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New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire

NBA Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 2/6/2012

Because I try to be a glass half-full type of guy, the good news for the New York Knicks is that they have a chance on Monday night vs. Utah for their first back-to-back wins since early January. But that’s about it for the good news.
Read more about NBA Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant

Friday NBA Betting Report: Schedule Handicapping Breakdown
by Aaron Smith - 2/3/2012

The knock on the NBA season thus far has been that there have been so many sloppy games. The lockout has affected teams in many different ways, but it does seem like most offenses are starting to get their rhythm back after a poor start to the year. Even with the offenses getting back into the swing of things, the condensed scheduling is going to continue to create chaos in the NBA.
Read more about Friday NBA Betting Report: Schedule Handicapping Breakdown.

New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony

NBA Predictions Thursday TNT: Bulls at Knicks Betting Picks
by Alan Matthews - 2/1/2012

OK, I learned yet another lesson last week: Never bet on a team that has a disgruntled superstar looking for a new destination. I previewed last Thursday’s TNT opener between the Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic, and I figured that Orlando would show up big-time at home against the C’s after being thoroughly embarrassed in Boston a few nights before. I expected a double-digit Orlando victory.
Read more about NBA Predictions Thursday TNT: Bulls at Knicks.

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holidays

NBA Handicapping: Weekly Look at Key Betting Statistics
by Dave Schwab - 2/1/2012

The NBA regular season enters its second full month today, and by now there is a wealth of information and statistics on all 30 teams that is literally at your fingertips when it comes to handicapping current matchups. The problem is that sometimes you end up bogging yourself down by trying to study every possible measure known to mankind. Most often it is the simple things in this game that can provide the most valuable information for correctly predicting the actual outcome of a game.
Read more about NBA Handicapping: Weekly Look at Key Betting Statistics.

Head coach Mike D'Antoni of the New York Knicks

NBA Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 1/30/2012

I really hate the Orlando Magic. Dedicated readers no doubt saw my preview story for last Thursday’s NBA on TNT opener, the Boston Celtics at the Magic. I expected a Magic blowout and thus predicted an easy cover of the eight-point spread. And things sure looked good as Orlando took a 27-point lead on Boston, which was without Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo (Rondo was supposed to play but was a late scratch).
Read more about NBA Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead.

Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge

Friday NBA Betting Report: Schedule Handicapping Breakdown
by Aaron Smith - 1/27/2012

We’re now a month into this shortened NBA season and there have been plenty of interesting stories throughout the league. Offenses have been kept in check, and the ‘under’ has hit nearly 57 percent of the time through the first 195 games of the year. The schedule has been one of the biggest stories of the season, and it will continue to be thanks to the interesting scheduling quirks of a condensed season.
Read more about Friday NBA Betting Report: Schedule Handicapping Breakdown.

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo.

NBA Picks for Thursday TNT: Celtics at Magic Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 1/25/2012

We had a good result siding with a Florida NBA team a week ago as the Miami Heat covered in last Thursday’s TNT opener against the L.A. Lakers. So we’ll again go with the opening game this week when Boston visits Orlando in a potential playoff preview. In a scheduling quirk, it’s the second game in a row for the Celtics against the Magic, but this can’t be considered a true home-and-home because Orlando had a matchup at Indiana on Tuesday sandwiched in between this rematch.
Read more about NBA Picks for Thursday TNT: Celtics at Magic.

LeBron James of the Miami Heat

NBA Handicapping: Weekly Look at Key Betting Statistics
by Dave Schwab - 1/25/2012

There is always a wealth of information and statistics literally at your fingertips when it comes to handicapping matchups in the NBA, making it extremely easy to bog yourself down with every possible measure known to mankind. Sometimes it is the simple things in this game that can provide the most important insight to correctly predicting the actual outcome of a game.
Read more about NBA Handicapping: Weekly Look at Key Betting Statistics .

Chris Paul of the LA Clippers

NBA Handicapping: Back-to-Back-to-Back Betting Trends for Three Games in Three
by Dave Schwab - 1/24/2012

If you go back and look at a traditional 82-game NBA regular season schedule from previous seasons, you will find that occasionally teams would get stuck with playing a game on three consecutive nights. When you take a look at this season’s abbreviated 66-game schedule you will find that every team has to play back-to-back-to-back games at least once this season and a few teams are strapped with two series of three games in three nights this year.
Read more about NBA Handicapping: Back-to-Back-to-Back Betting Trends for Three Games in Three .

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard

Friday NBA Betting Report: Schedule Handicapping Breakdown
by Aaron Smith - 1/20/2012

In the months before the season, the average bettor was bemoaning the fact that the NBA had been on lockout for so long. It certainly was no fun thinking about the possibility of a year without the NBA, but in the end the tightened schedule could benefit the wise bettor. This is one of those cases where something good could come from what looked like a bad situation.
Read more about Friday NBA Betting Report: Schedule Handicapping Breakdown.

Pau Gasol of the LA Lakers.

NBA Handicapping: Lakers Outlook for NBA Championship
by Trevor Whenham - 1/19/2012

Coming into this NBA season there was all sorts of talk about the Lakers. In fact, it was the biggest topic of discussion. They had had a lousy offseason, they had lost their legendary coach, and there was a belief among many that they were no longer the best team in the Staples Center, never mind the Western Conference. L.A. has been the most public of teams for years, but was that about to end?
Read more about NBA Handicapping: Lakers Outlook for NBA Championship.

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Picks for Thursday TNT: Lakers at Heat Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 1/18/2012

Certainly one of the more anticipated Thursday NBA on TNT games of the season comes this week when the Miami Heat host the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s LeBron vs. Kobe. The favorite to win the NBA title (Heat at 7/4) vs. the No. 4 favorite (Lakers at 15/2 – L.A. was No. 2 to start season but have slipped behind the Bulls and Thunder).
Read more about NBA Picks for Thursday TNT: Lakers at Heat.

Carlos Boozer of the Chicago Bulls

NBA Handicapping: Weekly Look at Key Betting Statistics
by Dave Schwab - 1/18/2012

When it comes to wagering on the NBA, today’s advances in technology can deliver a wealth of statistics and information with just a few simple clicks on a mobile device. However, sometimes it is the simple things that can provide the most important insight to help handicap the outcome of a particular matchup.
Read more about NBA Handicapping: Weekly Look at Key Betting Statistics.

Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76ers.

NBA Handicapping: Can Sixers Keep Exceeding Bookie Expectations?
by Trevor Whenham - 1/18/2012

If I were to ask you to guess which team would be second in the standings of the Eastern Conference of the NBA in the middle of January, how many guesses would have you have needed before you picked the 76ers? If it is anything less than six or seven then you are either hopelessly optimistic or you have been watching a lot of Sixers basketball lately.
Read more about NBA Handicapping: Philadelphia Sixers.

Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard Andre Iguodala

NBA Handicapping: Best and Worst Teams Against the Spread
by Trevor Whenham - 1/18/2012

It’s hard to believe because it feels like the season only just began, but thanks to the work stoppage in the NBA we are already nearly a quarter of the way into the season. That means it is a good time to look at the teams that are standing out so far as betting stars, and those that have been very unkind for bettors:
Read more about NBA Handicapping: Best and Worst Teams Against the Spread.

