<![CDATA[NBA RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Los Angeles Sparks vs. Indiana Fever - 6/24/17 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/06/24/los-angeles-sparks-vs-indiana-fever-6/24/17-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Sparks and Indiana Fever meet Saturday in WNBA action at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on NBATV.

The Los Angeles Sparks look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 86.8 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 79.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 20.3 points and 6.7 rebounds while Candace Parker is averaging 16.8 points and 4.5 assists. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Alana Beard is dishing 2.6 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are…

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The Los Angeles Sparks and Indiana Fever meet Saturday in WNBA action at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on NBATV.

The Los Angeles Sparks look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 86.8 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 79.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 20.3 points and 6.7 rebounds while Candace Parker is averaging 16.8 points and 4.5 assists. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Alana Beard is dishing 2.6 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 82.2 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have lost three of their last five road games.

The Indiana Fever look for a big home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Indiana Fever are averaging 80 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 85.7 points on 48.6 percent shooting. Candice Dupree is averaging 14.8 points and 6.1 rebounds while Tiffany Mitchell is averaging 12.2 points and 1.7 assists. Erica Wheeler is the third double-digit scorer and Shenise Johnson is dishing 2.4 assists. The Indiana Fever are shooting 29.7 percent from beyond the arc and 87.2 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Fever are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28 rebounds per game. The Indiana Fever have won five of their last six home games.

Will update with trends once/if they're released.

There's no line yet. Please check back later for a pick once a line is released. 

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:32:30 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88191
<![CDATA[Connecticut Sun vs. New York Liberty - 6/23/17 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/06/23/connecticut-sun-vs-new-york-liberty-6/23/17-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Connecticut Sun and New York Liberty meet Friday in WNBA action at Madison Square Garden on ESPN3.

The Connecticut Sun look for their fifth straight win to get a game above a .500 record. The Connecticut Sun are averaging 85.5 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 79.8 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Jonquel Jones is averaging 15.1 points and 12.2 rebounds while Alyssa Thomas is averaging 13.2 points and 4.2 assists. Jasmine Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Williams is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Connecticut Sun are…

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The Connecticut Sun and New York Liberty meet Friday in WNBA action at Madison Square Garden on ESPN3.

The Connecticut Sun look for their fifth straight win to get a game above a .500 record. The Connecticut Sun are averaging 85.5 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 79.8 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Jonquel Jones is averaging 15.1 points and 12.2 rebounds while Alyssa Thomas is averaging 13.2 points and 4.2 assists. Jasmine Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Williams is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Connecticut Sun are shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Connecticut Sun are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.7 rebounds per game. The Connecticut Sun have won three of their last four road games.

The New York Liberty look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The New York Liberty are averaging 81.6 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 81.4 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Tina Charles is averaging 20.5 points and nine rebounds while Sugar Rodgers is averaging 13.4 points and 2.7 assists. Shavonte Zellous is the third double-digit scorer and Kiah Stokes is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The New York Liberty are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The New York Liberty are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.7 rebounds per game. The New York Liberty have won four straight home games.

Will update with trends once/if they're released.

The Connecticut Sun are playing some great ball at the moment that includes a win over the Minnesota Lynx, but the Liberty have held their own as well, which includes four straight wins at home. The home team has won seven of the last 10 meetings between these two teams and the Liberty are 5-1 ATS this season as a favorite. This spread isn't high enough for me to consider the Sun, so I'll lay my bucket with the home team.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:36:56 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88119
<![CDATA[Phoenix Mercury vs. Seattle Storm - 6/23/17 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/06/23/phoenix-mercury-vs-seattle-storm-6/23/17-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm meet Friday in WNBA action at the Key Arena.

The Phoenix Mercury look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 81.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 78.4 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 22.9 points and eight rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 18.3 points and 2.2 assists. Leilani Mitchell is the third double-digit scorer and Danielle Robinson is dishing five assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 31.1…

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The Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm meet Friday in WNBA action at the Key Arena.

The Phoenix Mercury look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 81.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 78.4 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 22.9 points and eight rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 18.3 points and 2.2 assists. Leilani Mitchell is the third double-digit scorer and Danielle Robinson is dishing five assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 28 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have won three of their last five road games.

