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NBA Gambling: Western Conference playoff race heats up

03.31.2016     07:59 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
In the battle of who wants it more (or less), five teams continue to fight for the final four spots in the Western Conference playoffs. Portland is currently sixth with a two-game lead over Houston, Utah, and Dallas. Bettors should also keep an eye on Memphis who has lost four straight and seen its hold of the fifth seed dwindle to two games. Let's take a look at the remaining schedules for all five teams. Houston has arguably the most favorable slate with its last four games coming against teams not in the playoff hunt.

Memphis: vs. Toronto, at Orlando, vs. Chicago, at Dallas, vs. Golden State, at LA Clippers, at Golden State

Portland: vs. Boston, vs. Miami, at Golden State, at Sacramento, vs. Oklahoma City, vs. Minnesota, vs. Denver

Houston: vs. Chicago, vs. Oklahoma City, at Dallas, vs. Phoenix, vs. LA Lakers, at Minnesota, vs. Sacramento

Utah: vs. Minnesota, at Phoenix, vs. San Antonio, vs. LA Clippers, at Denver, vs. Dallas, at LA Lakers

Dallas: at Detroit, at Minnesota, vs. Houston, vs. Memphis, at LA Clippers, at Utah, vs. San Antonio

Tags: NBA Memphis Grizzlies Utah Jazz Houston Rockets Portland Trail Blazers Dallas Mavericks

NBA Handicapping: Someone has to cover tonight's Bulls-Rockets game

03.31.2016     07:51 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Two games behind Indiana for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls have been nothing short of a disaster since the calendar flipped. Both the offense and defense have rapidly declined and it's resulted in one of the worst spread records (31-43 ATS) in the league. Bettors should probably be asking the question: Who wants to win less tonight? The Bulls or Rockets?

"Believe it or not, we work a lot more on defense than on offense," Hoiberg said last week. "There's no question about that. Early in the season, we were a very good defensive team. All the way up until about Jan. 1 and then our numbers completely flipped."

"At some point, we stopped giving the importance that the defense deserves," Gasol said. "We started relying too much on our offense and let our offensive performance affect our defensive effort. It's not unreasonable to expect the same type of effort. It's effort and communication."

Tags: NBA Chicago Bulls Houston Rockets

NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Dallas Mavericks at Denver Nuggets

03.28.2016     01:55 PM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno blog entry.
Dallas at Denver -1.5 O/U 212
Recommendation: Over

Yesterday’s blowout loss at Sacramento kept Dallas on the outside looking in at the top eight in the Western Conference playoff race. The Mavericks sense of urgency level continues to be as high as it can go but that has not produced any playoff push whatsoever as they’ve now gone 2-8 straight up in their last 10 games. A significant pair of personnel losses have played a large role in the recent faltering of Dallas as starting SF Chandler Parsons (team leading 49.2 FG%) was lost for the rest of the regular season eight days ago and starting PG Derron Williams (abdominal strain) figures to miss his third straight game tonight. Defense has also been a major problem for the past seven weeks but in particular the 124 points per game allowed over their last five games shows that Dallas has zero playoff intensity on that end. Granted, the last five opponents have all been top tier offensive teams but the Mavs didn’t hold any of them below 109. That could be troublesome tonight against the offensive minded Nuggets who average 104.7 per game at home. In yesterday’s game, Denver was Read more

Tags: NBA Dallas Mavericks Denver Nuggets Rob Veno

NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Toronto Raptors at Houston Rockets

03.25.2016     12:27 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
Toronto pk at Houston O/U 212
Recommendation: Toronto

It’s not hard to make a case for betting against the Houston Rockets in any pointspread range where they’ll need to win the game in order to cover the number.  It’s been a long, disappointing season for the JB Bickerstaff’s squad, fighting for the #8 seed in the West just one year after reaching the Western Conference Finals.

Wednesday Night’s home loss to Utah was the latest frustrating defeat for Houston, as they blew an 18 point second half lead, losing on a last second dunk by Derrick Favors.  The loss marked Houston’s third consecutive defeat, and fifth in their last seven games.  Their only two wins during this two week span have come against lowly Minnesota (they still didn’t cover the spread in victory) and Memphis when the Grizzlies had only one starter healthy enough to play.  This is not a confident team; nor are they a good team.  Bickerstaff’s post-game quote following the meltdown against the Jazz  didn’t inspire much confidence in this bettor either: “The season’s not over Read more

Tags: NBA Toronto Raptors Houston Rockets Teddy Covers

NBA Betting Podcast 3-23-2016 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning

03.23.2016     01:45 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning. ER and host Andrew Lange broke down a few games on the NBA card.

Today's segments
Erin Rynning - NBA

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Tags: NBA Erin Rynning Andrew Lange

NBA Handicapping: Atlanta Hawks getting by with defense

03.23.2016     08:17 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Good article on the differences from last year's 60-win Atlanta Hawks squad to this year's group which is currently tied for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have taken a step back offensively but quietly boast the second-best defensive efficiency rating in the league.

