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NBA Handicapping: Playoff berths and seeds still up for grabs

04.09.2018     08:58 AM     Printer Friendly
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A lot going on the final three days of the NBA regular season. The Eastern Conference “eight” have been determined though seeding, specifically six through eight, has yet to be determined. The Western Conference is a total cluster: five teams who have yet to clinch are vying for the final four seeds. Here’s a quick look at tonight’s matchups.

Toronto -4 at Detroit - The Raptors have the top seed in the Eastern Conference locked up. The Pistons, who have quietly covered 9 of 11, have been eliminated from playoff contention. It showed in Sunday's loss to Memphis; the Grizzlies hung 30 or more in all four quarters en route to a 130-117 win.

Cleveland -12.5 at New York - The Cavs trail the 76ers by a game but if they beat the Knicks, they would win the Central and thus earn the third seed.

Chicago at Brooklyn -7.5 - Playing for exercise.

Oklahoma City -3.5 at Miami - The Heat are in but could finished sixth, seventh, or eighth. The Thunder need to win one of their last two games to clinch a berth. Note that the game opened a pick 'em.

Memphis at Minnesota -15.5 - The Timberwolves are in the middle of the messy Read more



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NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons

03.07.2018     01:39 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Toronto -5 at Detroit O/U 212.5
Recommendation: Toronto

The call the Pistons the biggest disappointment in the East since the Blake Griffin trade would not be an overstatement.  And yes, that includes the ‘pointspread freefaller’ Cleveland Cavaliers; a team that just annihilated the Pistons by 20 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score might indicate – a complete blowout after halftime.

The results do not lie.  Detroit is now 2-9 SU in their last 11 ballgames, including three SU and ATS losses – all by double digit margins -- right here at Little Caesars Arena.  They’ve dropped 4.5 games out of the playoff picture in the East.  They’re also in the midst of a brutal scheduling run, playing their eighth game in 14 days with a pair of back-2-backs in the mix.  This is a tired team, lacking in confidence and lacking much of a home court edge these Read more



Tags: NBA Toronto Raptors Detroit Pistons Teddy Covers




NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Los Angeles Clippers at Detroit Pistons

02.09.2018     09:40 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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LA Clippers at Detroit -3 O/U 219
Recommendation: Detroit

The Pistons have won five straight since snapping their eight game losing streak, the last four of which have come with Blake Griffin on the court for Detroit. The numbers with Griffin and fellow low post stud Andre Drummond on the court together have been remarkable; jelling immediately as a duo.

In 84 court minutes together through four games, Detroit has averaged 112.6 points per 100 possessions on offense while allowing only 88.2 PP/100 on defense. That results in a remarkable net of +24.4 PP/100 with that duo on the floor. Throw in a 54.9% in percentage of available rebounds Detroit has snagged with the Griffin/Drummond duo on the floor and all of a sudden Stan Van Gundy’s squad has the look of a legitimate contender.

These quotes from the Pistons locker room really stand out. Drummond: “It can only get better from here. With (Griffin’s) addition it’s just been a lot of fun. He’s able to handle the ball; he’s a great playmaker. He’s doing a great job of adjusting right now.”

Van Gundy, Read more



Tags: NBA Los Angeles Clippers Detroit Pistons Teddy Covers




NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers

03.02.2017     11:00 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Oklahoma City +1 at Portland O/U 219.5
Recommendation: Oklahoma City


There’s no comparison between the Thunder and the Trail Blazers right now, making this short pointspread look very attractive to this bettor! Portland is in a world of hurt.  The Blazers are returning home off a losing road trip that culminated in another fourth quarter turnover fueled meltdown and subsequent OT loss at Detroit. They haven’t won a home game since January, losing each of their last three games on this floor both SU and ATS.  And the quotes coming out of Terry Stotts locker room aren’t exactly reeking with confidence these days.

Damian Lillard: “We're frustrated. We played a good game outside of turnovers. We feel like we should have won the game. We should be happy going on this flight (to Portland) with a 'W' and a 2-1 trip, but we're not.  That's disappointing.”  Portland will be hard pressed to match their 52% shooting effort that they put up against the Pistons.  And the Blazers weakness in the paint is a real problem against a team like OKC.

Don’t confuse the Thunder in March from the Read more



Tags: NBA Oklahoma City Thunder Portland Trail Blazers Teddy Covers




NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Charlotte Hornets at Sacramento Kings

02.25.2017     01:20 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Charlotte at Sacramento +4 O/U 207.5
Recommendation: Sacramento


The Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins at the trading deadline, a trade that was widely criticized by every talking head in the world, including myself.  The betting markets weren’t sleeping on this trade!

Suddenly a Kings team that was power rated as a middle of the pack squad was downgraded to a team that was every bit as bad as the worst team in the NBA, the 9-48 Nets.   That’s why the Kings were seven point home underdogs against Denver on Thursday – a game they won by 16.  But the markets didn’t believe what they saw in that game, explaining why they are four point home underdogs against Charlotte today…with the early money rolling in on the Hornets!

First, Sacramento is not as bad as the markets seem to think they are.  The Cousins distraction is gone.  They’ve got a veteran backcourt duo in Darrin Collison and Ty Lawson – not rookies or scrubs handling the basketball.  The Kosta Koufos/Willie Cauley-Stein duo combined for 37 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks in that game, filling Cousins Read more



Tags: NBA Charlotte Hornets Sacramento Kings Teddy Covers




NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Hornets

12.07.2016     02:40 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Detroit at Charlotte -5 O/U 202
Recommendation: Charlotte


Let me start with the basic concept here.  Yes, Detroit got their starting point guard Reggie Jackson back on the floor for their last two games after Jackson missed the first six weeks of the season due to injury.  But while getting Jackson back running the point is a good thing for Stan Van Gundy’s squad in the long term, in the short term it does NOT make them a better squad.  For at least the next few games, while Jackson gets re-acclimated with his teammates, the Pistons base power rating number must be lowered, not raised.  Yet the markets have moved in the opposite direction.

Van Gundy, following Jackson’s first game back on the floor, a loss to Orlando: “We were terrible defensively, terrible. We didn’t put enough into it to win the game. They deserved to win. I think most nights we bring a decent effort. But we’ve been just too up and down defensively. We looked really slow tonight.”

Jackson’s quote: “It's going to take some time to get acclimated with my teammates again, but (the knee) felt good. I Read more



Tags: NBA Detroit Pistons Charlotte Hornets Teddy Covers




NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls

04.02.2016     09:48 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Detroit at Chicago -2.5 O/U 204.5
Recommendation: Chicago


The Bulls aren’t likely to have Derrick Rose or Taj Gibson available tonight for their showdown with the Pistons.  That’s good news for Bulls bettors, not bad!  Without Rose in the lineup, this pointspread gets deflated into a ‘SU win should equal a pointspread cover’ range.  And the Bulls have certainly proven adept this season at cashing winning bets without one of their key players on the floor.

And Fred Hoiberg’s squad has looked squarely into the depths of the abyss and come out swinging.  Chicago suffered a four game skid at the wrong time, falling 2.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the East, with only nine games remaining.  The Bulls gut check moment came against the Pacers on Tuesday, when they held Indiana scoreless over the last 3+ minutes of gametime and won on a Jimmy Butler jumper with 3.7 seconds left.   They followed that up by rallying from 14 down late in the 3rd quarter to beat Houston on Thursday.

Coach Hoiberg: “I think the biggest thing is those guys went out there and played Read more



Tags: NBA Detroit Pistons Chicago Bulls Teddy Covers




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