Bucks clinch 8th spot, Gallinari out for the season

Published On Apr 10, 2013

The playoff teams in the Eastern Conference are now set. With their 100-93 victory Saturday over the Toronto Raptors, the Milwaukee Bucks have secured the East’s final playoff spot. The playoff appearance for the Bucks will be their first since the 2009-2010 season.

The win marked a return to form for Bucks guard Monta Ellis who, after a run of nearly two weeks of inspired, all-star level production, had been mired in a slump which saw him shooting just 11-33 in his last two games. Although Ellis was again just 5-14 against Toronto, he scored 22 points by doing what he does best: putting pressure on opposing defenses by constantly attacking the rim. In addition to going 10/10 from the charity stripe, Ellis kept the ball moving through the often stagnant Bucks offense by dishing out 9 assists.

However, NBA bettors would be wise to place the Bucks playoff appearance in its proper perspective. At just 37-39, Milwaukee appears poised to make the post-season with a losing record. Were they in the Western conference, they would currently be out of playoffs and tied for 10th with the Dallas Mavericks. Since the departure of Scott Skiles and personnel moves that often see them sporting the Jennings-Ellis-Redick three guard line up, the Bucks have been a putrid defensive team. The Bucks are currently allowing 100.3 points per game, a mark that puts them dead last among the East’s playoff teams.

The Bucks exact seed hasn’t yet been determined—there is still a chance they could leap frog Boston and move into the 7th spot. However, their recent lackluster play (just 3-7 over their last 10) all but ensures a first round match up against the Miami Heat. The Heat, fresh off a historic 27 game win streak, boast the best offense in the East at 102.9 points per game. This likely playoff series then will feature the conference’s best offense against its worst defense. On the season, Milwaukee has already been among the league’s worst in covering the spread; at just 33-41-1, they are currently in the bottom five. Although we will have to wait to see where Vegas sets the spread, this is a series NBA bettors should keep an eye on as Milwaukee will have trouble covering even the most generous of spreads.

The other significant story in the East is the continued inspired play of Carmelo Anthony. Against the Bucks on Friday, Melo dropped 41 points and posted his third consecutive game above 40. As we correctly predicted in our previous column, Melo’s shot totals per game are going through the roof as he makes a last run at capturing his first scoring title. Over his last three games, Melo is averaging 27 shot per game—over 5 more than his season average. With his recent scouring output, the Knicks forward is now just a tenth of a point behind Kevin Durant. The Knicks have six games remaining. Look for the shots to continue to fly and for Melo to reliably cover prop bets involving single game scoring marks.

As a team, the Knicks have now won 11 in a row and are comfortably 2 ½ games of the third place Indiana Pacers. A first round date with the Boston Celtics appears most likely—a rematch of the 2010-2011 series that Boston swept. Although Boston will be without Rajon Rando and is no longer the team it was two years ago, the Celtics remain a club known for being able to suddenly flick the switch during the playoffs. This should be one of the marquee first round match ups for NBA fans and bettors alike.

In the West, the Denver Nuggets received the devastating news that they will be without the services of Danilo Gallinari for the remainder of the season. While attempting a routine layup in Denver’s 95-94 win Thursday, the Denver forward planted awkwardly on his left leg. Tests after the game indicated a season ending ACL injury. The loss of Gallinari is a massive blow to the Nuggets playoff hopes. Gallinari was averaging a career high 16.2 points per game and, as one of Denver’s primary 3 point threats, was instrumental in spacing the floor on offense. With just five regular season games remaining, we will continue to track how Gallinari’s absence impacts the Nuggets potent offense and influences future Sportsbook lines.

The most exciting storyline remaining in the regular season continues to be the battle for the 8th spot in the Western Conference. This appears to be a two team race. As of this weekend, the Los Angeles Lakers cling to a tenuous half game lead over the Utah Jazz. At 37-39, the Dallas Mavericks have dropped out of the playoff picture and will miss their first post-season in the 13 years.

The Lakers have six games remaining on their schedule, four of which are against teams that will be in the playoffs: @ Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Hornets, @ Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets.

The Utah Jazz have only five games remaining, three of which will see them facing off against future playoff teams: @ Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City, Minnesota, @ Minnesota and @ Memphis.

