Here is post #1 that will look at a few games that catch my eye on the card.
CHI@BOS: Bulls coming off of a huge loss to the Blazers, should outdo the possibility that the Celtics would be ready to grind out a win after a tough loss to the Raptors the other day. The Bulls are better coached and rarely lose 2 in a row and coming down on playoff time you would expect them to put together a strong effort. Lean Bulls-4.5
MIN@BKN: There’s something strange about BKN at home, they keep winning. Catching a good spot with the Twolves likely relaxed after a HUGE win over the Lakeshow, and BKN needing to keep up with the recently playoff bound Raptors should lend itself to a strong Nets win. Lean Nets-4
UTA@OKC: We all know OKC is going to win this game, but in what fashion? The Thunder will start strong and coast through the remainder probably until the playoffs or unless they play some tough competition. Lean OKC 1H
MEM@POR: Memphis absolutely owns the Blazers over the last 7 games (6-1) which basically says that when pressed the Blazers can’t handle their offense. LMA is back and sparked the team to two recent wins so this is the perfect time for Memphis to flex some muscle after a tough loss to GS. Lean MEM+1.5
UCONN v MSU: Napier and UCONN are shooting lights out, and MSU brings 2 seniors that could be the first ever 4 year Spartans since Izzo started coaching there not to reach the final four. You have to believe in the Huskies offence at this point, but they haven’t really been tested defensively until this matchup with MSU. The Spartans showed an inability to execute down the stretch and that’s why the Huskies are dangerous, in the end it’s almost impossible to stop a number of hot shooters in the clutch. Lean UCONN+5.5
UK v MICH: 6 Freshman versus one of the best sets of shooters in the tournament. An 8-seeded favorite over the #2 seed (this must be a subtle jab at the selection committee, although I will maintain that Wichita was robbed by the refs anyways). That being said, Kentucky has proven they won’t die so no matter what happens in the first half, they will press Michigan with their rebounding and size. Sometimes you just have to trust the oddsmakers. Lean UK-2