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose

NBA Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 1/17/2012

Most basketball experts predicted that injuries would play a bigger role than normal during this NBA regular season with the lockout-condensed 66-game schedule resulting in tons of back-to-backs for each team. Those experts appear to be right, and the injury bug seems to be hitting the guards the hardest -- although the Atlanta Hawks were devastated by a season-ending injury to big man Al Horford and Memphis hugely misses power forward Zach Randolph.
Read more about NBA Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead.

Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics

NBA Handicapping: Teams with Future Betting Value
by Trevor Whenham - 1/13/2012

We’re about 10 games into the NBA season already. Thanks to the compacted schedule it seems like the season is just flying by. When I look at the standings so far what stands out most is that there are some teams that have records that just don’t reflect the talent they have on the court. From a betting perspective these teams are a dream.
Read more about NBA Handicapping: Teams with Future Betting Value.

Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee

NBA Handicapping: the Washington Wizards Poor Start
by Trevor Whenham - 1/13/2012

The Washington Wizards are terrible. Really, really terrible. They were the last winless team in the league until they beat the hapless Raptors in their ninth game of the season. They celebrated their much-needed success by setting the franchise record for scoring futility with a 64-point showing in a loss to the Bulls next time out to drop to 1-9.
Read more about NBA Handicapping: the Washington Wizards Poor Start.

Paul Pierce No. 34 of the Boston Celtics

Friday NBA Betting Report: Schedule Handicapping Breakdown
by Aaron Smith - 1/13/2012

We are now into Week 3 of the NBA season. It’s already been very evident that it is far from business as usual this year. The abbreviated season has caused all sorts of odd scheduling spots. While this might not be a good thing for the teams or the league as a whole, the average bettor should definitely use these scheduling changes to find good value.
Read more about Friday NBA Betting Report: Schedule Handicapping Breakdown.

andre iguodala philadelphia sixers

NBA Handicapping: Weekly Look at Key Betting Statistics
by Dave Schwab - 1/12/2012

Statistics are a natural starting point when it comes to handicapping a matchup in the NBA. Today’s advances in technology can provide a wealth of information that covers every possible aspect of the sport, but sometimes it is the simple things that can provide the most important insight to predicting the outcome of a particular game.
Read more about NBA Handicapping: Weekly Look at Key Betting Statistics.

Orlando Magic Center Dwight Howard.

NBA Picks for Thursday TNT: Magic at Warriors Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 1/11/2012

Not the greatest doubleheader on TNT this Thursday night: New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic at Golden State Warriors. But at least I can preview a TNT game that doesn’t involve the Lakers for the first time (they will be back in next Thursday’s preview against the Heat).
Read more about NBA Picks for Thursday TNT: Magic at Warriors.

Danllo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets

NBA Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 1/9/2012

Welcome to the inaugural NBA week ahead preview for betting and NBA handicapping – I will try and deliver a few nuggets that will help bettors for the next seven days’ upcoming games. And as usual, check back later this week for my weekly preview of the game of the night on TNT’s Thursday doubleheader.
Read more about NBA Betting and Handicapping: Scouting The Week Ahead.

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo.

Friday NBA Betting Report: Schedule Handicapping Breakdown
by Aaron Smith - 1/6/2012

The NBA season is underway, but this season won’t be anything like a normal season in the league. The shortened length of the season has created all sorts of strange scheduling spots. The average fan might not think too much about this kind of thing, but an avid NBA handicapper should pay close attention to these modifications. Doc’s Sports is all about helping sports bettors find the edge on the books, and that will be the goal of this weekly NBA betting report.
Read more about Friday NBA Betting Report: Schedule Handicapping Breakdown.

Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Picks for TNT Thursday: Lakers at Blazers Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 1/4/2012

One problem with this lockout-condensed 66-game NBA schedule is the amount of back-to-back games that teams are playing. It’s great if you are a fan but a bit of a pain as a gaming writer because I aim to provide you these types of preview stories well in advance.
Read more about NBA Picks for TNT Thursday: Lakers at Blazers.

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks

Friday NBA Betting Report: Schedule Handicapping Breakdown
by Aaron Smith - 12/30/2011

There were many questions as to whether there would be an NBA season at all this year, but the season is finally here. However, it won’t be business as usual for the league this year. The shortened length of the season will cause numerous difficult scheduling situations throughout the year.
Read more about Friday NBA Betting Report: Schedule Handicapping Breakdown.

Pau Gasol of the LA Lakers.

NBA Betting Surprises for First Week
by Trevor Whenham - 12/29/2011

Teams have only played two or three games in the NBA so far this season, so it is far too soon to know anything — especially after the bizarre offseason we have just endured. Still, it is never too early for first impressions, and early in the season there have been some real surprises that we have seen. Here are eight that have stood out for me so far:
Read more about NBA Betting Surprises for First Week.

New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony

NBA Picks for Thursday TNT: Knicks at Lakers Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 12/28/2011

We begin our 2011-12 NBA on TNT Thursday game of the night previews with a television executive’s dream as the two biggest markets in the league face off when the New York Knicks visit the L.A. Lakers for the only time this season (the teams will play Feb. 10 at MSG).
Read more about NBA Picks for Thursday TNT: Knicks at Lakers.

Clippers point guard Chris Paul

NBA Handicapping: Most and Least Improved Teams
by Trevor Whenham - 12/22/2011

The NBA offseason has been short and crazy this year. Some teams have handled that chaos particularly well and are a far better team than they were last time we saw them. Other teams have crumbled under the pressure and are poised to take a step — or a giant leap — backwards.
Read more about NBA Handicapping: Most and Least Improved Teams.

Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut.

NBA Betting Impact of Short Preseason
by Trevor Whenham - 12/22/2011

The NBA Preseason this year is ridiculously compact as the result of the work stoppage that dragged the sport through the gutters for months in the fall. Teams normally play about eight preseason games. This year they are playing just two, and they are doing so after a short training camp.
Read more about NBA Betting Impact of Short Preseason.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love

NBA Handicapping Advice: Teams That Could Surprise
by Trevor Whenham - 12/21/2011

As we get ready for the NBA season we know that there is going to be a real war among the elite teams in the league. Talent is concentrated among the top teams, and there are far more teams with championship potential than there are championships to be won.
Read more about NBA Handicapping Advice: Teams That Could Surprise.

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.

2011-12 Miami Heat Predictions and NBA Betting Odds
by Alan Matthews - 12/20/2011

With all due respect to the Chris Paul trade and all those Dwight Howard rumors, there is one clear overriding story line heading into the 2011-12 NBA season and it’s the same as last year: Can anyone beat the Heat? Of course, we all know that one team did manage to do that last season, with the Mavericks pulling the upset in the NBA Finals and setting off celebrations pretty much everywhere across the United States (especially in Cleveland) other than in south Florida.
Read more about Miami Heat Predictions.

Joe Crawford, NBA referee with Kobe Bryant.

