Galin Dragiev

The Dragon

Galin specializes in the NBA and NFL. He's currently wrecking the books as one of SportsLine's top NBA experts, after going 27-19 (59 percent) last NFL season. Galin started in the industry covering DFS for a number of outlets, including Rotoworld, DailyRoto, and numberFire. From the beginning, he realized one must first predict the outcome of the game before determining how success trickles down to individual players, so he spent more time studying team outcomes than projecting individual players. When it comes to predictions, Galin trusts numbers above all else. Having graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Physics, Galin uses his strong analytical background every time he makes a pick. For Galin Dragiev media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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Cleveland 94 @ Boston 107
5/16
CLE 94 @ BOS 107
5/16
WIN
YESTERDAY 8:56 PM

Cleveland will certainly adjust tactically for Game 2, but I think Brad Stevens will be ready for those adjustments and pre-emptively prep for them. Despite LeBron James' skill and motivation in this game, I expect Boston to edge them out with overall talent and preparation. I'm taking the home team to go up 2-0.

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Golden St. +110GS +110

Golden St. 119 @ Houston 106
5/15
GS 119 @ HOU 106
5/15
WIN
Sat 5/12

The Warriors are ultra-switchable and can put a capable defender on Chris Paul and James Harden regardless of what offense Houston runs. If James Harden settles to step-back threes in Game 1, it won't be enough to beat a Warriors team that will cut them to death on the end side of the court. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are simply too good, and they'll prove it here. Warriors take Game 1.

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Philadelphia +1PHI +1

Philadelphia 112 @ Boston 114
5/10
PHI 112 @ BOS 114
5/10
LOSS
Wed 5/9

Let's get weird. Everyone expects Boston to close out this series with the line moving a whole two points in their favor since opening. The 76ers have other plans in mind. They were successful with TJ McConnell in the last game, and will likely deploy a similar offensive strategy once again. Look for them to continue improving on offense and make this series interesting. I'm taking the points.

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Houston -12HOU -12

Utah 102 @ Houston 112
5/09
UTA 102 @ HOU 112
5/09
LOSS
Mon 5/7

The Rockets dropped Game 2 because of some incredible coaching from the Utah Jazz, but they've now seen everything the Jazz have to throw against them. They're ready, have countered, and are winning games with ease despite James Harden's struggles. Harden plays well and Houston ends this game at halftime. Look for a blowout.

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Golden St. -11.5GS -11.5

New Orleans 104 @ Golden St. 113
5/09
NO 104 @ GS 113
5/09
LOSS
Mon 5/7

Golden State has been too good in this series with Steph Curry looking to be near full speed already. Kevin Durant is unstoppable, especially when being guarded by the shorter Jrue Holiday. Anthony Davis has been fantastic, but he and Holiday are not enough to outscore a potent Golden State team. The Warriors close this one out. Lay the large number.

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