- Tuesday, December 15, 2009 4:18 AM
- Written By: Jonathan Cash
Your "Bad Beat" for Monday is on:
Nuggets (minus 10) vs. Oklahoma City.
Let me preface this by saying there was really no great beat on Monday but there's always something that can be found.
Denver was laying 10 at home to Kevin Durant and the Thunder. The Nuggs were in complete control up by as many as 19 points in the third quarter. Okie City whittled it down to 10 late and with 20 seconds remaining Jeff Green nailed a 26 point three to make it seven. Chauncey Billups was then fouled and he made both.
So the game was then on 9. Russell Westbrook turned the ball over and the Thunder chose to not foul letting this game end on 9 and a cover for the visitors.
So much for that 19 point lead, huh!?!?!?
Your winners for Tuesday are on:
3* Spurs (plus 3) at Phoenix.
2* Georgia State (plus 17) at Florida State.
Lost 1* on Monday as the 3* Cardinals layed an egg. But the 2* Timberwolves shocked the world winning outright!
I'm not going to write War and Peace here as I just think that Gregg Popovich's Spurs are the much better and more well rounded team when compared to the Suns. Phoenix has looked better so far on the young season for sure as Nash and Stoudemire certainly can run the court and make some noise but in the end the Spurs are just the more complete team overall.
Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and Jefferson plus other key cogs form a team that has the ability to compete for a championship. This hasn't always shown through this season as 12-9 is very mediocre for this San Antonio franchise but the parts are in place and any points back in this spot is more than enough for me.
The Spurs have won three in a row and have covered two of the three with a push. They are scoring in bunches going over the century mark in each of their last four games and will be more than ready tonight, against what has become a total playoff rival, and there is no reason at all they can't win this game!
If you go back and look at this year's results for Florida State you will see a decent enough 7-2 team that has been winning pretty much low scoring defensive games in the 50's and 60's. Today the Seminoles play another weaker team and they should improve to 8-2 but to all of a sudden ask them to explode here and cover such a price is asking a lot.
Georgia State is not good but the program is also improving as Rod Barnes will have his guys play for 40 minutes and especially so on the defensive end.
Last season FSU won by five on the road in a competitive game and one year later, the way Leonard Hamilton's group has been performing I don't all of a sudden see a burial.
A few touchdowns and a field goal or so is just fine with me backing the Panthers!