March 09, 2017

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: Dirk Nowitzki 30,000 Edition: With six weeks to go in SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Howard_T has climbed into first by 8 points over Goyoucolts. There are nine national TV games to pick this week, including two Friday night games on NBA TV. Make your picks.

This Week's Games

San Antonio at Oklahoma City on TNT (Thursday)
Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix on TNT (Thursday)
Golden State at Minnesota on NBATV (Friday)
Washington at Sacramento on NBATV (Friday)
Golden State at San Antonio on ABC (Saturday)
Chicago at Boston on ABC (Sunday)
Cleveland at Houston on ESPN (Sunday)
Atlanta at San Antonio on TNT (Monday)
Los Angeles Lakers at Denver on TNT (Monday)

Teams playing more than once: San Antonio, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State.

Last Week's Results

Chicago 94, Golden State 87 (5 < 7 < 9)
Portland 114, Oklahoma City 109 (3 < 5 < 7)
Cleveland 135, Atlanta 130 (3 < 5 < 7)
San Antonio 101, New Orleans 98 (2 < 3 < 4)
Los Angeles Clippers 101, Chicago 91 (7 < 10 < 13)
Golden State 112, New York 104 (6 < 8 < 10)
Dallas 104, Oklahoma City 89 (10 < 15 < 20)
Charlotte 100, Indiana 88 (8 < 12 < 16)
Los Angeles Clippers 116, Boston 102 (10 < 14 < 18)

Player Scores

bender's picks

Golden State by 8, 0 points
Portland by 1, 5 points
Cleveland by 7, 8 points
San Antonio by 13 [lock], 10 points
Chicago by 5, 0 points
Golden State by 20 [lock], 10 points
Oklahoma City by 7, 0 points
Charlotte by 3, 5 points
Los Angeles Clippers by 10, 8 points

Goyoucolts's picks

Golden State by 9 [lock], -10 points
Portland by 5, 10 points
Atlanta by 3, 0 points
New Orleans by 2, 0 points
Los Angeles Clippers by 7 [lock], 16 points
Golden State by 9 [lock], 16 points
Dallas by 3, 5 points
Indiana by 8 [lock], -10 points
Boston by 4 [lock], -10 points

Howard_T's picks

Golden State by 7, 0 points
Oklahoma City by 4, 0 points
Cleveland by 9 [lock], 10 points
San Antonio by 12 [lock], 10 points
Los Angeles Clippers by 8, 8 points
Golden State by 16 [lock], 10 points
Oklahoma City by 9, 0 points
Indiana by 10, 0 points
Los Angeles Clippers by 8, 5 points

NoMich's picks

Cleveland by 15 [lock], 10 points
San Antonio by 12 [lock], 10 points
Chicago by 7, 0 points
Golden State by 16 [lock], 10 points
Oklahoma City by 8, 0 points
Charlotte by 7, 5 points
Boston by 9, 0 points

rcade's picks

Golden State by 13 [lock], -10 points
Oklahoma City by 8 [lock], -10 points
Cleveland by 6 [lock], 16 points
San Antonio by 13 [lock], 10 points
Los Angeles Clippers by 4 [lock], 10 points
Golden State by 16 [lock], 10 points
Oklahoma City by 14 [lock], -10 points
Boston by 8 [lock], -10 points

tron7's picks

Golden State by 11 [lock], -10 points
Oklahoma City by 4, 0 points
Atlanta by 3, 0 points
San Antonio by 11 [lock], 10 points
Los Angeles Clippers by 6, 5 points
Golden State by 7 [lock], 16 points
Dallas by 4, 5 points
Indiana by 3, 0 points
Los Angeles Clippers by 3, 5 points

Ufez Jones's picks

Golden State by 8 [lock], -10 points
Oklahoma City by 6, 0 points
Cleveland by 9, 5 points
San Antonio by 12 [lock], 10 points
Los Angeles Clippers by 7, 8 points
Golden State by 14 [lock], 10 points
Dallas by 6, 5 points
Charlotte by 5, 5 points
Los Angeles Clippers by 7 [lock], 10 points

Standings

PlayerTotal ScoreThis Week
Howard_T57043
Goyoucolts56217
Ufez Jones54043
NoMich50635
tron749831
rcade4816
bender37846

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.