2011 Los Angeles Lakers Predictions and NBA Futures Odds
by Aaron Smith - 12/20/2011

The Lakers hoped to send Phil Jackson into retirement with another NBA Championship, but they fell flat in the playoffs last year. Dallas swept the Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Mavericks were certainly a very good team last year, but there’s no debating that the Lakers had no business getting swept out of the playoffs.
Read more about Los Angeles Lakers Predictions.

derrick rose chicago bulls

2011-12 Chicago Bulls Predictions and NBA Futures Betting Odds
by Alan Matthews - 12/20/2011

The Chicago Bulls were expected to be good last year, but few saw the team winning a league-high 62 games and reaching the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals behind the MVP season of Derrick Rose, the youngest player to win the award.
Read more about Chicago Bulls Predictions.

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard

2011-12 Orlando Magic Predictions and NBA Futures Odds
by Alan Matthews - 12/20/2011

I had three versions of the Orlando Magic betting preview basically done. The first was the one you are reading now, where Dwight Howard is the Magic’s center for the large majority if not all of the 2011-12 season. It seems like Orlando intends to hang onto its franchise superstar at least until the mid-March trade deadline in hopes of convincing Howard to re-sign this summer as an unrestricted free agent – the Magic could offer him more than any other club.
Read more about Orlando Magic Predictions.

Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin

NBA Picks: Clippers at Warriors Odds and Betting Picks
by Alan Matthews - 12/19/2011

We are treated to a highly-anticipated debut in the NBA nightcap on Christmas night as … Mark Jackson makes his debut as Golden State’s head coach (10:30 p.m. EST) against the Los Angeles Clippers. Jackson, the long-time NBA point guard, replaces Keith Smart, who was dumped after the Warriors went 36-46 a year ago.
Read more about NBA Picks: Clippers at Warriors.

Dirk Nowitski of the Dallas Mavericks.

2011-12 Dallas Mavericks Predictions and NBA Futures Odds
by Aaron Smith - 12/19/2011

There’s only one team that finishes out the NBA season happy. Last year, that team was the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks had long been labeled as underperformers and even chokers by many in the media, but that label was shed during their great playoff run last season. Dallas fell behind Miami 2-1 in the NBA Finals, but they ran off three straight victories to take home the title.
Read more about Dallas Mavericks Predictions.

New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire

2011-12 New York Knicks Predictions and NBA Futures Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 12/19/2011

The Knicks have been so bad for so long that, despite their history and the highest-profile home town possible, they have become almost irrelevant in the NBA. Or make that ‘had been’ irrelevant. Starting in last year’s offseason the Knicks have finally made some good decisions, become aggressive, and actually have a chance to win several games and be a legitimate factor in the Eastern Conference again.
Read more about New York Knicks Predictions.

Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics.

2011-12 Boston Celtics Predictions and NBA Futures Odds
by Aaron Smith - 12/19/2011

Most teams would be thrilled with a 56-26 season. However, the Boston Celtics were disappointed by the way last season ended. LeBron James and the Miami Heat knocked Boston out in Eastern Conference Semifinals. It seems the Celtics are in a tough place right now. The team isn’t exactly in rebuilding mode, but they don’t seem to have the ability to contend for an NBA title with their current roster.
Read more about Boston Celtics Predictions.

Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin

2011-12 Los Angeles Clippers Predictions and NBA Futures Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 12/19/2011

No team has made a bolder move this offseason than the acquisition of Chris Paul by the Clippers. As a result, no team has gained more swagger heading into this shortened season than L.A. has. When you combine their improvement with the struggles of the Lakers the hype was destined to get out of control, and it has. There are people saying that this could be the best team in the Western Conference.
Read more about Los Angeles Clippers Predictions.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook

2011-12 Oklahoma City Thunder Predictions and NBA Futures Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 12/16/2011

The Thunder come into the season surrounded by a whole lot of hype, but that’s in large part because they are the kind of team you can feel good about cheering for. They are guys who work hard, mostly mind their own business, and stay out of the tabloids.
Read more about Oklahoma City Thunder Predictions.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant

NBA Betting Advice: Season Player Props and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 12/15/2011

The 2011-12 NBA props are starting to roll out big-time at the various books with the season now barely a week away from tipping off, even though several teams remain in flux with free-agent signings and trades. At least the Chris Paul saga is over, however, and it appears we don’t have to hear Dwight Howard trade rumors for at least a few months.
Read more about NBA Betting Advice: Season Player Props and Predictions.

New Orleans Hornets' point guard Chris Paul.

Chris Paul Trade and Los Angeles Clippers NBA Futures Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 12/15/2011

It turned into an epic farce, but Chris Paul finally has been traded. David Stern held out for the best deal for the Hornets, and in the long term I think he got it. If you missed the details, Paul is heading to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for a huge haul. Shooting guard Eric Gordon is the centerpiece of the deal, and he is joined by former all-star center Chris Kaman and second-year player Al-Farouq Aminu.
Read more about Chris Paul Trade and Los Angeles Clippers NBA Futures Odds.

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.

Best Early Games on NBA Schedule
by Trevor Whenham - 12/13/2011

It took much longer than it was supposed to, and it is surrounded by ridiculous amounts of chaos, but the start of the NBA season is just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for teams to get back on the court so we can focus on basketball again and forget about all the other garbage.
Read more about Best Early Games on NBA Schedule.

NBA Basketball

40th-Year Anniversary – NBA Picks Special
by Doc's Sports - 12/9/2011

The NBA is back in full swing and this promises to be one of the most unique seasons in history. Our handicappers couldn’t be more thrilled at the opportunity and this has the makings of one of the most profitable NBA betting seasons in recent memory.
Read more about 40th-Year Anniversary – NBA Picks Special.

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki.

NBA Handicapping: Getting Ready To Bet On Shortened Season
by Trevor Whenham - 12/1/2011

Now that the NBA players and owners have ended one of the most ridiculous work stoppages in sports history, the fun really begins for bettors. In less than four weeks the season will begin. Between now and then there is a whole lot that has to happen — free agency, training camp, some type of preseason, and so on. It’s going to be tough for players and teams to be ready when the season starts.
Read more about NBA Handicapping: Getting Ready To Bet On Shortened Season.

Miami Heat LeBron James

Impact of NBA Lockout for Pro Basketball Handicappers
by Trevor Whenham - 11/11/2011

The NBA strike is looking like it may never end. They have shown progress from time to time, but they certainly can’t sustain it. It doesn’t seem like either the owners or the players are on the same page with each other, never mind the other side.
Read more about Impact of NBA Lockout for Pro Basketball Handicappers.

Duke guard Kyrie Irving

NBA Odds: 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year Betting
by Alan Matthews - 6/30/2011

It’s pretty much a lock, pardon the pun, that the NBA owners will lock out the players if a new labor deal isn’t reached during an 11th-hour negotiating session today. And the chances of that deal happening are pretty much nil. So enjoy any NBA futures odds you can bet on right now. And with that said, we present a look at the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year odds courtesy of Bodog.
Read more about NBA Odds: 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year Betting.