Given their respective schedules, our money is on the Los Angeles Lakers being the best bet to nab the West’s final playoff spot. Los Angeles, who actually seems to be playing better without ageless guard Steve Nash in the line up, has five of their remaining games at home; Utah has only two, the first of which is against one of the league’s best teams, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Utah is an abysmal 11-27 on the road this season; unless they can suddenly right their road woes, look for them be at home during the 2013 playoffs—despite finishing with a record that will likely be better than the East’s last two playoff participants.

Although the NCAA tournament comes to a close Monday, basketball bettors need not despair. With the playoffs beginning April 20th, the NBA will feature a slew of nightly games offering exciting betting opportunities. At NBABetting.org we will continue to update our site regularly with recaps that aim to highlight the news, statistics and trends most relevant to those who love to wager on NBA games. If you haven’t already, check out our reviews of recommended Sportsbooks. By signing up through the links on our site, you’ll often be eligible for exclusive promotions and bonuses available nowhere else.

Knicks win 10th straight, Refs bail out Lakers

Published On Apr 4, 2013

Mired in an early March slump just two weeks ago, the New York Knicks are now the NBA’s hottest team. With double digit victories this week over both the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks, the Knicks remain a half game ahead of the Indiana Pacers in the race for the Eastern Conference’s number two seed.

It is no surprise that the Knicks’ recent surge has largely coincided with the return of Carmelo Anthony. After missing 7 of 8 games with knee soreness, Anthony returned to New York’s starting line up on March 20th—and the Knicks haven’t lost since. On Tuesday, Anthony had his best game of the season, dropping 50 points and accounting for nearly half of New York’s points in a 102-90 victory over the first place Heat. Perhaps even more impressively, Melo netted 40 for his encore on the second night of a back to back in New York’s 95-82 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

What is most impressive about Carmelo Anthony’s recent point totals is the efficiency with which he is scoring. In the 50 point performance against Miami, Melo needed just 27 field goal attempts to reach the half century mark. On Wednesday, Melo again shot a scorching 63% from the field on 17-27 shooting. Anthony is now second in the league in scoring at 28.1 points per game, just a hair behind Kevin Durant’s 28.3. Despite being one of the NBA’s most prolific scorers over the last decade, Melo has never won an NBA scoring title. With his first in reach, it’s a safe bet that he will shoot a high volume of attempts in the Knicks’ remaining games. NBA bettors should keep an eye out for favorable prop betting lines involving Anthony; with a high volume of shots likely forthcoming, there is a good chance he will regularly cover.

Although bettors should be aware that Lebron James did sit out the Knicks’ game with a hamstring injury, New York’s week was just further proof of what their entire season has shown: this is one of the NBA’s safest teams to consistently pick against the spread. At 41-32, New York currently ranks 7th in the NBA in covering the line.

With the top spot in the East clinched by the Miami Heat and the sub .500 Milwaukee Bucks all but locked into the 8th seed, it is the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff pack that bettors should keep an eye on. Just 2 ½ games currently separate the 4th seeded Nets from the 6th seeded Bulls. With less than 10 games now remaining and home court advantage in the first round still up for grabs, games like Thursday’s Nets/Bulls match up will be key contests to circle on the calendar.

Turning to the Western Conference, the Lakers found themselves at the center of controversy for the second consecutive week. On the final play of last week’s 120-117 Los Angeles victory, the referees suspiciously swallowed their whistles on what appeared to be a clear foul by Kobe Bryant on Ricky Rubio–a key play as the Minnesota point guard was in the act of shooting a potentially game tying three. The league later issued a statement acknowledging it was, in fact, a blown call. Of course, this admission didn’t change the fact that the Lakers were gifted a victory and, consequently, continued grasp of the West’s final playoff spot.

The Lakers’ Saturday game against Sacramento featured an equally puzzling ending. With the Lakers clinging to a 2 point lead with less than 30 seconds remaining, Kings guard John Salmons was whistled for a foul despite being sagged at least 3 feet off Kobe Bryant. After Kobe hit 1 of 2 free throws, DeMarcus Cousins drew Dwight Howard off balance and attempted a three. Despite the 6-11, 265 pound center visibly landing on Cousins in the act of shooting, there was no foul call. This string of blatantly blown calls gave the Lakers a narrow 103-98 victory. Think David Stern was Kobe, Dwight and company in the playoffs?

