Last week bad! This week good!
There are two big matchups this week -- one based on rivalry and the other based on actual plaoyff position. The heated rivalry between Boston and New York, with its trash talking and accusations, starts things off at 7:00pm on Monday. Following right behind at 7:15pm is the battle for first place in the Eastern division between New Jersey and Queens.
BOSTON vs NEW YORK (Monday)
It sure would have been fun to see Larry play the Fed, but alas, it was not to be. Still, these teams absolutely despise each other. Good fun.
Prediction: Boston 2.5 - 1.5 New York
QUEENS vs NEW JERSEY (Monday)
Queens is the big man on campus, assuming that's the correct gender to use when referring to queens. New Jersey is the feisty brother-in-law that crashes the BMoC's catered pool party. The stuffed mushrooms are going to end up all over the clean towels.
Prediction: Queens 1.5 - 2.5 New Jersey
TENNESSEE vs CHICAGO (Monday)
Is Tennessee in the central time zone? Not that it makes any difference, I was just curious. The Blaze ought to redeem the Cubs and White Sox ignominious starts in the MLB playoffs.
Prediction: Tennessee 1.0 - 3.0 Chicago
SAN FRANCISCO vs SEATTLE (Monday)
Mechanics versus Sluggers. Fog versus Rain. Brownies versus Coffee. Liberal activists versus liberal activists. All the same.
Prediction: San Francisco 2.0 - 2.0 Seattle
BALTIMORE vs CAROLINA
Even with the mighty Erenburg, the Kingfishers will fall to the Cobras. On paper, though, this should go totally the other way. My model eats paper for lunch.
Prediction: Baltimore 1.5 - 2.5 Carolina
DALLAS vs PHILADELPHIA
The Destiny versus the Inventors. Sounds like a battle between Calvinists and free-will advocates. That ought to be bloody, and indeed, the model expects all decisive games here.
Prediction: Dallas 2.0 - 2.0 Philadelphia
ARIZONA vs MIAMI
Sharks are big! Scorpions are small! Both are frightening! Big beats small.
Prediction: Arizona 1.5 - 2.5 Miami