NBA YTD 1-1 (+2.00 UNITS)
NBA League contest YTD 7-2 (+2400 UNITS)
Huge card from me today. Most Plays are straight forward. Feel free to query any of my picks.
All Plays 1 unit.
HOU@ATL - HOU +6
CHC@CLE - CHC -2.5
MIA@NYK - MIA -5.5
UTA@NOH - UTAH -3.5
SAC@MINN - MINN -3
DET@PHX - UNDER 193
NBA YTD 1-0 (+3.00 UNITS)
NBA League contest YTD 3-0 (+1500 UNITS)
The NOH picked up a lot of young talent in the offseason in Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, along with Eric Gordon this nucleus is formidable. It is clear these kids can play but from watching preseason play a lot of issues were identified on the offensive end for this team with key buckets and a go-to-man not yet defined.
The Spurs as always will field a team of individuals who are coached by the maestro Popovich. The coaching ability of Greg is phenomenal he turns bench players into key role players and ensures everyone knows their role on the team. The upside to a lot of Popovich's schemes is that he has set rotations and a defensive and offensive scheme that is very methodical.
Despite the age of the core guys of Duncan and parker this team will continue to roll like they did towards the end of the season going on an insane ATS run.
Look for this team to continue to beatdown on rookie teams.
NBA VOL 1
Although many will say the 0-8 performance by the Lakers in the preseason stands for nothing. It does go along way to show strengths and weaknesses of the teams and how role/bench players can contribute to the team.
I can say with confidence the Lakers team is very much overrated. Sure Dwight is arguably the best centre in the game and Steve Nash is a notable improvement on Ramon Sessions, however the bigger picture is the Lakers depleted their bench and are getting run off their feet each and every single game.
The Lakers lost a lot of grit with players such as Matt Barnes and filled the void with a much softer player in Antawn Jamison. The overall toughness of the team has declined and compounded with the fact Nash doesn't play defense this team procured more problems than benefits in the offseason. The catch 22 situation is with Nash off the floor the offense is horrendous.
The Preseason exposed the inability of the lakers to contain strong dribble/penetration guards and inability to slow down athletic teams.
Although Dallas will most likely be without Nowitzski it is a blessing in disguise. Rookie Jae Crowder is a strong rebounder and has an insane motor. Bottom line the kid can play and what he lacks he makes up for in effort. The speed of Darren collision and the outlet ability of Marion will cause the lakers headaches all night.
I do not normally make such a large play on opening night but i can not pass up the value on this play.
MINNESOTA LYNX@INDIANA FEVER
Now we all have seen what the Indiana Fever are capable and it is no question that this team has heart and Catchings is probably the best player out on the court at the moment. With any smaller team the pressure and fatigue of constantly having to outrun and outwork a bigger and more talented team eventually catches up and you will be run out the gym.
Game 3 is obviously the pivotal game and we must take the opportunity to punish the Lynx line. In gambling it is not often you get a better team who at the start of the season was favoured to win the championship at around (-200) laying only 3 points against a clearly less skilled opponent.
It is given the Fever will not lay down and get pushed over but the amount of effort they exerted in game 2 only to come out with a 12 point loss says a lot. You can only rely on Catchings so much to score in the half court set, the loss of Douglas has pushed other role players to step up and whilst the likes of Larkins and Phillips have contributed, the bench has not nearly done enough to push this team to a W.
The keys to this game for the Lynx are to limit turnovers and reduce the amount of transition baskets from the smaller and quicker fever guards. Lindsey Whalen showed last game why she is a USA point guard and look for her to have an enormous say in the outcome of todays game.
This would normally be a 5 unit play but we must give ourselves the opportunity to respond if the Fever are able to ride the home crowd to cover the +3 points. Key to controlled gambling is to manage your bankroll wisely.
MINNESOTA LYNX -3 --- 3 UNITS