December 18, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 10: Close to Vlade Edition: A slim national slate of four NBA games has been supplemented by two from NBA TV. Games to pick begin Wednesday night out west when Oklahoma City visits Sacramento, the land of love and positivity where everyone is close to Vlade Divac. As close as one can be to a 7-foot-1 Serbian colossus. There was absolute carnage in the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em last week, which Bender won with 0 points. I remain in first by 20, over Howard_T and NoMich. Make your selections.

This Week's Games

Oklahoma City at Sacramento on NBA TV (Wednesday)
Houston at Miami on TNT (Thursday)
Dallas at L.A. Clippers on TNT (Thursday)
Milwaukee at Boston on ESPN (Friday)
New Orleans at L.A. Lakers on ESPN (Friday)
Toronto at Philadelphia on NBA TV (Saturday)

Last Week's Results

New Orleans 118, Oklahoma City 114 (3 < 4 < 5)
Toronto 113, Golden State 93 (14 < 20 < 26)
Houston 126, L.A. Lakers 111 (10 < 15 < 20)
Phoenix 99, Dallas 89 (7 < 10 < 13)
Indiana 113, Philadelphia 101 (8 < 12 < 16)
Denver 109, Oklahoma City 98 (8 < 11 < 14)

Player Scores

bender's picks

New Orleans by 9 [lock], 10 points
Toronto by 3, 5 points
Houston by 5, 5 points
Dallas by 10 [lock], -10 points
Philadelphia by 7 [lock], -10 points
Oklahoma City by 4, 0 points

Howard_T's picks

New Orleans by 8, 5 points
Golden State by 19 [lock], -10 points
Houston by 4, 5 points
Dallas by 14 [lock], -10 points
Philadelphia by 6, 0 points
Denver by 9, 8 points

NoMich's picks

New Orleans by 5, 8 points
Golden State by 8, 0 points
L.A. Lakers by 10 [lock], -10 points
Dallas by 12 [lock], -10 points
Philadelphia by 9 [lock], -10 points
Denver by 5, 5 points

rcade's picks

Oklahoma City by 5, 0 points
Golden State by 8, 0 points
Houston by 6, 5 points
Dallas by 13 [lock], -10 points
Philadelphia by 11, 0 points
Oklahoma City by 8, 0 points

scooby10672's picks

New Orleans by 2, 5 points
Golden State by 4 [lock], -10 points
Houston by 2, 5 points
Dallas by 5 [lock], -10 points
Philadelphia by 3, 0 points
Denver by 4 [lock], 10 points

tron7's picks

L.A. Lakers by 4, 0 points
Dallas by 13 [lock], -10 points
Philadelphia by 6, 0 points
Denver by 6, 5 points

Ufez Jones's picks

Oklahoma City by 11, 0 points
Golden State by 7, 0 points
L.A. Lakers by 12 [lock], -10 points
Dallas by 19 [lock], -10 points
Philadelphia by 8 [lock], -10 points
Denver by 5, 5 points


PlayerTotal ScoreThis Week
Ufez Jones167-25

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 01:25 PM - 14 comments

Next week's games begin Tuesday on Christmas Day. I will preview the slate of games in a Saturday post for people on the road during the holidays.

posted by rcade at 01:31 PM on December 18

my goodness, that was a *tough* week for us

posted by NoMich at 02:23 PM on December 18


Sacramento by 4 (Wednesday)
Houston by 5 (Thursday)
SLAM L.A. Clippers by 8 (Thursday) SLAM
Milwaukee by 3 (Friday)
L.A. Lakers by 5 (Friday)
Philadelphia by 7 (Saturday)

posted by bender at 03:04 PM on December 18

Sacramento by 6

Houston by 6
L.A. Clippers by 7

Boston by 7
L.A. Lakers by 12

Philadelphia by 6

posted by NoMich at 04:38 PM on December 18

Good grief! I have a negative score and still move into 2nd place. What is going on here? I still trail rcade (who is obviously working the referees) by 20, but the way things are going, it could be by 40 or we could be tied, by next week. Ever the optimist, here we go:

Wednesday, Dec. 19:

Kings are doing their best to deny Celtics a lottery pick, but Thunder have found a bit of a groove. Oklahoma City by 8

Thursday, Dec. 20:

The crowd yells "DEFENSE". Rockets say "not us". Houston by 14 SLAM

Both of these teams moved down in the power rankings this week. Clippers are still better in Pace and OffRtg, while Mavericks are better in DefRtg and Net. Clippers had been playing well until their past 6 games, but poor shooting and turnovers have wrecked their offense. I'll go with the home team. Los Angeles (non-purple variety) by 9

Friday, Dec. 21:

8 wins in a row can do wonders for your power ranking, and Celtics have indeed moved up from 9 to 6. Their streak ended with a loss at Detroit in which they looked like a very tired bunch. Bucks have slipped a bit, from 1 to 2, but take this with a grain of salt as Antetokounmpo and Middleton each missed a game last week, Both are expected to play Friday, but a rested Boston will be playing only their second game in 6 days. Boston by 12 SLAM

Will LeBron James be whispering in Antonio Davis's ear, trying to entice him to come to the Lakers? The rumors are that both Boston and the Lakers are after him. Pelicans have slipped some while Lakers have been hot. Los Angeles (Purple variety) by 8 SLAM

Saturday, Dec. 22:

The theme in Philadelphia is "the Butler did it or it doesn't get done". 76ers lost 2 at home without Butler, but won convincingly at Cleveland with him. Meanwhile, Kyle Lowry shoots 7.3% better with Kawhi Leonard off the floor than he does when they are playing together. To add to the intrigue, Toronto struggles on offense when Lowry is on the bench. Confused yet?. Don't be, 76ers don't have enough to offset what Leonard can do to Butler on defense. Toronto by 11

posted by Howard_T at 04:41 PM on December 18

Over the line! I'm sorry, rcade, I had Denver slammed, that's 10 points. Mark it zero (for the week).

rcade, this is not Nam, this is pick em, there are rules.

posted by tron7 at 10:32 AM on December 19

Oklahoma City (Wednesday) by 7 - SLAM
Miami on (Thursday) by 6
L.A. Clippers (Thursday) by 12 - SLAM
Boston (Friday) by 4
L.A. Lakers (Friday) by 7
Philadelphia (Saturday) by 4

posted by tron7 at 10:35 AM on December 19

OKC by 6

Houston by 9 (SLAM)
Dallas by 6

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:43 PM on December 19

Oklahoma City by 7
Houston by 9
L.A. Clippers by 6
Milwaukee by 12
L.A. Lakers by 7
Philadelphia by 8

posted by rcade at 07:45 PM on December 19

Okla by 3

Hous by 2 SLAM
LAC by 6

posted by scooby10672 at 09:59 PM on December 19

Tron7: I see a Dallas slam but no Denver slam. I applaud your Florida-style efforts to catch me, but my lead is nigh insurmountable.

posted by rcade at 09:38 AM on December 20

My mistake.

posted by tron7 at 09:54 AM on December 20

Bucks by 8
Pelicans by 10

Toronto by 6

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:51 PM on December 21

Bos by 2 SLAM
LAL by 3

Tor by 4 SLAM

posted by scooby10672 at 06:59 PM on December 21

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