Duke guard Nolan Smith (2) celebrates with Duke forward Kyle Singler

2011 NBA Draft Grades
by Robert Ferringo - 6/24/2011

A shot of rail vodka, with a warm, six-month-old beer chaser. That’s pretty much what the 2011 NBA Draft was like. In a draft class that was shockingly short on talent, NBA teams were forced to man up and chug a disgusting combination of limited potential and “he has absolutely no chance of making an NBA roster”.
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Brandon Knight of the Kentucky Wildcats

2011 NBA Mock Draft
by Robert Ferringo - 6/23/2011

Worst. Draft. Ever. Last year’s college basketball season was a complete and utter shit show. I mean, we had a Final Four that included Butler and VCU, along with a Connecticut team that probably would have finished seventh in the Big East back in 2006. The reason for such an unpredictable year: the lack of high-end star talent.
Read more about NBA Mock Draft.

Derrick Williams of the Arizona Wildcats

2011 NBA Draft Contenders: Best Players by Position
by Trevor Whenham - 6/22/2011

No need to spend too much time explaining what’s going on here - this is a ranking of the best player at each position in the upcoming NBA Draft: This list of 2011 NBA Draft contenders includes the player that we think should be the first picked for their position when the NBA Draft takes place tomorrow.
Read more about NBA Draft Contenders: Best by Position .

Kansas State Wildcats guard Jacob Pullen

2011 NBA Draft Prospects: Players That May Go Undrafted
by Trevor Whenham - 6/22/2011

I don’t want to be ‘that guy’ — the one who isn’t a scout and doesn’t attend workouts but pretends to know how to run a draft better than every GM in the NBA. In some ways, though, I just can’t help myself. I always have a soft spot for the players who aren’t likely to get drafted but who should, in my eyes, hear their name called. That’s the problem with having a draft that is only two rounds deep — a lot of very good college players are left out in the cold. Here are five 2011 NBA Draft prospects that likely won’t get drafted who I would really like to see in the Association:
Read more about NBA Draft Prospects: Players Undrafted.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Andre Iguodala

NBA Draft Odds and Projections: Will Sixers Trade Andre Iguodala?
by Alan Matthews - 6/21/2011

Despite the fact that he’s one of the better all-around players in the NBA and certainly the best player on the Philadelphia 76ers, it appears that Philly is ready to trade swingman Andre Iguodala either before or during Thursday’s NBA Draft.
Read more about NBA Draft Odds and Projections: Andre Iguodala.

Jimmer Fredette of the BYU Cougars

2011 NBA Draft Predictions: Jimmer Fredette Props
by Alan Matthews - 6/20/2011

The 2011 NBA Draft is on Thursday night, and basketball betting fans better enjoy it because I have a feeling we won’t see any more pro basketball for a long while with the owners set to lock out the players when the current collective bargaining agreement expires at the end of the month. With said, we’ll hit the NBA Draft props hard this week with a variety of 2011 NBA Draft predictions throughout the week.
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden

NBA Championship Odds and Predictions for 2011-12 Season
by Alan Matthews - 6/17/2011

Thanks to rich players and even richer owners arguing over their share of billions of dollars, this in many ways has been the worst summer ever to bet on 2012 title props. Of course I’m referring to the NFL’s current lockout and the impending NBA version, with that league’s CBA set to expire on the last day of the month. Make no mistake about it, the NBA will lockout its players because ownership and players are way, way apart on a new CBA as team owners, other than a few big-market ones, are losing millions thanks to all those long-term guaranteed player-friendly contracts.
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NBA Commissioner David Stern

NBA Draft Contenders: European Players
by Trevor Whenham - 6/16/2011

Picking European players in the NBA Draft must terrify the management of teams. For every Dirk Nowititzki there are three Darko Milicic’s. The draft is always a guessing game, but with Euros the guesses are even more terrifying. You have to assess guys you have rarely seen play live that are playing a different style of game against uncertain competition, and you don’t get to see them play against college players or American pros in meaningful games in most cases. Language is often an issue, and you can’t always know if or when you are going to be able to get the player you pick to join your team.
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Kansas Jayhawks guard Josh Selby

2011 NBA Draft Predictions: First-Round Bargains
by Trevor Whenham - 6/15/2011

The lottery is supposed to be where the stars come from in the NBA Draft, and that is often the case. Many times, though, a guy who doesn’t quite make the lottery but is still a first rounder can become a valuable player when they land in the right spot. Some of these guys are guys who just weren’t quite good enough to be a lottery pick. More often, though, they were players with all sorts of potential who just had something working against them. Here’s a look at my 2011 NBA Draft predictions for six guys that are likely to go in the first round, but out of the lottery, that have a chance to be very nice players when all is said and done.
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Duke guard Nolan Smith

2011 NBA Draft Projections: Second–Round Value
by Trevor Whenham - 6/15/2011

Every year there is a couple of guys that come out of the second round of the NBA Draft that become solid contributors to their teams. Superstars may be rare in the second round, but key role players can be found if teams get lucky. Here’s a look at my 2011 NBA Draft projections for seven guys that are likely to go in the second round this year who could easily be valuable players for their new teams. A few of the players -- Tyler, Smith and Jackson - could potentially find themselves at the end of the first round, but they could still be strong value even there.
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Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks

NBA Betting Tips: Looking Forward To Next Season
by Trevor Whenham - 6/14/2011

The NBA season is over, and unless you are from Miami you are probably thrilled with the results. For a lot of bettors the end of the season means the end of thinking about the sport until things get going again in the fall — with perhaps a brief break to consider the outcome of the draft. Before you put your NBA betting to bed for the year, though, it pays to invest some time looking back on what happened, an ahead to what could happen next year. By putting a little effort in now you can be very well positioned when the season starts up next year. Here are four effective areas to look at:
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Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Jason Terry

NBA Picks: Heat at Mavericks Game 4 Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 6/7/2011

The only chance the Dallas Mavericks had in these NBA Finals was if their vastly superior bench depth was enough to even out the fact that Dallas has just one superstar – Dirk Nowitzki – against the Heat’s trio of stars: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. In Game 1, Miami’s bench had a double-digit advantage in points over the Mavs. Heat won. In Game 2, the Dallas bench had a double-digit advantage in points over Miami’s. Mavs won. In Game 3, Dallas had just a 25-19 edge in reserve points, which just isn’t going to get it done. Miami won to take home-court advantage back and 2-1 series lead.
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Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Jason Terry

NBA Finals Picks: Mavericks at Heat Game 2 Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 6/2/2011

All that positive karma that the Dallas Mavericks had going for them heading into Tuesday’s Game 1 of the NBA Finals – a five-game road postseason winning streak, a regular-season sweep of the Heat and one more day of rest than Miami – is now totally gone after the Heat’s 92-84 victory. It kept Miami unbeaten at home in the playoffs and was its fifth straight win overall as well as No. 5 in a row against Dirk Nowitzki’s Mavs in the Finals – of course the Heat of Dwayne Wade and Shaquille O’Neal won the final four games of the 2006 Finals against Dirk and Co. Only Jason Terry is also left on Dallas; only Wade and Udonis Haslem are back on the Heat.
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Derrick Williams of the Arizona Wildcats

2011 NBA Mock Draft
by Robert Ferringo - 5/26/2011

When it comes to enjoying NBA basketball right now, my advice is simple: get while the gettin’ is good. Because if I were setting odds on a full 82-game season taking place next winter I would set them at about 1000-to-1. I won’t get into the specifics of the labor boondoggle that the NBA and its players will have to face in the coming months.
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Jimmer Fredette from BYU

