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05/02/2012 06:35 PM

NBA
Dunkel

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LA Clippers at Memphis
The Grizzlies look to bounce back from their Game 1 loss and build on their 4-1 ATS record in their last 5 conference quarterfinal games. Memphis is the pick (-6) according to Dunkel, which has the Grizzlies favored by 8. Dunkel Pick: Memphis (-6). Here are all of today's picks

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2

Game 529-530: Utah at San Antonio (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Utah 118.869; San Antonio 131.832
Dunkel Line & Total: San Antonio by 13; 208
Vegas Line & Total: San Antonio by 11; 204
Dunkel Pick: San Antonio (-11); Over

Game 531-532: Indiana at Orlando (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Indiana 119.473; Orlando 113.382
Dunkel Line & Total: Indiana by 6; 180
Vegas Line & Total: Indiana by 3; 183 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Indiana (-3); Under

Game 533-534: LA Clippers at Memphis (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Clippers 118.444; Memphis 126.383
Dunkel Line & Total: Memphis by 8; 183
Vegas Line & Total: Memphis by 6; 185
Dunkel Pick: Memphis (-6); Under

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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05/02/2012 06:38 PM

NBA
Long Sheet

Wednesday, May 2

Update

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INDIANA (43 - 25) at ORLANDO (38 - 30) - 5/2/2012, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ORLANDO is 21-34 ATS (-16.4 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) after playing 3 consecutive road games over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 29-42 ATS (-17.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 12-23 ATS (-13.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
ORLANDO is 7-6 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
ORLANDO is 10-3 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
8 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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05/03/2012 12:39 AM

Knicks & Mavericks Return Home Down 2-0 In NBA Playoffs

There are only two games on the Thursday NBA playoff card. However, both games feature two teams trying desperately to claw their way back into their respective series.

Let’s start in New York where the Knicks host the Miami Heat. Miami opened as a 5½-point favorite and bettors responded early to that number by betting New York. Miami is now -4½ on the Don Best odds screen with a total of 186.

Amare Stoudemire will miss Game 3 due to the sophomoric punch he gave to that defenseless fire extinguisher after losing Game 2, 104-94. The Knicks played 19 games this season without Amare and quite well I might add, going 14-5 both straight up and against the spread. But this is not the regular season and the Knicks aren’t playing the Bobcats, Nets and Wizards.

Looking forward, a few observations regarding the rest of this series. First of all, the Knicks will probably not win a game in this series. Miami showed up ready and willing to play “playoff basketball" and the Knicks did not. Where’s the defense New York? Heading into the playoffs, interim head coach Mike Woodson had this team playing respectable defense only allowing teams to shoot 44.2 percent from the field (NBA rank #10) while holding teams to 94.7 points per game (NBA rank #11). Through the first two games of this series, Miami is averaging 102 points per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field.

Also, my pre-series premonition which featured a three-point shooting barrage from Knick super subs J.R. Smith and Steve Novak has just not materialized. While Smith has been impressive averaging 15 pints in the two Heat wins, Novak has completely disappeared (5 shots, 9 points, 44 minutes played). If Novak can’t turn it around in Game 3, let the David Copperfield comparisons begin!

The defending world champion Dallas Mavericks return home after losing two heart-breakers to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Mavs backers were rewarded with two Dallas covers while both games easily flew 'over' the posted totals. Dallas opened a 1-point home favorite in Game 3 and bettors, once again, are backing the Mavs who are now favored by 3½ points with a total of 194½.

Dallas' late-game struggles are exactly the opposite of last year’s championship run when the Mavericks closed out the Thunder (4-1) with back-to-back comebacks from deficits of eight and 15 points. Clearly, Oklahoma City’s strategy coming into this series was to muscle Dirk Nowitzki. Words and elbows have been exchanged in the first two games and look for the referees to keep a close eye on both Thunder big men (Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka) moving forward.

Oh, by the way, Dirk has quietly averaged 28 point so far in the series.

