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Game: Syracuse at South Florida
Pick: Syracuse -4.5 (-110)

South Florida's transition into the Big East has been a nightmare. They are just 5-38 SU, and have lost 10 straight this season. They have been awful in this spot as they have posted an 0-8 ATS mark when getting 5.5 or less at home. They have been getting blown out at home this season against the upper-tier of the conference. After opening with a win over Rutgers they have now gone down at home by double-digits to every team, and Syracuse should continue that streak. The Cuse at 16-8, sits firmly on the bubble for the NCAA tournament and a bad performance here could spell doom as the Orange have games remaining with Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Marquette and Pittsburgh. They certainly know what lies ahead, so this game will not be taken lightly.

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20 Dime - Nebraska

10 Dime - Texas Tech
10 Dime - Maryland

5 Dime - Wisconsin
5 Dime - Charlotte (college)

Free Pick - Southern Illinois

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4 Unit Play. #557 Take Notre Dame +5 ½ over Connecticut
UCONN has been playing outstanding basketball having won seven straight games but I still do not think they are as good as their record would indicate. The Irish has won five straight games including two road contests and have a great inside-out balance. The Irish won the first game in South Bend and will take this one down to the wire as well giving us the cash with whoever comes out on top.


4 Unit Play. #567 Take Drake +3 over Southern Illinois
The Salukis are one of the most disappointing teams in the land and now will be up against the best the Missouri Valley Conference has to offer. The Bulldogs are scoring 74 points per game and only allowing 60 points per contest and have won 13 straight conference games. SIU was pounded by Creighton over the weekend and this line is based on name only and not the actual performance of the team this year. We will keep pounding the line and Drake will keep winning.


4 Unit Play. #571 Take Creighton -7 ½ over Evansville 
The Bluejays have won three straight games with the last two coming in blowout fashion and are a much more well rounded team then the Purple Aces, who have just two conference wins on the season. Evansville shot 55% against Drake and still lost by eight points meaning they do not play any defense whatsoever. Creighton holds a 19-8 edge in the all-time series and will put this one to bed early and coast to a victory.


5 Unit Play. #588 Take Illinois State -7 over Missouri State
The Redbirds are the second best team in the conference and are playing one of the worst road performance in the league tonight @ Redbird Arena. The Bears are just 1-9 on the road this season and their only home loss of the season came against the Redbirds. The Redbirds have been a dominating home team this season currently 12-1 and holds teams to just 60 points per game. This will be a blowout tonight in Normal, IL and we will collect big with our top play.


4 Unit Play. #596 Take Wyoming -2 over TCU
This is more a play against TCU, who just have one road victory on the season. Wyoming has had a bad season but still will protect their home court on Wednesday.

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NBA Basketball
Warriors -1 over Suns

College Basketball
Wisconsin + 4.5 over Indiana


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3 Units on S Illinois -2.5

2 Units on St Bonaventure +18.5

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The Tigers played solid in their first game without John Brady as coach, as they nearly stunned Tennessee in a 47-45 defensive contest. We don't see a reprise tonight against the Gators, as Florida can light up the scoreboard on you in a hurry.

The Gators stand at 15-1 straight up at home, and they have gone 5-2 against the spread in games played at the O-Dome. Billy D's team is also a solid 7-3 against the spread their last 10 games, and they have covered the spread in 10 of their last 13 versus the SEC.

The Tigers meanwhile have dropped 10 of their last 11 games straight up, and they are just 4-6 against the spread on the road this season.
Play on the Gators to open this one up big!

2* FLORIDA

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2-Unit Play. Take #562 Georgia State (-2.5) over Delaware
Georgia State is a different team at home and playing a Delaware team fresh off a 1-4 home stretch. GSU is 9-3 ATS at home, 14-4 ATS in conference play, and 11-4 ATS overall. They shoot much better in their own gym and could hang a big number tonight. Georgia has won all three meetings and covered all three games in this series.

2-Unit Play. Take #536 Buffalo (-5.5) over Ball State
From a numbers standpoint, Buffalo is actually a much better team than Ball State here. They are shooting and defending much better than the Cardinals recently, and are still a tough team to beat at home. However, the Bulls are devalued at home because three of their last four on the home court have been losses to the best teams in the division. Ball State has dropped six straight and although they are playing better they are 0-9 on the road this year. The home team and the favorite is 4-0-1 ATS in this series and the Bulls have covered four of five against a team with a winning percentage below .400.