NBA Draft Predictions: Players with Rising Stock
by Trevor Whenham - 5/26/2011

The NBA Draft has given us further proof that while it is a big deal, it doesn’t even hold a candle to the NFL. The NFL Combine is basically a national holiday — a highly publicized, highly scrutinized spectacle. The NBA Combine, which happened last week, barely registered on the sporting radar. Despite the comparatively non-existent coverage of the NBA Combine there was a lot to take from the event. Here are my NBA Draft predictions for eight players that have improved their case — and their chances of landing somewhere where they can be an immediate contributor — with their Combine performance and the rest of the draft process:
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LeBron James of the Miami Heat

NBA Picks: Heat at Bulls Game 5 Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 5/26/2011

Chicago Bulls rookie Head Coach Tom Thibodeau was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year this season, and maybe this isn’t fair to say but it appears that Thibodeau is being outcoached right now in the Eastern Conference Finals by Heat counterpart Erik Spoelstra. Since that Game 1 Bulls blowout, the Heat have looked like the superior team as they handed Chicago a third straight loss (for the first time this season) in Game 4 on Tuesday night.
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden

NBA Picks: Thunder at Mavericks Game 5 Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 5/24/2011

The Dallas Mavericks were the third-oldest team in the NBA this season and are easily the oldest club still playing in these playoffs. So you know they would love nothing more than to finish off the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games on Wednesday night back in Big D and then sit back and hope the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls keep pounding each other for seven games back East – the Mavs would open the NBA Finals at either Eastern team. The Finals are set to begin a week from Thursday (unless both series end in five games, then they start May 31) and the Mavs don’t want to have to go back to OKC and see this possibly stretched out to seven games.
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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose

NBA Picks: Heat at Bulls Game 4 Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 5/24/2011

When the Eastern Conference Finals opened, the Chicago Bulls would have been happy to let Chris Bosh be the leading Heat scorer in any game and take their chances. That worked out fine in Game 1. But in Sunday’s Game 3, a 96-85 Heat victory that gave Miami a 2-1 series lead, Bosh was arguably the best player on the floor with 34 points, including making 13 of his final 15 shots (and eight straight at one point). Bosh's performance allowed LeBron James to mostly be a facilitator, as he had 10 assists and 22 points on 6-of-13 shooting.
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Thunder forward Kevin Durant

NBA Picks: Mavericks at Thunder Game 3 Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 5/20/2011

Well, for the first round of these NBA playoffs we won’t have one series finish in a sweep. The Oklahoma City Thunder assured that with a very impressive 106-100 Game 2 win in Dallas on Thursday night. That was the Mavericks’ first home playoff loss in seven games. And because the television networks rule what happens in the NBA, the Mavs and Thunder turn around and play 48 hours later. Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat played on Wednesday and not again until Sunday. It’s all about ratings, baby!
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Bulls vs. Heat in Eastern Conference Finals.

NBA Handicapping: Hedging NBA Series Odds
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 5/19/2011

Best-of-seven playoff series provide the perfect opportunity for bettors to hedge. NBA playoff series offer a two-week stock market of sporting action with updated playoff series odds each day. For those people not patient enough to hedge their NBA Finals futures with a game moneyline here or there or those not nimble enough to hedge game lines with halftime lines, series pricing offers the perfect compromise for hedgers.
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Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer

NBA Picks: Heat at Bulls Game 2 Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 5/18/2011

Every book that I checked had the Miami Heat as the series favorites against the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals as well as the slight NBA title favorite before Game 1 vs. the Bulls on Sunday night. Yet what else does Chicago have to do to prove itself? The Bulls played perhaps the best half of basketball of any team so far this postseason in turning a 48-48 halftime lead into a 103-82 statement that improved the Bulls to 4-0 against Miami this season.
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook

NBA Picks: Thunder at Mavericks Game 1 Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 5/17/2011

It will be the typical rest vs. rust debate when the NBA’s Western Conference Finals tip off tonight in Dallas as the Thunder visit the Mavericks for Game 1. Did you even remember that Dallas was still in the NBA playoffs? It will have been eight days off by the time the Mavs take the court on Tuesday since they swept away the two-time reigning champion Lakers so impressively.
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Durant

Thunder vs. Mavericks Series Odds and NBA Predictions
by Dave Schwab - 5/16/2011

Before the NB playoffs started Sports Interaction had the Oklahoma City Thunder at +800 to win the Western Conference and the Dallas Mavericks at +700. The Los Angeles Lakers were the prohibitive favorite at -118 and the No.1 seed San Antonio Spurs were the second favorite at +200. However, a funny thing happened on the way to the conference finals.
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha

NBA Picks: Thunder at Grizzlies Game 6 Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 5/13/2011

While the NBA might tout parity in its league (actually does it?), it’s pretty obvious that major market teams make things go. And I guess I am guilty of this as well as this will be my first preview of the Oklahoma City-Memphis series since it started. It features two of the smallest TV markets in the league, but, outside of Game 5, has been probably the most entertaining conference semifinal so far. The Thunder can end Memphis’ Cinderella run on Friday night.
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Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce

NBA Picks: Celtics at Heat Game 5 Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 5/11/2011

It looks like a changing of the guard is definitely happening right before our eyes in the NBA. Of course, the aging Los Angeles Lakers, who were the two-time reigning champions and had reached the NBA Finals three seasons in a row, were unceremoniously swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the west semis. Now it appears the Boston Celtics, who have won one title and reached two Finals overall in the past three seasons, are going to fare only slightly better in their East semi against Miami as they must go back to South Florida down 3-1 in the series with Miami for Wednesday’s game.
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Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Joe Johnson

NBA Picks: Hawks at Bulls Game 5 Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 5/10/2011

A series that many expected to be a sweep is now down to a best-of-three as the Chicago Bulls host the Atlanta Hawks for Game 5 on Tuesday night. It’s not that the Hawks don’t have talent, it’s just that they don’t focus that often. But they certainly have at times in this series.
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Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Jason Terry

Lakers at Mavericks Odds and Game 3 NBA Picks
by Alan Matthews - 5/6/2011

Wow! When the Los Angeles Lakers lost Game 1 to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night, most just chalked it up to a bit of a hiccup at the end of the game after Los Angeles had dominated for three-plus quarters. Now? The Laker bandwagon is emptying faster than a Charlie Sheen concert in Salt Lake City. Has a two-time champion ever been looked at so differently after just two games of a playoff series? Now everyone is calling the Lakers old, tired, unfocused, discouraged, selfish, full of “trust issues,” you name it.
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Jeff Teague of the Atlanta Hawks

NBA Picks: Hawks at Bulls Game 2 Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 5/4/2011

Few would have given the Atlanta Hawks much of a chance in their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Chicago Bulls regardless, but when Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich, the former Bull, was likely ruled out for the series this sure looked like a sweep waiting to happen. Hinrich is one of the best perimeter defenders in the league and a guy that Bulls star Derrick Rose has said gives him as much defensive trouble as anyone. After all, they did practice against each other for two years.
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Paul Pierce No. 34 of the Boston Celtics

