Archive for March, 2011

Phoenix Suns Will Take On San Antonio Spurs On Sunday

March 31, 2011

The San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns are focused on finishing the season strong with the 2011 NBA playoffs just approaching. When it comes to the post-season race both teams are in completely different positions though.

In basketball betting odds while the Suns are at 40-1, San Antonio has slipped to 8-1 to win the NBA title

The Spurs will cruise to the playoffs as they have had the best record in the league for most of the season. When it comes to making the playoffs meanwhile, the Suns are hanging on thin ropes right now. It seemed that Phoenix would be a contender for the post-season, by the end of February. The Suns have dropped out of the top eight of the Western Conference recently as they had disappointing performances in March though.

The game will have different meanings for each team when the Suns and Spurs clash Sunday (1 pm ET, ABC). Every victory is precious and gets the Suns closer to the playoffs for Phoenix. Conversely, by the outcome of Sunday’s game the Spurs route to the playoffs will not be affected.

The Spurs will probably still want to impress the home crowd on Sunday, although they can afford to slack off. The Spurs will be confident playing at the AT&T Center, given the fact that San Antonio won both previous meetings against the Phoenix.

Both teams will clash once again in several weeks which will be the final regular season match for each team and it is quite interesting. The Spurs could potentially face the Suns in the playoffs, and these two games in April will give great previews on the potential post-season clashes with that in mind.

For the Suns in the last few games, Steve Nash hasn’t been a threatening offensive force and this is something that must change if Phoenix wants to leave the court with victories. For the first time this season the Spurs have recently suffered a 4 game losing streak and this has hurt the team’s confidence. On Sunday it is also something that the Suns can exploit.

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Weekend Clash Between Atlanta Hawks And New Jersey Nets

March 22, 2011

This weekend, the New Jersey Nets will head to Atlanta Hawks to battle against the Hawks. In this game the Hawks will be the home team. By going 21-14 in games played in Atlanta, the Hawks have been a solid team at home this season. The New Jersey Nets will be heavily disadvantaged in this game as they are not much of a road team. While playing on the road this season they are 4-29.

In NBA Futures Betting the Hawks at 100-1 and the Nets at 5000-1, both teams are non-factors to win the 2011 NBA Championship.

As Deron Williams had the team on a solid winning streak the Nets looked like they were on their way up last week. The Nets have now lost 3 games in a row as they have since fallen again. As Deron Williams has been struggling through a wrist injury and may not be available for this game, the Nets could be in big trouble in this game.

Even though the Hawks will even more heavily favored if Williams is unable to play in this game, they will be the favorites in this game. The Nets will struggle to create good shots offensively without him as Williams helps the team in so many ways.

The Hawks may or may not have a sense of urgency in this game as they are probably set in the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference. Either the Hawks could try to find some rest for their starters before the playoffs approach or they could either try to build some momentum entering the playoffs.

So long as the Hawks are able to play their normal game, they should be able to take home a victory in this game.

Miami Hurricanes Will Battle Against North Carolina Tar Heels In ACC Tournament

March 11, 2011

In the ACC Tournament, the North Carolina Tar Heels enter their first game facing a sneaky Miami Hurricanes team that has the power to make some noise by taking down the resurgent Tar Heels. By beating a Duke team that is down, North Carolina is still coming off the high and if they can’t beat Miami, that regular season win will mean nothing.

NCCA Basketball Picks for this matchup will be available late Thursday.

Even though Miami is not a team to back down, North Carolina brings a stifling defense and a team that plays hard under the basket. Miami gave North Carolina all they could handle, in the only meeting between the two teams early in the season. North Carolina breathed a sigh of relief when they walked out with the win as the final score was 74-71.

By winning seven of their last eleven and only four of their last seven, Miami has struggled. Miami made a run to the finals against Duke before they met their match as last season they turned it on in the tournament.

In this game shooting guard Malcolm Grant is the one to watch, who is the key shooting threat for Miami. By leading the team in scoring, he is hitting 46 percent from the three point arc.

For the Tar Heels, seven feet Tyler Zeller is the big man and leading scorer. By averaging more than seven rebounds per game, he is averaging 14.6 points per game. By averaging more than 14 points per game, Harrison Barnes is also a force down low for North Carolina.

2011 WGC Cadillac Championship Will Take Place In Florida

March 5, 2011

In Doral, Florida, the WGC Cadillac Championship tees off the week of March 7 through March 13. Even though the event has quickly become a fan favorite and golfer favorite as well, this is relatively new on the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods has captured the trophy, in the 13 years of play in the event.

Even though the event is sponsored by Ford, “Big Lefty’s” major sponsor, Phil Mickelson has only won the event once. Ernie Els is the only other golfer to win the WGC Cadillac Championship, aside from Tiger Woods’ six wins in the event.

Woods and Mickelson are the two favorites entering this event despite the fact that neither is expected to win, as is the case with most of the PGA events over the last five years. Mickelson is a 4-1 favorite to win whereas Tiger is a 3-1 favorite to win in Golf Odds.

The best golfers in the field will be Anthony Kim and Ricky Fowler though in the middle of the pack. Even though they are long ball hitters that will have a solid chance to bring home the hardware, both are 25-1.

Jhonnatan Vegas will be a fan favorite on the Doral Resort as he is one of the hottest golfers on the PGA Tour. Even though Vegas is a legitimate threat to take home the money in this event, he is still a good bet in Las Vegas at 20-1.

D.A. Points, Aaron Baddeley and Jonathan Byrd will be other notables making an appearance in the WGC.