2-Unit Play. Take #609 New Mexico (-1) over San Diego State
SDSU kicked off its second-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, Kyle Spain, this week. That weakens the Aztecs just enough to open the door for some revenge by the Lobos. New Mexico has lost five straight to SDSU, but they blew an eight-point halftime lead in their meeting in January. New Mexico is a much better shooting team and although they’ve gotten knocked for their road woes, their last two road losses were at BYU and at UNLV.

2.5-Unit Play. Take #537 St. Bonaventure (+18.5) over St. Joseph’s
After an emotional game against Xavier and just prior to a Big 5 matchup with LaSalle, you can excuse the banged up Hawks if they don’t come out like gang busters against hapless St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies are 0-11 on the road this year, but are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 road games. I think they can score just enough to hang around in this one before quietly accepting their loss and heading home.

2.5-Unit Play. Take #593 Arkansas (+10) over Tennessee
We've done this several times with Tennessee - they simply don't play enough defense in the last five minutes to scare us away from these big numbers. At some point in this game the Vols will likely be up 15 points. But there's also a strong likelihood they'll be down by five or six as well. They are streaky, and I think Arkansas has enough size and skill to at least hang with the Vols. Yes, the same Vols who just almost lost to LSU. I think this will be a competitive game and I think UT will be celebrating a five-point victory while we pick up our cash.

2-Unit Play. Take #534 Toledo (+4.5) over Ohio
We’re catching Ohio in a letdown spot after their grueling comeback win over Western Michigan over the weekend. It’s also a look ahead spot because the Bobcats will travel to Kent State this weekend. Toledo is a completely different team at home (7-1 SU this year) and are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games. The Rockets already wrecked Akron at home this season and I think they come to play against another in-state rival. I think our dog is going to win this one straight-up.

2-Unit Play. Take #571 Creighton (-8) over Evansville
1-Unit Play. Take #588 Illinois State (-6.5) over Missouri State
Favorites - particularly larger-than-average favorites - have dominated in the MVC this season. There are clearly two tiers in this conference and we're backing a pair of teams that I think are in the top tier. I said that ISU was my team in the MVC this year, and to this point they haven't disappointed. SMS doesn't travel well and could get run out of this gym by the much more athletic Redbirds.

Creighton is legit. And I don't see them coming out flat. They shoot well and travel well and should dominate the Purple Aces, who put everything into their Drake loss. Creighton is 39-19 ATS in their last 58 conference games.

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UNC Wilma -6'...... 1

Florida UNDER 141... 1/2

Tex Tech OVER 142... 1/2

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Our 3 selections are on the Timberwolves, Cavaliers, and Bucks.

At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Orlando Magic minus the points over Denver, as Stan Van Gundy's men fall into 56-23, 85-42, 51-18, 31-12, and 19-0 ATS systems of mine.

At 8:30 pm, our Mountain West Game of the Year is on the Wyoming Cowboys over TCU, as Heath Schroyer's men play with revenge from a 27-point drubbing in early January in Fort Worth.

Our 3 selections are on Tennessee, Southern Illinois and Connecticut.

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1. 200,000* Maryland
2. 50,000* Duquesne
3. 50,000* Drake
4. 50,000* Warriors

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1 Unit on San Antonio -2.5

With the rash of injuries that the Cavs have fallen into, they won't have enough depth to beat a determined Spurs squad tonight.  The Spurs have won 5 of 6 and will be looking to end their long rodeo road trip with a win to head into the All-Star break on a high.  The Spurs are 14-3 ATS after having won 4 of their last 5 games this season.  The Cavs are just 1-8 ATS in home games after having won 2 of their last 3 games this season.  While Cleveland would like to hand a loss to the Spurs here after enduring a 4-game sweep in last year's finals, the Spurs want to show Cleveland and the rest of the world that they are still a championship caliber team even without Parker.  Lay the points.

