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Sports Betting Podcast 2-27-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Erin Rynning

02.27.2015     11:10 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Friday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Erin Rynning. Rob and host Andrew Lange previewed Saturday's college basketball slate while and ER talked NBA.

Today's segments 
Full Show

Rob Veno - College Basketball Saturday

Erin Rynning - NBA

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.

Tags: College Basketball NBA Rob Veno Erin Rynning



NBA Gambling Alert: Sacramento's Cousins doubtful vs. San Antonio

02.27.2015     08:57 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, hip) has been downgraded to "doubtful" for tonight's game against San Antonio. The Kings are 2-10 SU, 4-8 ATS without Cousins this season.

Tags: NBA Sacramento Kings San Antonio Spurs



NBA Handicapper Free Play: Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets

02.27.2015     08:42 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC

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Utah -3.5 at Denver O/U 197 
Recommendation: Utah


My clients and I have cashed back-to-back winners this week against the dead team walking known as the Denver Nuggets and I have no reservations looking to get paid for a third straight time this evening. The Nuggets are shot in every sense of the word: physically, mentally and emotionally. They are 2-17 SU in their last 19 games including an 8-game home losing streak. One of those two wins was in LA when the Lakers were returning home from a long Eastern Conference road trip. There is a lot of angst between the players and head coach Brian Shaw who is somehow still employed. Denver shopped star Ty Lawson around at the trade deadline but ultimately didn't pull the trigger, and the disgruntled star was benched in the first game after the break for failing to return to the team in a timely manner. Utah missed a golden opportunity to secure its first three-game winning streak in over a year when it blew a double-digit fourth quarter lead to Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Prior to that, we’d seen some real good play from the Jazz with a 6-3-1 ATS run and wins against playoff teams Portland and San Antonio. Gordon Hayward has stepped up his game, Derrick Favors has been very productive, and Rudy Gobert has become a shot blocking low post monster since taking over at starting center after Enes Kanter was traded. Utah should bring a strong effort here against a team playing for exercise. Lay the points.

 

 

Tags: NBA Utah Jazz Denver Nuggets Ian Cameron



Understanding the realities of legalized sports betting

02.27.2015     08:29 AM     Printer Friendly

Well informed article by ESPN's Jeff Ma on the five myths of legalized sports betting.


Myth No. 5: It will create greater risk for game fixing

Myth No. 4: It will damage the sports betting business in Las Vegas

Myth No. 3: It will put local illegal bookies out of business

Myth No. 2: It will create more "problem gamblers"

Myth No. 1: It will result in large revenue for the leagues



Tags: NBA Utah Jazz Denver Nuggets Ian Cameron



Nevada approves Olympic betting

02.27.2015     08:20 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Nice to see Las Vegas expand its game with Olympic betting getting the approval of the Nevada Gaming Commission. We don't imagine the market will be all that big, nor will the lines compare to that of Pinnacle or other offshore giants. But it'll be a refreshing option for bettors looking for action prior to the football season. The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will run nearly the entire month of August.


“I think we’re going to do something very remarkable and add a new dimension to sports betting,” said commission Chairman Tony Alamo at the outset of today’s hearing. He said it will probably bring in a small amount of revenue, but nonetheless called it a “big deal” that “globalizes the legitimacy of what we do.”



Tags: Las Vegas



College Basketball Handicapping: Betting markets react to Drexel losing Lee to injury

02.26.2015     12:25 PM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
This has been public for quite some time in case you missed it, check out who's not playing for Drexel tonight.

Damion Lee: 21.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg 
Sammy Mojica: 6.2 ppg, 37.5% 3-pt.

Now the question becomes how much are both those players worth to the pointspread for tonight's game against Delaware (8-19)? The market is saying 4.5 points as the Dragons opened -3 but the Blue Hens are now -1.5. Losing Lee is huge but fading key injuries can be risky as bettors have a tendency to overreact. 


“He only averaged about 15 shots a game (14.4),” Flint says. “So he was scoring a lot of points without taking a lot of shots. That’s the one thing that he did pretty much the entire season. But it’ll be spread out throughout the entire team so guys just have to pick it up. Not one guy is just going to get all the shots.”