The Seattle Storm could also use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Seattle Storm are averaging 82.4 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 80.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Jewell Loyd is averaging 18.4 points and 3.4 assists while Breanna Stewart is averaging 17.3 points and 8.7 rebounds. Crystal Langhorne is the third double-digit scorer and Sue Bird is dishing 7.8 assists. The Seattle Storm are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 85.8 percent from the free throw line. The Seattle Storm are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.5 rebounds per game. The Seattle Storm have won five of their last seven home games.

Will update with trends once/if they're released.

The home team has won four of the last five meetings between the Mercury and the Storm, and the Seattle Storm are still one of the better home teams in the league dating back to last season. The Mercury are getting outscored by five points on the road this season and have been realy tough to trust overall, as the ups and downs are really frustrating. I've backed the Storm at home all season, and it's paid off, so I'm going to do the same thing here.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:30:35 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88131
<![CDATA[Dallas Wings vs. San Antonio Stars - 6/23/17 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/06/23/dallas-wings-vs-san-antonio-stars-6/23/17-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Dallas Wings and San Antonio Stars meet Friday in WNBA action at the AT&T Center on ESPN3.

The Dallas Wings look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last six games. The Dallas Wings are averaging 84.6 points on 41.7 percent shooting and allowing 87.4 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Skylar Diggins-Smith is averaging 16.9 points and 5.6 assists while Glory Johnson is averaging 13.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. Allisha Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Karima Christmas-Kelly is grabbing four rebounds. The Dallas Wings are shooting…

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The Dallas Wings and San Antonio Stars meet Friday in WNBA action at the AT&T Center on ESPN3.

The Dallas Wings look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last six games. The Dallas Wings are averaging 84.6 points on 41.7 percent shooting and allowing 87.4 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Skylar Diggins-Smith is averaging 16.9 points and 5.6 assists while Glory Johnson is averaging 13.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. Allisha Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Karima Christmas-Kelly is grabbing four rebounds. The Dallas Wings are shooting 29.7 percent from beyond the arc and 82.8 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Wings are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.4 rebounds per game. The Dallas Wings have lost four of their last five road games.

The San Antonio Stars are still looking for their first win after a brutal 0-12 start to the WNBA season. The San Antonio Stars are averaging 72.7 points on 41 percent shooting and allowing 81.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Kayla McBride is averaging 15.2 points and 2.3 assists while Monique Currie is averaging 11.1 points and 4.8 rebounds. Isabelle Harrison is the third double-digit scorer and Moriah Jefferson is dishing 3.6 assists. The San Antonio Stars are shooting 30.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Stars are allowing 28.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.4 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Stars haven’t won a home game since July 6.

Will update with trends once/if they're released.

The San Antonio Stars had a chance to beat the Dallas Wings on the road on Wednesday, as they had a lead in the fourth quarter with only  few minutes left and lost by just three points. When you add in the way the Dallas Wings have played on the road this season, you have to think this may be the game where the Stars can finally get a victory. I'll take my chances with the free bucket and the home team.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:26:27 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88128
<![CDATA[Washington Mystics vs. Minnesota Lynx - 6/23/17 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/06/23/washington-mystics-vs-minnesota-lynx-6/23/17-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Washington Mystics and Minnesota Lynx meet Friday in WNBA action at the Xcel Energy Center on ESPN2.

The Washington Mystics look for a statement victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Washington Mystics are averaging 83.6 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 81.1 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Elena Delle Donne is averaging 20.4 points and 6.7 rebounds while Tayler Hill is averaging 15.9 points and 3.2 assists. Kristi Toliver is dishing 2.8 assists and Ivory Latta is grabbing 1.3 rebounds. The Washington Mystics are…

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The Washington Mystics and Minnesota Lynx meet Friday in WNBA action at the Xcel Energy Center on ESPN2.

The Washington Mystics look for a statement victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Washington Mystics are averaging 83.6 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 81.1 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Elena Delle Donne is averaging 20.4 points and 6.7 rebounds while Tayler Hill is averaging 15.9 points and 3.2 assists. Kristi Toliver is dishing 2.8 assists and Ivory Latta is grabbing 1.3 rebounds. The Washington Mystics are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 87 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Mystics are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Washington Mystics have split their last four road games.

The Minnesota Lynx look for a bounce back victory after an impressive 9-1 start to the season. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 87.3 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 75.3 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Sylvia Fowles is averaging 20.9 points and 9.8 rebounds while Maya Moore is averaging 14.8 points and 4.1 assists. Seimone Augustus is the second double-digit scorer and Rebekkah Brunson is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Lynx are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Lynx have won three of their last four home games.

