Alvin Gentry finally has his boys playing good ball. The New Orleans Pelicans I anticipate them to put together a nice run. The duo combinations they have @ PG and PF is enough to beat most teams in the NBA. Clippers have been looking very out of synch and have not been playing their best ball. Paul and Blake will try their best, but as crazy as it sounds I think Pelicans will steal this one. Either way this will be a close one.
Pelicans plus 6.5 for 2 units. GL.
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2010 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2010.
Julius Peppers, DE, Panthers. Age: 30. Signed with Bears (6 years, $91.5 million; $42 million guaranteed)
Julius Peppers had 11 sacks in 2009, marking the fifth time in six seasons that he has accumulated double-digit sacks. Peppers just turned 30, but he has at least four more very productive seasons left in the tank.
Elvis Dumervil (RFA), DE/OLB, Broncos. Age: 26. Re-signed with Broncos (1 year, $3.1 million)
Elvis Dumervil led the NFL in sacks with 17. He's a 5-star player in the 3-4, but wouldn't be nearly as effective in the 4-3 because of his struggles in run support.
Aaron Kampman, DE, Packers. Age: 30. Signed with Jaguars (4 years, $26 million; $11 million guaranteed)
Aaron Kampman compiled 38 sacks between 2006 and 2008, but struggled to transition into Green Bay's new 3-4 last year. Kampman is one of the top unrestricted free agents on the market, and the only reason why he's not a 5-star player is because he's coming off a torn ACL (though he claims he should be fine for training camp.)
Ray Edwards (RFA), DE, Vikings. Age: 25. Re-signed with Vikings (1 year, $2.5 million)
Counting the playoffs, Ray Edwards had 11 sacks in his final 11 games of the season. Some may argue that he thrived because offenses were paying attention to Jared Allen and the Williams Wall. We'll never know for sure until Edwards signs elsewhere, but he's not going anywhere this spring.
Aaron Schobel, DE, Bills. Age: 33. Announced retirement
Leave it to the Bills to screw this up. They've inexplicably dumped Aaron Schobel, who can still get to the quarterback at age 33, as evidenced by his 10-sack campaign in 2009. Schobel is currently favored to go to Houston, where he and Mario Williams would wreak havoc upon opposing passers.
Marcus Spears (RFA), DE/DT, Cowboys. Age: 27. Re-signed with Cowboys (1 year, $1.2 million)
Marcus Spears never lived up to his billing as a first-round pick, but he has been a solid player for the Cowboys over the years. Dallas is lucky that it can keep him at a cheap value for one more year because of the CBA implications.
Darryl Tapp (RFA), DE, Seahawks. Age: 25. Re-signed with Seahawks (1 year, $1.1 million)
Darryl Tapp had seven sacks back in 2007, but hasn't been able to match that total since. Tapp had 5.5 sacks in 2008 and only 2.5 in 2009. What saves him, however, is his ability against the run.