 


Tags: College Basketball Drexel Dragons Delaware Blue Hens



Bettman has concerns about sports betting; knows no one bets hockey

02.26.2015     12:11 PM     Printer Friendly

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on sports betting. What's funny is Gary is well versed on the fact that virtually no one in Las Vegas even bets hockey.


This is a lot bigger deal to basketball and football because that’s where the bulk of the money is bet. For us, if you look at the Las Vegas take, we’re at about 1 percent. That has nothing to do with the popularity as it does the nature of the game and how susceptible it is to betting on it. My bigger concern if there is going to be a discussion going on is twofold. One, what is the imagery? What is the statement we want to make about sports and professional athletes? Should young people who idolize athletes and focus on sports view it as a betting vehicle or view it as something different, more akin to what it’s been?   That’s a concern to me. And secondly, there is a concern about the environment in the building. There’s nothing wrong with race tracks, but I don’t like that atmosphere compared to the atmosphere we try to have in our buildings with our fans, particularly a lot of young people. My view leans more towards the essence of sport than to betting itself.



 


Tags: NHL



Congress slowly changing its stance on sports betting

02.26.2015     12:04 PM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Former Rep. Tom Downey (D-NY) had some logical things to say about the current state of sports betting. Downey feels that members of Congress are becoming more accepting towards the matter.


But, as Commissioner Silver said, “times have changed.” Not the least of those changes is the moral authority of the NFL. Moreover, all major sports leagues now have affiliations with online fantasy league gambling, exempted from the sports betting ban on the argument that skill, not luck, is involved. Knowledge of which players are worth investing in requires some study, of course, but so does deciding whether the Redskins can beat the point spread on any given Sunday. 

What has also changed is Congress. Based on my years of working with Members on and around this issue, I sense a new attitude and acceptance that the time is right to do something on internet gambling.



Tags: NHL



College Basketball Gambling Update: Nebraska seeks better effort vs. Ohio State

02.26.2015     11:53 AM     Printer Friendly

UPDATE

Our favorite dysfunctional team is back in action tonight as Nebraska heads to Ohio State. The smoke has cleared from the much publicized locker room ban but the fact remains this squad has zero confidence offensively. We expect the "effort" will be there tonight but until the Cornhuskers find a player or two who can hit a shot outside of the lane, Tim Miles will continue to provide us with excellent blog fodder.

 

“One player said he thought he had his most fun practicing the day after the Iowa game,” Miles said. “I said, ‘Great, you should have tried that 20 hours earlier.’ And we practiced hard. It was not a fun practice, if you know what I mean.”

“I’ve seen people say, ‘Is Miles kicked out of his office?’ Well, we’re not equals. This is not a marriage. It’s like a parent and child,” Miles said. “There’s actually an authority figure called a coach nowadays that’s still hanging around on occasion.”



 

 

 




College Basketball Betting: Nebraska wants to get season over with ASAP

02.23.2015     11:49 AM     View Original Blog
Things continue to head south for Nebraska as always candid head coach Tim Miles banned his team from the locker room following Sunday's 74-46 loss to Iowa. Miles had already hinted the Cornhuskers wouldn't accept a bid to a secondary postseason tournament should they even qualify. They've now lost seven of eight. NU's only win and cover during that span was when it somehow managed to pop for 76 points in blowout win over Northwestern. In their other seven games, they averaged less than 50 ppg. They close out the regular season with road games at Ohio State and Illinois and a home finale vs. Maryland.


“You never want to throw your players under the bus, but that was just beyond disappointing,” Miles said. “That’s not what we represent. I told our guys, ‘when I was at Southwest Minnesota State, to pay for shoes we used to have to go to the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, Minnesota for a weekend and pick up trash. We were the trash guys.

“And if I had the option, we would do that tonight, tomorrow and the next day and pay back the fans the cost of attendance for their ticket. Because our fans have been so supportive and so great, and you get 15,000 people out there and you just go ‘non-compete’ mode. I thought we showed a softness and lack of leadership, and a lack of willingness to listen to leadership.”



 





Tags: College Basketball Nebraska Cornhuskers Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten



College Basketball Handicapping: Minnesota looks to get younger players more reps

02.26.2015     11:46 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
After three straight losses, (16-12, 5-10 Big Ten) Minnesota appears accepting that the only way path to the Big Dance is to win the Big Ten Tournament. But in the meantime, with three games left in the regular season, the Golden Gophers will continue to give their younger players more reps.