Take a close look at the “over” in Game 3. The oddsmakers have responded to the scoring of both teams (199 avg.) in the first two games, but in my opinion, still not enough.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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05/04/2012 06:44 PM

Friday, May 4

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Atlanta - 7:30 PM ET Atlanta +8 500

Boston - Over 173.5 500

Chicago - 8:00 PM ET Philadelphia -1.5 500

Philadelphia - Under 179 500

L.A. Lakers - 10:30 PM ET Denver -3.5 500

Denver - Over 204 500

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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05/04/2012 07:10 PM

NBA
Dunkel

LA Lakers at Denver
The Nuggets look to bounce back after their 104-100 loss to the Lakers in Game 2 and take advantage of an LA team that is 1-11 ATS in its last 12 games after scoring 100 points or more in the previous game. Denver is the pick (-4) according to Dunkel, which has the Nuggets favored by 5 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Denver (-4). Here are all of today's picks

FRIDAY, MAY 4

Game 539-540: Atlanta at Boston (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta 124.672; Boston 128.723
Dunkel Line & Total: Boston by 4; 170
Vegas Line & Total: Boston by 8; 173 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (+8); Under

Game 541-542: Chicago at Philadelphia (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago 120.333; Philadelphia 123.935
Dunkel Line & Total: Philadelphia by 3 1/2; 182
Vegas Line & Total: Philadelphia by 1 1/2; 179
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-1 1/2); Over

Game 543-544: LA Lakers at Denver (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Lakers 120.390; Denver 125.847
Dunkel Line & Total: Denver by 5 1/2; 209
Vegas Line & Total: Denver by 4; 204
Dunkel Pick: Denver (-4); Over




NBA
Long Sheet

Friday, May 4

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ATLANTA (41 - 27) at BOSTON (40 - 28) - 5/4/2012, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ATLANTA is 8-23 ATS (-17.3 Units) in road games in all playoff games since 1996.
ATLANTA is 43-67 ATS (-30.7 Units) in road games versus good defensive teams - allowing <=91 points/game since 1996.
BOSTON is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) against Southeast division opponents this season.
BOSTON is 15-29 ATS (-16.9 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders over the last 3 seasons.
BOSTON is 39-64 ATS (-31.4 Units) in home games off an upset win as an underdog since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
ATLANTA is 7-5 against the spread versus BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
ATLANTA is 7-5 straight up against BOSTON over the last 3 seasons
8 of 12 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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CHICAGO (51 - 17) at PHILADELPHIA (36 - 32) - 5/4/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PHILADELPHIA is 84-70 ATS (+7.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
CHICAGO is 40-28 ATS (+9.2 Units) in all games this season.
CHICAGO is 21-12 ATS (+7.8 Units) in road games this season.
CHICAGO is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) in road games on Friday nights over the last 2 seasons.
CHICAGO is 53-36 ATS (+13.4 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 3 seasons.
CHICAGO is 23-7 ATS (+15.3 Units) off a upset loss as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
CHICAGO is 18-4 ATS (+13.6 Units) after playing 3 consecutive home games over the last 2 seasons.
CHICAGO is 44-29 ATS (+12.1 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
PHILADELPHIA is 11-23 ATS (-14.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
PHILADELPHIA is 6-6 against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 7-5 straight up against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons
8 of 12 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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LA LAKERS (43 - 25) at DENVER (38 - 30) - 5/4/2012, 10:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LA LAKERS are 28-39 ATS (-14.9 Units) in all games this season.
LA LAKERS are 11-21 ATS (-12.1 Units) in road games this season.
DENVER is 84-68 ATS (+9.2 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
DENVER is 25-14 ATS (+9.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record - 2nd half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 80-51 ATS (+23.9 Units) in road games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game - 2nd half of the season since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
DENVER is 8-5 against the spread versus LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
LA LAKERS is 7-6 straight up against DENVER over the last 3 seasons
10 of 13 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NBA
Short Sheet

Friday, May 4
EC Quarterfinals, Game Three (Series Tied, 1-1)
Atlanta at Boston, 7:35 ET ESPN2
Atlanta: 8-23 ATS in road playoff games
Boston: 14-5 ATS vs. Southeast Division

