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Online NBA Basketball Betting - Game Changers

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 4/3/2012 5:47:47 PM

As the regular National Basketball Association season winds down and the second season approaches, this is the time for online sports betting enthusiasts to search for the kind of game changers than can swing the point spread with one three pointer.

One of the reasons the Orlando Magic will be in trouble deep into the playoffs is that they don’t have a ‘go-to’ guy when it is crunch time. Jameer Nelson seldom hits meaningful shots, Hedo Turkoglu even missed key shots when in his prime and the same goes for Jason Richardson.

J. J. Redick is not afraid to take the big shot but he is one of the lower options in the offense coming off the pine and Dwight Howard is a liability because he’s pretty much one dimensional offensively and a slug at the free-throw line.

That alone will come back to haunt this team because when they are desperate and need a hoop, nobody on the team will have any confidence that the right play will be called.

There are some teams that have guys just salivating about taking the Big Shot. Forget about Kobe, he’s arguably the best closer since Michael Jordan and those in the know remember how D. Wade in reality single handedly beat Dallas in the Finals a few years ago.

Those guys are no-brainers for people who bet on sports, but enter guys like the dynamic duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the irrepressible Chris Paul, Tony Parker who is having possibly the best year of his career and the underrated point guard Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies.

First, let’s examine Mike Conley’s resume. He’s not a big scorer, but he doesn’t have to be on the selfless Grizzlies. His forte is getting the ball to open teammates and getting into the passing lanes and changing the complexion of games.

He is second in the league in steals at nearly 2 and a half a game and is dropping 7 assists a game, which puts him just outside the top ten in the league. This kid is improving hourly.

Tony Parker has carried Dallas at times handing out 8 assists a game in the absence of Manu Ginobili for parts of the season and he’s averaging nearly 20 points a game.

Chris Paul is not only the heart and soul of the Los Angeles Clippers he is the leader in the clubhouse in steals, averages 19 points a game and is third in the league in handing out helping hands in the assist department.

Add Paul’s pure numbers and combine them with his determined will to win and you have a guy that you want in the trenches and want to go to war with on a daily basis.

Which brings us to Durant and Westbrook. Both are closers, both want the ball in their hands with the clock running down and both are fearless. Westbrook does it with speed and guts but he has to finish better at the rim to get to elite status of a point guard.

Durant is a nightmare cover for just about any player in the league but the best way to defend him is to try to muscle him and take him out of his game.

For the record, in a recent game in a double overtime win against Minnesota, Durant and Westbrook each scored 40, making them the first teammates in the history of the NBA to accomplish that feat twice in a season.

To beat Oklahoma City in the playoffs, opposing coaches will have to devise a double game plan to stop both monsters and that will not be a simple chore.

So, if it comes down to a game that you like and one team has a game changing closer, that’s the ticket.

Good luck with your sport betting online.

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