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1* on Notre Dame +5.5

Notre Dame will put a halt to this Uconn winning streak tonight.  Notre Dame has the big men inside to be productive against the Huskies’ bigs and they can also hit the 3-pointer to weaken Uconn’s zone defense.   Notre Dame is averaging 81 points per game, shooting 41 % from 3-point range and shooting a nice 74% from the free throw line.  You don’t find many teams in the land putting up these kinds of numbers.  Notre Dame has won 5 straight games now since losing to Georgetown.  Uconn has won 7 straight games, but you have to understand that 5 of those wins came by 5 points or less.  This is going to be a close one, but the Fighting Irish will pull it out in the end.  Uconn is 0-6 ATS after a game outrebounding opponent by 20 or more over the last 3 seasons.  The Huskies won’t be able to dominate the boards tonight.  Take Notre Dame and the points.

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Syracuse at South Florida
Pick: Syracuse -4.5

South Florida's transition into the Big East has been a nightmare. They are just 5-38 SU, and have lost 10 straight this season. They have been awful in this spot as they have posted an 0-8 ATS mark when getting 5.5 or less at home. They have been getting blown out at home this season against the upper-tier of the conference. After opening with a win over Rutgers they have now gone down at home by double-digits to every team, and Syracuse should continue that streak. The Cuse at 16-8, sits firmly on the bubble for the NCAA tournament and a bad performance here could spell doom as the Orange have games remaining with Georgetown,Louisville, Notre Dame, Marquette and Pittsburgh. They certainly know what lies ahead, so this game will not be taken lightly.

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Sacramento at Houston
Pick: Houston -8.5

The Rockets are on fire right now. They stand at 16-3 in their last 19 and have rattled off seven straight while covering six and are 14-6 ATS in their last 20. They also have the revenge factor in their favor as they will try to avenge an earlier loss to the Kings. Their last three wins, all at home, have resulted in double-digit margins. The Kings are on the down-swing after a 10-4 run, their best of the season, but have since been just 1-3. This is still a team that has only won on the road seven times all year and has lost nine of these road games to teams .500+ by double-digits. Think the Rockets are in the zone right now andanother double-digit win is in order.

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5 Unit Black Magic CBB Underdog of the Year on Houston +16

The Houston Cougars will give Memphis a run for their money tonight. The #1 Tigers have cruised to a perfect record to this point. Houston did give them a bit of a scare in a 12-point loss earlier this season. We feel Houston will make the proper adjustments the second time around to give Memphis an even bigger scare tonight, easily staying within the number. Houston is 8-1 ATS in road games versus good shooting teams - making better than 45% of their shots after 15+ games over the last 3 seasons. Memphis shoots well from the field, but not from the stripe. Look for Houston to not allow easy buckets tonight and send a terrible free throw shooting team to the line. They simply have to considering Memphis makes just 58% of their free throw attempts. Cash in with Houston as the underdog.

3 Unit Sharp Play on Northern Iowa -7

Northern Iowa already won at Wichita State by 7 points earlier this season. Now they get the same team at home, and do we do not expect a letdown considering UNI is coming off back-to-back road losses. The Panthers will be hungry to blow Wichita State out of the water again. Northern Iowa is 9-4 at home while Wichita State is 3-8 on the road. UNI is 6-3 SU and ATS in their last 9 home meetings with Wichita State. Wichita State is 9-20 ATS against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons. Cash in with Northern Iowa as the favorite.

3 Unit Sharp Play on Missouri State +7

Missouri State should not be catching 7 points against Illinois State Wednesday. Illinois State attempts far too many outside shots to completely dominate this one and Missouri State capitalizes against these kinds of teams. Missouri State is 19-3 ATS versus poor foul drawing teams - attempting less than 18 free throws/game after 15+ games since 1997. Missouri State will get to the line more often which will be a great result in the end for us tonight. Cash in with Missouri State as the underdog.

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3 Unit Sharp Play on New Jersey Nets +9

New Jersey is catching nearly double-digit points tonight. This comes despite the Nets winning 3 straight games now including a 19-point victory over a very good Dallas Mavericks team. The Toronto Raptors are not capable of covering this large number tonight. New Jersey is back to playing team basketball and are 18-7 ATS after a game with 30 or more assists over the last 3 seasons. New Jersey is 19-6 ATS in road games after a win by 6 points or less over the last 3 seasons. Cash in with New Jersey as the underdog.