EC Quarterfinals, Game Three (Series Tied, 1-1)
Chicago at Philadelphia, 8:05 ET ESPN
Chicago: 7-0 ATS w/ same season revenge
Philadelphia: 14-31 ATS as home favorite of 6 pts or less

WC Quarterfinals, Game Three (LA Lakers Lead, 2-0)
LA Lakers at Denver, 10:35 ET ESPN
LA Lakers: 11-21 ATS in road games
Denver: 10-3 Under vs. Lakers




NBA
Armadillo's Write-Up

Friday, May 4
Celtics @ Hawks-- Boston PG Rondo is back after being suspended for Game 2, when his sub Bradley had one turnover in 42:00, Daniels was +11 in just 15:00 on floor in 87-80 upset win. Hawks split last eight visits here, losing by hoop in OT in only visit this season. Pierce had 36 in Game 2, after going 5-19 in Game 1 loss; Celtics are 3-25 outside arc in two games. Atlanta won six of its last eight games overall. Johnson was just 10-32 from the floor in Games 1-2. Celtics got to line 31 times in last game, after only 13 visits in opener.

76ers @ Bulls-- Can't lose player like Rose and not feel it; Chicago led Game 2 55-47 at half, but got blitzed 36-14 in 3rd quarter, now series is 1-1 heading back to Philly, where Bulls lost three of last four visits, 1-1 this season. Holiday had 26 points last game, after he was -24 in 36:00 in Game 1: Philly shot amazing 59% from floor with only 7 turnovers on Tuesday. Chicago's starting G's were just 8-21 from floor last game, as team tries to reinvent themselves on fly without Rose.

Nuggets @ Lakers-- If Bynum continues to kick Nuggets' butts inside, it is a short series; he had 27/9 last game, after blocking 10 shots with 13 rebounds in Game 1. Gallinari/Afflalo combined to shoot 9-30 in Game 2, they have to do better here, or else. Denver lost five of six against the Lakers this year, but are 6-4 in last ten series games played here; LA is just 8-32 behind arc in two games, but they they were up 17 before the Nuggets (3-10 in their last 13 playoff games) staged a mild rally.




NBA

Friday, May 4

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Trend Report
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7:30 PM
ATLANTA vs. BOSTON
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing Boston
Boston is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Boston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta

8:00 PM
CHICAGO vs. PHILADELPHIA
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Chicago is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 9 games when playing at home against Chicago

10:30 PM
LA LAKERS vs. DENVER
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games when playing on the road against Denver
LA Lakers are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Denver
Denver is 8-16 ATS in its last 24 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver's last 6 games at home


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NBA

Friday, May 4

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What bettors need to know: Friday's NBA playoff action
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Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics (-8, 173.5)

Series tied 1-1

THE STORY: Paul Pierce was a one-man show in Game 2, Rajon Rondo returns for Game 3 and Atlanta could be without forward Josh Smith when the Boston Celtics host the Hawks on Friday. Pierce had 36 points and 14 rebounds in Boston’s 87-80 victory that tied the series on Tuesday, a contest that Rondo missed after he drew a one-game suspension for bumping official Marc Davis in Game 1. Smith strained a left knee tendon in Game 2, resulting in patellar tendinitis. He's considered doubtful for Game 3.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, Sport South (Atlanta), Comcast SportsNet New England (Boston)

ABOUT THE HAWKS (37-29-2 ATS): Not having Smith would be a huge blow for an Atlanta team that is also without frontcourt players Al Horford (pectoral) and Zaza Pachulia (foot). Smith is averaging 19 and 15 rebounds in the series and has been the Hawks’ top player over the second half of the season. “He’s certainly a key component in order for us to have success,” Atlanta coach Larry Drew said. “Obviously, we already have both centers out, and now we’re looking at our starting power forward possibly being injured. These types of situations have been happening to us all year. We’ve been kind of snakebit but we’re just hoping for the best.”

