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NBA Odds — T-Wolves Try to Avoid 13th Straight Loss Against Suns

By Charles Jay

Andrew Wiggins has become a youthful leader for the Timberwolves.

Andrew Wiggins has become a youthful leader for the Timberwolves.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been a disaster area this season, and fans aren’t exactly being patient. This team, which was formidable during the Kevin Garnett era but has delivered very little since, felt it had to unload its best player before the season, and they have been grappling with ways to win games. It hasn’t happened and now this club is at a point where it has lost 18 of its last 19 – including twelve in a row – and is threatening to achieve the worst record in the league. On Wednesday night the T-Wolves take to their home floor against the scorching Phoenix Suns in basketball betting action that is slated to get underway at 9:35 PM ET at the Target Center.

As BetAnySports customers are well aware, Kevin Love, the power forward who, when healthy, was one of the best and most versatile power forwards in the league, was dealt off to the Cleveland Cavaliers to join LeBron James, as the club feared that he would just wait for his free agency and leave on his own. That left a tremendous void, as one can imagine.

In all fairness to this club, there isn’t a whole lot you can do in the game of basketball when you are thin to begin with and have lost three members of the starting lineup. Center Nikola Pekovic, who was a pretty good sidekick for Love, has been out of action since November 15 with an ankle injury. Ricky Rubio, the immensely talented point guard, was lost about a week before that, as he sprained his ankle. And shortly after Pekovic was gone, Kevin Martin, the industrious scorer, broke his wrist. › Continue reading

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 2014-2015, Basketball, NBA, NBA Betting Comments Off on NBA Odds — T-Wolves Try to Avoid 13th Straight Loss Against Suns

NBA Betting Odds — Wounded Warriors Trek to L.A. For Christmas Meetup with Clippers

By Charles Jay

Blake Griffin looks to deliver Clipper fans a victory for Christmas.

Blake Griffin looks to deliver Clipper fans a victory for Christmas.

The last time the Golden State Warriors took the floor, it turned out to be a rather unpleasant experience against the Los Angeles Lakers. Now the Warriors are back at the Staples Center, for a presumably tougher matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers in Christmas NBA betting action that is slated to get underway at 10:35 PM ET.

The Warriors may have taken the court on Tuesday thinking that they would have a cakewalk against a Laker team that was without Kobe Bryant, who was taking a rest. But they were rather unpleasantly greeted by a team that showed a lot of balance and moved the ball around a lot more freely without the presence of the self-centered superstar. Seven Lakers were in double figures, and they shot 52% from the floor. Was Golden State caught flat? Well, they were down by 24 points at one time and wound up losing by ten. › Continue reading

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Pro Basketball Betting — LeBron’s Back, and the Heat is in Trouble

By Charles Jay

What kind of reaction will LeBron James get upon his return to Miami?

What kind of reaction will LeBron James get upon his return to Miami?

Dwyane Wade has gone on record as saying that fans at the American Airlines Arena should give LeBron James a standing ovation when he takes the floor on Christmas Day? Do backers of the Miami Heat agree? Well, that something that remains to be seen, as the Heat plays host to James’ new – and former – team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, in pro basketball betting action that is set to tip off at 5 PM ET.

When James originally came to Miami, it was by way of an announcement that left a bad taste in many a mouth, especially in Cleveland, which felt scorned. Obviously the same thing happened with some of the Miami fans when LeBron decided to go back to his hometown. The difference is that when LeBron left south Florida, it was after four conference titles and two world championships. Which kind of brings us back to what Wade has said. › Continue reading

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Thursday, December 25th, 2014 2014-2015, NBA, NBA Betting Comments Off on Pro Basketball Betting — LeBron’s Back, and the Heat is in Trouble

Thunder vs Heat Free Pick June 19 2012

The American Airlines Arena will be the site of tonight’s game four matchup of the NBA finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat. Miami leads the best of seven series 2-1 and can put the Thunder on the brink of elimination with a win tonight. The Heat were in the same situation last year against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA finals, but lost the game and the series 4-2.

Lebron James and Dwayne Wade have been doing most of the offensive damage for the Heat against the Thunder. In the first three games, James has averaged 30 points per game. In game three, he had 29 points and pulled down a team high 14 rebounds. Wade scored 25 on the night and dished out 5 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds.

The Thunder has counted on the offense of Kevin Durant all season and in the playoffs. He has not disappointed them as he too is averaging over 30 points a game in the finals. However, he is not getting the offensive support from Russell Westbrook or James Harden. Both players are having subpar finals’ series thus far. Westbrook has had trouble shooting and even though he had 19 points in game three and 27 in game two, it is taking him many more shots to score those points. Harden scored only 9 points in game three and in game one had just five points.

The Heat would like to put the Thunder in a 3-1 hole after tonight’s game and end the series at home on Thursday night. If the Thunder can win one of the next two games in Miami, they know they will have the last two games of the series at home. This game is very pivotal to the outcome of the series and Miami knows that better than anyone, thanks to last season.