“I think the young guys are learning, and I think they’re picking up well,” senior center Mo Walker said. ”You’ve got to give them the court experience or they’ll never learn. … They’ll get better as time goes on.”

“As we’re moving forward, these young guys have got to get reps,” he said Saturday.



 


Tags: College Basketball Minnesota Golden Gophers Michigan State Spartans Big Ten



College Basketball Betting Free Play: San Diego Toreros at Gonzaga Bulldogs

02.26.2015     10:29 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
San Diego +17.5 at Gonzaga O/U 133 
Recommendation: San Diego


Gonzaga is, by far, the best team in the West Coast Conference.  They’ve been destroying their WCC foes all year, to the tune of a 16-0 conference record.  But the pointspread is the great equalizer, and the Zags are just 7-8-1 ATS in WCC play; not exactly a ‘bet-on’ team. 
The Zags are coming off a HUGE come-from-behind win at St Mary’s last weekend, clinching the conference title and setting Gonzaga up as a possible #1 seed come tourney time.  
  
Senior night comes against BYU on ESPN2 this coming Saturday, followed by the WCC Conference Tournament in Las Vegas next weekend.  In between, the Zags have nothing but this tricky matchup against San Diego; a clear flat spot on their schedule.

The Zags have had trouble building margins against the Toreros even when it’s not a flat spot.  In eight meetings between these two teams since the start of the 2012 campaign, the Zags have a grand total of one win by more than the 17 point margin they’ll need to win by tonight in order to cover the number.  Both meetings last year, including the one here in Spokane, were decided by three points.

The Zags were held to 60 points, playing at San Diego’s pace in the first meeting between these two teams this year, a 12 point Gonzaga victory. It’s surely worth noting that due to the slow pace of the game that San Diego shot less than 27% from the floor in that contest – a season worst -- and STILL only lost by a dozen to this elite Zags team.

Gonzaga has won 21 consecutive league games.  Their last loss came to these same Toreros.  San Diego just lost by 13 at BYU and in OT to St Mary’s in their last two games – they’re not getting blown off the floor by anyone, even in hostile environments.  And the Toreros haven’t lost a single game by more than 13 points all year – it’s hard to build margins against them because they slow the game down so much.  Tonight’s game might not be pretty, but I’m expecting another relatively competitive defeat from San Diego in this inflated pointspread range tonight.

Tags: College Basketball San Diego Toreros Goznaga Bulldogs Teddy Covers



College Basketball Betting Podcast 2-26-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers

02.26.2015     09:53 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Thursday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy and host Andrew Lange broke down tonight's college basketball card.

Today's segments 
Teddy Covers - College Basketball

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.

Tags: College Basketball Teddy Covers Andrew Lange



College Basketball Betting Free Play: VCU Rams at Richmond Spiders

02.25.2015     11:09 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
VCU at Richmond +2 O/U 128.5 
Recommendation: Richmond


The Rams’ bandwagon is back after a trio of solid victories (2-1 ATS) in which they posted 70+ points. Loss of star point guard Briante Weber now appears to be smoothed over in the minds of many as backup sophomore JeQuan Lewis has seemingly settled in as the head of VCU’s vaunted “Havoc” defense. Not so sure recent results carry over to this matchup where host Richmond has a multitude of ball handling guards who found no problems breaking the Rams press in this season’s earlier matchup. That contest played at VCU saw the Spiders commit just 12 turnovers (VCU forces an average of 17.2 per game) en route to a 64-55 victory as +9.5 point underdogs. Must also be noted that Rams steals king Weber played in that contest right until the closing minutes when he injured his knee so against VCU’s best, Richmond negated the press. Also have to recognize the success of Richmond’s defense in that contest as head coach Chris Mooney’s group used a combination of sticky perimeter defense and manageable tempo to frustrate VCU. The Rams shot a miserable 3-of-20, 15% from 3-point range and while an upgrade should occur tonight, a significant one isn’t expected. One difference for the Spiders figures to be the continued absence of interior force Alonzo Nelson Ododa who will miss his fifth straight game. That said, feel there’s too much rejuvenated love for the Rams and too much emphasis being placed on the revenge angle (power ratings show Richmond -0.5). Think the matchups hold up again for the Spiders on their home floor tonight which leads me to a play at +2.   


