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.
The fourth game of the Western Conference finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder will be played tonight in Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the Thunder. OKC won game three by 20 points over the Spurs to narrow the Spurs’ lead in the series to just 2-1 heading into tonight’s action.
The Spurs shot only 39.5% from the field in game three. Tim Duncan only shot 33% from the field and is shooting just 27% from the field over the last two games combined. Tony Parker, the team’s leading scorer was held to 16 points. Nevertheless, the Spurs still lead the series, still hold home court advantage and reaching the NBA finals still runs through San Antonio.
The Thunder received the normal great offensive punch from Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, the league’s leading scorer. However, they also were helped by Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha on both the offense end and defensive end. Sefolosha scored 19 points and Ibaka added 14. Defensively, both helped make life miserable for the Spurs with their tough straight up defensive efforts.
The Spurs only scored 82 in game three, but during their 20 game winning streak San Antonio scored 100 or more points 18 times. The Thunder improved to 6-0 SU during the playoffs at home. Overall, in their last 15 home playoff games, the Thunder is 12-3 SU. However, the Thunder has not been too successful ATS in home games after winning a home game. In that scenario, the Thunder is just 4-9 ATS.
The current line has the Thunder as a 3 ½-point favorite after opening with OKC as a 4-point favorite. The total is resting at 202 ½. Smart money is taking the Spurs plus the points to return to their winning form. The total will make winners of those who take the OVER.
The Baltimore Orioles visit Fenway Park Friday night for game one of a weekend series against the Boston Red Sox. Baltimore has started lightning fast this season and is 16-9, their best start since 2005. This is the first time the teams have met since Baltimore took five of seven from Boston last season, when the Red Sox blew a nine-game lead in their division.
Boston is 11-13 on the season and has started slow with new manager Bobby Valentine. In the first game of the series, the Red Sox will use ace Jon Lester. Lester is 1-2 on the season with an ERA of 4.65. Lester is 14-0 lifetime against the Orioles in 18 career starts, with an ERA of 2.36. At Fenway Park Lester is 7-0 with an ERA of 2.16 against the Orioles.
Baltimore took two of their three games against the New York Yankees before arriving in Boston. On Wednesday, they shut out the Yankees 5-0. Baltimore will have Wei-Yin Chen on the mound Friday. Chen is 2-0 on the season with an ERA of 2.22. The southpaw pitched seven innings in his last outing in a 10-1 victory against Oakland. Baltimore coming into the game is winners of 8 of their last 10.
Boston started their home stand on a negative note, as they lost two of their three games against Oakland. They are 1-7 in their last eight home games. Adrian Gonzalez their key hitter was hitless in 4 at bats and struck out with the bases jammed to end a rally in the seventh. He then grounded out in the ninth to end the game on Wednesday. With runners in scoring position, the Red Sox were hitless in 13 at bats.
The current line has the Red Sox as the favorite -175 with Baltimore at +165. The run total is 8.5. Smart money takes the Red Sox in this game behind their ace Lester with the total ending UNDER.
The Toronto Blue Jays play the Baltimore Orioles in the third game of a three game set at Camden Yards in Baltimore. The Orioles could sweep the series tonight with a win over the Blue Jays. Southpaw Brian Matusz will get the ball tonight for the Orioles who are 11-7 on the season. Matusz is 0-3 on the season with an ERA of 7.98. He remains the only Oriole in the rotation still looking for a win. He has lost 12 consecutive decisions and that is only one shy of a franchise record. He has given up at least five runs on ten occasions during his losing streak.
The Orioles have taken three consecutive and four of five this season against Toronto. The Blue Jays are 10-8 on the season. Drew Hutchinson will start for the Blue Jays. Hutchison is 1-0 on the season with an ERA of 8.44. He won his major league debut in his first start this season for the Blue Jays. The young 21-year old threw 99 pitches over 5 1/3 innings against the Kansas City Royals to earn the win 9-5 against the Royals.
Nolan Reimold did not play again for the Orioles on Wednesday night. The left fielder has now missed four consecutive games with neck spasms. Robert Andino, the starting second baseman, will also most likely miss tonight’s action as he is away on paternity leave. Pedro Strop helped the pitching staff over the first two wins of this series with two saves. He has taken over for Jim Johnson the closer, who was hospitalized on Monday.
The Orioles are favored in this game -115, while the Blue Jays are +105. The total is 9.5. Take the Orioles to win this game and sweep the three game series. The total will end OVER.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have come out of the starting gates at full speed as they have opened their season 9-2. Tonight they take on the Milwaukee Brewers, who have started their season a bit slower than the Dodgers have, and find themselves as 5-6 on the season. Last night however, the Brewers rallied to beat the Dodgers 5-4 with a walk off win in the ninth.