Will update with trends once/if they're released.

The Minnesota Lynx blew the doors off the Mystics a couple of weeks ago, shooting 52.6 percent from the field and winning by 25 points. The Washington Mystics are just too inconsistent and haven't had much success on the road this season where they're allowing 84 points per game. While the spreads are getting higher and higher for the Lynx, they'll be focused and up for this game after losing to the Sun. 

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:23:53 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88125
<![CDATA[Chicago Sky vs. Atlanta Dream - 6/23/17 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/06/23/chicago-sky-vs-atlanta-dream-6/23/17-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Chicago Sky and Atlanta Dream meet Friday in WNBA action at the McCamish Pavilion on ESPN3.

The Chicago Sky are getting desperate for a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Chicago Sky are averaging 77 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 85 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Allie Quigley is averaging 15.8 points and 3.4 rebounds while Tamera Young is averaging 13.7 points and 2.5 assists. Cappie Pondexter is the third double-digit scorer and Stefanie Dolson is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Chicago Sky are shooting 34.3 percent…

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The Chicago Sky and Atlanta Dream meet Friday in WNBA action at the McCamish Pavilion on ESPN3.

The Chicago Sky are getting desperate for a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Chicago Sky are averaging 77 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 85 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Allie Quigley is averaging 15.8 points and 3.4 rebounds while Tamera Young is averaging 13.7 points and 2.5 assists. Cappie Pondexter is the third double-digit scorer and Stefanie Dolson is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Chicago Sky are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Sky are allowing 28.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.9 rebounds per game. The Chicago Sky have lost three of their last four road games.

The Atlanta Dream also need a big win here that would get them a game above a .500 record. The Atlanta Dream are averaging 76.4 points on 39.9 percent shooting and allowing 80.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Tiffany Hayes is averaging 17.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while Bria Holmes is averaging 12.2 points and 2.1 assists. Damiris Dantas is the third double-digit scorer and Layshia Clarendon is dishing 6.2 assists. The Atlanta Dream are shooting 23 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Dream are allowing 28.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.4 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Dream have won nine of their last 12 home games.

Will update with trends once/if they're released.

The Atlanta Dream have spent nearly this entire season on the road and have held their own for the most part. The Chicago Sky have lost games left and right regardless of where they've played, and are allowing 79.2 points on the road. The Dream have to be thrilled to be back at home and should be able to win and cover this reasonable number.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:20:16 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88122
<![CDATA[NBA Mock Draft 2017: Jayson Tatum to Celtics, Monk to Orlando and Other Picks]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/06/22/nba-mock-draft-2017-jayson-tatum-to-celtics-monk-to-orlando-and-other-picks#comments We’re about 24 hours away from the 2017 NBA Draft, so let’s put together a quick mock heading into the event. The top-two picks are pretty much set in stone, but after that is when things get a bit crazy and is when the unpredictability sets in.

Here goes…

1. Philadelphia 76ers - The 76ers didn't make a trade with the Boston Celtics to take anybody but Markelle Fultz, their point guard of the future with All-Star potential.

2. Los Angeles Lakers - The…

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We’re about 24 hours away from the 2017 NBA Draft, so let’s put together a quick mock heading into the event. The top-two picks are pretty much set in stone, but after that is when things get a bit crazy and is when the unpredictability sets in.

Here goes…

1. Philadelphia 76ers - The 76ers didn't make a trade with the Boston Celtics to take anybody but Markelle Fultz, their point guard of the future with All-Star potential.

2. Los Angeles Lakers - The Los Angeles Lakers traded D’Angelo Russell to open the door up for Lonzo Ball. LaVar and his family got their wish.

3. Boston Celtics - Jayson Tatum seems to fit in well with what the Celtics are doing, as he has the size, athleticism, shot and is a good teammate. Boston needs depth to close the gap in the East and doesn't have time to take a project.

4. Phoenix Suns - His jump shot needs work, but Josh Jackson’s athleticism and defense makes him very intriguing when pairing him with a Suns roster that already has scoring and youth. Suddenly Phoenix is looking like a good basketball team.

5. Sacramento Kings - The Sacramento Kings need a point guard to build around and De'Aaron Fox has the potential to be the best player in this draft class. A little Russell Westbrook to his game.

6. Orlando Magic - The Orlando Magic were one of the worst outside shooting teams in the league last season. Malik Monk could help fix those issues.