Tags: College Basketball VCU Rams Richmond Spiders A-10 Rob Veno



Sports Betting Podcast 2-25-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Erin Rynning and Ian Cameron

02.25.2015     10:58 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Erin Rynning and Ian Cameron. Ian and host Andrew Lange broke down tonight's college basketball TV games while ER talked NBA.

Today's segments 
Full Show

Ian Cameron - College Basketball

Erin Rynning - NBA

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.

Tags: College Basketball NBA Ian Cameron Erin Rynning



College Basketball Gambling: UConn already eyeing conference tournament

02.19.2015     09:06 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
It's that time of year where for some teams, the "writing is on the wall." Meaning the only way to get to the NCAA Tournament will be via a conference tournament title. Last year's champ, UConn, is faced with exactly that. The Huskies are 14-10 and 7-5 in AAC play with an RPI ranking of 80. They're a 2.5-point road underdog vs. Memphis tonight.


“It’s no secret,” senior guard Ryan Boatright pointed out, matter-of-factly. “That’s the only chance we’ve got.”

“We’re just trying to get better every day,” Boatright continued. “We’re trying to win as many games as possible, but just try to get better every day so that we’re ready for that tournament. It’s no secret that we’re gonna have to win that tournament to make the (NCAA) tournament.”



 


Tags: College Basketball UConn Huskies Memphis Tigers AAC



It's allegedly happening: Mayweather an early -220 favorite over Pacquiao

02.24.2015     02:02 PM     Printer Friendly

We didn't think this would actually take place during our lifetime. Actually, with more than two months to go until the fight, we better not get ahead of ourselves. That's plenty of time for either boxer to somehow screw this up. And by the way, if it does go down, get ready to pony up $100 for the pay-per-view subscription.

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Tags: Floyd Mayweather



College Basketball Betting Podcast 2-24-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno

02.24.2015     10:32 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno. Rob and host Andrew Lange broke down tonight's college basketball card.

Today's segments 
Rob Veno - College Basketball

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.

Tags: College Basketball Rob Veno Andrew Lange



College Basketball Betting Free Play: Texas Longhorns at West Virginia Mountaineers

02.24.2015     08:54 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Texas +4.5 at West Virginia O/U 136.5 
Recommendation: Texas


Going to step in play Texas at +4.5 (a few +5's available) as it heads to West Virginia this evening. Some bettors will undoubtedly point toward the revenge angle (UT won 77-50 in Austin) and the Longhorns' spotty play of late (back-to-back losses). But at the current price there is some value on the underdog as WVU enters off back-to-back upsets and doesn't match up particularly well against UT's front court. While Texas has plenty of weakness -- most notably a lack of consistency -- they do defend well in the paint. In their last two losses, Oklahoma and Iowa State shot a combined 28-of-77, 36.3% from two. What did them in what allowing 20 three-pointers. But unlike the Sooners and Cyclones, the Mountaineers don't have much of any outside shooting prowess. On the season, they've connected on only 30.9% of their three-point attempts. Another angle to consider is WVU's element of surprise, or lack thereof in this spot. In five "second meets" in Big XII pay, the Mountaineers have covered only once; against bottom feeder Texas Tech. Teams clearly know what to expect and while Texas can be prone to turnovers, having the past experience and game film will help. It's an ugly dog but one that is playable following the early morning steam.

Tags: College Basketball Texas Longhorns West Virginia Mountaineers Big XII Andrew Lange



Fixing a soccer game that doesn't even exist

02.24.2015     06:58 AM     Printer Friendly

This is crazy. We're all well aware of match fixing but what about fixing a match that doesn’t even take place? That's deep, man.


In August 2014, for example, Portugal's Freamunde and Spain's Ponferradina supposedly played an exhibition match. In reality, Freamunde did play that day, but not against Ponferradina. Even so, a bookmaker's on-site data operative reported that the two teams met and compiled stats for the game, which also was featured for live betting on Betfair. This incident is also under investigation.



