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NBA Basketball Betting - Wild, Wild West

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 2/11/2014 1:21:43 AM

With most teams in the league now with less than 20 games left in the regular season, it becomes obvious to online sports betting players and teams themselves that every game is crucial, no only for attempting to secure a spot in the playoffs, but also in future dealings if a lottery pick is in the cards. 

Only eternal optimists would think that any team other than the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat will come out of the East to reach the Finals. If those teams stay healthy, it’s nearly impossible to fathom a script that would allow Philly, Boston, Indiana, New York, Atlanta or even Orlando of getting to the pinnacle of the conference.

Out west, it’s completely opposite. Through the middle of last week, just 2 games separated the 4th place Western team in the conference and the 9th team.

Teams that get hot now will move on and those that can’t close the deal will be going fishing.

Oklahoma City looks like a cinch to go long into the spring, as does the San Antonio Spurs.

Coach Popovich has expertly managed the Texans all year and now with the addition of Stephen Jackson, they have added a top defender and a clutch scorer at just the right time.

The Los Angeles Lakers will not go quietly into the night of Kobe Bryant has anything to say about it. They have played good defense all year, have struggled shooting the three, but that will not be as important in the post season.

The feeling is at crunch time, with the game on the line and time running out, Los Angeles will find a way to succeed.

For the other Los Angeles squad, the Clippers may not be so lucky. They have fallen off the sports bet radar of late, play poorly on the defensive end and have not done all that great against the elite teams in the Association. Add that to the fact that they are a very poor shooting team from the free-throw line and that’s a recipe for disaster.

Kind of like the Clippers, Memphis has been horrible against good teams. They are 1-8 against Oklahoma City, San Antonio and the Lakers but they should get a boost when Zach Randolph is back in the fold.

Memphis is a team that can’t take possessions off but when they get into the passing lanes and get out and run, they are extremely potent.

It’s been trouble in Dallas all year. As a team, they all came in out of shape and the Lamar Odom pick up has been an absolute disaster. Losing Tyson Chandler will come back to bite them in the next several weeks.

For the last spot in the playoffs, the lean right now is against Denver, because they don’t defend the perimeter and against Houston because they just allow too many points.

That leaves us with Utah and Phoenix. Utah has a much softer schedule the rest of the way but they can be porous on the defense end.

Phoenix has excelled since the All-Star break and they have veteran players that will not fold when looking into the abyss. But they also have 14 of their last 19 games against teams with records over .500.

With Big Game Steve Nash, still leading the league in assists, look for Phoenix to secure that 8th spot and then give Oklahoma City a sportsbooks scare before packing.

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