7. Minnesota Timberwolves - The Minnesota Timberwolves need a point guard of the future to go with their promising, young core. Dennis Smith would speed up the process with his athleticism and leadership.

8. New York Knicks - The Knicks need a lot of help and one of the first steps is finding a replacement for Carmelo Anthony. Jonathan Isaac has the size, rebounding ability and is a good enough defender to help change the culture in New York.

9. Dallas Mavericks - The Mavericks have been looking to land a talented center for a few years now, and Zach Collins falls in their lap. A player with a high IQ, good inside game and ability to space the floor, Collins brings versatility to Dallas.

10. Sacramento Kings - Lauri Markkanen can space the floor with a good stroke from deep and has the size and footwork to break guys down in the paint. Markkanen instantly becomes one of the better players on this Kings roster.

11. Charlotte Hornets - The Hornets haven't quite been able to give Kemba Walker a consistent running mate until they drafted Donovan Mitchell out of Louisville. A great defender with an improved jump shot, Mitchell adds a much needed spark to the Hornets backcourt.

12. Detroit Pistons - Frank Ntilikina needs to go to a team where he can develop more and wait a year or two before making a serious impact. The Pistons can afford the value pick with Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith already on the team.

13. Denver Nuggets - The Nuggets give Nikola Jokic help in the post by drafting John Collins, an athletic big with a good midrange game and the ability the rebound the basketball.

14. Miami Heat - Questions of whether or not Dion Waiters will stick around and Tyler Johnson may be one the trade block due to a bad contract. Adding Luke Kennard takes pressure off Miami’s decision making and gives the Heat an elite scorer for years to come.

15. Portland Trail Blazers - Portland needs depth on the wings with Evan Turner not living upto his contract. Justin Jackson has an improved jump shot, plays hard and can play defense well enough to crack this Trail Blazers rotation.

16. Chicago Bulls - The Bulls need help everywhere they turn and may be in a full rebuild if they trade Jimmy Butler. Might as well take a center with great upside in Justin Patton, who already has a reliable jumper and is a legit seven feet tall.

17. Milwaukee Bucks - The Milwaukee Bucks stick to their guns with size and length by drafting center Jarrett Allen, who could be a starter in this futuristic lineup within a year or two. Allen has great potential and is worth a pick for the Bucks.

18. Indiana Pacers - Since Paul George is good as gone, might as well build around Myles Turner and add TJ Leaf. While there’s questions about his athleticism and defense, Leaf can fill it up offensively and become a go-to scorer for this Pacers team that’s soon losing their best player.

19. Atlanta Hawks - The Hawks just traded away Dwight Howard, so finding the younger version of him would be Bam Adebayo. A well built player, Adebayo runs the floor well and brings energy at both ends of the court.

20. Portland Trail Blazers - The Portland Trail Blazers could also use depth behind Lillard and McCollum, and Terrance Ferguson brings the athleticism, defense and scoring ability that they've lacked. This pick instantly makes Portland a better basketball team.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder - As long as OG Anunoby’s knee is OK, the Thunder have to seriously consider this pick. Anunoby brings the defensive intensity on the wing but also is a much better scorer and athlete than Andre Roberson.

22. Brooklyn Nets - The Brooklyn Nets are in full blown rebuild mode and have all the time in the world to wait for guys to mature. Well, might as well take a flyer on Harry Giles, who could have been the best player in this class if it weren’t for injury concerns.

23. Toronto Raptors - The Toronto Raptors spend another draft pick on a Utah player with the selection of Kyle Kuzma, who could soon replace Serge Ibaka with his size, jumpshot and ability to run the floor.

24. Utah Jazz - Anzejs Pasecniks adds depth to an already big frontcourt and has the ability to space the floor with his outside shot. A nice value pick for the Jazz in the later rounds.

25. Orlando Magic - Ivan Rabb has elite size, is a great defender and his jump shot has improved over the years. Rabb has the ability to quickly top Aaron Gordon and become a starter for the Magic within a few years.

26. Portland Trail Blazers - Another first round pick, the Portland Trail Blazers could make the fans happy by selecting Jordan Bell out of Oregon. Bell is one of those guys who does a little bit of everything to help his team win and is a great teammate.

27. Los Angeles Lakers - Caleb Swanigan is a great post scorer with a high basketball IQ and has magnets on his hands when it comes to rebounds. Swanigan could serve as a quality reserve player and be a key contributor to a Lakers squad trying to build a contender as quickly as possible.

