NLL Week 10 Staff Picks

First place Toronto Rock host last place Colorado Mammoth on Friday at the Air Canada Centre (Photo: Michael Martin)
First place Toronto Rock host last place Colorado Mammoth on Friday at the Air Canada Centre (Photo: Michael Martin)
There are four games on the schedule in National Lacrosse League Week 10 action, involving seven of nine teams on Friday and Saturday evenings.

In their first of two games this weekend, last place Colorado Mammoth (2-6) head to Toronto for the first time since the 2007 season to take on the first place Rock (6-3). The Minnesota Swarm and Calgary Roughnecks played their first match-up of the season three weeks ago, the ‘necks coming away with the road win; this weekend, as both try to avoid a three game losing streak, the Roughnecks (5-5) host the Swarm (3-6). The Mammoth continue their eastern road-trip, visiting the Buffalo Bandits (5-4), who have yet to get a win in Banditland since the end of January, on Saturday night. Later on Saturday, in the third inter-divisional game of the weekend, the Philadelphia Wings, who have won three in a row, host the Washington Stealth (6-4) won have picked up wins in back-to-back weekends. The Edmonton Rush and Rochester Knighthawks have a bye this week.

I’ve gone 2-3 for the last three weeks; with only four games this weekend, that streak will end, hopefully with a few more games in my win column. If you’ve been keeping track, the IL Indoor team has unanimously chosen a team to win four times in weeks two through nine, this week we add two more unanimous picks. If you’ve been paying extra attention you’ll have noticed each time we’re unanimous, the team we’ve chosen to win ends up losing. Here’s to hoping the streak ends this week…if not, congrats to the Mammoth and Swarm on their Friday night wins.

I’m on a (working) vacation this week, so my picks are simply the team I think will win; picks made in less than 5 seconds – no second guessing, no looking at the stats (not that either of those are helping me any). Fans (picks: 14-21-6) can make their picks until the scheduled start of each game. Not sure who’s going to come out on top? Bob and Stephen give you a little explanation of their picks this week:

Colorado at Toronto
Both teams are angry and hungry, but it’s hard to pick against Nick Rose in this matchup. – Chavez

Until the Mammoth get their house sorted out, it would be foolhardy to pick them to beat the Rock. It could happen, but I’d want to see more evidence that they are back on the right track before I made a bold pick like that. The near win against Rochester suggests things are turning around, but heading into the ACC and coming away with a win is another story. – Stamp

Minnesota at Calgary
Two great transition teams, but the Riggers have more options offensively. – Chavez

Similar to the Rock/Mammoth pick, I want to see Minnesota show they can play the way they need to without Andrew Suitor before I pick them to win against a team like Calgary that, while their defence has certainly not been what we’d expect, is still a potent opponent. – Stamp

Colorado at Buffalo
Junior takes over and has a big outing in a game the Mammoth desperately need. – Chavez

For one of the few times this season, I’m going against my second-game rule and picking the team that is playing for the first time on the weekend over the team with the back to backs, but I am far less confident about this one than the Toronto pick since I think the Friday night game will help the Mammoth answer some of their questions. – Stamp

Washington at Philadelphia
As well as Philly’s been playing, I don’t know if they have the horses to break down the tough Stealth defense. – Chavez

I like how Philly’s athletic, physical D matches up against the Stealth and think that, at home, the Wings have a good chance to pull out a win against a very good Washington team. At the other end of the floor, Philadelphia’s offence is far deeper and more dangerous than it was last year, especially with Rabil getting on a roll and building some confidence and Crowley just doing what needs to be done every week to make the players around him better. – Stamp

Week 10 Picks

Chavez
19-22
Stamp
24-17
Shanny
22-19
Bridgman
16-25
Jenner
18-23
O’Neill
23-18
Pilson
16-25
Vock
17-23
Friday
COL @ TOR

MIN @ CAL
Saturday
COL @ BUF
WASH @ PHI

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