3 Unit Sharp Play on Magic/Nuggets UNDER 218.5

The final score of this game won’t touch the number that odds makers have set before us. The Denver Nuggets just played last night, so you can bet they will be playing on tired legs in this one. Orlando head coach Stan Van Gundy criticized Dwight Howard’s defense after a bad home loss to the Cleveland Cavs in their last game. We expect Howard and his teammates to respond and limit the Nuggets to under 100 points tonight. Orlando is 18-5 UNDER in home games after 2 or more consecutive OVERS over the last 2 seasons. Cash in with the UNDER 218.5 points.

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4* LA Clip


Trace Fields

4* UConn


Josh Dean

15* Cavs +2.5

10* St. John +7

Free B: Indiana -1

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Wunderdog NBA 5 unit pick today

Game: Memphis at Philadelphia
Pick: 4 units on Philadelphia -9.5 (-110) (risk 4 to win 3.6)

We had the Grizzlies last night as a home dog, and they came through to win outright, but tonight we go against them. Even with Gasol, the Grizzlies were 4-19 on the road and in the 19 losses, 12 of them have come by 11 points or more - they just haven't been competitive. They have lost each of their last four on the road by at least 11 points. They have not responded well coming off a home win as a dog, as the last two times they went on the road they lost by 18 and 27 points. The Sixers are playing better now than they have at any point this season, and have not failed to cover in each of their last eight games and have won four straight. Their last three games against teams with a losing record have resulted in 21, 17 and 43-point wins. These teams are heading in opposite directions, so we will go with the hot hand and back the Sixers here.


Game: San Antonio at Cleveland
Pick: 5 units on Game Total UNDER 180.5 -110 (risk 5 to win 4.6)

We watched these teams go at it last year in the NBA Finals and they play ugly defensive games. They played four games in the playoffs, two in the regular season and four of the six failed to get out of the 160s, and the average of the six games was 166.1 points per game. Their matchup earlier this year was also another UNDER. San Antonio has played 16 games against the NBA's top 12 defensive teams, in terms of points allowed, and have played 13-3 to the UNDER! Cleveland has been 12-4 to the UNDER against these same 12 teams. That is 27 UNDERS in 32 tries, and head-to-head these teams have played very low scoring games. This one is going to be ugly and low scoring once again.


Game: Sacramento at Houston
Pick: 3 units on Houston -8.5 (-110) (risk 3 to win 2.7)

The Rockets are on fire right now. They stand at 16-3 in their last 19 and have rattled off seven straight while covering six and are 14-6 ATS in their last 20. They also have the revenge factor in their favor as they will try to avenge an earlier loss to the Kings. Their last three wins, all at home, have resulted in double-digit margins. The Kings are on the down-swing after a 10-4 run, their best of the season, but have since been just 1-3. This is still a team that has only won on the road seven times all year and has lost nine of these road games to teams .500+ by double-digits. Think the Rockets are in the zone right now and another double-digit win is in order.

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515 HORNETS-6
518 WOLVES+9
OVER 200
524 WARRIORS-1.5
OVER 232

530 INDIANA U-3.5
532 DUKE-11
OVER 157
546 SO FL+5
557 ND+5.5
OVER 150
570 FLORIDA-13
598 TEXAS TECH+2.5
604 NW+9

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1. 200,000* Maryland
2. 50,000* Duquesne
3. 50,000* Drake
4. 50,000* Warriors

1. Maryland- Shame on you if you haven't been watching this Terrapins team over their last 4 games! Since losing to Duke 93-84 on their home floor, Maryland has reeled off 4 wins in a row SUATS, including outstanding road efforts at Georgia Tech and Boston College! Now its payback time, as the Blue Devils are excellent at Cameron Indoor, and most likely win this game, but not be nearly as much as Vegas wants you to believe, and I'll prove it to you...

First and foremost, Its hard to ignore the outstanding play guard Greivis Vasquez over the Terrapins 4-game win streak. When he's not scoring 25 like he did versus Virginia or at Boston College, he's dishing out 15 assists like he did against N.C. State! Guys, this Maryland offense is firing on all cylinders because of Vasquez, averaging 82 ppg on a ridiculous 54% shooting (43% from 3-point) over their last 5 games!