28. Los Angeles Lakers - Julius Randle may be on the move, opening the door at power forward depth, which is where DJ Wilson could help. Wilson has good size and a reliable outside shot that makes him an energy spark off the bench.

29. San Antonio Spurs - The Spurs could use point guard depth with Tony Parker not getting any younger. Jawun Evans isn’t the biggest player in the world, but his quickness and offensive talent makes him an intriguing player with NBA staying power.

30. Utah Jazz - The Utah Jazz could use some outside shooting and Tyler Lydon fits the bill after shooting 39.8 percent in two years with Syracuse. The Jazz made less than 10 threes per game, and Lydon could certainly fix that.

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:24:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88077
<![CDATA[Killer 3s vs. Trilogy - 6/25/17 BIG3 Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/06/25/killer-3s-vs-trilogy-6/25/17-big3-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Killer 3s and Trilogy meet Sunday in the BIG3 Basketball Tournament at the Barclays Center.

Killer 3s will be led by player-coach Charles Oakley, a 53-year-old, who is still considered one of those guys you don’t want to meet in a dark alley. The rest of the Killer 3s will include Chauncey Billups, Stephen Jackson, Reggie Evans, Larry Hughes and Brian Cook. the first thing you notice with the Killer 3s is toughness, as Oakley, Jackson and Evans are are tough guys who get after it and will likely treat this tournament just as seriously given its…

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Killer 3s and Trilogy meet Sunday in the BIG3 Basketball Tournament at the Barclays Center.

Killer 3s will be led by player-coach Charles Oakley, a 53-year-old, who is still considered one of those guys you don’t want to meet in a dark alley. The rest of the Killer 3s will include Chauncey Billups, Stephen Jackson, Reggie Evans, Larry Hughes and Brian Cook. the first thing you notice with the Killer 3s is toughness, as Oakley, Jackson and Evans are are tough guys who get after it and will likely treat this tournament just as seriously given its hard to turn that switch off. Billups should still be able to knock down that three ball at 40 years old and Cook just played for the Chiba Jets a couple years ago and is capable of getting buckets. Hughes is another good defender the Killer 3s have, and he’ll be one of the younger players in this tournament at 38 years old. There’s a lot to like with the Killer 3s, and that's why they’re the favorite to win this tournament.

Trilogy will be coached by Rick Mahorn, an NBA champion as a player and a two-time WNBA champion as an assistant coach. The Trilogy roster will include Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington, Rashad McCants, James White and Dion Glover. Martin is only a couple years removed from the NBA and is one of those tone setters who will make sure his presence is felt, while Harrington spent a couple years overseas and should still be in playing shape at 37 years old. McCants, a former 5-star recruit, is only 32 years old and can make the three ball while White currently plays in Iran and has lit it up offensively. Glover has been removed from the game for a while but has been an assistant coach for the Grand Rapids Drive, so he's likely still getting shots up. Trilogy isn't getting much love from oddsmakers with +750 to win the tournament, but the toughness along with the inside-outside game is intriguing with this group.

I'm not as low on Trilogy as oddmakers clearly are, but I can't pick them in this game. The Killer 3s are downright stacked for this tournament and are favorites to win it all for a reason. The toughness, inside game, outside game and leadership is all there. It's not going to be easy to defeat the Killer 3s if they're playing to their potential. The Killer 3s is the one team in this league that's actually pretty decent across the board on paper. I have to back Oaklaey and company. 

I will update with line if odds are released for individual games.

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:35:04 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88074
<![CDATA[3's Company vs. Ball Hogs - 6/25/17 BIG3 Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/06/25/3s-company-vs-ball-hogs-6/25/17-big3-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments 3's Company and Ball Hogs meet Sunday in the BIG3 Basketball Tournament at the Barclays Center.

3's Company will be led by player-coach Allen Iverson, arguably the best pound-for-pound basketball player the game has ever seen. The rest of the 3’s Company oster will include DerMarr Johnson, Andre Owns, Michael Sweetney and Ruben Patterson. Of course, 3's Company will go as far as Iverson takes it, as he may be 42 years old, but he's competitive as all hell and should still have some of the quickness that made him so great. Johnson should be in shape…

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3's Company and Ball Hogs meet Sunday in the BIG3 Basketball Tournament at the Barclays Center.