NBA Picks: Celtics at Heat Game 2 Odds and Predictions
by Darin Zank - 5/3/2011

This Eastern Conference semifinals series didn't take long to get intense, as Miami's Game 1 victory Sunday over Boston got mean at times and resulted in Paul Pierce getting ejected. So the Celtics will be trying to avoid falling down 0-2 when the teams meet Tuesday night again at American Airlines Arena in Miami (7 p.m. EST, TNT).
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Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo

NBA Picks: Celtics vs. Heat Series Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 4/30/2011

It might not be hyperbole to call the Boston Celtics-Miami Heat Eastern Conference semifinal matchup the best second-round playoff pairing in years. When these two played on Opening Night it was easily the most-hyped opener ever (and a betting bonanza at sportsbooks). This is a series that everyone has been pointing toward pretty much since then – makes you wonder if the Celtics now regret tanking those final few games at the end of the regular season, which gave home court in this series to Miami (although it turned out it wouldn’t have mattered).
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Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies

NBA Picks: Grizzlies at Spurs Game 5 Odds and Predictions
by Darin Zank - 4/27/2011

The NBA playoffs, in their current format, are not particularly conducive to surprises. The top seeds usually win series, and the best teams usually meet in the league finals. That's probably because over the course of a seven-game series the better teams can overcome one- or two-game spurts by the upstarts. Since the league has gone to the seven-game format for the first round of the playoffs only one eight seed has beaten a one seed. That was the Golden State Warriors of 2007, who upset the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks.
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Atlanta Hawks forward Joe Smith

NBA Picks: Hawks at Magic Odds and Predictions
by Darin Zank - 4/26/2011

Last spring the Orlando Magic knocked the Atlanta Hawks out of the playoffs in record-breaking fashion, sweeping the four games of an Eastern Conference semifinals series by an average of 25 points. This spring, it looks like Atlanta has revenge on its mind, because the Hawks have won three of the first four games of this opening-round series. Tuesday night the Hawks go for the kill when they take on the Magic in a Game 5 in Orlando (7:30 p.m. EST, NBATV).
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Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison

NBA Picks: Bulls at Pacers Game 3 Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 4/21/2011

In many ways the Chicago Bulls were the chic pick to win the NBA title when the playoffs began even though they were only the third-favorites behind the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat. All those TV talking heads started jumping on the Bulls’ bandwagon when they finished the regular season with nine consecutive wins and the NBA’s best overall record. It’s funny how that bandwagon emptied quickly despite Chicago being up 2-0 on eighth-seeded Indiana.
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San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20).

Free NBA Playoff Predictions: Grizzlies at Spurs Game 2 Odds
by Alan Matthews - 4/20/2011

The Memphis Grizzlies essentially tanked their final few games of the regular season because they wanted a first-round playoff matchup with the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs (although Coach Lionel Hollins denies it). Of course, the Spurs had a “be careful what you wish for” attitude when learning this, but right now Memphis is looking rather smart for that decision after a shocking Game 1 victory in the Alamo City. Now Game 2 is pretty much a must win for the Spurs.
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New Orleans Hornets' point guard Chris Paul.

NBA Picks: Hornets vs. Lakers Odds and Betting Predictions
by Darin Zank - 4/20/2011

We've had a couple of real shockers already in these NBA playoffs, and none was bigger than the New Orleans Hornets' 109-100 victory Sunday over the two-time defending NBA champion LA Lakers at Staples Center. That win gives New Orleans, the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, an early 1-0 lead in this first-round playoff series. So it will be the Lakers trying to avoid falling to 0-2 when the teams meet for Game 2 of their series Wednesday night in Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. EST, TNT).
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Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics.

NBA Picks: Knicks at Celtics Odds and Betting Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 4/19/2011

The New York Knicks know they let one get away in Game 1 on Sunday against the Boston Celtics, and they now face a potential 2-0 hole on Tuesday night because New York appears likely to be without point guard Chauncey Billups.
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Dirk Nowitski of the Dallas Mavericks.

NBA Playoffs Picks: Series Odds and Predictions
by Darin Zank - 4/15/2011

The NBA playoffs start Saturday, which gives us a little time yet to take a quick look at the first-round series, and maybe get down on some series betting. So here we go with some NBA Playoffs picks with series odds and some predictions for betting.
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kevin durant

NBA Picks: First-Round Playoff Prop Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 4/15/2011

After having to watch teams like the Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies mail it in for the final few games of the regular season – think Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wishes he had sat his starters (i.e. the now-injured and Game 1 doubtful Manu Ginobili) for a second straight night on Wednesday? – the NBA playoffs can’t arrive a moment too soon. And they do on Saturday. With that said, the books are rolling out the props.
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Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol

NBA Playoffs Predictions: Potential Upsets
by Trevor Whenham - 4/15/2011

The NBA playoffs are usually pretty exciting, but in the first round they typically don’t offer much for people who like big upsets. The gap between good teams and lesser ones is usually pretty wide, and top teams rarely get surprised. The No. 1 seeds have only been upset three times, for example. While upsets are rare they are too exciting — and potentially profitable — to ignore. This year’s playoff picture seems relatively straight forward with some great teams and some underwhelming ones. As with most years I am not expecting a lot of upsets in the first round of the NBA playoffs, but there are a few that could happen. Here are three potential upsets that could happen this year:
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Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers.

NBA Picks: Spurs at Lakers Odds and Betting Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 4/12/2011

It’s the final NBA on TNT doubleheader of the regular season tonight. It looks like two nice matchups on paper, but in reality three of the four teams have zilch to play for this evening. But thanks to a recent slide, the Lakers still do and now can’t really rest their starters like they probably would want to. Actually, to say that the Spurs have nothing to play for isn’t totally accurate: They have the West’s top seed locked up, but are just one game ahead of the Chicago Bulls for the overall No. 1 seed in the NBA playoffs. But they aren’t really thinking about that.
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Danllo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets

NBA Picks: Nuggets at Thunder Odds and Predictions
by Aaron Smith - 4/8/2011

This will be the second time this week that the Nuggets and the Thunder square off. Earlier this week, the Thunder went into Denver and upset the red-hot Nuggets. The story heading into that game was that the Nuggets could potentially catch the Thunder and pick up the fourth seed, but Oklahoma City has now wrapped up the Northwest Division title.
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Denver Nuggets Danilo Gallinari

NBA Power Rankings
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 4/8/2011

This will be the final edition of Doc’s NBA Power Rankings with odds to win the NBA Finals in parantheses courtesy of Bodog. There is less than a week in the regular season and some teams are fighting for seeding while Memphis and Houston are vying for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
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Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo.

NBA Picks: Celtics at Bulls Odds and Betting Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 4/7/2011

It’s the final NBA on TNT Thursday doubleheader of the regular season tonight. And just a week or two ago, the opener between Boston and Chicago looked like it might be one of the most important games of the year as the two clubs battled for that vital No. 1 seed in the East. But the Bulls now seem a lock to get it as they have a three-game lead with five to play and tonight can even the season series at 2-2.
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Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks

NBA Betting Trends: Hot And Cold Teams Against Point Spread
by Aaron Smith - 4/5/2011

The NBA’s regular season has just eight days remaining. Playoff battles are heating up in both conferences. This is an interesting time of year, because some teams have a lot more on the line than others. Catching onto NBA betting trends this time of the year can be a good way to beat the books. Here’s a look at the hot and cold teams in the NBA over the last two weeks. Please note that all statistics used are for games played between March 21 and April 3.
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Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks.