ABOUT THE CELTICS (35-31-2 ATS): Pierce bounced back from a poor Game 1 to register one of the top playoff efforts of his stellar career - an impressive feat considering he was a marked man with both Rondo and Ray Allen (guard) out of the lineup. Pierce scored just 12 points in the opener on 5-of-19 shooting. Allen is questionable to play in Game 3. Coach Doc Rivers cited his team’s experience as being a prime factor in why Boston was able to even the series while shorthanded. “We’ve won games this year without some of our key players,” Rivers said. “This is a tough-minded basketball team, and having a lot of veterans on your team helps with that.”

TRENDS:

* Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
* Road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. Atlanta All-Star Joe Johnson is averaging just 15.5 points in the series and his shooting has been horrid – 31.3 percent from the field, including 3 of 17 from 3-point range.

2. The Celtics missed their first 19 3-point attempts in the series and are 3 for 25 overall.

3. Scoring has been tough for both teams – the Hawks are averaging 81.5 points and Boston is at 80.5.



Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers (-2, 179.5)
Series tied 1-1

THE STORY: The Chicago Bulls did just fine without Derrick Rose for one half. Then things fell apart. The Philadelphia 76ers blitzed past the Bulls in the second half on Tuesday, running away with Game 2 and evening the series at a game apiece. The 76ers torched Chicago’s league-best defense, shooting 59 percent from the field. The series now shifts back to Philadelphia, where the 76ers lost four straight to end the regular season.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, CSCH (Chicago), CSN (Philadelphia), ESPN2

ABOUT THE BULLS (39-28-1 ATS): Chicago went 18-9 without Rose during the regular season and was confident going into Game 2. The Bulls held a 55-47 lead at the half before collapsing in the third quarter in a 109-92 loss. C.J. Watson and John Lucas III combined for 27 points and seven assists in Rose’s spot but the defense could not contain anyone. The 59 percent shooting Chicago allowed was the highest mark surrendered by the team since Tom Thibodeau took over as head coach prior to the 2010-11 season. Joakim Noah was the one highlight in Game 2, scoring 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting, but Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer both struggled on the interior as the Bulls were outscored 52-32 in the paint.

ABOUT THE 76ERS (34-33-1 ATS): Philadelphia took advantage of Rose’s absence mostly on the offensive end, where point guard Jrue Holiday had little trouble navigating Rose’s replacements en route to 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting. The 76ers put six players in double figures and got strong performances from Evan Turner and Lou Williams. Philadelphia played 10 of its final 14 regular season games on the road and started the playoffs in Chicago, so the atmosphere at the Wells Fargo Center should be a welcome change of pace. The 76ers finished 19-14 at home during the regular season despite the April stumble.

TRENDS:

* Over is 7-1-1 in the last nine meetings in Philadelphia.
* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. The top rebounding team in the NBA during the season, Chicago was beaten on the boards, 38-32, in Game 2.

2. The 76ers switched their lineup in Game 2, moving Turner and Spencer Hawes into the starting five.

3. Rose, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in Game 1, likely won’t travel to Philadelphia for Games 3 and 4.



Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets (-4, 204)

Los Angeles leads series 2-0

THE STORY: The Denver Nuggets are hoping a variety of factors – the home crowd and mile-high altitude chief among them – will turn the moment in their first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers. Staring at a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-seven series, Denver will need to push the pace to exploit Los Angeles' age (read: Kobe Bryant) and negate the Lakers' overwhelming size advantage. Avoiding playing catch-up would also help the Nuggets, who have never led in the series.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, ALT

ABOUT THE LAKERS (29-29 ATS): Bryant was magnificent through three quarters on his way to a 38-point performance in Game 2, giving him 69 points in the series. With Bynum dominating the inside, Los Angeles has a 1-2 punch that the Nuggets have been unable to slow down, much less stop. Coming off his triple-double in Game 1, the 7-foot Bynum followed up with a career playoff-high 27 points Tuesday night. The behemoth center has had his way against Denver, averaging a shade under 25 points and 12 rebounds in four regular-season meetings.