With their 113-96 loss against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, the Utah Jazz remained a game behind the 8th place Lakers. Although this race for the West’s last playoff spot will be the most exciting storyline the remainder of the season, this game is also noteworthy for drawing attention to the Denver Nuggets. Denver seems to have been consistently undersold during the NBA season—perhaps as a result of lacking a recognizable, marquee star ever since the Anthony trade. At 46-29 against the spread, they have been far and away the best team at surpassing the expectations of Vegas. Denver is a particularly strong home team; at 33-3 in their own house, they are in fact the best in the league. Don’t be surprised if they continue to be underestimated once the playoffs begin and offer NBA bettors irresistible lines.

One other often overlooked betting strategy during this time of the season is attempting to identify—and win money on–teams that are deliberately tanking. With clubs like the Charlotte Bobcats and Orlando Magic long out of the playoff race, it’s the NBA’s worst kept secret that it is now more advantageous for them to lose than it is win. Key starters often suddenly come down with mysterious ailments as The NBA’s bottom feeders scramble for the best positioning and odds in the NBA’s May 21st draft lottery.

Besides the already mentioned Bobcats and Magic, other likely suspects include Cleveland (losers of 10 straight), Phoenix (1-9 in their last 10) and Detroit (2-8 in their last 10). These are already the NBA’s worst teams and, if they are already that bad when trying to win, it is a safe bet they are going to struggle to cover spreads in the remaining games with such a large incentive to lose. Charlotte in particular presents a compelling team to beat against. At 18-57 on the season, they have the NBA’s worst record and, therefore, best lottery odds; at 26-47 against the spread, they’ve also already been the worst team in the league at covering the betting line.

Even though less than 10 games now remain in the NBA season, there are still a number of unresolved questions. Will the Lakers or Jazz nab the West’s last playoff spot? Will Kevin Durant or Carmelo Anthony capture the regular season scoring title? Will more egregious officiating errors continue to put an asterisk next to each Lakers victory?

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Heat Streak Flames Out, Western Conference Playoff Picture

Published On Mar 29, 2013

The Los Angeles Lakers’ 33 game record winning streak, set during the 1971-72 season, is safe; with a 101-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, the Heat’s run at history was finally snapped at 27 consecutive victories. The Heat’s remarkable run of nearly two months of undefeated basketball began after a February 1st loss to the Indiana Pacers. Besides being the most popular news story of the 2013 NBA season, the streak all but clinched the Eastern Conference—and home court advantage at least to the Finals–for a Miami team that now possesses a commanding 11 game lead over the second place Indiana Pacers.

The Heat trailed by 9 at the half to a Bulls team that was again without superstar Derrick Rose and, for the third consecutive game, 2013 all-star Joakim Noah. Being down was nothing new for the Miami Heat who rallied for improbable victories just the week before against both Boston (down 17 in the first half) and Cleveland (down 27 in the third quarter). However, on this night, there would be no furious comeback and no last second Lebron James heroics. A tenacious Bull’s defense allowed Chicago to maintain the lead and, for just the second time in the last nine games, hold the Miami Heat under 100 points.

But what would an NBA game be without a little referee controversy? After the game, Lebron cited two instances involving what he believed was excessive contact from Bull’s players Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson.

“Those are not basketball plays, and it’s been happening all year,” James commented. “I’ve been able to keep my cool and try to tell Spo, ‘Let’s not worry about it too much,’ but it is getting to me a bit.”

While the Bulls celebrated afterward as if they had won Game 7 of the NBA Finals, the Heat remain the team that has given NBA bettors the most cause for celebration. Even with a loss in which they failed to cover the line, the Heat remains 37-34 against the spread on the season. Chicago, at just 32-38, falls in the bottom 10 of NBA teams against the spread.

With the Milwaukee Bucks, despite being winners of just 3 of their last 10, a comfortable 7 games ahead of the 9th place Philadelphia 76ers, the Eastern Conference playoff picture is all but set. Not so in the West; with just 3 games separating the three teams vying for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot, the race between the Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks is likely to present exciting prospects for NBA bettors.

