Unless you made the time to wager on some of the All-Star festivities, you had a nice four day vacation away from betting professional basketball. You won't have another break betting for just under two months from now
Unless you made the time to wager on some of the All-Star festivities, you had a nice four day vacation away from betting professional basketball. You won't have another break betting for just under two months from now, when the regular season ends. It is often said that it is time to be more selective after the All-Star break as certain teams go in the tank, some playoff contenders rise to the occasion, while others fail and the best teams become a bit bored when playing bad clubs. Here is a look at three teams looking for a fast start for the remaining portion of the NBA schedule. After taking this in, be sure to visit the LIVE ODDS page for the latest lines on today's games.
The Orlando Magic (38-13, 34-17 ATS) is still learning about life after Jameer Nelson and is looking to return to earlier season form. The Magic are 2-3 SU and ATS since Nelson went down with injury and were stumbling a bit even before then. Though Orlando is 20-6 (16-10 ATS) at home, they are just 4-3 in last seven and are coming off worst shooting performance of the season, as they missed 69.6 percent of their shots, in scoring a mere 73 points against Denver.
When you score that few of points, it is usually a team effort and Orlando is 41-14-1 ATS after a straight up loss. The Magic face a Charlotte club that has been remade since Larry Brown returned as coach. The Bobcats (21-31, 31-21 ATS) are two games behind Milwaukee in the loss column for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference and recently traded for former Laker Vladimir Radmanovic, who could be a terrific outside threat. Charlotte is 6-17 on the road, with quality 14-9 ATS record and they are 7-2 ATS in next game after covering the number.
Orlando is 7-1 SU and ATS hosting Charlotte, with the home team 14-3 ATS.
The New Orleans franchise is glad to be returning to health and is looking to be a real factor in the stretch run. The Hornets lost six of their last eight before the break as Chris Paul, Peja Stojakovic, David West and Tyson Chandler have all been on the sidelines at some point lately. These four players haven't been on the court together since Jan. 17 and it remains uncertain when they all will be again, with Chandler still out.
Paul played in last game against Boston and looked fresh and ready to go in the All-Star contest. "I was a little nervous about what I could do, whether I could cut," he said. "It's one thing in practice, playing two-on-two, but it's another thing playing at game speed. But I'm excited because now I feel good to go."
It would appear New Orleans (30-20, 22-27-1 ATS) is starting in the right location to get the remainder of the season going, traveling to Oklahoma City (13-40, 31-21-1 ATS). The Hornets have stung Oklahoma City seven straight times (4-3 ATS) and are 28-13 ATS after two or more consecutive losses. The Thunder is inept 10-18 at home, but is showing signs of life after miserable start in their new town. Thanks largely to Kevin Durant, the Thunder have struck, winning and covering four of last five at home and are 18-9 ATS playing a team with a winning record.
Sportsbook.com has New Orleans as three-point road favorites and the Hornets are 21-6-1 ATS when favored by less than five points.
The city of Phoenix by most accounts did a splendid job hosting the All-Star and now the team that resides where the event was hosted has to pull together from what looks like a situation that is ready to detonate. The Terry Porter saga turns out to be nothing more than a folly and almost everyone associated with it has blood on their hands. Owner Robert Sarver is looking like a buffoon, GM Steve Kerr inexperienced and the players childish and foolish. Porter also was part of the problem, never relating to this group of iron-willed players.
Assistant Alvin Gentry steps in and will return to run and gun offense. "We are who we are and I think we have to go back to trying to establish a breakneck pace like we've had in the past," Gentry said.
The Suns (28-23, 18-32-1 ATS) have the worst home record in the NBA among the true playoff contenders at this time at 14-10 and are miserable 8-16 ATS. Not sure if you could call the Suns time off rest, with all the unrest surrounding the team, and they are 1-9-1 ATS with three or more days between games. Phoenix has a home and home with the L.A. Clippers (13-40, 22-31 ATS), starting in Arizona and they are 3-8-1 ATS versus teams with losing record.
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