Before the loss last night against the Brewers, the Dodgers had won six consecutive. Tonight the Dodgers face Zack Greinke who is 1-1 on the season but is unbeatable in Milwaukee. Since he joined the Brewers he is 12-0 at home with just a 2.91 ERA in his 16 home starts.
Chris Capuano will go for the Dodgers tonight. He was hit hard in his Dodgers debut but the former standout with the Brewers returned last Thursday to beat Pittsburgh 3-2. The southpaw only gave up six hit and two runs in 5 1/3 innings combined with seven strikeouts.
On Tuesday, Alex Gonzalez the shortstop for the Brewers missed his fourth straight game, but should be back for tonight’s matchup. Andre Ethier for the Dodgers is leading the National League with 17 RBI’s and teammate Matt Kemp is just one behind with 16. Offensively the Dodgers are putting a lot of runs on the board.
Offensively the Brewers are also scoring as eight of their eleven games have ended OVER. The Dodgers have had six of their first 11 end OVER, three UNDER and two have been a PUSH.
The Brewers are OVER in 6 of their last 7 games against lefthanders, since September of 2011. The Dodgers are 6-1 SU in their last seven games against right handed pitching. Tonight’s game has an OVER of 7.5 and the Dodgers have been scoring a ton of runs this season. Take the Dodgers behind Capuano with the score to end OVER.
Playoffs are on the minds of many of the teams in the NBA. The stretch run is on and every
game counts. On April 3, the Philadelphia 76ers visit the Miami Heat for an NBA matchup at the American Airlines Arena. The 76ers have recently fallen out of first place in the Atlantic division. They trail the Celtics in the division by one game.
The 76ers have an overall record of 29-23. They have only won four of their last 10 games and have dropped from fourth place in the playoff race in the East to seventh spot. Miami has an overall record of 37-14, good for the third best in the league and trail theChicago Bulls for first place in the East by 3 ½ games. The Heat has won six of their last 10 games but were blown out by the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams are healthy with the only player listed as injured being Mike Miller of the Heat who is out indefinitely with an ankle injury. Miami owns the head to head record against Philadelphia. The Heat is 9-1 SU and 6-4 ATS over the last 10 games the two teams have played against one another. The total has been UNDER 6 times and OVER 4 times in those same 10 games.
This season the two have met on three occasions prior to this game. The Miami is 3-0 SU in those three games. Miami is also 3-0 ATS in the three games. The total has been UNDER 2 times and OVER 1 times in the three matchups this season.
The 76ers are fighting for an Atlantic division title and a good spot in the playoffs. If they can win the division they will move up to the fourth spot, otherwise they will be fighting for one of the other four spots and will not have home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Heat will look to bounce back from their whiplash against the Celtics.
Take the Heat less the points in this and look for a low scoring contest to pay out to those who take the UNDER.
The Amway Center will play host to a big instate rivalry of NBA powerhouses March 13. The Miami Heat will travel north on I-95 to take on the Orlando Magic. Miami has the third best record in the NBA at 31-9. They are 20-20 ATS this season and 10-10 ATS when on the road. The Magic are also playing well this season and are 27-14 overall, 23-19 ATS and 11-10 ATS at home. March 13 could be an important day for the Orlando Magic. It is the NBA’s trade deadline and may be the day they deal All Star Dwight Howard to another club.
Both teams have just one player on the injured list. Mike Miller is listed as day to day for the Heat, while Jason Richardson is out indefinitely for the Magic with an ankle injury.
The Heat is just 1-4 ATS in their last five games, but is 12-2 SU over their last 12 games. However, they are not as successful against the Magic. Miami is just 6-17 SU over the last 23 games the two teams have met
Of late however, the Heat has played better against the Magic and the two teams are 5-5 SU and ATS in their last 10 games head to head. The total has been UNDER in 5 of those 10 games. Miami has averaged just one point more in those 10 games than the Magic.
Miami is 3-2 SU in their last five games. Saturday they defeated Indiana 93-91 at home. The Magic are 4-1 SU in their last five games. The only blemish during that time was a 100-84 loss to the league�s worst team the Charlotte Bobcats.
The two teams are evenly matched. Orlando has a powerful defense as long as Howard is playing. His has been voted defensive player of the year previously. The Heat has a potent offense with LeBron James and Dwayne Wade both able to take control of a game offensively. The Heat will take this game SU and ATS with the total paying out to the UNDER bettors. Bet this game now at our top sportsbooks.
