The Gang Goes To Homewood: Week 3 PLL Predictions
This weekend the PLL is returning after a league-wide bye week. The fellas are making what could be the most important stop of the entire season. The PLL will be hosted by historic Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, in good ol’ Baltimore, Maryland. This field beholds one of the long-standing legacies in the sport of lacrosse, and has been home to many legends. It’s in the heart of one of the hotbed areas for lax in the nation. Sparks will be flying in Baltimore. Keeping in mind the significance of this location, let’s get to the picks.
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** The PLL games will be broadcast on the NBC group of networks including Peacock TV which involves a subscription. So I will include next to each game where it can be viewed.**
6/25 8:00 PM ET Whipsnakes(-385) (-2.5) vs Atlas(+275) (+2.5) (O/U 24.5) **Peacock TV**
The last time these two teams met under the lights at Homewood was in 2019, and the Whips came out victorious. Both rosters have players that are either from the area, or played on this historic field in college. The Whips are coming off of an overtime win against the Cannons that nobody saw coming in the sense that it was not expected to be that close. This team is the most dominant in the league thus far. They haven’t lost since 2019, and for them to almost get snuck by a first year team, they gotta feel like they were served a slice of humble pie. They tout the last two league MVPs in Matt Rambo and Zed Williams, as well as a star-studded roster with dangerous guys all over the field. The Atlas secured their first win of the season last week in what was a night and day performance compared to week one. Rookie attack man Jake Carraway had himself a day, boasting 4 goals with one being from two point land. Plenty of other guys got their name on the score sheet as well. Atlas goalie Jack Concannon was dominant in the cage with 17 saves at a 65% clip. It is also important to note that Jeff Teat is making his debut for the Atlas tonight. Why is this important? Well he was their number one overall pick in the college draft. Due to COVID-19 issues in Canada he was unable to come to the US, but now he’s ready for action. So the Whips have shown that they can be put on the ropes and the Bulls have shown they can ball out. That makes this pick incredibly tricky. For this game, I am going with Atlas spread at +2.5. The Whipsnakes are not invincible (even though it may seem that way). I think the Bulls can hold on and keep it close and cover the spread. This is a risky pick so please tail responsibly.
The Pick: Atlas spread +2.5
6/26 5:15 PM ET Redwoods(-305) (-2.5) vs Chaos(+225) (+2.5) (O/U 21.5) **Peacock TV**
In this game, we have the Redwoods attempting to solidify themselves as a top half of the league team, while the Chaos are still struggling to find their first win. This is also a special game because this is Hopkins Alum Kyle Harrison‘s last game on Homewood. He won many accolades with the Blue Jays, including leading the team to an undefeated season and national championship in 2005. I know that the Redwoods are going to want to get it done for him as well as themselves. They are coming into this game after a 9-12 loss to the Atlas. They still looked very good even if that did not result in a win. It is safe to say that Rob Pannell has found his team, as he currently leads the PLL in points. Their defense is also showing why they’re easily top 2 in the league. So far this season for the Chaos has been less than desirable. Last week they fell to the Waterdogs 14-12 and 12-8 to the Archers. When I watch them it seems like they are trying to force things that just simply aren’t there. They throw skip passes inside that are missing their mark a lot more than they should, and turn the ball over. They just need to find the right assortment of players that works the best for them. They were thrown for a loop, as a lot of their big names were not able to travel to America. This week they made some player pool moves, including picking up MLL MVP Bryce Wasserman. Not to mention they still have reigning goalie of the year, Blaze Riordan in the cage. Last season they came out flat for the first couple games and then ended up in the championship, so there’s a huge chance that they will turn it around. Can they do that again this year? So in this game, the safe play is to roll with the Redwoods ML -305. They have an uncanny ability to go on runs when needed and can stop teams dead in their tracks. If you are feeling extra confident take the spread, but my official pick will be the Woods straight up ML. This makes for a nice addition to any multi-sport parlay.
The Pick: Redwoods ML (-305)
6/26 8:00 PM ET Archers(-225) (-1.5) vs Waterdogs(+170) (+1.5) (O/U 21.5) **NBCSN**
Saturday night’s game is gonna be SPICY. Both teams are coming into this game hot. They are both on two game win streaks, and looking to make it three. The Archers have been incredibly dominant, showing that they have arguably the best offense in the league. They get production out of every player. Last week they were led by Grant Ament, who had two goals and four assists and Will Manny, who came away with five goals in their win over the Chaos. The crazy part about their O is that they don’t even need a singular person to put up big numbers like that for them to win, because they are so well-balanced. The Waterdogs are finally forming an identity and culture within their team. Last week they came away with wins against the Chaos and the Chrome in convincing fashion. They have really stepped up in the absence of rookie Michael Sowers. Mike Schlosser has been playing like a madman, having seven points through just two games. There’s just something about that long hair and greasy mustache he rocks that you can really get behind. Ryan Brown is finally showing why he is considered to be one of (if not the best) shooters in the world as he had eight goals on the weekend. Finally, we have the resurgence of one Ben Reeves, a current student at the Yale School of Medicine. He put on a show that reminded us why he won the Tewaaraton with five points of his own. I think this game will be indubitably action packed. I am taking the Archers to cover the -1.5 point spread. They’ve proven that they are the real deal from top to bottom. They are a top two team in the league right up there with Whipsnakes. I do not see them losing against the Pups.
The Pick: Archers spread -1.5
Those are my predictions for the first three games of the weekend. Stay tuned for another blog dropping soon with my predictions for Sunday’s contests. If you like my picks, or disagree with me, let me know on Twitter @t_hohenshelt. As always lets have ourselves a weekend and make some money, responsibly.