Tags: College Basketball Texas Longhorns West Virginia Mountaineers Big XII Andrew Lange



Square sportsbook gets hammered by super-square MMA bets

02.24.2015     06:10 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
This is funny on a number of levels. Bovada supposedly got drilled following last week's underdog heavy UFC Fight Night 61. We're talking $1 parlays reportedly paying out $25K -- assuming of course it's true and not the marketing department looking to take advantage of Darren Rovell which in hindsight seems WAY more likely than Bovada actually paying out $85K on an across-the-board underdog parlay.


"We take in so much more money on the NFL or the NBA that when you have these types of parlay winners, it's hard to hurt [our business]," Bradley said. "With UFC, this will be hard to come back from."

"Normally, going into an event, I know what we need," Bradley added. "But I was focused on the Oscars and the Daytona 500, both of which we were ... doing well on. What happened with UFC is just so rare."



Tags: MMA



Sports analytics and betting go hand in hand

02.24.2015     05:53 AM     Printer Friendly

Did you get a chance to sift through ESPN's The Great Analytics Rankings -- or as we like to call it, a list of organizations that know what they are doing and those who are clueless and you probably should bet their season win total under until further notice.

Tags: MMA



NBA Handicapping: Atlanta Hawks' ATS success garners nationwide fame

02.23.2015     12:03 PM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Congratulations, Atlanta Hawks. You've officially reach betting nirvana when The New York Times writes an article about your spread covering prowess. The Hawks are 38-18 ATS this season and that's with a 5-7 ATS lull over the last three weeks.


“The athletes don’t talk about A.T.S. records; they’ll only talk about the winning streak itself,” said Pete Korner, head of a Las Vegas line-making consulting firm, the Sports Club. “They don’t necessarily know what the spread is for games they play.”



 


Tags: NBA Atlanta Hawks



College Basketball Betting: Nebraska wants to get season over with ASAP

02.23.2015     11:49 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Things continue to head south for Nebraska as always candid head coach Tim Miles banned his team from the locker room following Sunday's 74-46 loss to Iowa. Miles had already hinted the Cornhuskers wouldn't accept a bid to a secondary postseason tournament should they even qualify. They've now lost seven of eight. NU's only win and cover during that span was when it somehow managed to pop for 76 points in blowout win over Northwestern. In their other seven games, they averaged less than 50 ppg. They close out the regular season with road games at Ohio State and Illinois and a home finale vs. Maryland.


“You never want to throw your players under the bus, but that was just beyond disappointing,” Miles said. “That’s not what we represent. I told our guys, ‘when I was at Southwest Minnesota State, to pay for shoes we used to have to go to the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, Minnesota for a weekend and pick up trash. We were the trash guys.

“And if I had the option, we would do that tonight, tomorrow and the next day and pay back the fans the cost of attendance for their ticket. Because our fans have been so supportive and so great, and you get 15,000 people out there and you just go ‘non-compete’ mode. I thought we showed a softness and lack of leadership, and a lack of willingness to listen to leadership.”



 


Tags: College Basketball Nebraska Cornhuskers Big Ten



Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Betting against the Washington Wizards

02.23.2015     11:45 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Last week in this space, I highlighted a pair of NBA teams that had all the makings of being strong bet-on squads over the final two months of the regular season.  Those two teams – the Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder – combined to go 5-0 SU and 5-0 ATS in their first five games coming out of the All Star break.  I don’t think either one of those squads has even approached their peak yet, still offering tremendous bet-on potential moving forward.  In particular, OKC even without Durant in the lineup is capable of very big things, both SU and ATS.

This week I’m going to look at a single team on the other end of the spectrum – a dead nuts bet-against squad over the final two months of the campaign.  With sincere apologies to the Denver Nuggets, my #1 fade team in the NBA right now is the Washington Wizards.  While Denver is a lottery team that is being priced like a lottery team, Washington is still being priced as a strong playoff contender in the betting markets.  And frankly, that’s ridiculous, reminding me very much of the Indiana Pacers last year; a team that went 3-22-1 ATS in their first 26 games after the All Star break while still being viewed as an Eastern Conference elite by the non-attentive betting markets.

When you look at the Wizards straight up record for the full season, you see an Eastern Conference contender, currently the #5 seed with a record that is ten games above .500.  But if you watch this team closely and pay attention to what is actually going on in this locker room, Washington’s 33-23 record is primed for a serious dip in the wrong direction.

