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GAME PICKS: NLL Week 21

We are finally at the finish line. After a grueling campaign, Week 21 wraps up the 2018 National Lacrosse League regular season.

The West tries to stay healthy as their playoff seeding has been decided for some time. However, in the East every one of the five teams could make or miss the post-season and as we know, there are only three spots available.

NLL staff members Andy McNamara, Tyson Geick, and Brian Shanahan deliver their game predictions every week.

Send us your picks @NLL on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using the specific game hashtags for each match-up below.

 

Vancouver Stealth (2-15) at Georgia Swarm (9-7) – Saturday, 7:05pm ET

 

Andy

The Stealth have to travel with only pride to play for while Georgia tries to lock down a playoff spot. The Swarm are winners of four straight and the defending champs are coming together at the right time. I’ll take the home team in a blow out.

Pick: Swarm

 

Shanny

Pick: Swarm

 

Tyson

Pick: Swarm

 

Tweet at @NLL using #VANvsGA

 

Rochester Knighthawks (9-8) at Buffalo Bandits (8-9) – Saturday, 7:30pm ET

 

Andy

Wow, the upstate New York rivals battle it out for playoff positioning and even to get into the tournament. This will be entertaining regardless of the outcome.

The Bandits have lost their last two, while Rochester’s split the last pair….and to make things even closer, the season series is tied at one. The Knighthawks are displaying more consistency and are really coming together as a gelled unit as a whole on offense, defense, goaltending and transition.

Pick: Knighthawks

 

Shanny

Pick: Knighthawks

 

Tyson

Pick: Knighthawks

 

Tweet at @NLL using #ROCvsBUF

 

Toronto Rock (8-9) at Colorado Mammoth (10-7) – Saturday, 9pm ET

 

Andy

The Rock find themselves once again in a must win situation as they head out west to Colorado. The Mammoth are skidding into the playoffs and will be motivated to pull off a victory to enter the Champion’s Cup tournament on a positive note.

Toronto actually owns a better road record (5-3) and Colorado is .500 at Pepsi Center. Tom Schreiber continues to find his flow after a lengthy injury absence and the necessary focus on him naturally frees up other weapons like Adam Jones and Rob Hellyer. With the season on the line I’ll pick the Rock.

Pick: Rock

 

Shanny

Pick: Mammoth

 

Tyson

Pick: Rock

 

Tweet at @NLL using #TORvsCOL

 

Calgary Roughnecks (8-9) at Saskatchewan Rush (13-4) – Saturday, 9:30pm ET

 

Andy

There may be nothing to play for standings wise, but both of these clubs want to send a message to the other in what could turn out to be the West Division Final matchup. Calgary’s scoring has been red hot over the past month, combined with excellent goaltending. The Rush are no slouches themselves, however, the Roughnecks feel more amped at this point.

This is going to be a pick’em and mighty close. Calgary make a statement heading into the post-season.

Pick: Roughnecks

 

Shanny

Pick: Rush

 

Tyson

Pick: Rush

 

Tweet at @NLL using #CGYvsSAS

 

Georgia Swarm (?-?) at New England Black Wolves (9-8) – Sunday, 5pm ET

 

Andy

The parity of the East all year leads me to believe that we’ll be getting out the calculator to decide tiebreakers Sunday. In the regular season finale Georgia flies into face New England in the second of a back to back where they played less than 24-hours earlier. The Black Wolves roller coaster 2017/18 makes them nearly unpredictable. Winners of three straight i’ll give the nod to New England in a low scoring slug fest.

Pick: Black Wolves

 

Shanny

Pick: Swarm

 

Tyson

Pick: Swarm

 

Tweet at @NLL using #GAvsNE

 

Check out my “Road to the Champion’s Cup – The West” article here – https://bit.ly/2HqcWd3

 

Andy McNamara has been a play-by-play commentator for the NLL on TSN, NLLTV.com, and world lacrosse tournaments since 2011. He’s also a sport talk host and anchor on TSN 1050 sports radio. Follow Andy on twitter @AndyMc81.