The line opened with the Heat as a favorite at home by 3 points and has since increased to 3 ½. The point total is at 192 ½. Take the Thunder plus the 3 ½ to cover as the road ‘dog. The total will make winners of those who take the OVER.

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 2011-2012, NBA Betting No Comments

Thunder vs Heat Free Pick June 17 2012

The NBA Finals heads to Miami for games 3, 4 and 5, with game three tonight. The Miami Heat won game two of the series 100-96 against the Oklahoma City Thunder to tie the series at one game apiece. With the finals series format set up with three straight home games for one of the teams, the Heat now has the opportunity to with three at home and win their first NBA title since 2006.

Miami built a large lead against OKC in game two and was able to hold on late to record the 100-96 victory. LeBron James once again led the Heat with 32 points and more importantly made all 12 of his free throws, including two late ones to seal the win.

OKC had three players who scored over twenty points in game two. Kevin Durant led the team with 32, while Russell Westbrook had 27 and James Harden 21. However, the team overall shot just 43% from the field and Westbrook shot just 38.5% on the night. The Thunder also could only make 9 of their 26 three point shots for a paltry 34%.

The Heat at home is 8-2 SU this post season, with seven of their eight wins having winning margins of nine or more points. The Heat during the regular season had a home record overall of 24-6 SU and against teams that were in the Western Conference the Heat was 8-1 SU at home.

The Thunder must get better shooting from Westbrook who has now struggled in both of the first two finals’ games. Durant needs to help more on the boards as he only grabbed three rebounds in game 2, while only having one assist the entire night.

The line for the game opened with Miami as the home favorite by 5 points. That spread has now backed down to just 4 points. The total is 193 ½. Take the Heat less the points to win tonight, while the total should cash out to those who choose the OVER. Bet this now at Wager Web

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Sunday, June 17th, 2012 2011-2012, NBA Betting No Comments

Heat vs Thunder Free Pick June 14, 2012

The Oklahoma City Thunder looks to take a 2-0 lead in the best of seven NBA finals tonight when they host the Miami Heat. The Thunder was led in game one by the NBA’s leading scorer Kevin Durant. Durant scored 36 points on the night and he and Russell Westbrook combined to score 63 of their team’s 105 points. Durant in his short career has already made a name for himself by winning three scoring titles and wants to now win a title.

The Heat were led in game one by LeBron James, the NBA MVP who scored 30 points, but no one else on the team was able to contribute an extra effort to offset the play of Westbrook and Durant. Chris Bosh and guard Dwayne Wade had a terrible shooting night as they combined for 30 points on just 11 for 30 shooting from the floor.

Wade hit only 7 of 19 shots and James said he needs Wade’s help in game two and knows he can turn around a bad game one into a better game two. Wade knows how to win, as he won an NBA title in Miami in 2006 at 24 years of age.

The Heat has the odds against them however, as the loser of game one in the finals is 3-5 SU and just 3-4-1 ATS over the last eight years. The OVER however, has fared much better over that span, as it is 5-2-1 compared to the UNDER.

The Heat need to contain the scoring of Durant and make sure Westbrook or James Harden do not take control offensively for the Thunder. Miami on offense needs to get more output from both Wade and Bosh to take some of the weight off James’ shoulders.

The current line on the game has the Thunder as 5 ½-point favorites after opening with Oklahoma City as a 4-point favorite. The total is resting comfortably at 196 ½. The Heat will win this game ATS and the total will pay out to the OVER.

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012 2011-2012, NBA Betting No Comments

Heat vs Thunder Free Pick June 12, 2012

Just two teams and seven games remain in the NBA season for 2011-12. The NBA lockout has been long forgotten and the shortened season is nearing its end. East meets West and superstar meets superstar in this edition of the NBA finals. The Oklahoma City Thunder will play host to the Miami Heat in the first game of the best of seven series tonight in Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Thunder defeated the San Antonio Spurs in their conference championship to earn a right to represent the West in the finals, while the Heat finally defeated the Boston Celtics in their conference finals to represent the East. Games 1 and 2 will be played in Oklahoma City, 3-5 will be played in Miami and 6 and 7 back in Oklahoma City.

The two teams met just twice during the regular season and both won on their home court to split the season matchup. Miami will look to league MVP LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh for their offensive output and leadership at the defensive end. Oklahoma City has young superstar Kevin Durant who is just 23 but has already led the NBA in scoring on three occasions. The team’s court general Russell Westbrook and key sixth man James Harden will help Durant offensively.

Miami wants to make up for a poor showing in the finals last season when they lost to Dallas in six games. The Thunder is trying to make a name for itself in Oklahoma City and win its first franchise down south, after winning NBA titles as a franchise when the team was in Seattle.