ABOUT THE NUGGETS (37-31 ATS): Behind point guard Ty Lawson, Denver finally got its running game untracked and managed to chop a 19-point deficit to four late in the fourth quarter. But the Nuggets also trailed by 17 early in Game 1 and cannot afford to play from behind, particularly since they were among the league’s weakest 3-point shooting teams during the regular season. Shooting guard Arron Afflalo needs to get untracked. He averaged 18.7 points in the final month of the season, but has a combined 20 points on 7-of-23 shooting in the series.

TRENDS:

* Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Denver.
* Under is 20-6 in the last 26 meetings.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. Los Angeles is 42-1 when winning the first two games of a postseason series.

2. Denver is 0-5 all time against the Lakers in the playoffs.

3. Bryant struggled mightily in both regular-season meetings in Denver, shooting 13 of 51 overall and 2 of 12 from behind the arc.


Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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05/04/2012 07:16 PM

Friday's betting tips: Hawks cashing in road tests

Weather to watch
There’s a 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms when the Cubs host the Dodgers on Friday afternoon. A 9-mph wind will be blowing straight in from center, and temperatures will be in the high 60s.

Who’s hot

NBA: The Hawks are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games.

NBA: The over is 7-0 in the Bulls’ last seven games on two days’ rest.

NHL: Phoenix is 5-1 in its last six road games.

MLB: Arizona is 7-1 in Wade Miley’s last eight starts.

MLB: Miami is 9-4 in Josh Johnson’s last 13 starts vs. NL West teams.

Who’s not

NBA: The Lakers are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games after scoring 100 or points in their previous game.

NBA: The over is 6-20 in the last 26 Lakers-Nuggets games.

NHL: The over is 0-4-2 in Nashville’s last six home games.

MLB: Toronto is 1-5 in Henderson Alvarez’s last six starts.

MLB: The Red Sox are 0-6 in Jon Lester’s last six starts vs. winning teams.

Key stat

63% -- That’s what center Andrew Bynum is shooting from the floor in the Lakers’ playoff series with Denver. In a complete mismatch against the smaller Nuggets, Bynum has made 17 of 27 shots while blocking 12 shots and grabbing 22 rebounds in the first two games. Denver is set as a 4-point home favorite Friday.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Hawks forward Josh Smith has patellar tendinitis and is considered doubtful for Friday’s Game 3 in Boston, However, Smith is considered probable for Game 4 on Sunday. Smith got hurt on Tuesday when he banged knees with the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett. In Game 1, Smith carried Atlanta to victory with 22 points, 18 rebounds and four assists. He had 16 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two blocks before getting hurt in Game 2.

Game of the day

Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics (-8, 173.5)

Notable quotable

"It's very hard to change it if everybody is committed like they were. It's a statement. It's a privilege to play in the NHL playoffs for the Stanley Cup." – Nashville coach Barry Trotz on whether he’ll keep the same lineup for Friday’s Game 4, after the Preds won 2-0 in Game 3. Forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn were suspended for that game for what Trotz hinted were curfew violations.

Notes and tips

The Ravens moved from 12/1 to 15/1 to win the Super Bowl after it was learned that Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs had seriously injured his Achilles. Suggs said it happened during a conditioning test, but other reports suggest he got hurt playing basketball. Baltimore is hoping the Achilles is not fully torn. Suggs will meet with a foot specialist Tuesday. Last season, Suggs had 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions.

Celtics guard Ray Allen (ankle) went through a full 75-minute practice session on Thursday and hopes to play Friday against Atlanta. But his status is uncertain and could come down to a game-time decision. If Allen can’t play, Mickael Pietrus will continue serving as Boston’s sixth man.

Coyotes winger Lauri Korpikoski has missed two straight games with an undisclosed injury, and it’s unclear if he’ll return for Friday’s Game 4 in Nashville. Korpikoski also missed two games earlier in the playoffs with an upper body injury. In the regular season, he put up 17 goals and 20 assists.