Currently holding a tenuous half game advantage over Utah, the Lakers failed to put any distance between themselves and the Jazz by going just 1-2 so far this week. Most disconcerting for NBA bettors, the Laker’s defense, despite being led by former defensive player of the year candidate Dwight Howard, has been abysmal in recent games. On the week, the Lakers are allowing opponents an incredible 113 points per game. While Lakers coach Mike D’Antonio has never been known as a defensive genius, that mark is still 11 points over their 101.6 season average. Even in their lone victory of the week, the Lakers surrendered 117 points to a Minnesota Timberwolves team that averages just 95 on the season.

The Lakers defensive woes were also evident in their most recent loss against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks entered the game having lost 4 straight but coasted to a 113-103 victory over the Lakers. Perhaps most telling was the fact that every Bucks starter scored over 15 points—an indication that, rather than having one weak link, the Lakers defensive issues are systemic and team-wide.

The Laker’s slide has given the Jazz new life; while it appeared just a week ago that the Jazz were on the verge of fading from the playoff picture (losing 5 of their last 6), two consecutive victories have moved them within just half a game of the Lakers. On Monday, the Jazz recorded an easy 107-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. The victory was a team effort; although leading scorer Dorell Wright recorded just 19 points, the Jazz featured 6 players in double figures.

Wednesday’s 103-88 win over the Phoenix Suns was paced by 25 points from both Gordon Hayward and Al Jefferson.

NBA bettors should note that both victories came against teams significantly below the .500 Mark. In fact, Utah is just 1-7 against teams that would currently be in the NBA playoffs. While the Jazz are a safe bet to beat the bottom feeders of the league, they should be avoided when matched up against the NBA’s elite.

Despite just a 35-37 overall record, the Dallas Mavericks are the final team remaining in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. Due to the two Lakers losses this week, Dallas is just a game and half back from claiming their 13th consecutive post-season appearance. At 10-5 in the month of March, Dallas appears to be peaking at just the right time.

The Maverick’s lone loss in their last five came Thursday at the hands of the Indiana Pacers. Despite Dirk Nowitzki pouring in 21, the Mavericks were blown out 103-78 in a game which saw the rest of the Maverick’s starting line up contribute a meager 19 points.

The loss should do little to deter NBA bettors from sticking with the Mavericks the remainder of the NBA season. At 42-30 against the spread on the season, Dallas has consistently been one of the NBA’s most reliable bets. The game to circle on the calendar is the April 2nd showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers, a contest that will be pivotal in deciding the Western Conference’s final playoff spot.

With the NBA season winding down, here are a few key dates all NBA fans and bettors should keep in mind:

  • April 17th: regular season ends
  • April 20th: 2013 NBA playoffs begin
  • May 7th: conference semifinals begin
  • May 22nd: conference final begin
  • June 6th: finals begin

In addition to betting on NBA games, both the NBA draft lottery and NBA draft itself present bettors with numerous possibilities for appealing prop bets. Possible bets include: which team will win the draft, which player will be selected first, which college team will feature the highest number of first round selections and many more. The key dates you need to know are:

May 21st: NBA draft lottery June 27th: NBA draft

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NBA Betting Week in Review: Heat Extend Streak to 24 wins

Published On Mar 26, 2013

As the 2012-2013 NBA season winds down, no story has garnered more attention than the consecutive game win streak of the Miami Heat. With their 98-95 come from behind victory on Wednesday over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Heat extended their streak to 24 straight victories—good for 2nd best in NBA history. Now just 9 wins from tying the all-time record set by the 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers, the Heat’s upcoming games are sure to be among the most bet upon NBA contests of the year.

In addition to the excitement of the Heat’s historic win streak, this week in the NBA featured a number of key games which important playoff implications as team jostle for advantageous seeding. With the NBA playoffs scheduled to begin April 20th, NBABetting.org is taking a weekly look at how the NBA’s top teams are performing, both in terms of wins/losses and against the spread. This article will focus on the recent performances of the Eastern Conference playoff contenders; stay tuned for the Western Conference update early next week.