3's Company will be led by player-coach Allen Iverson, arguably the best pound-for-pound basketball player the game has ever seen. The rest of the 3’s Company oster will include DerMarr Johnson, Andre Owns, Michael Sweetney and Ruben Patterson. Of course, 3's Company will go as far as Iverson takes it, as he may be 42 years old, but he's competitive as all hell and should still have some of the quickness that made him so great. Johnson should be in shape considering he just played for Cupes De Los Pepines last year and Owens has had a nice overseas career and is only 36 years old. Sweetney is currently a player for Urunday Universitario and Patterson hasn't played since 2008, but he brings versatility to the court. 3's Company is the second favorite to win this tournament and should be the most intriguing with The Answer leading the way.

Ball Hogs will be coached by Rick Barry, an NBA champion, eight-time all star and a Golden State Warriors legend. The Ball Hogs roster will include Brian Scalabrine, Josh Childress, Derrick Byars, Rasual Butler and Dominic McGuire. While the Ball Hogs have the worst odds to win the tournament at +850, they do have some active players on this team with Childress currently playing in Japan for SAN-EN NeoPhoenix and Byars on the 76ers D-League team, the Delaware 87ers. Having guys who are still good enough to play organized basketball gives you an advantage, not to mention Butler did play 46 games for the 2014-15 San Antonio Spurs and McGuire is only 31 years old. There's not a ton of talent on this roster, but youth and having active players could make the Ball Hogs better than expected.

Even though the Ball Hogs have a few active players and youth, there's not a lot of talent on the roster, which is why they have the worst odds to win the tournament. 3's Company will be highly competitive with a few alpha males on its roster and it's led by Iverson. You can't go wrong with that even with him being 42 years old. Some of the quickness and playmaking ability will still be there. I like 3's Company to win this game easily.

I will update with line if odds are released for individual games.

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:10:48 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88071
<![CDATA[Tri-State vs. Power - 6/25/17 BIG3 Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/06/25/tri-state-vs-power-6/25/17-big3-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Tri-State and Power meet Sunday in the BIG3 Basketball Tournament at the Barclays Center.

Tri-State will be coached by legend Julius Erving, an NBA champion, MVP, 11-time all-star and one of the best dunkers the game has ever seen. The roster will include Jermaine O'Neal, Bonzi Wells, Xavier Silas, Lee Nailon and Mike James, a roster where four of the players are at least 38 years old. The intriguing player is Silas, who is only 29 years old and currently plays for the Northern Arizona Suns, so he has a chance to run these older opponents into the…

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Tri-State and Power meet Sunday in the BIG3 Basketball Tournament at the Barclays Center.

Tri-State will be coached by legend Julius Erving, an NBA champion, MVP, 11-time all-star and one of the best dunkers the game has ever seen. The roster will include Jermaine O'Neal, Bonzi Wells, Xavier Silas, Lee Nailon and Mike James, a roster where four of the players are at least 38 years old. The intriguing player is Silas, who is only 29 years old and currently plays for the Northern Arizona Suns, so he has a chance to run these older opponents into the ground. O’Neal hasn't played since his year with Golden State but is still a tough-nosed guy, Wells last played for Capitanes de Arecibo in 2009-2010 but knows how to get buckets and James played for the Texas Legends in 2014-15, a guy who can open up the court. Tri-State is fourth on odds to win the title and has to be taken seriously due to the youth and energy of Silas.

Power will be coached by Clyde Drexler, an NBA champion, 10-time all star and a Rockets & Trail Blazers legend. Team Powers roster will include Corey Maggette, Cuttino Mobley, Jerome Williams, DeShawn Stevenson and Moochie Norris. Mobley is 41 years old and hasn't played in nearly a decade, Williams is 44 years old and hasn't played in 12 years and Norris is 43 years old and hasn't played in nine years. Stevenson and Maggette both played their last seasons of basketball in 2012-13 and should be the go-to players on this team given their youth. With the lack of playmakers, shooting and the age of this roster, you expect Power to play some bully ball in this tournament. A lot of hard screens, post ups and dominating the paint. Team Power could end up being the most physical team in the tournament.

This tournament is obviously filled with old and washed up players, which is why it should be fun, but it doesn't get much older than Power, as there's very few bright spots on this roster given the overall age and the time spent out of the game. Tri-State has some players who are just removed from the game and has an x-factor in Silas, who is currently playing for the Suns D-League team and should be able to do work in this league. I like Tri-State to get the victory here. Power simply doesn't have much going for it. 

I will update with line if odds are released for individual games.

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:48:09 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88068