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Boston Celtics Will Take On Miami Heat On Saturday

May 5, 2011

Miami HeatOn Saturday, the Boston Celtics will host the Miami Heat on their home court. This series may be a sweep by the Heat otherwise it is critical that they make a statement.

In NBA betting odds, Boston is a 3-point favorite.

In Game 2, the Boston Celtics have had no answer for two of the Heat’s big three. While Dwyane Wade stepped up and scored 28 points and eight rebounds in the decisive 102-91 victory, LeBron James tallied 35 points and seven rebounds.

In this game, the Celtics were beaten on the boards and from the outside. Ray Allen scored a pitiful seven total points in 34 minutes as he was only one for two from behind the three point arc. Team leader Rajon Rondo led all Celtics scorers with 20 points as Paul Pierce only scored 13 points in this game.

They will have to focus on stepping up their defense on James and Wade along the perimeter and make someone else beat them with the Celtics coming home.

The Heat also had the edge in the battle of the bench players. Joel Anthony was a key body on the floor for the Heat in Game 2 although he did not score many points. It will be a long game for the older Celtics if he can be a force in Game 3.

The simple question coming into Game 3 is, Will the Celtics be able to use the extra day off to get healthy and take a stand in Game 3? Even though they will need to find their legs or this series will effectively be over in four or five games, they will have the home court advantage.

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.

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.

U.S. Redeem Team seeks Olympics revenge against Argentina

August 21, 2008

Sportingbet.com will have Live Betting available for the men’s basketball semifinals at the Beijing Olympics.

 

The U.S. – the Redeem Team – is an overwhelming 20-point, -5000 moneyline favorite to beat Argentina in Olympic Basketball betting odds at Sportingbet.com. The over/under is 183½.

 

Argentina, which beat the U.S. at the 2004 Athens Olympics en route to winning the gold medal, is a +1000 underdog.

 

The game starts at 10:15 am ET Friday and can be seen on CBC and NBC.

 

The early semifinal matchup Friday (8 am ET) has Spain taking on Lithuania, with Spain a -300 favorite and Lithuania a +225 underdog. 

 

Sportingbet.com also has lots of prop bets for both games, including first team to reach 10, 20 and 50 points, as well as individual player wagers.

 

In quarterfinal action Wednesday, the L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant scored 25 points to pace the U.S. team to a 116-85 win over Australia. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers added 16 points.

 

Argentina edged Greece 80-78, with the San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginóbili scoring 24 points and Carlos Delfino adding 23. Antonis Fotsis led Greece with 17 points, while Kostas Tsartsaris finished with 13.

Lakers’ center Pau Gasol scored 20 points to lead Spain to a 72-59 win against Croatia. Felipe Reyes added 13 points for Spain, while Toronto Raptors’ point guard Jose Calderon had 10.

And Lithuania beat host China 94-68. Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 23 points to lead Lithuania. Houston Rockets center Yao Ming had 19 points for China.

The semifinal winners meet in the gold medal game on Sunday, while the losers play for the bronze, also Sunday.

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Dark Knight trailer Kobe Batman Bryant + Kevin Joker Garnett – RotoHog.com Mashup

June 5, 2008

Check out this Dark Knight trailer featuring Kobe Bryant as Batman taking it to a crazed Kevin Garnett as the Joker. The spoof also features cameos by David Stern as the commissioner and Phil Jackson as Alfred. This funny finals preview highlights the historic rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers incorporating the iconic comic book characters from the Batman and the Dark Knight series in a new Rotohog.com sports spoof. Will the Dark Knight / Black Mamba prevail over the Jokers / KG’s antics… stay tuned. NEW Dark Knight – # 4?

NBA on Christmas Day

December 21, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Tip Off: Tue, Dec, 25, 2007 2:30 PM ET
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It’s that time of year again when the NBA schedules three games for your yule time enjoyment. The three games taking place this year are Miami Heat vs Cleveland CavaliersPhoenix Suns vs L.A. Lakers and Seattle Sonics vs Portland Trailblazers.

Miami Heat vs Cleveland Cavaliers

We usually see the Heat take on the Lakers, at Christmas time, but since Kobe and Shaq are over their little tiff i guess the NBA decided to mix it up a bit.

The Miami Heat(7-19) bring their weak offense into Cleveland for a Christmas spanking. The Heat are an embarrassing 3-9 on the road and Shaq’s not getting any better with age. They average 94 PPG (#21) that’s with Dwayne Wade in the game, they’re even worse without him. On defense they’re average and they allow 98 PPG. You would think with all the big guys they have their defense would be the best part of their game. The Heat are dead last in the Southeast Standings.

The Cleveland Cavaliers(12-15) and LeBron James are going to give us a nice present on Christmas day. An all out slammin, jammin air attack on the Heat. LeBron knows everybody will have their TVs tuned in and he’ll be putting on a show. The Cavs are7-5 at home and their offense averages 96 PPG. The majority of their points come from LeBron in the paint and they are the ninth best team from the 3-point line. On defense they aren’t the greatest, but against the Heat offense this shouldn’t be a problem. The Cavs are 3rd in the Central Standings.

Bottom Line: It’s going to be the LeBron James Christmas Special with the Cavs sending the Heat back home with lumps of coal in their stockings.

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Suns vs Lakers

December 21, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Tip Off: Tue, Dec 25, 2007 5:00 PM ET
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The L.A. Lakers play host to the Phoenix Suns, at the Staples Center, for some Xmas day B-Ball.

