The Cardinals have not had the easiest start to their season, losing their starting QB early to injury but the backup came through and this team has looked great. Now with everyone healthy they look to make an even bigger splash this season. Oakland is still winless on the year, they seem to lack offensive caliber, this team has the pieces to make things work but it seems that they just cannot get over their late game turnovers, plays that change the course of the game completely.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Oakland Raiders
4:25 PM ET, October 19, 2014
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Arizona now has QB Carson Palmer back in the lineup and healthy, their defense has really made an impact ranking in the top 5 in both defending the pass as well as the running game. Most of the offense seems to be working great together as the ball is not set in mostly one direction; they are sharing it well and keeping other guessing. I expect this team to come out strong and look to make a statement in this game against a Raiders team that cannot defend the middle of the field.
Oakland just cannot seem to get over the hump, every year it’s something else and their rookies just never seem to fully blossom like other franchises. They keep changing coaches and that also makes things difficult for the players to get into a rhythm. QB Davis Carr has won the starting spot over Matt Schaub who was brought here from Houston but the biggest question mark to date with this team is their running game with Darren McFadden who just doesn’t look like himself.
The book makers opened this game with Arizona -4 and the total at 44.5, the line looks wrong to me, last time I checked a lot of places already had the Cardinals at -5. I just cannot see the Raiders getting past this Cardinals defense or scoring with any ease… I side with the public in this one I expect a dominating performance by Arizona in this game take the best # you can find out there cause it’s only going to get bigger.
The fight is far from over, with just over a week left till the playoffs begin the Wizards are seeded at #7 but just one game ahead of the Bobcats who are playing like someone hoes them money. Atlanta is just outside knocking on the door, and hard. One slip up from anyone of these teams could really change the entire picture. Orlando is third to last and is really not too worried about this game or any other game in the next 10 days or so…
Washington Wizards vs. Orlando Magic
The Washington Wizards take on the Orlando Magic in the NBA, this Friday.
Starts: 04/11/2014 7:00PM
Amway Center, 400 West Church Street
Washington will really want to pounce on this game early, they will want to get themselves going with some good play and excellent passing. Washington is not known for its great ball handling skills although now that Wall is back in the lineup things have gotten better. This team needs to really come out strong and attack the rim, drive the ball against whoever is in the lane, show the Magic that they are not afraid of any defender and eventually the lanes will start to open up.
Orlando is 33 games below .500 and have no chance of ending this season on a positive note. They are currently holding open auditions as these players play their heart off to possibly catch another teams attention as June rolls around the corner. Look for the Magic to more or less get out of the way on defense, hey will not look for the foul but they will try to match the scoring, that really all they can do.
Pick: At this point even with the spread being as high as it is with Washington -11.5 I still recommend them, they are a solid team that needs some self trust as they head to the playoffs knowing they will more than likely have to play one of the power houses of the east in their opening round.
The Warriors are headed to the playoffs but still that does not seem to be good enough for anyone in the front office, they have made it clear that head coach Mark Jackson´s job depends on wins, so they need to win at all coasts, this guy has really become part of the unite with his players and they need to understand that removing him from this organization will only have a negative aspect on it.
Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers hit the hard-court tonight in the NBA.
Starts: 04/11/2014 10:30PM
STAPLES Center, 1111 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California
The Lakers are out, gone and waiting for the season to end, they have had the worst season I can remember and they need to get things right but even with the offseason ahead they have little money to work around with, I really don’t see anything big for this team for next year and I think it will just be another disappointing year for the Lakers. I cannot even be sure Kobe will come back, he won’t want to play for a team that plays with no effort, in this one that is all they really need to show, effort might be enough to hang in there because of the lack of defense the Warriors play.
Golden State in my opinion should not be playing their starters, this is a game they can take over from the bench and work a win out of, they should not expose anyone important at this point. Curry and Iguadala must come together as this post season´s one tow punch, working together when it looks like a Curry shot, it s a pass and the other way around.
Pick: For this Warriors team to be successful they need to push harder and play a more unified game. I like them in this game -9.5 because of their abilities to take the paint over with their cutting guards.