NBA Picks: Magic at Hawks Odds and Betting Predictions
by Aaron Smith - 3/30/2011

The Magic will take on the Hawks in Atlanta on Wednesday night in what should be an entertaining game. These teams should get accustomed to seeing a lot of each other, since it appears they are on a collision course for a first-round playoff series matchup. The Magic have had a better season and they would have home court advantage, but the Hawks have won two of the three meetings thus far this season. Both of these teams will be looking to gain some much-needed momentum as they finish out the last eight games of their regular season.
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Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash

NBA Picks: Suns at Lakers Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 3/22/2011

Once again because the NCAA Tournament dominates the Thursday night basketball landscape, there is no NBA on TNT doubleheader this Thursday. But there is one tonight. This game is important for both teams. The Lakers enter with a one-game lead over Dallas for the No. 2 seed and potential home-court advantage in the conference semifinals – their game next Thursday could be the decider. Phoenix, meanwhile, is 2.5 games out of the No. 8 spot in the West so the urgency is now to put together a nice run.
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Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

NBA Betting Trends: Hot and Cold Teams Against the Point Spread
by Aaron Smith - 3/21/2011

The maneuvering for a playoff spot is really kicking into high gear across the NBA right now. Most teams only have about a dozen games left on their regular season schedule. Which teams are playing their best basketball as the season winds down? Which teams are playing like they are ready for the offseason? Here’s a look at the hot and cold teams in the NBA from the last two weeks. Please note that all statistics used are for games played between March 7 and March 20.
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Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat

Miami Heat No Longer Favorites for NBA Title
by Trevor Whenham - 3/10/2011

Like many people -- perhaps a majority of the sports fans in the country -- I am not particularly sad that the Miami Heat are struggling right now. They are losers of five straight as I write this. In fact, I am taking a whole lot of pleasure that fact. I have never been much of a fan of the team, but The Decision and the subsequent fallout put another giant nail in their coffin in my eyes.
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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.

NBA Picks: Lakers at Heat Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 3/10/2011

When the Miami Heat visited Staples Center to face the Lakers in the Christmas Day showcase, it was billed as a likely NBA Finals preview between the two goliaths in the Association. Miami made a statement that day with an easy win. But tonight’s game is much more fascinating because the Heat seem to be imploding (and crying) while the Lakers have looked like the NBA’s best team since the All-Star Break. By the way, L.A. now has shorter odds to win the NBA title than Miami does.
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Pau Gasol of the LA Lakers.

NBA Betting Trends: Hot and Cold Teams Against the Point Spread
by Aaron Smith - 3/7/2011

Which teams came out of the all-star break on fire? Which teams are playing like they are still on a break? It’s time to take our bi-weekly look at the hot and cold teams in the NBA. These trends can be extremely useful when considering your next NBA wager. Please note the statistics used are for games played between Feb. 22 and March 6.
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Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah

NBA Picks: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic Odds and Predictions
by Aaron Smith - 3/4/2011

The Orlando Magic pulled off one of the best comeback victories you will ever see last night in Miami. The Magic trailed by 24 points in the third quarter, but they went on a 40-9 run and ended up beating the Miami Heat, 99-96. The Magic will look to keep that momentum going against another one of the league’s best teams, the Chicago Bulls, tonight. The Bulls blew a 20-point first half lead on Wednesday night in Atlanta, so they’ll be looking to bounce back from that disappointing loss.
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Miami Heat small forward LeBron James

NBA Picks: Magic at Heat Predictions and Odds
by Alan Matthews - 3/3/2011

It’s a bit of a statement game tonight for the Florida teams when the Magic visit South Florida for the fourth and final meeting between the Sunshine State rivals. Miami hasn’t been very successful against the NBA’s top teams, while Orlando can’t seem to find any consistency. But with the Magic just 4.5 games behind Miami in the Southeast Division, a win here could make that race a little more interesting.
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derrick rose chicago bulls

NBA Picks Thursday TNT: Heat at Bulls Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 2/24/2011

The Chicago Bulls entered the All-Star Break with a very impressive home win over the San Antonio Spurs, the team with the best record in the NBA. Now Chicago is featured again with a matchup against the Miami Heat, the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference and, no offense to San Antonio, the likely team to beat come June and the NBA Finals.
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andre iguodala philadelphia sixers

NBA Betting Trends: First Half ATS Trends And NBA Futures Odds
by Alan Matthews - 2/22/2011

To say the NBA’s All-Star Game is the midseason point of the season is not accurate, considering every team in the Association has less than 30 games remaining in their 82-game regular season. But it’s the only break the league gets, so let’s take a look at some pre-break trends as well as what futures options might be your best value bet going forward.
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brandon roy portland trail blazers

NBA Betting Trends: Hot and Cold Teams Against the Point Spread
by Aaron Smith - 2/21/2011

The NBA All-Star Game is out of the way now, and it is time to start the second half of the season. Most teams still have plenty to play for and I think the race for playoff spots and seeding will really heat up over the next couple months. Which teams went into the break red-hot? Here’s our bi-weekly look at the hottest and coldest teams in the league:
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Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin

NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest Odds and Predictions
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 2/18/2011

The much hyped and heralded Slam Dunk Contest is undeniably the highlight of the NBA all-star week. Much like baseball’s Home Run Derby, the NBA Slam Dunk Contest generates more attention, hype and usually controversy than the All-Star Game itself.
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Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls.

NBA Picks Thursday TNT: Spurs at Bulls Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 2/17/2011

It’s funny, if you take a look at the papers (well, the Web sites of said papers) in both San Antonio and Chicago for tonight’s Spurs at Bulls game, both papers tout this matchup as a statement game. That’s rather odd considering that San Antonio has by far the best record in the league as well as the best road record. And Chicago is third in the East and has the second-best home record in basketball. This could well be an NBA Finals preview, yet both teams think they have something to prove. It should be an interesting matchup.
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Manny Harris of the Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Odds: When Will the Cleveland Cavaliers Get a Win?
by Trevor Whenham - 2/11/2011

You would have to be a totally reprehensible human being to not feel at least a little bit bad for the Cleveland Cavaliers this year. With a loss to Detroit last time out their losing streak stretched to 26 games. To say that no one reading this has ever seen a worse losing streak in any sport isn’t even an exaggeration -- with their next loss they will set the all time, all sport records for consecutive losses to go with their current NBA record. The only two teams to match the Cavs at 26 straight losses are the 1976-77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and baseball’s Louisville Colonels in 1889.
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Pau Gasol of the LA Lakers.

NBA Picks: Lakers at Knicks Odds and Predictions
by Aaron Smith - 2/11/2011

The Lakers got revenge on the Boston Celtics Thursday in Boston, and now they look to stretch their current winning streak to four games in New York. The Lakers haven’t played up to expectations most of the year, and fans have become a little worried.
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Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo.

