“The Picker goes 3-1-1″ with a caveat

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“Always buy the extra half-point.”

“The Picker” says that a lot in our communications, and in the comments sections of his pick posts. It is standard operating procedure for him, and it made a difference in one of his picks last night.

Wes Mathews hot a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer last night in Portland, meaningless only to those who did not have action on the game. It made the final score 97-94 in favor of Dallas, causing one of the picks from”The Picker” to turn from a win to a push.

The Picker also had Miami -9 (first half) against the Bobcats, the Bucks -5 against Detroit, and Atlanta on the money line (1.85 to 1) against Orlando — all of which were winners.

His loser was the Bucks-Pistons under 202.

This 3-1-1 night brings his 10-day record to 14-8-2.

Here is a link to the odds on tonight’s games.

The Picker will weigh in later today.

As always, a word of caution: Do what you want with his information, but understand that we do not condone or endorse illegal gambling. For those of you in Nevada and outside of the United State, different standards apply.

 

“The Picker” has plenty of advice tonight

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Looks like the caffeine was flowing at Casa de Picker today.

Our man who likes to “play” basketball is weighing in with five picks tonight, hoping to improve upon his 11-7-1 record built over the past nine nights.

Here is a link to the odds on tonight’s games. It’s a great link because it shows where the line opened, and where it has moved. (Last night, “The Picker” shrugged off the move from 5 to 7 1/2 points in the Clippers-Timberwolves game and went with Los Angeles, which covered. His other pick, Miami, would have come in if a certain someone had hit a free throw — not that we’re singling LeBron James out for criticism or anything.)

Tonight, the line on the Denver-Lakers game has moved from Los Angeles by 7 to Los Angeles by 3 1/2 with the news that Kobe Bryant (shin) will not play.

Before we get to the picker’s latest picks, a word of caution: Do what you want with his information, but understand that we do not condone or endorse illegal gambling. For those of you in Nevada and outside of the United States where sports gambling is legal, different standards apply.

Tonight, the picker likes Miami -9 (first half) against the Bobcats, the Bucks -5 and under 202 against Detroit, Dallas -3 at Portland, and Atlanta on the money line (1.85 to 1) against Orlando.

“The Picker” didn’t have LBJ missing that free throw

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Along with Heat fans throughout South Florida and around the world, “The Picker” is cursing LeBron James this morning for missing a late free throw in regulation that likely would have allowed the Heat to defeat the Bulls and cover the spread.

Instead, overtime happened and the Bulls reserves kicked Miami’s kiester, contributing to a disappointing 1-1 night that moved “The Picker”‘s record to 11-7-1.

He also had the Clippers giving 7 1/2 points to the Wolves, and that pick hit.

Tonight, there is a bigger slate of games to choose from — and maybe we’ll see the picker take a stab at the Bobcats, which he hasn’t done yet in nine nights of making selections on this site.

You can check our Scores and Statistics tab that includes an “Odds” section that shows which lines have moved, and by how much. The Heat-Bobcats game opened at 16 and had dropped to 15 1/2 — one of the largest lines we’ve seen all season.

Some background for those of you new to this site feature.

I do a lot of conversing with followers via direct messaging on Twitter, even though I only follow one guy.

“The Picker” has been sending me messages throughout the season when he has been particularly good with his picks, which is quite often. So I challenged him to make his picks public, and we’d see where going down that road together would take us. So stay tuned.

“The Picker” picks a game on which line has been moving

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We’ve got cool stuff on this site, including a Scores and Statistics tab that includes an “Odds” section that shows which lines have moved, and by how much.

Tonight, for instance, the Clippers opened as 5-point favorites over the Timberwolves in Minnesota, and the line has jumped all the way to 7 1/2 — the most movement of any of the NBA games on the board tonight.

“The Picker” is one of the people making it move, as he likes the Clippers giving the 7 1/2 points tonight as one of his two picks.

He also is selecting the Heat, who are 1 1/2 point underdogs in Chicago against the Bulls.

He also advises to always buy the extra half-point. Always.

If you check out last night’s picks from “The Picker,” you will find two entries in the comments section from the man himself.

The one that carries the most weight: “Now hitting 67% of my picks w/ a great 2-0-1 night tonight (actually 2-1 – CS) for my first week on here. That includes my worst day of my year of betting within that week. AND i’m still at 67%! Boom let’s make some money people!

As we always caution, do what you want with this guy’s information, but understand that we do not condone or endorse illegal gambling. For those of you in Nevada or outside of the United States, different standards apply.

Last night, “The Picker” liked Indiana giving 8 1/2 points to Cleveland, the Knicks getting 4 1/2 points from the Bucks, and the Celtics on the money line (5/3 odds). The Pacers failed to cover, but the other two picks hit to increase his record to 10-6-1.

Some background for those of you new to this site feature.

I do a lot of conversing with followers via direct messaging on Twitter, even though I only follow one guy.

“The Picker” has been sending me messages throughout the season when he has been particularly good with his picks, which is quite often. So I challenged him to make his picks public, and we’d see where going down that road together would take us. So stay tuned.

 

The Picker hits 2 out of 3, raises winning percentage

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If you check out last night’s picks from “The Picker,” you will find two entries in the comments section from the man himself.

The one that carries the most weight: “Now hitting 67% of my picks w/ a great 2-0-1 night tonight (actually 2-1 – CS) for my first week on here. That includes my worst day of my year of betting within that week. AND i’m still at 67%! Boom let’s make some money people!

As we always caution, do what you want with this guy’s information, but understand that we do not condone or endorse illegal gambling. For those of you in Nevada or outside of the United States, different standards apply.

Last night, “The Picker” liked Indiana giving 8 1/2 points to Cleveland, the Knicks getting 4 1/2 points from the Bucks, and the Celtics on the money line (5/3 odds). The Pacers failed to cover, but the other two picks hit to increase his record to 10-6-1.

Some background for those of you new to this site feature.

I do a lot of conversing with followers via direct messaging on Twitter, even though I only follow one guy.

“The Picker” has been sending me messages throughout the season when he has been particularly good with his picks, which is quite often. So I challenged him to make his picks public, and we’d see where going down that road together would take us.

Click here to see tonight’s lines, and check back over the course of the day to see how they have moved.

“The Picker” will pick again at 6 p.m. EDT.