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Jim Sez : 6/17/2011
INTERLEAGUE MLB REPORT
|Miami||2-to-1||Think “King James” is really gonna work on his game or was that all talk?|
|LA Lakers||5-to-1||New coach Mike Brown would love nothing better than to get to NBA Finals and than beat LeBron|
|Chicago||6-to-1||It's high time the Bulls added another offensive force or else MVP Derrick Rose will be beat down|
|Dallas||8-to-1||The Mavs may be back close to 100 percent next year and the NBA does have a history of repeats|
|Oklahoma City||8-to-1||Something tells us the Thunder will be the really vogue pick to cop next year's hoops crown|
|Boston||10-to-1||If the Celtics think their aging “Big Three” can make it through another season than bully for 'em|
|San Antonio||15-to-1||First-round flameout against Memphis actually may have been sign of what's to come|
|Orlando||18-to-1||The big question is whether the distractions caused by Dwight Howard's free agency dogs 'em|
|New York||20-to-1||If the combo of Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony stay healthy, than who knows!|
|Portland||30-to-1||Just remember that the T-Blazers beat Dallas twice in the playoffs and should be healthier in 2011-12|
|Atlanta||35-to-1||Let's hope that “soft” label is gone but getting past East's elite teams ain't easy at all|
|Memphis||40-to-1||The Grizzlies peaked at playoff time but now they won't surprise anyone next season|
|New Orleans||40-to-1||The Chris Paul Era could be over by the February '12 trade deadline … and that's too just bad|
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS/NOTES
It's always interesting to take a look back at what College Football teams thrived spreadwise last year – and than ask how they might face in this upcoming 2011 season. Here's a rundown of last season's best ATS (against the spread) sides with a reminder that Part I appeared in yesterday's edition of Jim Sez and included Arizona State (9-2-1 ATS), Central Florida (11-3 ATS), Hawaii (11-3 ATS) and N.C. State (10-3 ATS):
NORTHERN ILLINOIS (10-3-1) – One thing about last year's NIU Huskies is they really were able to shake off a poor start (the Mid-American Conference team was 0-2 spreadwise before rattling off 10 spread wins and one push in its next 11 games) and how about the fact that these Dawgs went 6-2-1 away from DeKalb? The off-season exodus of head coach Jerry Kill to take the head-coaching job at Minnesota may not have been the death blow that some folks suggest but re-tooling a veteran defense that surrendered 17 points or less on six different occasions will be the team's top priority.
OHIO STATE (10-2-1) – Now where does one begin with these Buckeyes who cranked out a 75-48-3 spread mark in the 10-year Jim Tressel Era that ended unceremoniously a couple of weeks back and now the O-State roster could have a whole different look to it by Sept. 1st. The fact of the matter is this Big 10 team last year covered 8-of-9 games whenever laying twin-figure prices but now everyone's fully expecting this 2011 team to be less explosive one year after the Columbus kids scored 35-or-more points on nine different occasions.
OKLAHOMA STATE (10-3) – Last year's Cowboys enjoyed a pair of separate four-game spread winning streaks and you might have noticed that Okie State registered a dazzling 6-2 spread mark in Big 12 games and now the Pokes are a collective 15-8-1 ATS in league play while dating back to the start of the 2008. Note that this Stillwater squad pounded out a 9-2 spread mark as betting favorites last year and this year the 'Boys will be laying some home points to non-conference foes UL-Lafayette and Arizona and might even be home favs against archrival Oklahoma on the first Saturday in December.
NOTE: Get more MLB News & Notes in the next edition of Jim Sez.