February 10, 2016

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 15: There are eight NBA games airing nationally this week and two All-Star games pitting the U.S. vs. the World and West vs. East. All 10 are in the our NBA Pick 'Em contest, which is led by the merciless prognostication juggernaut Howard_T. Games start tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN when the Lakers lose to the Cavaliers.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:56 PM - 11 comments

ResultGS by 13MIN by 6DET by 6LAL by 3ATL by 6SA by 16GS by 8LAC by 7
Margin9 to 174 to 84 to 82 to 44 to 811 to 216 to 105 to 9

Howard wins the week, expanding his lead. I forget to submit picks and fall to fourth. Sad trombone.

Howard_TGS13  DET4 ATL++8SAGSLAC858552
Ufez JonesGS14  DET   ATL6SA++ GS8  48518
tron7GS14LAC--DET7  ATL SA13GS LAC 34477
rcadeGS16             8463
NoMichGS++ DET8  ATL8SA GS8  46453


Pick the winner and spread for each game. Score 5 points if the team wins, 3 more points if your spread is close and another 2 if you hit the spread exactly.

At your option, make one game a slam dunk to triple your score in victory or lose 5 points in defeat.

Read the detailed rules on the first week's post.

If SportsFilter is down and you need to submit your picks, you can send them in email to me.

This Week's Games

Wed.Feb. 108 p.m. ETL.A. Lakers at ClevelandESPN
Wed.Feb. 1010:30 p.m. ETHouston at PortlandESPN
Thu.Feb. 118 p.m. ETNew Orleans at Oklahoma CityTNT
Fri.Feb. 129 p.m. ETU.S.A. at WorldTNT
Sun.Feb. 148 p.m. ETWest at EastTNT
Fri.Feb. 198 p.m. ETIndiana at Oklahoma CityESPN
Fri.Feb. 1910:30 p.m. ETBoston at UtahESPN
Sat.Feb. 208:30 p.m. ETGolden State at L.A. ClippersABC
Sun.Feb. 213:30 p.m. ETCleveland at Oklahoma CityABC
Sun.Feb. 218 p.m. ETL.A. Lakers at ChicagoESPN

Ten games this week, including two All-Star games. The Lakers get two games, Golden State and L.A. Clippers provide a nice preview of a potential Western Conference Finals and LeBron takes the Cavs to Oklahoma City. Donald Trump picks the World to beat the U.S.

posted by rcade at 01:56 PM on February 10, 2016

I missed the early game Tuesday, distracted by the Super Bowl. Apologies to all, but mostly Howard_T because he would've used the game to grow his lead.

I thought it would be fun to throw the two All-Star games into the mix.

This week I was taught a valuable lesson about remembering to pick games.

posted by rcade at 01:58 PM on February 10, 2016

February 10
CLE by 18
POR by 8

February 11
OKC by 14

February 12
USA by 12

February 14
West by 8

February 19
OKC by 10

February 20
GSW by 10

February 21
CLE by 10
CHI by 14

posted by NoMich at 02:33 PM on February 10, 2016

What's really sad is that you pretty much missed a week and you're still way ahead of me. /sigh

posted by NoMich at 02:34 PM on February 10, 2016

I'm surprised that I was able to open the lead a bit this week. I really thought the Pelicans might be able to beat Lakers and Clippers would do better against a vulnerable Minnesota team. So tonight, wearing my penitential ashes, I will be able to vent my wrath against Doc Rivers and his charges. My son and I will meet at the Paulaner Beer Garden in North Station for a quick Hacker-Pschorr Gold, grab a couple of slices of pizza (and another beer) across the street, then proceed to the TD Garden for a visit to the microbrewery draft beer garden in the balcony, whence we will weave our way to our seats. With that sort of strengthening, the game will be enjoyable. Now to the picks.

10 February

Cleveland by 8 Kevin Love is out, the offense will have to be reworked some.
Houston by 4

11 February

Oklahoma City by 14 with a Sooner State SLAM

12 February

USA by 8 The team rosters for those who want to use logic vs flipping a coin.

14 February

West by 14 The NBA delivers a big, wet Valentine's kiss in a game with zero defense.

19 February

Oklahoma City by 15
Boston by 4

20 February

Golden State by 6

21 February

Oklahoma City by 12
Chicago by 7 Butler is not badly injured, Dunleavy is back, and Rose is playing well.

I consider the games Tuesday to be a bit of time on the bench to get a few extra minutes of rest around the halftime break. While I might have used the games to pad the lead, the reverse might have been true.

posted by Howard_T at 02:50 PM on February 10, 2016

MIN by 6

Make a mental note to check to see who is officiating before slam dunking a Clippers game.

Wednesday Feb 10
Cleveland by 16 Slam
Houston by 8

Thursday Feb 11
OKC by 11

Friday Feb 12
USA by 7

Sunday Feb 14
East by 6

Friday Feb 19
OKC by 10
Boston by 7

Saturday Feb 20
Golden State by 9

Saturday Feb 21

OKC by 11
Chicago by 16

posted by tron7 at 03:00 PM on February 10, 2016

What's really sad is that you pretty much missed a week and you're still way ahead of me. /sigh

My advice: make picks for all of the games.

Fri. Feb. 19 10:30 p.m. ET Boston at Utah ESPN

posted by tron7 at 03:04 PM on February 10, 2016

Oh, mother effer! Thanks tron.

February 19
BOS by 8

posted by NoMich at 03:07 PM on February 10, 2016

Feb. 10
Cleveland by 20
Houston by 6

Feb. 12
U.S. by 10

Feb. 14
West by 8

Feb. 21
Chicago by 23 <-- slam dunk

posted by rcade at 05:03 PM on February 10, 2016

Well crap. Lousy snow kept me stuck in traffic and I didn't get home before the tipoff of the CLE/LAL game. Such is life.

Feb 10 Portland by 7

Feb 11 Thunder by 17 SLAM

Feb 12 US by 15? Hell, I don't know.

Feb 14 East by 10

I'll hit the rest early next week.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:36 PM on February 10, 2016

The remainder of my picks:

Feb. 19
Oklahoma City by 14
Boston by 11

Feb. 20
Golden State by 12

Feb. 21
OKC by 7
Chicago by 8

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:00 PM on February 17, 2016

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