Second, while both defenses are solid, I have several issues with the Blue Devils defense. First, they allow opponents to shoot almost 45% at Cameron Indoor, which against an offense like Maryland could easily cost them the game. Also, Duke does a good job of masking their weak interior with great perimeter players. But, the fact of the matter is forward James Gist and Bambale Osby should have a field day down-low on both ends of the court. Between the two of them, they have more blocks (105) than the entire Blue Devils roster combined (97)!

Finally, you know there's a couple games coach Gary Williams circles on his calendar every year - North Carolina and Duke. The Terrapins already went into Chapel Hill and beat the Tarheels outright 82-80! If oddsmakers think that a surging Maryland team, in payback mode, should be double-digit dogs in this spot, that's their prerogative. I couldn't disagree more, as I can easily see the Terrapins keeping this game competitive, especially under the circumstances mentioned above.

Bottom line, expect a high-scoring ACC showdown tonight in Durham, but in the end, the Blue Devils defense has too many holes to slow the dynamic and red-hot Terrapins offense. Also, there's no question after losing to these very same Blue Devils at College Park a little over two weeks ago, that Maryland has a strong motivational edge here. Terrapins grab the cash at Camroon Indoor Wednesday!

Take Maryland plus the points over Duke as your top-rated play of the day.

2. Duquesne- While many still remember the Flyers 14-1 record and subsequent # 14 ranking in the nation, those days are long gone for this Dayton team. Injuries to their frontline, especially F Chris Wright, have hurt this team tremendously. While they've been able to maintain defensive integrity, their offense has not been able to recover from the loss of Wright, and that'll hurt them again tonight against a red-hot Dukes squad.

Speaking of red-hot, this Duquense offense put together two of the strongest offensive performances I've seen all year in back-to-back routs of St Joseph's and at La Salle, dropping 102 & 101 points respectively! And the scary part was they scored 101 points at La Salle without second-leading scorer and leading distributor Kojo Mensah in the lineup! He'll be back tonight, and so will the Dukes offense!

Match ups are also an issue for the Flyers, who without Chris Wright have little to match up against an excellent Dukes frontline, led by ultra-athletic forward Shawn James and his 14 ppg, 7 boards/game, AND 88 blocks on the season! F Kieron Achara has also picked up his play recently, scoring 21 points and swatting 5 shots at La Salle! Brian Roberts may be the best offensive player on the court, but the Dukes have edges at almost every other position, plain and simple.

Bottom line, Dayton is clearly treading water without Chris Wright, and facing a suddenly surging Duquesne squad isn't going to help their troubles. Huge edges in the frontcourt, and the a high-octane Dukes offense led by Kojo Mensah can and will keep this game close, with the outright upset a definate possibility.

Take Duquesne plus the points over Dayton in this A-10 match up.

3. Drake- I've been listening to the media say all week: "If Drake is going to lose a conference game, its going to be at Southern Illinois Wednesday." Okay, but let me ask you one question: What has Drake done to make you think they'll lay an egg at the Salukis house tonight? Not only did they beat the Salukis by 10 in their own house, but they've won 21 straight games, going 16-5 ATS over that span, including 7-2 ATS over their last 9 road games!

Guys, if their outright road win at Illinois State 73-70 Tuesday wasn't good enough to convince you, then nothing will! Drake did it the same way they've done all season, with razor sharp offense, and rock-solid defense. Granted, the Redbirds shot 54% for the game, but in the second half, the Bulldogs came to life, limited them to 32 points, while dropping 44 of their own to get the outright road win.

Speaking of offense, therein lies the problem for the Salukis, for as good as their defense is at home, their offense is average at best, scoring just 60 ppg on 41% shooting over their last 5 games! That includes some real weak offensive efforts at home against Evansville (MVC doormat) and Creighton (not as good as Drake). Falker, Shaw, and Mullins are the core of the Salukis offense, but all three are inconsistent at times, and none of them are what you'd consider "goto" players.

Bottom line, the Bulldogs are simply the better team here. Yes, I know, they haven't won at Southern Illinois in 12 years, but when was the last time you remember a more complete, focused, and fundamentally sound Drake team coming into Carbondale?! Expect a competitive contest here, but in the end, the Bulldogs have proven time and again, trust them and they will deliver the cash!