The Orlando Magic will travel to the Windy City to take on the NBA’s best team the Chicago Bulls on March 8 at the United Center. The Magic are currently 25-15 and in third place in the Eastern Conference race for the playoffs. Orlando lost to the NBA’s worst team, Charlotte Tuesday night. The Bulls are riding high and going into their Wednesday night matchup in Milwaukee are on a seven game winning streak pushing their record to 32-8. They are two games in front of Miami in the race for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Orlando has Von Wafer on the injured list but he is day to day with an injured shoulder. The Bulls have two players C.J. Watson and Richard Hamilton on their injured list. Both players are day today as well.
The series head to head between the Magic and Bulls has been close. Chicago is 6-4 SU and 5-5 ATS in the last 10 meetings between the two teams. The total has been UNDER in 7 of those same 10 games. This season the two teams have met just once. Chicago handled Orlando easily on Orlando’s home court in early January 97-83. The total score of 160 paid out to UNDER bettors.
Orlando has been inconsistent of late as they are just 3-2 SU over their last five games. They lost last Thursday to Oklahoma City and Tuesday night to Charlotte. The Bulls on the other hand are riding a seven game win streak and have beaten first place Philadelphia and San Antonio in that stretch.
Orlando will try to rebound from their horrifying loss to Charlotte Tuesday night. The line will have Chicago as a favorite over the visiting Magic. Look for Chicago to win SU and cover the spread. A bet on the UNDER will also pay out for this game.
The New York Knicks have run into a bit of a problem of late but are still playing much better ball than they did at the start of the season. They will visit the Miami Heat on February 23 at American Airlines Arena in Miami. The Knicks are currently 16-17 but have high scorer Carmelo Anthony back in the lineup. The Heat is 26-7 and in first place in their division.
Carmelo Anthony who is averaging a team high 21.8 points per game leads New York. The new sensation on the block, Jeremy Lin is scoring 14.6 per game and leading the team in assists with 5.7 per game. Tyson Chandler rules the paint for the Knicks, as he is rebounding 9.6 per game and helps the offense with 12 points a game.
The Heat is led by all world LeBron James. James is leading the team in both rebounding and assists. He is averaging 27.6 points and 6.8 assists per game. Chris Bosh who averages 8.3 rebounds per game clears the boards on both the offensive and defense ends for the Heat.
Miami has controlled the head-to-head matchup between the two teams, as they are 8-2 SU and 5-5 ATS in the last 10 games between the two teams. The total has been UNDER 5 times, OVER 4 times with 1 PUSH in those same 10 games.
The Knicks have cooled of late and are just 2-2 SU in their last four games. Nevertheless, one of those wins was against Dallas. Miami on the other hand is 5-0 SU over their last five games. One of those wins was against in-state rival Orlando.
Miami is starting to gel as a team now that their three superstars are healthy. The outcome should be a win SU for Miami with the total being UNDER. We have no pick on the spread. Bet Now at Top Sportsbook
The New York Knicks who have won their last five games will travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors onFebruary 14 in Air Canada Centre. Both teams started out their seasons playing terrible ball and only one, the Knicks, have been able to turn it around. The Knicks have won five straight while the Raptors have dropped four of their last five.
Of late, the Knicks have been led by unknown sensation Jeremy Lin. The Harvard graduate has come out of obscurity to lead the team to their five consecutive wins. Carmelo Anthony is the team�s high scorer but has been out with a groin injury. Second leading scorer Amare Stoudemire has been out because of his brother�s recent death. Lin has stepped in to lead the team in scoring over the last five wins, while center Tyson Chandler has hauled down 10 rebounds a game.
Toronto, who is in 4th place in the Atlantic division with a 9-20 record is led by Andrea Bargnani who is averaging 23.5 points per game, but has been sidelined of late with a calf injury. Picking up the scoring for them has been Jose Calderon and DeMar DeRozan. Amir Johnson is hauling down 6.7 rebounds per game to lead the team in that category. The Raptors lost a close battle to the Lakers Sunday night falling 94-92.
Head to head the teams are tied 5-5 SU over the last ten games they have met. The total has been UNDER 5 times and OVER 5 times in those same ten games. The Knicks are 5-0 SU over the last five games they have played while the Raptors are 1-4 SU.
The Knicks have defeated the likes of the Lakers, Utah and New Jersey over that stretch. The Raptors on the other hand have only been able to defeat Boston in their last five games. If Lin can continue his great offensive play, look for the Knicks to win SU and ATS, Pick is Knicks ML and Knicks -4.
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