Eastern Conference

1. Miami Heat 53-14

Posting wins over both Boston and Cleveland this week, the Heat have now not lost a game since February 1st. Despite getting the win in both games, the Heat failed to match the spread in either contest. Both games were notable for the Heat digging themselves massive holes before eventually rallying for improbable comebacks. Against Boston they trailed by as many as 17 in the first half; against Cleveland, the deficit was a seemingly insurmountable 27 points. The Heat rally against the Cavaliers was spurred in large part by Lebron James who recorded his fourth triple double of the season: 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Despite failing to met the spread in either game, the Heat remain an attractive option for NBA bettors as they remain 35-32 against the spread on the year.

2. Indiana Pacers 42-26

In what is shaping up to be a very tight race playoff race, the Indiana Pacers remained a game ahead of the New York Knicks by winning both of their games this week: a 111-90 blowout victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and a convincing 97-73 victory over the Orlando Magic. Although Indiana was favored in both games, they easily covered the spread in each. This is nothing new for a consistent Pacers team that has been one of the NBA’s safest bets throughout the season; at 38-30 against the spread for the year, the Pacers are currently the 6th most reliable team in the league ATS.

3. New York Knicks 40-26

After going 0-4 last week and losing their hold on the 2nd seed, the Knicks rebounded this week with a 90-83 road win over the Utah Jazz and a 106-94 home win over the Orlando Magic. The Knicks went in as 10 ½ point underdogs against a Jazz team that is usually very strong at home (24-9 on the season). Against the Magic, the Knicks were heavily favored and just did manage to cover the 11 point spread. This game was notable for the return of Carmelo Anthony. With the NBA’s second highest scoring player back in the starting lineup, the Knicks are poised for a strong finish. The Knicks are 34-31-1 on the season against the spread and, as the season draws to a close, should be considered a good bet in upcoming games as they continue to fight for playoff position.

4. Brooklyn Nets 40-28

The Nets kept pace with the New York Knicks by easily winning both of their games this week. On Monday, they coasted to an easy 119-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Wednesday’s result was a similar 113-96 blowout of the Dallas Mavericks. Both finals allowed the Nets to comfortably cover the games’ spreads. Nets star point guard Deron Williams recorded 31 points in each game and, after a very slow part, seems back to playing like the franchise guard the Nets envisioned when acquiring him. Over his last five, Williams is playing as well as any point guard in the league and averaging 25.6 points per game with 9 assists. However, betting on the Nets so far this season has more often than not been a losing proposition; even after covering the spread in both this weeks’ games, they remain just 32-34-2 on the year.

5. Atlanta Hawks 38-30

Despite this season looking like a rebuilding year, the Atlanta Hawks have been entrenched as a 4th or 5th seed for the majority of the NBA season. Atlanta was 1-1 this week but won the game that was clearly the most important of the two. After an embarrassing defensive performance which saw the Hawks give up 127 points in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta recorded a 98-90 home victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. The Hawks entered as 5 ½ point favorites over Milwaukee and, by covering, they were 1-1 against the spread for the week. The victory was significant as it increased their lead over the Bucks to 3 ½ games and kept them a game and half ahead of the Chicago Bulls. Al Horford continued his strong season by posting his fourth straight double double with 26 points and 15 rebounds. On the season, the Hawks are 32-34-2 against the spread. NBA bettors should note that the Hawks have been a much better bet on the road (18-16 ATS).

6. Chicago Bulls 36-31

With former league MVP Derrick Rose still recovering from last season’s ACL injury, the Bulls had a rough week, losing both of their games against Western Conference opponents. On Monday, they suffered a 119-118 overtime defeat against a Denver Nuggets team that has now won 14 in a row. Against Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 to give the Portland Trail Blazers the season sweep despite the Bulls being 6 point favorites. Without Rose, the Bulls struggle offensively and lack a true go to scorer. As it stands, the Bulls should be considered a risk by NBA bettors as they are currently the 4th worst team in the NBA against the spread with just a 29-38 record. The key for the Bulls going forward will obviously be the health of Derrick Rose. Rose stated this week that he is “close” to returning but “Nobody knows but God” exactly when he will return.

