The Picker sends Gus Forrest to sleep with the fishes

"Always buy the extra half-point"

The “Picker went 2-1 last night by taking LeBron James over 26 and the Mavericks giving 9.5 points to the Kings. He lost on Miami, and his Bulls pick was cancelled when Derrick Rose did not play. Also, he hit a pick two nights ago with the Rockets (he touted them money line when they were 3-point dogs) that was not published because of a miscommunication. So his record after one week is 8-5-1. Not bad at all. Not great, but let’s just say

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“The Picker” is challenged by Gus Forrest

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Memo to “The Picker.” Meet Gus Forrest (that’s not him pictured, but it is a famous Gus). Mr.Forrest has been following the picks made on this site by “The Picker,” he thinks he can do better, and he is willing to pick every single game tonight, both against the spread and the over/under, to prove his manliness. First we’ll give you tonight’s picks from “The Picker,” who is 5-4-1 since undertaking this risk of public humiliation six days ago. He has been holding

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“The Picker” makes two picks for tonight

"Always buy the extra half-point"

His record is 5-3-1. If he was a hockey team, he’d be doing OK. Here, we have higher standards. “The Picker” is making picks publicly here because he is good at this. I have been conversing with the guy via Twitter and e-mail for the past couple months, and he has been hitting with amazing regularity. That’s why I started going down this road with him last Wednesday. He hit his pick last night, taking the Thunder and giving 13 points against the

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The “Picker” rights his ship

"Always buy the extra half-point"

“The Picker” has been on duty for five days. He hit his only pick yesterday as the Thunder covered a 13-point spread against the Raptors. His record improved to 5-3-1. Frankly, I am unimpressed. “The Picker” is a guy I chat with often on Twitter who likes to pick NBA games against the spread. He has been on a tremendous run the past couple months, and I dared him to publish his picks prior to the games for a couple weeks to put his talents to

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“The Picker” is a man of few words – UPDATED

"Always buy the extra half-point"

Yesterday, the Picker was curious about the two mortal locks I wrote about in the morning, but he agreed with only one of them — which hit when Orlando not only covered at Philadelphia, but won outright. (My other was the Hawks -8.5). After a poor showing Friday night (0-2), “The Picker” had another tough night Saturday as he went 1-1 to drop his four-day record to 4-3-1. He liked the Nuggets, who lost big at Golden State, and he also liked

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“The Picker” seeks redemption with 3 selections

"Always buy the extra half-point"

The Picker was curious about the two mortal locks I wrote about this morning, but he agreed with only one of them. After a poor showing Friday night (0-2), “The Picker” has spoken anew. We’ll get to his latest picks in a moment. The Picker” is a guy I chat with often on Twitter who likes to pick NBA games against the spread. He has been on a tremendous run the past couple months, and I dared him to publish his picks prior to the

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Waiting to Hear Back from “The Picker” – UPDATED

"Always buy the extra half-point"

Just sent an e-mail to “The Picker” asking for a public explanation. He went 0-2 last night after a 3-0-1 start Wednesday and Thursday. He could have taken the Spurs and given away 11 1/2 points against the worst team in the West, but nooooooo. San Antonio won by 25 over New Orleans. He could have looked at the over/under of 188.5 on Cavaliers-Raptors, realized there were two D-League offenses competing, and plugged the under (164 combined points). But noooooooo. “The Picker” is

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Freeroll Friday: The Picker joins the challenge

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“I hit my seven-team parlay last night.” “My bankroll is up 2900 percent this week.” “I went 26-1 this week.” These were some of the messages I was getting a couple months ago from one of my Twitter followers. Naturally, I had my doubts, but I started communicating with the guy by e-mail, asking him for his picks in advance. Bang, bang, bang, bang — he kept hitting them. And not just against the spread. He’d say stuff like “I like the first-half under

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