NBA Picks for TNT Thursday: Lakers at Celtics Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 2/10/2011

It’s a no-brainer choice for the top game on the NBA on TNT doubleheader on Thursday night as the Lakers – in their second straight big Thursday TNT game – visit the Boston Celtics for the first time since Game 5 of the NBA Finals in June.
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Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin

NBA Picks: Los Angeles Clippers at Orlando Magic Betting Odds
by Darin Zank - 2/8/2011

As the Staples Center gets ready to host the Grammy Awards this Sunday and the circus that comes with the NBA All-Star game the following week, the Los Angeles Clippers are on the road for an extended excursion. This doesn't bode well for the Clips, who are not exactly known as being road warriors. That does not, however, mean they can't make someone a little money.
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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki.

NBA Betting Trends: Hot and Cold Teams Against the Point Spread
by Aaron Smith - 2/7/2011

On the day after Super Bowl Sunday, it’s time to get our focus back on the NBA. Since trends are important when betting on the NBA, we take a look at the hot and cold teams right now to see if there is a way to get an edge on the books. Please note the statistics used in this report are from games played between Jan.24 and Feb. 6.
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Joe Crawford, NBA referee with Kobe Bryant.

Free NBA Picks Thursday TNT Spurs at Lakers Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 2/3/2011

It’s probably the best Thursday NBA on TNT night of the season thus far, as it could easily be a preview of the two conference finals when the Miami Heat visit the Orlando Magic and the San Antonio Spurs are at the L.A. Lakers. I went with Spurs-Lakers really by the flip of a coin, but it’s also still rather amazing how good San Antonio has been this year and how little attention the team gets.
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New Orleans Hornets' point guard Chris Paul.

Best and Worst Teams Against the NBA Odds
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 1/28/2011

We’re just past the halfway point in the NBA season and it looks like the NBA is being turned upside down. The hottest teams in the league for the first three months of the season, Miami and Dallas, are now some of the coldest. Here’s a look at teams that could have value in the coming weeks and also a look at a couple teams you might want to avoid when handicapping the NBA odds.
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New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire

NBA Picks: Thursday TNT Predictions for Miami Heat at New York Knicks
by Alan Matthews - 1/27/2011

It’s always a hyped game when LeBron James visits Madison Square Garden, and other than Cleveland no city probably despises James now more than New York. And Knicks star Amare Stoudemire added a bit of bulletin-board material for tonight’s game when he said: "Nobody's afraid of the Miami Heat.”
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Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay (22).

NBA Betting Trends: Hot and Cold Teams Against the Point Spread
by Aaron Smith - 1/24/2011

The NBA hot and cold report is designed to help you stay ahead of the NBA betting landscape. This is definitely a league where teams heat up and cool down on a regular basis, which allows you to profit nicely if you are ahead of the curve. Please note that the statistics used in this report are from games played between Jan. 10 and Jan. 23.
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Forward Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Picks: Lakers at Nuggets Predictions and Betting Odds
by Aaron Smith - 1/21/2011

The Los Angeles Lakers have been as streaky as any team in the NBA so far this year. The defending champions started the season red hot at 13-2, but they have been back and forth between hot and cold ever since. The Denver Nuggets were the Lakers top contender in the Western Conference a couple years ago, but this team is shell of its former self right now. They are still very talented, but the trade rumors and lack of team chemistry are really hurting this squad. The Nuggets have still been almost unbeatable at home, and they should be fully motivated when the Lakers come to town. This one will be broadcast on ESPN Friday night.
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Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd

NBA Picks Thursday TNT: Mavericks at Bulls Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 1/20/2011

Chicago’s three-game winning streak ended on Tuesday night in a surprising home loss to Charlotte – although perhaps not that surprising considering the shorthanded Bulls were playing their fourth game in five days. Derrick Rose continued his unbelievable play with 33 points. However, he missed a shot at the buzzer as the Bulls’ eight-game home winning streak ended. It also was the Bobcats’ second win over Chicago in less than a week.
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Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns.

NBA Picks: Portland Trail Blazers at Phoenix Suns Odds and Predictions
by Aaron Smith - 1/14/2011

The Portland Trail Blazers are once again dealing with all kinds of injuries. Blazers fans are far too accustomed to their team never being at full strength. The latest news of Brandon Roy being out a month or two because of surgery on both knees is just like pouring salt into the wound. On the other side, the Phoenix Suns have been one of the top teams in the west over the last few years, but that is no longer the case. The Suns appear to be in rebuilding mode now, and this is a team that will likely miss the playoffs altogether this season. Both of these teams badly need a win in this matchup.
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Miami Heat small forward LeBron James

NBA Picks Thursday TNT: Heat at Nuggets Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 1/13/2011

I have to say, I had an internal debate on which game to pick for this article and my NBA picks. In thinking about it on Wednesday, do I possibly pick the Orlando-Oklahoma City game with the Magic potentially on a 10-game winning streak and with that matchup a possible NBA Finals preview? Or do I go with Miami at Denver, with the Heat possibly poised to get within one game of tying the NBA record for consecutive road wins?
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Miami Heat small forward LeBron James

NBA Futures Betting: Odds and NBA Finals Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 1/12/2011

Betting on championship futures in the NBA is different than any other sport. In the NHL any team that makes the playoffs can win the championship, and we have often seen teams come from nowhere to hoist the Cup. In the NFL the top teams from the regular season often hit a wall when the playoffs start. In the NBA, though, upsets are very rare in the playoffs, and when a team does manage a first-round shocker it almost never carries that momentum into the next round, and surprise teams never make it to the NBA Finals.
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Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans

NBA Betting Trends: Hot and Cold Teams Against the Point Spread
by Aaron Smith - 1/10/2011

This hot and cold report shows us just how quickly trends can change in the NBA. Just two weeks ago, the Rockets were covering the number better than anyone else in the league, but they now top the cold list. Bettors must do their best to stay ahead of the trends or it will be difficult to consistently turn a profit for NBA handicapping. Here is a closer look at the top hot and cold teams against the NBA point spread from the last two weeks of action. Please note statistics used are for games played between Dec. 27 and Jan. 9.
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Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard.

NBA Picks: Houston Rockets at Orlando Magic Odds and Predictions
by Aaron Smith - 1/7/2011

The Orlando Magic have made the most personnel moves of any team in the NBA so far this year. Orlando is looking to become a real contender in what will be an extremely difficult Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Houston Rockets had high hopes for the season, but injuries have once again derailed their plans. Rick Adelman’s teams don’t just give up though, and the Rockets still have plenty of scorers. ESPN will have the coverage of this one.
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Kevin Durant No. 35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

NBA Picks Thursday TNT: Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks
by Alan Matthews - 1/5/2011

I’ll be honest here: I will rarely write about a game that doesn’t already have official odds posted, but that is the case as of this writing on the opener of Thursday night’s NBA on TNT telecast between Oklahoma City and Dallas. But I’d rather write about two Western Conference contenders than the nightcap between Denver and the NBA’s worst team, Sacramento. So there you go. But of course there will be a line on the Thunder-Mavs eventually and I’ll try to predict off what I expect that to be.
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