SportsMemo.com
Username:
Password:
Sports Memo Ad 0
SATURDAY CFB LIVE CHAT
w/ the Sportsemo Cappers
Thoughts and Analysis
FREE HALFTIME PICKS
Not a forum member?
CLICK TO SIGN UP FOR FREE
Sports Memo Ad 0
20* Prepaid Pack
Handicapper of your choice
Next Five 20* selections
Discounted Rate of only $99
Purchase online
Sports Memo Ad 1
Weekly NBA or CBB $99
November CBB $149
November NBA $149
Full Season NBA or CBB $999
Erin Rynning NBA $1299
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
Sports Memo Ad 2
WEEKLY FOOTBALL
Tuesday-Monday Coverage
College Football or NFL $99
CFB/NFL Combo $149
Great option for daily purchasers
CLICK HERE TO CASH IN
Sports Memo Ad 3
VIP FREE PLAY EMAIL
Enter email on front page
Free Play w/ analysis
See who's hot at Sportsmemo
Special unpublished offers
Register an account today!

HOMERECAPRADIOFORUMBLOGSLIVE ODDSTOOLSBESTBETSHANDICAPPERSTWITTERRSS FEEDFACEBOOKEMAIL & CONTACTS

NBA Betting News and Notes 2-6-2012

02.06.2012     01:30 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
The Super Bowl is in the history books but the NBA All-Star Game is already on the horizon and there are all kinds of interesting goings on around the league right now.  This week, I’ll focus on a handful of teams with notes and quotes that can point us in the right direction for our NBA wagers.

Dallas Mavericks – When you look at the Dallas statistical profile this year, one thing stands out like a sore thumb.  Dirk Nowitzki  – the Mavs longtime superstar and the guy who guided them to their first ever NBA title last summer – has basically been a non-factor from Day 1.  Last year, Dirk led the team in scoring at 23 points per game.  He was the Mavs #2 rebounder, behind Tyson Chandler.  He shot better than 51% from the floor for the entire season, and better than 39% from three point range.  But, even after taking four games off to ‘improve his conditioning’, Dirk’s 2012 numbers can only be considered a major disappointment.

The numbers don’t lie.  Dirk is scoring only 17.2 points per game this year.  His shooting percentage is down to 45.5% and his percentage from three point range is downright miserable, just 21.6 % from beyond the arc.  His rebounding numbers are down, as are his assists.  Perhaps the most telling stat comes at the free throw line.  Over the course of his career, Nowitzki has been an elite player in terms of getting to the charity stripe.  Only once in the last dozen years has Dirk attempted less than six free throws per game.  This year, he’s not being aggressive with the ball in his hands, averaging just 4.3 trips to the foul line.

Dirk did have a step up game against the Pacers last weekend, pouring in a season high 30 points with seven rebounds.  Dallas still lost the game, at home, by double digits.  Nowitzki, talking about analyst Charles Barkley’s comments that Dirk was “fading fast” as one of the league’s elite players: “I had some good looks and knocked them down. I finally got into a good rhythm. The strength in my legs is coming back. Hard work always pays off. I couldn’t prove him (Barkley) wrong the last couple of weeks.”

Head coach Rick Carlisle concurred:  “Every day he’s moving better. At some point, this kind of game was going to be a reality.  It was great to see because he was doing everything. He was shooting the ball, he was driving the ball, rebounding. Overall, he was very active. Very positive.”  However, the Mavs followed that double digit home loss to the Pacers with a one point loss at Cleveland, despite another solid game from Dirk (24 points and eight boards), leaving this bettor with all kinds of questions about the Mavs realistic potential for another extended playoff run this spring.

Houston Rockets – The Rockets were one of the bigger surprise stories over the first six weeks of the NBA season.  Projected as a lottery squad entering the campaign, without a marquee star on the roster, expectations were on the low side for Kevin McHale’s first year coaching Houston.  But following a 3-7 SU start to the season, the Rockets suddenly reeled off nine wins over a ten game span, putting real pressure on Southwest Division leaders San Antonio and Dallas.

Over the past week, Houston has come back to earth, losing three of their last four games including an ugly second half meltdown at San Antonio when the Rockets blew a double digit lead while getting outscored 60-39 after the break.   That loss came on the heels of a 12 point home loss to Minnesota.  Following that loss to the T-wolves, there were all kinds of fingers being pointed in the Rockets locker room, with their coach looking like one of the primary targets.

Point guard Kyle Lowry: “We got to make adjustments in game. We just got to make adjustments. We got to do something different. A guy gets it going; we have to figure out something to stop him from going. Team. Scheme. You’re not going to stop anybody one-on-one in the NBA. You have to do something different.”

Shooting guard Courtney Lee: “We have to make adjustments. When we had guys going they made adjustments and kind of slowed us down. We got to do the same to them.” 
Second year forward Patrick Patterson: “That second half, there was no team out there. Everyone was trying to do their own thing, on our own island. No one was helping each other.”