The Phoenix Suns(18-8) have seven wins in their last ten games after they recently lost to the Dallas Mavericks, 105-108, on the road. The Suns have the most powerful offense in the league which averages 109 PPG. They’re the best team in the paint and they have the eighth best 3-point percentage. They have a starting lineup that’s stacked and they’ve got a talented bunch coming off the bench. The Suns sit in 1st place in the Pacific Standings, with the Lakers close behind, and their 11-5 on the road..

The L.A. Lakers(15-10) lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 90-94, on the road giving them six wins in ten games. Kobe Bryant is still the main man in L.A who averages 26 PPG. The Lakers offense is ranked in the top ten in PPG and from inside the paint. On defense they allow a high 101 PPG but their field goal %, 3-point shooting and free throws are all ranked in the top ten. They can still bring the rock to the hole. The Lakers sit in 2nd place in the Pacific Standings and their 9-4 at home.

Bottom Line: The Lakers beat the Suns, at home, the last time these two teams met up. It’s always a good battle but the Lakers have had their numbers lately. The Lakers are 2-4 SU on Xmas Day since 2000.

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Sonics vs Trailblazers

December 21, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Tip Off: Tue, Dec 25, 2007 8:00 PM ET
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I’m not sure what the NBA was thinking when they matched this game up on Xmas Day. The Portland Trailblazers(14-12) play host to the hurting Seattle Sonics(7-19), at the Rose Garden, for a NBA Feast.

The Portland Trailblazers are one of the hottest and most surprising teams in the league right now. They have nine wins in ten games. Their offense and defense are clicking on all cylinders with no sign of slowing down. Brandon Roy is their go to guy who averages 19 PPG, 6 REB and he leads his team in steals. They are good for 95 PPG and they allow an average 97 PPG. They’re the fourth best team right now at sinking the 3-pointer and their the eighth best at stopping it. They are currently 11-3 at home and they sit in 2nd place in the Northwest Standings.

The Seattle Sonics are just plain AWFUL and they only have seven wins on the year, five in their last ten. Their offense pulls up lame in the paint and they can’t shoot the 3-pointer. They average 97 PPG (#15) and it’s very rare for any Sonics player to score over 20 PPG. They basically have no defense, which gives up a high 105 PPG. The Sonics are currently 4-10 on the road and they sit in 4th place in the Northwest Standings.

Bottom Line: It’s not going to be a Merry Christmas for the Sonics because the Trailblazers are going to humiliate them. Go Portland!

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Spurs vs Lakers

December 12, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Game Day: Thurs, Dec 13, 2007 10:30 PM ET
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The L.A. Lakers will host the San Antonio Spurs, at the Staples Center, for some slammin NBA action.

The S.A. Spurs (17-4) will still be without Tim Duncan and his team mates are feeling it after their recent, 84-96, road loss to the Golden State Warriors. Tony Parker had a bad night with 11pts and the surprise for the Spurs was Chris Bonner‘s 25pt, 17 REB night. The Spurs are golden in the paint and at the 3-pointer but without Duncan it’s not the same. On defense they allow their opponents too many points inside the paint and at the 3-point line. The Spurs are 5-4 on the road.

The L.A. Lakers (12-8) are riding a three game win streak, two on the road, and their most recent, 123-113, home win over the Golden State Warriors. Kobe Bryant had 28pts on the night and big man under the net Lamar Odem had 14pts and 10 REB. The Lakers put up the 3rd most points in the league and their 3-point shooting and field goal percentage are all ranked in the Top 10. Their defense is just as good stopping the 3-pointer and shutting down opponents inside the paint. Kobe Bryant is their go to guy averaging 27 PPG, 5 AST and 2 SPG.The Lakers are 7-4 at home.

Bottom Line: The Spurs are garbage without Duncan and they’ll be on the road, where their just above .500. At one point in the Spurs – Warriors game, the Warriors took a commanding 22pt lead. The Lakers will steal another win from the Spurs!

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Spurs vs Warriors

December 10, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Game Day: Tue, Dec 11, 2007 10:30 pm ET
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The Golden State Warriors (11-9) will host the San Antonio Spurs (17-3), at the AT&T Center, for some slammin NBA action. The last time these two met up in S.A., the Spurs walk away victorious 104-98

The Golden State Warriors are coming off , 113-123, road loss to the L.A. Lakers. Baron Davis led with 20pts and 8 REB. The Warriors are the highest scoring teams in the league averaging an amazing 110 PPG. They are shooting 45% from the field and their ranked 5th in the league at offensive rebounding. They could be one of the hottest teams if their defense wasn’t so bad. They give up a league high 108 PPG and they can’t slow down their opponents in the paint or at the 3-point line. The go to guy for the Warriors is Baron Davis averaging 23 PPG, 8 AST and 3 steals per game. The Warriors are 3rd in the Pacific Standings and their 5-5 at home.

The San Antonio Spurs are rolling along just fine winning 9 of 10. They recently beat the Utah Jazz, 104-98, at home. Manu Ginobili had 37pts, 6 AST and 8 REB on the night. The Spurs have been without Tim Duncan and their still cleaning house. They’re averaging 101 PPG and they rock in the paint and at the 3-pointer. One thing they don’t do well at is offensive rebounding. On defense their ranked 3rd in points allowed averaging a low 92 PPG but they struggle to defend in the field. The Spurs have incredible offense on and off the bench. They’re currently 4-4 on the road and their in 1st place in the Southwest Standings.

Bottom Line: The Spurs will be without their top performer Tim Duncan when they go up against the leagues highest scoring team. The Spurs won’t be able to keep the score up when the Warriors go up against their weak defense. Let’s go Warriors!

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