New Orleans Hornets at San Antonio Spurs Game 6 Pick

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New Orleans Hornets at San Antonio Spurs (Hornets lead 3-2)
Thursday, 9:05 pm Eastern – ESPN

SBG Global Opening Line: Spurs – 7.5 , Total  184.5

The San Antonio Spurs will hope that the trend of home teams winning in the playoffs continues for at least one more game on Thursday as they host the New Orleans Hornets.  The Spurs trail three games to two and must win to send the series back to New Orleans for a Game Seven. The Hornets know that they have a chance to end the series on Thursday. “The best opportunity for us is really tomorrow (Thursday). We’ve got to look at it that way,” Hornets coach Byron Scott said. “We’ve got a chance to close out the defending champions. Obviously we know it’s going to be a very, very tough game to do that, especially in San Antonio.” SBG Global reports that early NBA betting has the public taking Spurs at Home.

The series has been dominated by the home team.  The Hornets routed the Spurs in the first two games in New Orleans, were blown out at San Antonio in Games 3 and 4 and then routed the Spurs in Game Five back in New Orleans.  If the trend continues in this series then the Spurs should play well on Thursday. “The bottom line is that the better team wins in a seven-game series,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I’ve always said that. So whoever wins the series it will be because they’re the better team.”

The Hornets will try and reverse the trend in this series and take the momentum of the Game Five win into Thursday’s game.  “That’s something we’re going to talk about probably all day and before the game tomorrow,” New Orleans guard Chris Paul said. “When you make shots and stuff like that, it helps a lot, but we just got to find some way somehow.” It was David West that led the Hornets in Game 5.  He had 38 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots.  The Hornets are not relaxing knowing that Game 7 would be back in New Orleans. “We can’t relax and say, ‘All right, we’ll wait to beat them when we come back here,”‘ Paul said. “We need to win tomorrow (Thursday).”

SBG Global Current Line: Spurs – 7, Total  184

None of the games in this series have been close.  The home team has won by blowout margins each time.  The Spurs will try and use that home court advantage to extend the series. “We know their backs are against the wall and they’re going to come at us with everything they got,” Scott said.

The Spurs have never won back-to-back NBA titles.  They could already be considered a dynasty though with four titles in the last 10 years.  To continue their quest for a title this season they must win on Thursday.

Here are the NBA betting stats for Thursday’s game.  The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest. The Hornets are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 vs. the Western Conference. The Hornets are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 playoff games as an underdog. The Hornets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as a road underdog. The Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Hornets are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games.

The Spurs are 15-3-2 ATS in their last 20 playoff games as a favorite. The
Spurs are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite. The Spurs are 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 vs. the Southwest. The Spurs are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games. The Spurs are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 day of rest. The Spurs are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between the two teams and the home team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The Under is 6-1 in the Hornets last 7 games playing on 1 day of rest. The Over is 6-1 in the Hornets last 7 Thursday games. The Under is 5-1-1 in the Hornets last 7 playoff games as an underdog. The Over is 8-2-1 in the Hornets last 11 Conference Semifinals games. The Over is 8-3 in the Hornets last 11 games as a road underdog.

The Over is 4-1 in the Spurs last 5 games as a home favorite. The Over is 4-1 in the Spurs last 5 Thursday games. The Over is 7-2 in the Spurs last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Over is 8-3-1 in the Spurs last 12 overall. The Over is 13-6-1 in the Spurs last 20 Conference Semifinals games. The Under is 17-8-1 in the Spurs last 26 vs. the Southwest. The Over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in San Antonio between the two teams.

Pick: Despite the trend of Home teams winning and covering, Look for the Hornets to buck the trend and win outright or keep it very close. Hornets +7.5 4units

THE FEMINIST STRUGGLE CONTINUES, GLORIA STEINEM SAYS, ENCOURAGING A STANFORD AUDIENCE TOWARD ‘ONE NEW SUBVERSIVE THING’.

States News Service January 27, 2012 STANFORD, Calif. — The following information was released by Stanford University:

The co-founder of Ms. magazine celebrates the 40th anniversary of the pioneering publication. in our site articles on abortion

Steven Fyffe Gloria Steinem spoke to a capacity crowd at the Cemex Auditorium at the Knight Management Center.

BY BROOKE DONALD Author and activist Gloria Steinem challenged a Stanford audience on Thursday to fight social injustice with outrageous acts, and offered several targets in the struggle for equal rights.

“I’m hoping that when we leave here today, we will all have one new subversive thing that we’re going to do,” she said.

Speaking to a sold-out crowd as part of a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Ms. magazine, which she co-founded, Steinem told her audience that if everyone in the room promised to do one outrageous thing in the cause for social justice, “by the weekend the world will be better.” And, she said, “you will have such a good time, you’ll never get up in the morning without saying, ‘What outrageous thing will I do today?'” Steinem, who became the face of the feminist movement in the 1970s, rejected the notion that young women are no longer involved in the fight. She called the assumption troubling, and praised several young women for working for the rights of domestic workers, blogging to teens about feminism, helping girls get arts education and providing proper clothes for women entering the workforce.

“Polls show that young women are more likely to support feminist issues than older women,” she added. here articles on abortion

Steinem said the issues that need to be confronted today involve the treatment of caregivers, violence against women, reproductive freedom and motivating women to vote.

“We could attribute an economic value to care giving,” she said. “It’s not hard. We do not need a bill. We just change the tax code.” She said a third of the work done in the United States is care giving — to children, the elderly or the sick — but it doesn’t count as work.

L.A. Cicero After her talk Gloria Steinem, left, answered questions from the audience with humanities professor Shelley Fisher Fishkin, director of the American Studies program.

She also said there needs to be more cooperation among various rights movements.

“Social justice movements need to take responsibility for failing to emphasize the connection and linkage between all of our movements,” she said. “Categories can be the enemies of connection. We must get past that. We must go from dependence to independence to interdependence.” Steinem, who began her lecture with a quip about being nervous about the speech, said humor and laughter, joy and kindness can help overcome patriarchy and racism. People treat other people well if they believe they are respected and heard, she said.

The first issue of Ms. magazine was published in 1972 and had on its cover an illustration of the Hindu goddess Kali, tears streaming down her face while she juggles with eight arms in an attempt to keep pace with her work and household tasks. That first edition featured articles on abortion and encouraged women to respect themselves.

It was ground-breaking journalism at the time, and exceeded expectations, selling out in just a few days and garnering 26,000 subscriptions within weeks of its launch.

Steinem reflected on the magazine’s ability to prompt dialogue about issues not being discussed in mainstream media. But she said she wanted to spend most of her time speaking about the tasks for the future. “That’s what interests me,” she said.

She encouraged audience members to announce what trouble-making organization they were involved in, and the crowd complied. One woman sought support for her candidacy for state senate. Another told of her fight for the rights of hotel workers. And another asked for support for an online march aimed at protecting reproductive rights.

“We have learned from Arab Spring and Occupy everything a how important it is to be present,” Steinem said.

As part of the 40th anniversary celebration, Stanford is hosting a series of lectures, film screenings, performances and exhibits. The “Ms. at 40 and the Future of Feminism” series will run into March.

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