Welcome to Doc's Sports Service WagerWeb Banner
spacer  
spacer spacer
Welcome to Doc's Sports Service spacer
Welcome to Doc's Sports Service Welcome to Doc's Sports Service
Welcome to Doc's Sports Service
Click Here to Purchase Doc's Picks
Baseball Picks   |   Football Picks   |   Hockey picks
Kentucky Derby Picks   |   NBA Picks
spacer



Live Lines and Odds NFL Odds
spacer
NBA Odds
spacer
College
   Basketball Odds

spacer
MLB Odds
spacer
NHL Odds
spacer
WNBA Odds
spacer
CFL Odds
spacer
Boxing Odds
spacer
Golf Odds
spacer
Sports Odds
spacer

Free Picks by Sport Free NFL Picks
spacer
Free College Football Picks
spacer
Free NBA Picks
spacer
Free College Basketball Picks
spacer
Free MLB Picks
spacer
Free NHL Picks
spacer
All Free Picks
spacer

Handicapping Matchup Reports NFL
spacer
NCAA Football
spacer
NBA
spacer
NCAA Basketball
spacer
MLB
spacer
NHL
spacer

Scores NFL
spacer
NCAA Football
spacer
NBA
spacer
NCAA Basketball
spacer
MLB
spacer
NHL
spacer

Schedules MLB Schedule
spacer
NBA Schedule
spacer
NHL Schedule
spacer

Upcomming Event Coverage MLB Futures Odds
spacer
2014 Kentucky Derby Form
spacer




Wagerweb Banner
spacer
spacer
Home
spacer
View Picks
spacer
Why Doc's Sports?
spacer
Our Betting System
spacer
Sports Betting Strategy
spacer
Message from the GM
spacer
Our Commitment
spacer
Customer Comments
spacer
Free Picks
spacer
Contact Doc's
spacer

The Advisory Board
Our Commitment
spacer
Doc's Sports
spacer
Robert Ferringo
spacer
Allen Eastman
spacer
Raphael Esparza (VSI)
spacer
Indian Cowboy
spacer
Jason Sharpe
spacer
Strike Point Sports
spacer
Chad Matthews
spacer

Betting Systems
11th Hour Sports
spacer
The Prop Machine
spacer

Recomended Sportsbooks Bovada Sportsbook
spacer
5Dimes Sportsbook
spacer
BookMaker
spacer
Sportsbook
spacer
Carbon Sports
spacer
WagerWeb
spacer
BetOnline Sportsbook
spacer
GT Bets
spacer
TopBet
spacer
SportsBettingOnline.ag
spacer
Sportsbook Bonus
spacer

Handicapping Resources
Mobile Website Directions
spacer
2014 NFL Season Win Totals Predictions
spacer
Sports Betting Money Managment
spacer
Handicapping FAQ
spacer
Sports Betting 101
spacer
Sports Betting Tips
spacer
Parlay Calculator
spacer
Sports Betting Systems
spacer
Parlay Cards
spacer
Gambling Terms
spacer
2014 Archives
spacer
2013 Archives
spacer
2012 Archives
spacer
2011 Archives
spacer
2010 Archives
spacer
Doc's Affiliate Program
spacer
Doc's Writer Bios
spacer
Doc's rss feedDoc's RSS feed



spacer
spacer

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

Share |
Head coach Mike D'Antoni of the New York Knicks

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).

But the Magic imploded. They led by 11 points entering the fourth quarter before shooting 2-for-17 from the field in the final 12 minutes. They scored just eight points in the period to lose, 91-83. That followed a 31-point loss at Boston last Monday (Orlando did surprise Indiana on Tuesday). And then the Magic went out and quit again, losing 106-85 to those same Pacers back in central Florida.

Get up to 200% Bonus
at Wager Web!
Use Code DOC200
Click Here

I think the Dwight Howard mess has finally caught up to this team. Notice how he’s adding new clubs to his desired location list? Recently it was the Celtics and now he says the Bulls would be OK as well. Howard can opt out of his current deal after this season and had listed the Lakers, Nets, Mavericks and the Clippers as preferred teams. He also recently publicly ripped his teammates.

I guess my betting point here is that I would steer clear of backing Orlando (9-10-1 ATS) for a while. Things could get worse, too. The Magic play at Philadelphia (-7) on Monday, continuing a stretch of six games in eight nights.

Previewing the week

Another toxic team right now is the New York Knicks – let the Phil Jackson Watch begin in the Big Apple.

The Knicks have lost three in a row and nine of 10 entering Tuesday’s home game against the Detroit Pistons. It is pretty evident that the Carmelo Anthony-Amare Stoudemire pairing isn’t working and it could cost coach Mike D’Antoni his job (think regrets not taking the Chicago job when he had the chance?).

D’Antoni is supposed to be an offensive guru, but the Knicks haven’t even reached 90 points in five of their past seven games. In fairness, the Knicks haven’t had Carmelo the past two games due to ankle/wrist injuries, but he had been pretty lousy for a couple of games before he was shelved.

New York should get a win on Tuesday night with the wretched Pistons visiting as Detroit has one road win all season and is just 2-8 ATS. But it appears Anthony won’t play again – look for him in Thursday’s TNT game vs. the Bulls – and the Knicks are a terrible bet at the Garden, going a ridiculous 1-8 ATS at home. If New York loses that one, D’Antoni better get his resume out.

It’s a good ESPN opener on Wednesday night when Oklahoma City visits Dallas. The Mavs recently got the injured Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter back in the lineup but lost point guard Jason Kidd again. He’s likely to miss at least a week with a strained calf suffered Friday night. Kidd, 38, missed four games earlier this month and has already nearly tripled the number of games missed this season than in any of his past six seasons. The Mavs really miss Roddy Beaubois with Kidd showing his age.

As long as Dirk plays look for the Mavs to be favored by a couple points, but I love the Thunder there. OKC does have a rough week, playing at the Clippers on Monday and then following the Dallas game by hosting Memphis on Friday and visiting San Antonio on Saturday.

I mentioned that Bulls-Knicks opens Thursday’s TNT doubleheader, followed by the Nuggets visiting those Clippers in what should be a very entertaining matchup. I like Denver to steal that one as a likely five-point underdog as Los Angeles will be playing the second of a back-to-back after visiting Utah on Wednesday.

On Friday the game I most look forward to is the Heat visiting the surprising 76ers. It’s the No. 1 offense of the Heat against the NBA’s top defense of Philly. The Big 3 against one of the deepest teams in the league. The Sixers have been great for bettors, leading the NBA with a 15-5 ATS mark entering this week. Miami is just 3-6 ATS on the road entering the week. ESPN’s doubleheader that night is solid: Knicks at Celtics and Lakers at Nuggets.

Rather odd that the NBA makes Denver fly back home to face the other L.A. team the night after playing in Hollywood. And I am going big-time against Denver on Saturday as the Nugs finish their back-to-back-to-back by visiting Portland in an NBA TV game. Blazers should be about a six-point favorite there on the NBA odds barring injury, but I am all over them – Portland is 8-2 ATS at home entering this week. Of course, Denver has the same road ATS mark. But three games in three nights will kill any team.

Share |

Most Recent NBA Handicapping Articles