7. Boston Celtics 36-31

Boston finished the week both 1-1 in the standings and 1-1 against the spread. In the NBA’s marquee game of the week on Monday, the Celtics looked poised to end the Heats historic win streak . Up 17 points in the first half despite being without all-star Kevin Garnett, Boston was led by Jeff Green’s career high 43 points. However, the Heat were able to escape with the victory—their first regular season win in Boston in their last 12 tries—after Lebron James hit the go ahead jumper with 10 seconds remaining and gave the Heat a 105-103 victory. As the Heat entered as 5 point favorites, the final was still a victory for Boston bettors. Anyone who laid money down on Boston wasn’t so lucky in their second game of the week: an 87-86 loss against the New Orleans Hornets in which Boston was a 5 point favorite. With their split against spread this week, Boston is now a slightly above average 32-31-2 ATS on the season.

8. Milwaukee Bucks 34-33

Now losers of 4 of their last 6, this week saw the Milwaukee Bucks yet again blew a golden opportunity to move up in the Eastern Conference standings. The Bucks currently reside in the 8th spot which would mean a first round match up and likely sweep at the hands of the Miami Heat. On Tuesday, the Bucks played their best half of the season and got off to a 58-31 start against the Portland Trail Blazers. Despite the lead constantly dwindling during the second half, the Bucks eventual 102-95 victory was enough to cover the spread in a game in which they were favored by 5 ½. Monta Ellis continued his recent hot streak by posting a near triple double with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. The Bucks fared worse in their key game of the week, a 98-90 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Not only did the Bucks fail to cover the 5 ½ points they were given by the odds makers, the loss was a blow to any aspirations they had of moving higher than the East’s last playoff spot. With two high volume, inefficient scorers in Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, the Bucks are one of the more unpredictable teams in the league. NBA bettors should beware as they are a bottom 10 team against the spread, currently just 30-36-1.

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NBA Betting Weekend Recap: 3/18

Published On Mar 19, 2013

As part of our ongoing effort to provide our readers with all the information they need to make informed NBA betting picks, NBABetting.org will be posting frequent recaps of the week’s key NBA games. Included will be, not just finals and statistics, but a running log of how NBA teams are performing against the spread with an eye towards highlighting the teams that currently offer our users the best betting opportunities. Here is a look at the weekend that was in the NBA.

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Recap: Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls Jan 2013

Published On Jan 16, 2013

The Atlanta Hawks (21-15) and Chicago Bulls (20-15) will met up in an Eastern Conference matchup Monday night at the United Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET

Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls

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NBA Betting Picks 12/04/12

Published On Dec 5, 2012

Miami Heat -11 at Washington Wizards +11

The Miami Heat travel to the Verizon Center to play the Washington Wizards in a match up of the best record in the NBA against the worst. The Heat come in having won their last six games and without having lost since November 14th 2012; meanwhile, the Wizards have managed just a single win the entire NBA season. Expect the Wizards to struggle offensively – they are currently averaging a league worst 89.4 points per basketball game and may not even manage that mark against a staunch Heat defense. Miami on the other hand is currently the second best offensive team in the NBA league and averaging nearly 105 points per game. Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all figure to have big games against a team that looks to already have packed it in for the season. Miami should win the game and have no trouble covering an 11 point spread.

NBABetting.org Pick: Miami -11
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New Coaches, GMs and Standings for the 2012-13 NBA Regular Season

Published On Nov 30, 2012

The National Basketball Association (NBA) began their regular season on Tuesday, October 30th of 2012, and just a month into the season, critics and fans are glued to the NBA games, expectant for the rise and fall of the best and worst of the basketball teams in the league.
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Lakers Controversy, Detroit Pistons Continue Losing

Published On Nov 19, 2012

Lakers Losing Streak Ends, Coach Candidates Begin

As well all know from recent events that the Los Angeles Lakers were not playing to their full potential, going on a 13 game losing streak. The 13 days include the playoff games, along with the preseason, and the 3 starting games of the regular season in 2012. It was surprising since the Lakers had just acquired two talented players to strengthen their offense and defense; Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. The offensive side of the Lakers playing strategy seemed to be off balance, as they failed for 3 straight games to get the win against adversaries that should have lost against such a lineup. Read More »

NBA Season Begins! It started on Oct 30th

Published On Nov 1, 2012

With the NBA 2012-2013 season tipping off Tuesday night, NBA basketball and betting are now in full swing. Futures bets have opened, reflecting the many changes in the NBA landscape that have shifted the dynamics of each conference. Before placing NBA bettors wage on futures bets or the early games of the season, it’s important to consider how many of the off-season changes will impact the NBA.
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