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NBA Sport Betting – Final Weekend of the Season Offers Some Great Games

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 2/6/2014 2:53:52 AM

There aren’t many NBA games left in the 2011 regular season. The last weekend of this campaign offers a range of particular portraits.

NBA Betting Overview

Online betting pundits are aware of the perils of late-season action in any team sport. The fact that some teams are preparing for the playoffs while others are playing out the string creates a unique chemical cocktail and a signature situational stew that can be hard to decipher. Will some teams play spoiler or just tank in the hope of getting the highest possible draft pick? Will the top teams chase seeding spots or rest starters for the upcoming first round of the playoffs? Will teams view a game as a necessary steppingstone toward a playoff run and value momentum, or will teams tinker with lineup combinations and use the final games of the regular season as a laboratory of sorts? These and other considerations enter into the sports betting calculus.

Yes, March Madness betting is unpredictable in its own right, but that’s a realm of sports in which many of the pro game’s tension points simply don’t rise to the surface. Tabbing NBA games is not a safe exercise, so when choosing the kinds of games to predict at the very end of the regular season, one must pick spots and zero in on high-percentage opportunities.

On Saturday night, two likely outcomes should emerge in the Western Conference. Utah goes to San Antonio while Minnesota visits Denver. First of all, the Spurs have been a matchup nightmare for the Jazz even when the Utah franchise stood on relatively solid footing. San Antonio’s length and its wing scoring have outflanked the Jazz. Former Utah coach Jerry Sloan found it hard to solve coach Gregg Popovich’s outfit from the Lone Star State. Now, with the Spurs fighting for the top seed in the Western Conference postseason and Utah stumbling toward the end of its season under interim coach Tyrone Corbin, the odds against the Jazz are even longer. With the Spurs hosting this game against Utah, it’s almost impossible to see how the first-place team in the West will lose.

In Minnesota-Denver, one of the Western Conference’s longtime doormats goes on the road to play a thriving opponent that has gone 15-4 since its big trade in February. Yes, while Minnesota remains mired in mediocrity and irrelevance, far removed from the playoff picture, Denver has played authoritative and high-level basketball ever since it dealt Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the New York Knicks roughly six weeks ago. The four ex-Knicks who now play in the Rocky Mountains have worked really well together, giving the Nuggets more ball movement and freedom at the offensive end of the floor. The ball isn’t stopping in Anthony’s hands, and the Nuggets have younger, quicker legs throughout the whole of their roster. Denver just beat the Los Angeles Lakers on the road and should have little problem tossing the T-Wolves aside.

On Sunday, Detroit goes to Charlotte to take on the Bobcats while Phoenix travels to Dallas to face the Mavericks. Detroit is staggering toward the offseason under a coach who has never won the team’s trust; the Pistons have never found a second gear in 2011. On the other hand, Charlotte has played extremely hard for interim coach Paul Silas and does not show signs of letting up despite a depleted roster. The hunger factor should lead the Bobcats to a home-court win over Detroit. In Phoenix-Dallas, the Mavericks – trying to find the right way to play in advance of the postseason – will not mail it in against the creaky Suns, who cannot count on the health of a physically weakened Steve Nash.

Picks: Spurs over Jazz and Nuggets over Timberwolves (Saturday); Bobcats over Pistons and Mavericks over Suns (Sunday).


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