margin of error, so you don't have to be as accurate predicting a blowout as a close game.
|Actual Spread||Margin Starts at||Margin Ends at|
|Dallas by 20||8 points (winner + spread within MoE)|
|Dallas by 10||5 points (winner only)|
|Dallas by 15||10 points (winner + nailed spread)|
|Miami by 5||0 points|
You can choose any game as a slam dunk. This doubles the points you win for that game, but if that team doesn't win, you lose 10 points (even if you get the spread). You can make as many picks a slam dunk as you like or pick no dunks at all.
The Small Print
In order to receive the prize, you must respond to our email within 14 days of the winner announcement. Make sure you have a valid email address on SportsFilter or contact me within that time period. The prize does not include international shipping, so in that situation you can pay the cost or receive an equivalent cash prize over Paypal.
This Week's Games
New York at Cleveland on TNT (Tuesday)
San Antonio at Golden State on TNT (Tuesday)
Oklahoma City at Philadelphia on ESPN (Wednesday)
Houston at Los Angeles Lakers on ESPN (Wednesday)
Boston at Chicago on TNT (Thursday)
Los Angeles Clippers at Portland on TNT (Thursday)
Cleveland at Toronto on ESPN (Friday)
Golden State at New Orleans on ESPN (Friday)
Teams playing more than once: Cleveland, Golden State.
Picks must be submitted in this discussion before the game's tipoff. So if you miss Tuesday games you can still choose the games for the rest of the week.