Offensive Efficiency: 103.1 (15th)
Defensive Efficiency: 98.9 (2nd)

Offensive Efficiency: 106.2 (6th)
Defensive Efficiency: 100.7 (7th)

"Our offense hasn't been there, so our defense has had to be better," Korver said. "There has been growth in the team because of that realization. And now we're starting to figure some things out offensively. I think we peaked too early last year. Hopefully this year, our best basketball is ahead of us."

Tags: NBA Atlanta Hawks

NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves at Phoenix Suns

03.14.2016     02:36 PM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno blog entry.
Minnesota at Phoenix pk O/U 221.5
Recommendation: Over

Most recent games played by each of these young teams showcased the positive strides that they are making. For Minnesota it was an improbable 99-96 road win over Oklahoma City as +12 point underdogs which gives them a three spread covers in their last four games. In the Suns case, it was a 123-116 loss at Golden State in a game where Phoenix held a 4Q lead as +19 point underdogs. That was the second game since a 21 game injury absence for Suns starting PG Brandon Knight and he had 30 points including seven three pointers. Even though Knight admitted after the game that he’s not there yet, his return makes Phoenix noticeably different offensively. With Knight boosting the perimeter offense and HC Earl Watson’s commitment to feeding the ball inside to 7-1 PF Alex Len (10-of-18, 26 points vs GS), Phoenix is developing a balanced half court attack to go along with their up tempo style. The bench has been strengthened by Knight’s return as well. Meanwhile, Minnesota is much further along with their offensive development as the duo of rookie C Karl Anthony Towns and SF Andrew Wiggins Read more

Tags: NBA Minnesota Timberwolves Phoenix Suns Rob Veno

NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Phoenix Suns at Orlando Magic

03.04.2016     11:29 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
Phoenix at Orlando -13.5 O/U 215.5
Recommendation: Orlando

Sometimes a write-up is better in graphic form.  I’m going to open this write-up with a chart, detailing the Phoenix Suns on the road since their last road win – at Chicago on December 3rd.


That’s not just a bad track record.  That’s an off-the-charts bad track record for a hopeless, injury riddled team that is now 3-30 SU in their last 33 games.  It’s surely worth noting that MOST of the losses listed above came without the opponent even taking the Suns seriously, often resting starters against this sorry squad.

When the Suns meet adversity on the highway, they’ve done one thing consistently for the last three months – they crumble like a house of cards.  With an interim, lame duck head coach in Earl Watson, it’s hard to picture a legitimate character change for the Suns in hostile environments down the stretch.

Scott Skiles Magic have notched double digit wins in each of their last two home games.  They’ve got a West Coast road trip just ahead, Read more

Tags: NBA Phoenix Suns Orlando Magic Teddy Covers

NBA Gambling: Oklahoma City Thunder make strong case for Meltdown of the Year

03.03.2016     08:44 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Despite a win probability hovering around 99% and a 17-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter, the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to lose last night's game to the Los Angeles Clippers -- by five!!! It's actually pretty amazing that even without playing a lick of defense this season and Billy "I'm in way over my head" Donovan patrolling the sideline, the Thunder are 42-19. That said, things sound really messy right now and there's no time for feeling sad with a trip to Golden State tonight. Interesting that Steph Curry was upgraded from questionable to probable but the betting markets still grabbed OKC plus the points. The Warriors opened -8.5 and are now -7.5 at most offshore shops.

“I think the biggest thing we need to do is make a decision, collectively as a group, from an accountability standpoint, of what type of team we want to be. In order to do that, there has to be a high level of sacrifice by everybody.”

“We’re fooling ourselves if we want to be a great team the way that we’re

Read more

Tags: NBA Oklahoma City Los Angeles Clippers Golden State Warriors

NBA Handicapping: Chicago Bulls continue to be a mess defensively

03.02.2016     08:30 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Whoa. Did you know the Chicago Bulls have allowed 100+ points in 14 straight games -- technically 13 out their last 14 if you count Utah's 93 in regulation. Last night was a gem of a performance as Miami shot 67% from the floor en route to a 129-111 win. During this span of defensive ineptitude, the Bulls are 4-10 SU and 5-9 ATS. They are also currently a half game out of the Eastern Conference playoffs -- but only two games out of the fifth seed. Second night of back-to-backs tonight as the Bulls are +4 at Orlando.

"We seem to play harder defensively in our practices," Hoiberg said. "And we got to carry that over into the games. Again, we seem to get deflated when the adversity hits us, when things go well for the other team. For whatever reason we don't get tougher during those stretches and that's what you have to do when that adversity hits."

Tags: NBA Chicago Bulls Orlando Magic Miami Heat


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