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval went on the DL with a broken left hand that will keep him out four to six weeks. Conor Gillaspie was called up to replace him. Sandoval was hitting .315 with five homers and 15 RBIs, and his absence leaves a big hole in San Fran's lineup.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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05/05/2012 12:26 PM

Magic attempt to even series with Pacers Saturday


NBA PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEW

No. 3 INDIANA PACERS

at No. 6 ORLANDO MAGIC


Eastern Conference – First Round, Best-of-7 series
Game 4 - Indiana leads series 2-1
Tip-off: Saturday, 2:05 p.m. ET
Line: Indiana -5, Total: 181

After two straight lopsided losses, the Magic try to even up their series with the Pacers on Saturday afternoon.

The Magic’s offense has been absolutely dreadful in the past two games, scoring 76.0 PPG on 38.8% FG and 13-of-40 threes (32.5%). However, the Pacers are still struggling with their offense too, averaging only 89.0 PPG on 41.2% FG. Can the Magic even this series at 2-2 on Saturday? For the answer, connect to NBA Playoffs Best Bets for all the Expert picks for every playoff game during the 2012 postseason. Through Thursday, StatFox Brian has an outstanding 13-6 ATS mark (68.4%) in the playoffs, including a 9-2 ATS record since Monday. StatFox Dave had a perfect 2-0 Thursday to improve his playoff record to 11-8 ATS (58%).

All the Pacers have contributed nicely during this series, especially in the past two wins, prevailing 93-78 and 97-74. SF Danny Granger (20.3 PPG in series) shot just 34% (3-of-14 threes) in the first two games, but he found his rhythm in Game 3 with 26 points (9-of-16 FG, 5-of-9 threes) and nine rebounds. PF David West (13.7 PPG, 9.3 RPG in series) was just the opposite, with two great games (18.5 PPG, 10.0 RPG) followed by a dud in Game 3 (4 points, 2-of-9 FG). C Roy Hibbert (10.0 PPG, 12.0 RPG in series) has made his presence felt down low with 10+ rebounds in each game and a whopping 14 blocks for the series. And the backcourt of George Hill and Paul George both had strong showings in Game 3, combining for 27 points, six assists and just two turnovers. Hill tallied a +26 rating while George grabbed seven boards. Indiana is 20-14 SU (18-16 ATS) on the road this year, including 10-5 SU (7-8 ATS) as a road favorite.

PF Glen Davis is the only Magic starter producing consistently (18.7 PPG, 9.0 RPG in series), but he’s making just 42.6% FG. Orlando’s two starting forwards, Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu have shot horribly all series. Turkoglu is actually 4-for-7 from three-point range, but a comical 5-for-18 (27.8%) from inside the arc. Anderson can’t find the ocean right now. After averaging 16.1 PPG on 44% FG in the regular season, he has just 7.7 PPG on 32% FG so far this series. SG Jason Richardson has also disappeared since his great Game 1 showing (17 points, 5-of-8 threes). He’s scored a total of seven points on 3-of-13 shooting (0-for-4 threes) in the two losses combined. PG Jameer Nelson has also played poorly in his past two games, making just 7-of-23 shots with eight assists and five turnovers. The Magic are 21-13 SU (17-17 ATS) at home this season, including 3-4 (SU and ATS) as an underdog.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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05/05/2012 12:29 PM

Thunder go for sweep of Mavs on Saturday

NBA PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEW

No. 2 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

at No. 7 DALLAS MAVERICKS


Western Conference – First Round, Best-of-7 series
Game 4 - Oklahoma City leads series 3-0
Tip-off: Saturday, 7:35 p.m. ET
Line: Oklahoma City -1½, Total: 193½

The Thunder look to sweep the defending champion Mavericks off their home floor when the teams meet in Saturday’s Game 4.

After two competitive games in Oklahoma City, Dallas could not get it going in Thursday’s 95-79 loss. The Mavs shot just 34.2% FG as the Thunder drained 12-of-28 threes and led by 18 points after three quarters. Can the Mavericks avoid the sweep on Saturday night? For the answer, connect to NBA Playoffs Best Bets for all the Expert picks for every playoff game during the 2012 postseason. StatFox Brian has a 13-6 ATS mark (68.4%) in the playoffs, including a 9-2 ATS record since Monday. StatFox Dave had a perfect 2-0 Thursday to improve his playoff record to 11-8 ATS (58%).