The line opened with the Thunder as the favorite playing at home by 4 ½ points. That has been extended to 5 points and the total is sitting at 195 ½. In this first game of the series, smart money takes the Heat to win ATS and steal a game SU from the Thunder on the road. The total will pay out to smart money bettors who take the OVER.

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 2011-2012, NBA Betting No Comments

Celtics vs Heat Free Pick June 9, 2012

Game seven is what every team hopes for. Two teams face that tonight in Miami when the Boston Celtics are hosted by the Miami Heat in the seventh and final game of the eastern conference finals. The Heat forced a game seven with an excellent performance in Boston in game six. Everything is on the line tonight. The victor wins the eastern conference title and plays in the NBA finals, while the loser looks to regroup over a long summer.

Boston has the experience of playing in game sevens and winning titles, as the nucleus of their team Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett won a title together in 2008 and will use that experience to their advantage. Miami’s LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade have not won a title together and do not want a repeat of last season when they lost in the championship series.

James will do all he can to help the Heat to a victory in this game. He scored 45 points in game six and has averaged over 30 for the series. Look for the same tonight from him with supporting roles from Wade and Bosh. Bosh has been hurt and only played sparingly in the two games since he returned from nine games on the sideline.

Boston will look to push the ball inside with Rajon Rondo directing the offense and trying to get the ball down low to Garnett. The Celtics’ Rondo will also look to penetrate to get his own shot and to dish off to teammates when he gets double-teamed.

The line opened with the Heat as the favorite on their home court by 8-points. Currently it sits with Miami as a 7 ½-point favorite with the total holding steady at 179 ½. Smart money takes Boston ATS and Miami SU while the total will make winners of the OVER bettors.

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Saturday, June 9th, 2012 2011-2012, NBA Betting No Comments

Heat vs Celtics Free Pick June 7, 2012

The Miami Heat is feeling the heat, but not the heat of Miami. Miami faces elimination tonight when they take on the Boston Celtics in the sixth game of their eastern conference best of seven finals series. The heat has been turned up on Miami as Boston has won three consecutive games to put Miami on the brink of elimination and a loss tonight could end another season in disappointment.

Boston used a key three-point basket and free throws down the stretch to beat Miami in Miami 94-90 in game five to take their current 3-2 series lead. As has been the case most of the series, Kevin Garnett was nearly unstoppable down low for the Celtics and finished with 26 points.

The Celtics also were helped by a strong game from Paul Pierce, who scored the late three-point shot over the out stretched hand of superstar LeBron James. Rajon Rondo had 13 assists to make up for a sub-par shooting night for the Celtic point guard.

The NBA’s MVP James and backcourt mate Dwayne Wade led Miami. Between the two, they scored 57 of Miami’s 90 points, but their shooting percentage was low as it took them 47 shots to accumulate their 57 combined points.

Miami will look to get Chris Bosh their center to get more involved at both ends of the court in game six. Bosh returned to play in game five after sitting out nine games injured. He scored 9 points in his return and grabbed 6 rebounds, but played just 14 minutes. His absence in the middle on defense has been noticed tremendously, as Garnett has had free reign in the paint without Bosh to defend him.

The early line had Miami as a 1 ½-point favorite visiting Boston and has not moved from that. The total opened at 179 and has stayed steady there as well. Smart money bettors take Miami to win SU and ATS tonight, with the total cashing out to the OVER.

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Thursday, June 7th, 2012 2011-2012, NBA Betting No Comments

Spurs vs Thunder Free Pick June 6, 2012

A week ago, few would have imagined the western conference finals would be in its sixth game and even fewer would have imagined the team on the brink of elimination would be the San Antonio. However, that is the case as the Spurs travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in game six with the Thunder holding a 3-2 advantage in the series.

San Antonio started strong in the series taking the first two games to extend their playoff winning streak to 10 and their overall winning streak to 20. Nevertheless, the Thunder did not fold. Oklahoma City turned around and won three consecutive games, including game five on San Antonio’s home court to take control of the series.

The Thunder, to win tonight must continue to do what they do best, score points. Kevin Durant the league’s leading scorer will need to score close to 30 and teammate Russell Westbrook will need to score around 20 and have 8 to 10 assists. Defensively the Thunder needs a tough game inside from Serge Ibaka to try to slow down the inside game of San Antonio.

San Antonio has to go to the players who have gotten them to where they are today. Look for Tony Parker to take more control of the offensive, run more half-court set plays, penetrate and look to score or pass to the open man. Tim Duncan needs to go to his reserve tank and pull out a great game to help his team to victory. The 15-year veteran has had his back against the wall before and knows what need to be done to win.

The current line has the Thunder as a 4 ½-point favorite after opening with them as a 3-point favorite. The total is resting at 202. The Spurs will find it within themselves to win on the road to send the series back home to San Antonio for game seven. Take the Spurs plus the points and take the OVER to cash out.

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Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 2011-2012, NBA Betting No Comments

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