Larry Ness' Weekend Wipeout Winner (25-8 s/Dec 23): Larry's 37-21-1 or 36-21-2 with all NBA releases TY & along with his 10* Situational GOM play, he features a Weekend Wipeout Winner. His Wipeout Winners have been living up to that moniker since right before Christmas, as Larry's 25-8 (76%) since Dec 23 in all sports! Join him for a game with "B-L-O-W-O-U-T written all over it!"
Game: Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons Feb 19 2012 6:05PM
Prediction: Boston Celtics
Grade: Loser (-110)
Reason: My 9* Weekend Wipeout Winner is on the Bos Celtics at 6:05 ET.
The Pistons opened 4-20 but have since won SIX of eight. Have they turned their season around? I’m NOT convinced. Monroe (16.2-9.7) looks like a real center plus the guard duo of Stuckey (14.7-4.1 APG) and rookie Knight (12.4-3.4-3.6) isn’t bad. It helps now that Gordon (14.0) is coming off the bench and playing much better. Prince (12.5-4.2) starts at the SF and Maxiell (5.4-4.7) is back in the starting lineup at PF, as Jerebko (9.5-5.2) comes off the bench. I realize that the Pistons are averaging 96.1 PPG while holding opponents to just 44.0 percent from the floor during their last eight games (that’s opposed to season marks of 88.6 PPG and 47.4%) but I want no part of them here vs the Celtics. Boston (15-14) hardly looks a like a team ready to challenge in the East vs the Heat or Bulls but the team’s starting lineup is intact for this one. It’s Rondo (15.2-5.0-9.5) and Allen (14.3) in the backcourt, O’Neal (5.1-5.3) at center and the familiar duo of Pierce (17.3-5.1-5.4) and KG (14.1-7.8) at the forward spots. Bass (11.6-6.1) remains out with a knee injury and it would be an understatement to note that Boston's reserves have underachieved this year. Still, Boston will be out to avenge Wednesday's 98-88 loss to Detroit at TD Garden. Garnett missed that game with a hip flexor but is back here (he had 18 & 10 in Thursday’s loss at Chicago) and let me note that Detroit hasn't defeated Boston twice in the same season since taking all four games in the 2006-07 season. The Pistons are coming off their highest scoring output of the season in defeating Sacramento 114-108 on Friday but face a revenge-minded Boston team which ranks No. 2 scoring ‘D’ (87.2 PPG), No. 2 in defensive FG percentage at 41.7% and ranks No. 1 in three-point defensive percentage (29.1%). The Celtics took just six three-pointers in Wednesday’s home loss (made only one!) and that’s hardy typical for a team which ranks 5th in three-point percentage at 38.5%. (shoots 45.6% overall, ranking 7th). Boston also missed 13 of 32 FTs (just under 60%) and remember, this team averages a solid 75.7% from the free-throw line. Let me add that the Celtics have won and covered FIVE of their last seven trips to Detroit and that and Boston is 4-1 ATS on the road this year when rested (hasn’t played since Thursday). The Celtics “show up” for this one and win going away!