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that the Wizards are not a good team.  Since their 19-6 start to the season, Washington is 14-17; a two month stretch of sub .500 basketball – not something that good teams do, especially when healthy.   But it gets worse than that.  Let’s not forget that Washington hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record in more than a month – their last six wins have come against Orlando, Brooklyn (twice), Philly, the LA Lakers and Denver.  The best of those squads – Brooklyn – is nine games under .500.

Washington went into the All Star Break by losing six of their last eight in SU fashion while covering only one of those pointspreads in defat.  They came out of the All Star break even worse, completely unprepared for a national TV on ESPN matchup at home against Cleveland, suffering a 38 point blowout loss that was non-competitive from start to finish. 

In general, I’m looking to support good teams off a bad performance, like the one the Wizards suffered in that game.  But my clients and I bet against the Wizards again in their next game; another dismal showing in a 17-point loss – as road favorites, mind you – in Detroit.

Washington has been outscored by 60 points from three point range in those two post-All Star break defeats.  Some of that has to do with the injury to shooting guard Bradley Beal, their best three point shooter.  But Beal missed nine games to open the season when Washington went 7-2 SU.  And his current leg injury is not expected to keep him sidelined long term.  These current struggles are not just about an injury to one decent player.

Veteran leader Paul Pierce’s quote following the Pistons loss was particularly concerning to me. “That’s got to be a focus. … Again, it starts with our defense, whether it’s in the paint or in the three-point line, if we’re going to have any chance of winning the ball game.”  When you come out of the break with a home game on ESPN against the Cavs, then have a chance for a bounceback win off a truly embarrassing defeat, “focus” is not supposed to be an issue for a contending team!

This Peirce quote is equally concerning. "We sometimes go through offensive lulls to where it affects our defense. We come down, we don’t score three or four times in a row and I think sometimes it deflates us on defense. It can't be that way.  … Sometimes we think too offensive.”

And, of course, there’s the Randy Wittman factor.  Wittman played for Bobby Knight at Indiana in college, and Knight’s blustery “I’m in charge” mentality carried over to his pupil.  Wittman went 32-50 and 30-52 in a two year stint with the Cavs for his first NBA coaching gig.  His next gig in Minnesota was even worse, taking a T-wolves team that was a consistent winner before he got there and going 38-105 with them before getting the axe.  In his fourth season in DC, Wittman’s best record with the Wizards was last year’s 44-38 mark.  On a list of elite level head coaches, Wittman wouldn’t even be a footnote.

His recent quotes may exacerbate an already suspect locker room, because they could easily be viewed as a coach throwing his team under the bus.  “We don’t have guys that will put the ball on the floor and attack the rim, get cheap fouls, get to the free-throw line. We continually take contested shots… It’s the same thing. We talk about closing out quarters. We took three of the God-awfulest shots we can take (before halftime at Detroit), all threes, like we’re smoking hot from three. We made, what, one last game? And six tonight…. We played the last couple of quarters like it was a pickup game.  It's a snowball effect. It is the little things that add up to big things, and they continue to get bigger and bigger as we speak.

There’s not much hope for improvement either.  Washington’s best player, point guard John Wall, is not an above average perimeter shooter.  An aging Paul Pierce is running on fumes; in the midst of the worst statistical season of his 17 year career.   Nene and Marcin Gortat are not locking down defensively in the low post, and neither guy has been gobbling up his fair share of rebounds. 

The supporting cast in DC isn’t going to wow anybody.  Otto Porter has been a non-factor since draft day.  Kris Humphries and Rasual Butler aren’t getting better at this stage of their careers.  Newly acquired point guard Ramon Sessions has played for eight teams in the last eight years without finding a home anywhere; not a guy that teams seem particularly interested in keeping around. 

The betting markets are likely to continue viewing Washington as a legitimate second tier contender in the East, a notch or two behind the Cavs, Bulls and Hawks, but very much in the range of Toronto and much better than the likes of Indiana, Detroit, Brooklyn and Miami; all teams that trail the Wizards in the standings.  As long as Washington continues to be priced in this contender range, there is money to be made betting against them on a consistent basis in the weeks to come.

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NBA Betting Podcast 2-23-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers

02.23.2015     10:06 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Monday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy and host Andrew Lange broke down tonight's NBA card.

Today's segments 
Teddy Covers - NBA Every Game on the Board

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