March 29, 2016

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: 16 Days Left in the Season: There are seven nationally televised games to predict this week in SportsFilter's contest. Howard_T has a 66-point lead so it may be all over but the crying. Golden State plays twice this week in TV games and Houston thrice.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:31 PM - 14 comments

ResultHOU by 49UTAH by 9OKC by 21LAC by 16SA by 8
Margin34 to 646 to 1215 to 2711 to 216 to 10

Howard wins a week of prognosticative carnage. His 66-point lead looks nigh unassailable at this point, but the battle for third place is a barnburner.

Howard_THOU   OKC++    20688
Ufez Jones  CLE-- OKC LAC SA613622
tron7       SA 5598
NoMich  CLE-- OKC LAC SA 10594
rcadeHOU   OKC LAC   15568


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

Tue.Mar. 298 p.m. ETHouston at ClevelandTNT
Tue.Mar. 2910:30 p.m. ETWashington at Golden StateTNT
Thu.Mar. 317 p.m. ETChicago at HoustonTNT
Thu.Mar. 319:30 p.m. ETL.A. Clippers at Oklahoma CityTNT
Fri.Apr. 18 p.m. ETCleveland at AtlantaESPN
Fri.Apr. 110:30 p.m. ETBoston at Golden StateESPN
Sun.Apr. 33:30 p.m. ETOklahoma City at HoustonABC

Seven games this week. Two national games for Golden State as the Warriors try to reach 73 wins and set an NBA record. No stops on the Kobe Bryant farwell tour. Three (!) games for the Rockets.

posted by rcade at 01:31 PM on March 29, 2016

Well, that was a weak-ass...ummm...week...on my part. But I'm still reeling in tron7*. Go me!

CLE by 10
GSW by 18

HOU by 14
OKC by 8

ATL by 8
GSW by 12

OKC by 6

* - I'm still wondering what in the hell you did with trons 1 - 6.

posted by NoMich at 01:37 PM on March 29, 2016

Hooray, I've been missing this.

Mar 29:
Cle by 14
GSW by 10

Mar 31:
HOU by 8
LAC by 5

I'll put the rest in on Friday.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:12 PM on March 29, 2016

March 29
Cleveland by 7
Golden State by 17 - Lock

March 31
Houston by 15
OKC by 11

April 1
Atlanta by 7
Golden State by 11

April 3
OKC by 9

* - I'm still wondering what in the hell you did with trons 1 - 6.

The nickname sprouted from this guy and was a natural internet handle, it also proved to be a popular internet handle so I started adding my jersey number, which was stolen from this guy. A bit of unholy marriage but it works

posted by tron7 at 04:57 PM on March 29, 2016

I really thought I had had a bad week, but as I look at the results, I feel like someone who couldn't sink a shot from the field but was solid from the free throw line. The defense was pretty good too. The biggest question this week is which of Golden State's games to pick as my slam. I am not going to feel secure, even with the big lead. The Eastern Conference games are getting hard to predict, especially with the teams in the 3 - 7 spots. Here goes:

29 March

Cleveland by 15
Golden State by 18 SLAM

31 March

Houston by 6
Oklahoma City by 10 (There's some delicious irony in Paul Pierce injuring his ankle vs Boston)

01 April

Happy 75th, Howard

Atlanta by 11
Golden State by 15 (Would that I could pick my Celtics with any degree of surety)

03 April

Oklahoma City by 9 (I really don't trust this pick, but I will make it anyway)

posted by Howard_T at 05:28 PM on March 29, 2016

March 29
Houston by 8
Golden State by 22 <-- slam dunk

April 3
Houston by 7

posted by rcade at 06:43 PM on March 29, 2016

Well this is going terribly so far...

April 1:
CLE by 9
GSW by 19 (SLAM)

April 3:
OKC by 5

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:14 PM on April 01, 2016

Holy hell, this week.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:52 PM on April 02, 2016

Holy hell, this week.

Last night's results really hurt me in the pick 'em, but pleased me greatly in the heart. Atlanta's loss to Cleveland helps Boston's playoff positioning, and of course the unexpected Celtics' win over Warriors had me nearly screaming (restraint was necessary due to sleeping wife and cats). The NBA Eastern Conference playoffs, outside of the #1 and #2 positions, are a real scramble. I'm hoping for a Boston finish in 3rd or 4th, thereby giving Celtics a decent chance of a first round series win. I have my playoff tickets reserved, Section 316, Row 5, seats 9 & 10.

In the pick 'em I feel like a team that has had a really great first half and a decent 3rd quarter but is hanging on by its fingernails in the 4th. I'm not hitting my shots, but the other team has not put a strong run together -- yet. Just a handful of games remaining. It will be fun.

posted by Howard_T at 02:15 PM on April 02, 2016

My stats post is running late. Please pick Detroit at Miami (8 p.m. EDT, TNT) and Minnesota at Golden State (10:30 p.m. EDT, TNT) in this discussion.

posted by rcade at 06:48 PM on April 05, 2016

April 5
Miami by 6
Golden State by 20

posted by rcade at 07:04 PM on April 05, 2016

I'm glad the Celtics are off tonight, otherwise I would be at the game and miss making the picks. These next 2 weeks could mean the entire season, both here and on the various courts. Here goes:

05 April

Miami by 9 but I will be rooting for the upset.
Golden State by 14 Make this one a SLAM Warriors will not lose 2 in a row at home.

posted by Howard_T at 07:12 PM on April 05, 2016

April 5:
Miami by 7
GSW by 23 (SLAM)

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:35 PM on April 05, 2016

Fuck by 22
Me by 44444

(both are locks)

posted by NoMich at 08:22 AM on April 06, 2016

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