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:21 PM - 15 comments

San Antonio by 14 (SLAM)
Phoenix by 7

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:25 PM on March 09

San Antonio by 6
Phoenix by 12
Golden State by 10
Sacramento by 4
San Antonio by 12
Boston by 9
Cleveland by 6

posted by rcade at 05:27 PM on March 09

San Antonio by 9 (slam)

Phoenix by 5

posted by Goyoucolts at 05:28 PM on March 09

San Antonio by 12
Phoenix by 6

posted by NoMich at 05:33 PM on March 09

San Antonio by 6
Phoenix by 5
Golden State by 7
Washington by 9 - SLAM
San Antonio by 5
Boston by 6
Houston by 5
San Antonio by 11 - SLAM
Denver by 7 - SLAM

posted by tron7 at 05:42 PM on March 09

I thought I had a bad week last week, but it turned out much better than I had hoped. Now the problem is to hold the lead and extend it a bit. Not easy at this stage of the season as teams look toward their playoff position and get serious about winning.

Thunder have been leaning on Westbrook too much. San Antonio by 11.

Two teams with no hope of making the playoffs.New management might help Lakers. Phoenix by 6.

The rest coming later.

posted by Howard_T at 07:34 PM on March 09

It is now later. Here come the rest (as I cringe at what the above picks did for me. At least Suns are keeping it close).

Warriors take on a pack of Wolves. Without Durant, Karl-Anthony Towns could be a problem, but this will be overcome. Golden State by 10 SLAM

Kings got no Boogie. No Boogie means no chance Wizards by 8. SLAM

Bulls are long, and this means a rebounding advantage. Boston does not do well at this, but they might actually have everyone available to play. Boston by 6.

LeBron meets The Beard, and doesn't have any Love to help. No matter. Cleveland by 8.

Hawks have talons, but San Antonio has Spurs. Talons lose. San Antonio by 11. SLAM

Altitude sickness is not easily overcome. Denver by 13. SLAM

posted by Howard_T at 11:59 PM on March 09

Golden State by 14
Washington by 12
San Antonio by 5
Boston by 12
Houston by 8
San Antonio by 8
Denver by 7

posted by NoMich at 10:47 AM on March 10

Well, then.

Golden State over Minn by 6
Washington over SAC by 14 (SLAM)
San Antonio over GSW by 9
Boston over CHI by 13 (SLAM)
Houston over CLE by 7
San Antonio over ATL by 10
Denver over LAL (lol) by 17 (SLAM)

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:19 PM on March 10

Wizards by 8

posted by Goyoucolts at 09:00 PM on March 10

San Antonio by 3
Boston by 7
SLAM Cleveland by 14
SLAM San Antonio by 10
LA Lakers by 4

posted by bender at 11:12 AM on March 11

Golden State by 7

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:48 AM on March 11

Changing my pick in tonight"s game to Spurs by 15 (SLAM)

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:28 PM on March 11

I just noticed that I omitted a pick for Golden State at San Antonio. Golden State is not playing well of late, but San Antonio is missing 4 critical pieces of their lineup. Leonard is in the concussion protocol, Parker and Dejounte Murray are hurt, and now LaMarcus Aldridge is out with cardiac arrhythmia. Can Manu Ginobli carry them all? Meanwhile, Golden State plans to rest Curry, Green, Thompson and Iguodala. Durant is still out for the Warriors. ABC must love these developments.

In the meantime, I would like to change my pick on the San Antonio vs Atlanta game on Monday. Please remove the slam and change to margin to San Antonio by 4. Thus the picks should read:

Saturday: San Antonio by 9.

Monday: San Antonio by 4.

My apologies for the extra work induced, and many thanks for your indulgence.

posted by Howard_T at 03:51 PM on March 11

Boston by 4 (slam)

Houston by 5 (slam)

San Antonio by 7 (slam)

Denver by 13 (slam)

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:50 PM on March 12

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