Category Archives: Previews

Rondo Cursed, Magic Win + Lakers at Suns Game 4 Preview

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Lakers dominate Suns; Celtics @ Magic, Game 2

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Conference Championships Preview: Lakers v. Suns; Celtics v. Magic

Lakers  -360

Suns     +270

I’ve been betting against my heart and against the Suns every series so far this playoffs.  This series will be no different. I absolutely love Steve Nash — I watched virtually every one of his games with the Mavericks.  I love Alvin Gentry, the Suns coach.  I love Suns basketball, which is the closest you can get to Don Nelson basketball without having Nellie himself.  I was very impressed by how the Suns picked apart the Spurs in the last series.

But I don’t see any way they can beat the Lakers.  Here are the problems:

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Recaps and Previews: Magic and Lakers Sweep; Celtics @ Cavs for Game 5

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Felicitaciones a Los Suns

Congratulations to the Suns organization for courageously stepping up in the face of Arizona’s outrageous new law targeting the Latino community, by having the team wear “Los Suns” jerseys for tonight’s game against the Spurs.

Part of me will be rooting for the Suns in this game.

The part that doesn’t have to pay the rent!

Recaps and Previews: Celtics v. Cavs; Spurs v. Suns; Hawks v. Magic; Jazz v. Lakers

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Spurs v. Suns Preview (with Celtics v. Cavs bonus coverage)

I’ve taken the Spurs in this series, +120.  That’s not a great price for the team that doesn’t have home court.  But I think it’s a good bet, regardless.  Home court doesn’t mean diddly to this uber-experienced, uber-tough Spurs team. As their round one humiliation of the Mavericks showed.     Continue reading

Jazz v. Lakers Preview

The line in this series is -500 Lakers +350 Jazz.  I don’t like to bet 5-1 favorites, and won’t, but I think this line is actually too low.  What are the odds of Kobe Bryant or Pau Gasol suffering a major injury?  Those are the true odds for the Jazz to win this series.

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Round One Recap; Celtics v. Cavs Preview

I made one series bet in the first round one:  Celtics -180 over the Heat.  This line was a gift from the gods, and possibly Bill Simmons.  I wonder if his negative opinion of his favorite team moved the line at all.  The Heat had no chance to win this series, and it should have gone off at 7-1 or better. Probably the best series line I’ve seen since Celtics +170 against the Lakers in the finals.

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NBA Playoffs Preview: Heat v. Celtics, Bulls v. Cavs, Spurs v. Mavs, Thunder v. Lakers

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