Burns' *10* BLUE MARLIN BEATDOWN (11-3-1 L15!): Ben Burns is 2-0 this week in the NBA. On Monday, he nailed Memphis OUTRIGHT at OKC. Tuesday, he came back & CASHED w/ Golden St over Memphis. Both winners were "dogs." Here Burns has isolated a favorite destined to LAY A SEVERE BEATING on its opponent. It qualifies as his latest "Blue Marlin." These DEADLY PREDATORS are on an 11-3-1 RUN!
Game: Brooklyn Nets at Portland Trail Blazers Apr 4 2012 10:05PM
Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: I'm playing on PORTLAND. Despite having lost vs. Utah here on Monday, the Blazers, who had yesterday off, have been playing better since the coaching change. They could use a "blowout" win to really seal the deal and to give the team its swagger back. This one sets up well for that. The Nets are off a late hard fought loss at LA last night. They're now playing the final game of a West Coast road trip. Having already achieved some success on this trip and having already left it all on the floor last night, I feel they'll be ripe for going through the motions here. The Blazers' loss against Utah came when they were the team playing the second of b2b games. Prior to that, they'd won by double-digits, their second straight cover. Note that the Blazers are 9-3 SU/ATS the last dozen times that they were off an upset loss. While they did manage a cover at LA last night, the Nets are still an ugly 10-17-2 ATS (5-24 SU) the last 29 times that they were listed as road underdogs in the +6.5 to +9 range. During the same stretch, the Blazers were 16-11 ATS (21-6 SU) as home favorites in the -6.5 to -9 range. The Blazers are 12-2 the last 14 times that they were host in this series. With the schedule and situation in their favor, I expect them to improve on those stats in convincing fashion. *10