Take Drake plus the points over Southern Illinois in this MVC match up.

4. Warriors- While we have yet to see the ramifications of the blockbuster trade made by the Suns, one thing we do know for sure is they'll miss Shawn Marion in tonight's high-octane game at Golden State.

Clearly, Marion was tired of being the "garbage man/third option" for the Suns, and he took his versatility and defensive toughness to South Beach. Now the Suns have to deal with having very little athleticism that's willing to play defense. In other words, you can count on Raja Bell, but Diaw, Stoudemire, Nash (getting old, too small), Hill (too old), and Barbosa among others are not the least bit interested in doing anything but putting up points, period.

In a game where points will be scored in bunches, its hard to imagine the Suns slowing the Warriors at any point in this game. Golden State is averaging a ridiculous 112 ppg in Oakland, and much like their last two meetings, I believe they'll simply outscore the Suns. 129-114 & 124-119 are the final scores of their last two meetings, both in Oakland, and I expect more of the same tonight.

Another huge factor to consider is the match ups, as the Suns no longer have Marion to slow down a red-hot Stephen Jackson, who dropped 41 points against a rock-solid Wizards defense two days ago. With Jackson playing well, the Warriors are extremely tough to beat, because their backcourt of Davis and Monta Ellis has been phenomenal this season.

Bottom line, this game is akin to a sprint, except the Warriors do it better, and don't have to deal with losing the most versatile player on their roster. Shawn Marion's absence is felt loud and clear tonight, stirring up speculation that the talented swingman was much more important than the Suns obviously gave him credit for. Golden State protects it's house and grabs the cash in this marquee Western Conference match up!

Take the Warriors at home over the Suns in this NBA showdown.

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10* CHARLOTTE -1
10* MEMPHIS +9½
10* SACRAMENTO +9½
10* DEN/ORL UNDER 219½
10* POR/DAL UNDER 184½

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GAME: New Orleans Hornets @ Milwaukee Bucks

PICK: New Orleans Hornets

Offered at: -5.5

REASON FOR PICK: 4* NEW ORLEANS over MILWAUKEE

On Monday in our RIM SHOTS column we focused on how we would be putting the Milwaukee Bucks under a microscope, now that they were finally getting a lot of injured players back in the lineup. One of the more intriguing remarks in that piece was coach Larry Krystowiak talking about how having everyone back could be both a blessing and a curse (”The same thing that will make you laugh will make you cry”), the latter in turns of finding enough playing time to keep everyone happy. Now one game later, an ugly loss to the lowly Clippers in which there was yet another late-game collapse, we see even more from Krystowiak that matters -

"I'm not going to sugarcoat it. We've got some agendas creeping in. Good teams don't have that. I'd be lying to say we're not down. There's no doubt about that. It's easy to start separating and it's happening. We need to put an end to it."

The frustrations are understandable – in back-to-back home losses to the Clippers and Knicks, the Bucks could manage only 32 4th quarter points combined against two of the weakest defenses in the league. But finding a fix may be a long way off. This looks like a team that has already mentally packed it in for the All Star break, and the reaction from point guard Maurice Williams to what Krystowiak said indicates as much -

"Like I said, everyone has a difference of opinion. He's entitled to his opinion. If that's the way he feels, that's the way he feels. That's his opinion and that's not necessarily true. That's an opinion and the way he sees things. He has a right to that opinion. Just like every other guy has the right to their own opinion. I'm not saying they're right and I'm not saying they're true. Some people's opinions are stronger than others, put it like that. … It's 15 different people, 15 different personalities, 15 different lifestyles and 15 different whatever. That's not even including the coaches. So obviously you're going to have a difference in opinion. There's only five people that can play and so many minutes to go around. ... That's the reality. We have to fight through it and try to stay together."

While the Bucks are having an awful time getting in sync, there is not a team in the league playing with a better chemistry than the Hornets. Having had two days off before last night’s win at Chicago we do not see any fatigue issues at all here; only a team on a winning streak that can fully exploit the very weaknesses that the Bucks are showing. Chris Paul should have no difficulty breaking down a defense that lacks cohesion, while an under-rated New Orleans defense (6th in the NBA in per-possession efficiency) puts the clamps down on the other end to gradually break this game open.

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