Houston is getting great play from their bench, a big edge when they face weaker foes with shorter rotations.  In their only victory over the past week – a blowout at home against Phoenix – Kevin McHale’s bench combined for 50 points and 23 boards, successfully preserving a big second half lead right through the final buzzer.  Forward Chase Budinger: “The bench is really getting that chemistry together. We’re getting used to playing with one another, we start finding where guys like the ball, and also we’re bringing energy out there. We’re trying to run more.”

Miami Heat – This past Friday Night, the Heat pulled off their biggest road win since beating Dallas back on Christmas Day.  Miami turned a four point lead at the start of the fourth quarter in Philly into a 20 point blowout, completely dominating the Sixers during crunch time.  It’s surely worth noting that the 76ers had been 12-2 SU on their home floor, with both previous losses coming in overtime.

Prior to the fourth quarter, the Sixers had been giving the Heat all kinds of problems, dating back to last year’s playoffs.  Here’s what Miami head coach Eric Spoelstra said about Philly’s playoff showing from last April, prior to the game.  “Our first-round series against them was arguably the toughest, outside the finals.”  And Philly gave Miami everything the Heat could handle for three quarters in this matchup.

So how did Miami dominate both ends of the floor in the final stanza against what looked like a real competitor in the Eastern Conference playoff chase?  Well, coach Spoelstra put LeBron James at point guard, running the offense.  LeBron keyed a 15-0 Heat surge that put the game out of reach.  Dwayne Wade, talking about his star teammate: “When he’s out there and we’re all on the same page on what we’re running offensively, it makes us a dynamic team.”

LeBron was more than willing to share the credit with his teammates, a clear sign of positive team chemistry.  “Tonight was probably the best game from start to finish, as far as playing hard and communicating on both ends, that we had all season.  So it was a good win.”  James also talked about the benefits of a particularly tough practice, film room session and team meeting the day before the game.  “It was no-holds barred, no tongues being held. If we’re going to be held to a championship standard, we need to go out and play like it. No one can take things personal if someone says something to him. We’ve got to take constructive criticism.”

Philly is a pretty good team, so this quote from head coach Doug Collins stands out – a quote that says Miami is the team to beat in the NBA right now. “They just overwhelmed us in the fourth quarter. They put a push on us and we didn’t have any resistance, so credit to them.”

New Orleans Hornets – At 4-20 SU, things have not gone well for the Hornets in the post Chris Paul/David West era.   Their newest superstar, Eric Gordon, has been languishing on the sidelines in street clothes with a bum knee, and he just turned down a contract extension, opting to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.  But Gordon’s injury is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to New Orleans’ inept on-court play.

Starting point guard Jarrett Jack has knee trouble of his own, forced to sit their last few games.  Key low post presence Carl Landry has (drum roll, please) a knee injury expected to sideline him for the next 3-4 weeks.  Starting power forward Jason Smith suffered a concussion in their loss at Detroit over the weekend.  Gordon, Jack and Landry rank #1-2-3 on the team in scoring.  Without them, New Orleans is in a world of hurt, even with center Chris Kaman expected to rejoin the team this week.

Quotes like this one stand out – coaches shouldn’t be talking this way during the first week of February, even with a bottom feeder team. Head coach Monty Williams following that loss at Detroit: ““This is the dog days of the NBA right now.  A lot of players are kind of going through the motions right now, and we certainly played that way tonight. I thought we’d be fresher because I gave them yesterday off, but maybe that hurt us.”

Backup guard Greivis Vasquez: “I think that’s the biggest weakness of this team, breaking down when we are in tough times.”  New Orleans is a very fragile team emotionally already, and we’re only 1/3 of the way through the season…

Tags: NBA Dallas Mavericks Houston Rockets Miami Heat New Orleans Hornets Teddy Covers




This blog is closed to new comments.

Visitor Comments:




VIP EMAIL CLUB
Add Your Email Address:
How did you find us?


More VIP Email Options
 
Email
PowerNFLCFBMLBNBA
Current Blog Topics
Ted Sevransky Hot Links
Current Blog Topics
SportsMemo Ads
Daily Plays
$20
Rob Veno has posted consistent long term success in the CBB Totals market bankrolling +72.95 units since 2007. To add to this seven year stretch of excellence, Rob has released his highest rated college hoop total on tonight's card. Rob's 10* selection is just $20 and must win or you receive Rob's next NBA report at no additional cost.

$30
Teddy enters the weekend riding a 75% college football hot streak, delivering the goods for himself and his clients. Cash again with this Friday Night Watch & Win on Fox Sports 1 and ride this emerging hot streak one more time! This play must cash or you will receive his next report at no additional charge.