The Thunder are 22-12 SU (19-15 ATS) on the road and are 6-1 SU, but just 2-5 ATS, in seven meetings with Dallas this season. In addition to Durant’s heroics, PG Russell Westbrook has also had a monster series with 25.7 PPG on 49.2% FG and 4-of-9 threes. The only negative is his ball distribution, as Westbrook has just 11 assists and 10 turnovers in the three games. SF James Harden is not shooting anywhere near what he’s capable of (49.1% FG in regular season) at 5-for-17 FG in the past two games. His other numbers have been good though during this two-game stretch: 12.5 PPG (14-of-16 FT), 5.5 RPG and 4.5 APG. PF Serge Ibaka has had two quality games (16.0 PPG, 8.5 PPG) sandwiched around a dud Game 2 (2 points, 4 rebounds). Seldom-used SG Daequan Cook provided a nice spark in Game 3 by scoring nine points (3-of-6 threes) in just 11 minutes.

The Mavericks are shooting just 39.9% FG during this series with C Ian Mahinmi (60% FG) the only player making more than half of his shots. Nowitzki is 0-for-5 from three-point range in the series and actually missed three foul shots in Game 3 (5-for-8 FT) despite making 90% of his free throws in the regular season. SG Jason Terry has gone cold in a hurry, making just 8-of-22 shots in the past two losses after an 8-for-10 shooting performance in Game 1. Terry dished out six assists in Game 3, but had four turnovers too. Three other usually reliable veterans also had poor shooting nights on Thursday. SF Shawn Marion was 1-for-8 from the floor, SG Vince Carter went 2-for-8 and PG Jason Kidd made just 4-of-12 shots. This trio posted ratings of -22, -18 and -15 respectively.

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05/05/2012 12:30 PM

Spurs aim for 3-0 series lead at Utah Saturday

NBA PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEW

No. 1 SAN ANTONIO SPURS

at No. 8 UTAH JAZZ


Western Conference – First Round, Best-of-7 series
Game 3 – San Antonio leads series 2-0
Tip-off: Saturday, 10:05 p.m. ET
Line: San Antonio -5½, Total: 202

The Spurs continue to roll, seeking a 13th straight victory when their first-round series shifts to Utah on Saturday night.

The first two games in this series were both blowouts, with San Antonio taking Game 1 106-91 and winning Game 2 by 31 points, 114-83. The Spurs are now 8-1 SU (6-2-1 ATS) versus the Jazz over the past two seasons. But Utah is an excellent home team at 25-8 (19-13 ATS), averaging 101.9 PPG at EnergySolutions Arena this season. Can the Jazz earn a series-saving victory on their home floor? For the answer, connect to NBA Playoffs Best Bets for all the Expert picks for every playoff game during the 2012 postseason. StatFox Brian has a 13-6 ATS mark (68.4%) in the playoffs, including a 9-2 ATS record since Monday. StatFox Dave had a perfect 2-0 Thursday to improve his playoff record to 11-8 ATS (58%).

San Antonio is a tremendous 22-11 SU (20-12-1 ATS) on the road, scoring 101.6 PPG away from home this season. So far in the series, the team is averaging 110.0 PPG on 52.4% FG and 41.0% threes. PG Tony Parker has been unstoppable with 23.0 PPG (55.2% FG), 8.5 APG and just 1.5 TOPG. C Tim Duncan has also loomed large despite the young and talented Utah big men guarding him. Duncan has 14.5 PPG (50% FG), 12.0 RPG and 3.0 APG in the series so far. And it’s just a matter of time before SG Manu Ginobili (53% FG in regular season) starts to heat up. He’s making just 31.3% of his shots (5-for-16) in the series, including 0-for-6 from downtown. But the Spurs have had plenty of other weapons to pick him up. SF Kawhi Leonard has 11.5 PPG on 8-of-12 shooting, PF Boris Diaw is chipping in 10.0 PPG (9-for-11 FG) and 5.5 RPG, and SG Stephen Jackson has 9.5 PPG, making 3-of-6 threes so far in this series.