$30
Ian Cameron flat out WINS in College Football and has been delivering the goods with an awesome 104-87 record for 54% winning action banking +21.7 units of profit since the start of the 2013 season including a profitable 2014 campaign up +9.2 units. He is ready to deliver the goods with a national TV Friday night winner with his 10* CFB Friday Top Side. You can get it complete with detailed written analysis for $30 and it is guaranteed to cash or his next CFB report is free.

$39
Fresh off an easy winner with his College Football Game of the Year last week, ER is back with another big play college football play. For Saturday, ER has released his 20* CFB ACC Game of the Year and he expects another easy winner. He's crushed with the big plays boasting a LONGTERM 128-89 59% record with his Best Bets. ER's 20* CFB ACC GOY play is $39 and is guaranteed to win or his next football play is on the house.

$39
Off last week's 20* SEC Total of the Year winner, Andrew Lange is back with another total for this weekend's action. Lange has been Sportsmemo's top capper this year with 58% winners in all sports on over 400 documented plays. Get in early with this Total of the Month selection; $39 and guaranteed to win or Sunday's NFL 20* is on the house.

$39
Rob Veno has carved a spot among the industries best when it comes to his 20* College Football Bluechip Best Bets cashing at a 62% rate and increasing bankrolls by +57.0 units since the 2007 season. Since the start of last year he has dominated by going 22-10 69.0% with these premier plays and today he's focused in on another money making blowout in Totals action. Get on board with him for only $39; guaranteed to cash or his next selection is free.

$39
Brent Crow is rolling, with a 13-4, +12.60 streak over the past five days in all sports. He has a solid 20-star winner for Saturday's college football after a perfect 4-0 on CFB sides last weekend that included his 20-star GOY winner on South Carolina. Its yours for just $39 and it must win or his next play is free. .

$35
Rob Veno has posted +82.67 units of profit since the start of 2013 and he's seeking his third consecutive winning CFB season. For Saturday action he checks in with a Top Rated 15* CFB Best Bet O/U. Rob's play is just $35 and must win or you receive his next CFB report at no additional cost.

$39
Ian Cameron flat out WINS in College Football and has been delivering the goods with an awesome 104-87 record for 54% winning action banking +21.7 units of profit since the start of the 2013 season. He has crushed the big plays with an AWESOME 21-8 72% for +24.4 units with his College Football 20* releases since the start of last year. He cashed his 20* Mountain West Total Of The Year last week and is ready to deliver another very strong total on Saturday with his 20* CFB C-USA Total Of The Month. You can get it complete with detailed written analysis for $39 and it is guaranteed to cash or his next CFB report is free.

$39
Paul Stone has now hit 8 of his 13 20*s this season and he's looking to add to it with a HUGE blowout lined up for Saturday's college football card. Get in early with this 20* Top Shelf report for $39; guaranteed to cash or Paul's next top rated selection is free of charge.


Extended Services
-----------SportsMemo-----------
SportsMemo Ads
Discussion Forum
-------------------------------------
Post Subject
Date
11.15 20:31
11.15 17:36
11.15 13:37
11.15 13:30
11.15 12:35

-------------------------------------
Current Blog
-------------------------------------
Ted Sevransky     11.20.2014 2:14 PM
Ted Sevransky     11.17.2014 8:20 AM
Ted Sevransky     11.13.2014 2:41 PM
Ted Sevransky     11.06.2014 2:45 PM
Ted Sevransky     11.03.2014 12:00 PM

More Blog Entries Submitted by Teddy Covers

-------------------------------------
-----------SportsMemo-----------





Copyright © 2007 SPORTSMEMO, INC, 1-800-575-3069. Sportsmemo.com is the nation’s premier resource for sports betting and handicapping information. Get free football picks, free NFL picks, free college football picks, free baseball picks, free NBA picks, free college basketball picks, free hockey picks, free golf picks, and free soccer picks from the nation’s top handicappers. Sportsmemo's sports betting insight and analysis comes from some of the most respected sports handicappers in the sports gambling industry including Ted Sevransky (Teddy Covers), Brent Crow of Alatex Sports, Rob Veno, Erin Rynning, Otto Sports, Andrew Lange, Sammy P Sports, Ian Cameron, and Paul Stone. Listen to these handicapping experts daily on the Sportsmemo Radio Show from Noon-2 pm PST on Fox Sports 920AM in Las Vegas and the web at Sportsmemo.com.  Missed the Sportsmemo Radio Show?  Past shows are available on Sportsmemo.com's radio archive page. Looking for daily sports betting tips and sports betting advice on the MLB, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, AFL, and PGA? Check out the interactive sports betting posting forum, matchup statistics, power ratings, expert handicapping blogs, and original sports betting articles from the Sportsmemo team that specializes in sports information from a pointspread perspective at Sportsmemo.com.   Nov 20, 2014 06:13 PM.