PF Paul Millsap (14.5 PPG, 7.0 RPG in series) is really the only Utah player performing up to his capabilities this series though, making 48% of his shots. C Al Jefferson has just 13.0 PPG and 6.5 RPG in the two games, a far cry from his 19.2 PPG and 9.6 RPG during the regular season. He had just 10 points (5-of-15 FG) and four rebounds in 30 minutes of action in Game 2. PF Derrick Favors has done a nice job on the glass, grabbing 17 rebounds in the two games, including seven on the offensive end. He could see more minutes (23.5 MPG in series) on Saturday as the Jazz look to beef up their interior even more. Utah’s guards have been completely ineffective in the two games. SG Gordon Hayward (31% FG), PG Devin Harris (31% FG) and PG Jamaal Tinsley (29% FG) have all disappointed. Harris has a pathetic three assists and seven turnovers in 49 minutes in this series.

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05/05/2012 12:33 PM

Grizzlies seek rare road win over Clippers Saturday


NBA PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEW

No. 4 MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

at No. 5 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS


Western Conference – First Round, Best-of-7 series
Game 3 – Series tied 1-1
Tip-off: Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET
Line: Los Angeles -3, Total: 187½

The Grizzlies rebounded from Game 1’s stunning collapse with a victory, sending the series to Los Angeles for a pivotal Game 3 on Saturday afternoon.

Not only is Memphis 15-18 SU (13-19-1 ATS) on the road, but it is just 2-9 SU (4-7 ATS) in the past six seasons when visiting the Clippers. However, the Grizzlies controlled the paint in Wednesday’s Game 2 victory. They outrebounded the Clips 37-28 and shot 39 free throws compared to just 18 for Los Angeles. Which team will prevail on Saturday? For the answer, connect to NBA Playoffs Best Bets for all the Expert picks for every playoff game during the 2012 postseason. StatFox Brian has a 13-6 ATS mark (68.4%) in the playoffs, including a 9-2 ATS record since Monday. StatFox Dave had a perfect 2-0 Thursday to improve his playoff record to 11-8 ATS (58%).

SF Rudy Gay leads the team with 20.0 PPG (52% FG) in the series, and has also done a nice job defensively with 6.0 RPG and three steals. SG O.J. Mayo (18.5 PPG in series) is looking to stay hot after a huge performance in Game 2, coming off the bench to knock down 20 points in 24 minutes. SG Tony Allen (8.0 PPG in series) has been bothered by a knee injury, but still played his typical relentless defense, racking up three steals and two blocks. The Grizzlies are still looking for more out of their big men, C Marc Gasol and PF Zach Randolph. Gasol averaged 14.6 PPG and 8.9 RPG in the regular season, but those numbers have plummeted to 11.0 PPG and 5.5 RPG in this series. Randolph has just 10.5 PPG in the series (17.3 PPG in career) and is shooting only 9-for-24 FG (37.5%). But he had some big moments in Game 2, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds and two of his team’s 13 steals. PG Mike Conley (2.2 SPG in regular season) has not yet recorded a steal, but his offense has been great with 18.0 PPG, 7.0 APG and just 2.0 TOPG in the series so far.

The Clippers hung around in Game 2 by completely outshooting Memphis from downtown (56% threes to 17% threes), but were done in by 20 turnovers. L.A.’s dynamic duo of PG Chris Paul and PF Blake Griffin have turned the ball over a combined 15 times in the series, but are both shooting well over 50 percent from the floor. Paul has a team-high 21.5 PPG (52% FG) and 8.5 APG in the series while Griffin has 19.5 PPG (53% FG) and 8.0 RPG in the two games. Although Paul has been a bit careless with the basketball, he had no such trouble controlling games at home this year, with an amazing 5.2 assist-to-turnover ratio (10.0 APG, 1.9 TOPG). SG Nick Young has shot lights-out in the series, scoring 15.0 PPG on 63% FG and 6-of-7 threes. Backup PG Mo Williams has also provided instant offense with 20 points (7-of-14 FG) in just 37 minutes of action over the two games.

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