Bobcats v. Magic
I got a little lucky in the first game. I was willing to take 8 points with the Bobcats, but the line was +9.5, giving me the half point win. Or did I get lucky? I certainly wasn’t planning on the sight of Stephen Jackson writhing on the floor in pain in the first half, with a hyper-extended knee.
Jennings vs. The Hawks! Wade vs. The Celtics! Durant vs. The Lakers! Stoudemire vs. Camby!
Feltbot vs. The Bookies!
Jump for a preview of Day 4 of the 2010 NBA playoffs!
This is a very odd year in the NBA. I cannot recall a season where so many important players were fighting through injury coming into the playoffs: Kobe, Bynum, KMart, Parker, Hill, Marion, Kirilenko, Okur, Shaq, Garnett, Pierce, Jackson, Noah. Needless to say, it makes it extremely difficult to evaluate even otherwise mundane series. But here we go:
Would you like a 3.3% return on your money in a one-week investment? Put everything in your savings on the Cavaliers to win this series. (That’s a joke, haters!) But a word to the wise: Do NOT bet against Lebron in any playoff series this year. David Stern badly wants Lebron to win this year, and betting against what David Stern wants is like setting a blowtorch to your money. Just ask Mark Cuban and Bill Simmons. No Bet.
Well, after getting back from vacation yesterday, I had one day to qualify for the 10k World Poker Tour in San Jose, and managed to win my first satellite. So I’ll be extending my break from blogging for at least another day (and hopefully several more!) to play in this tournament. If you want to follow my progress, I’ll be posting updates on Twitter on my feltbot account.
Jump for my last Mavs bet update:
Yes, just as things are once again getting heated in Warriors land with Biedrins-gate, feltbot is off to the Mexican riviera for a much needed stint of Warriors rehab. I’ll be gone 10 days, missing the next 6 games, including the brutal 4 road games in 5 nights stretch next week. It’s probably just as well. My Lagavulin bill has been killing me.
Dallas Mavericks: The biggest winners, by far, of the trade deadline were the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs dumped the contracts of Josh Howard and Drew Gooden on the Wizards in return for two very good players, Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood.
In Butler, the Mavs finally have something they have been lacking for the last two years: a legitimate two-guard with size. Butler is great on both sides of the ball. At 6-7 he has the potential to be a stopper at the two, like Stephen Jackson. In fact, having Butler and Marion at the wings could be every bit as effective for Dallas as having Jackson and Wallace at the wings is for Charlotte. If you don’t think that’s effective, check out the latest whipping Charlotte put on Lebron and company.
The Charlotte Bobcats blew out the Wizards in Washington in their last game 92-76. Nick Young, the Wizards promising young shooting guard, had averaged 20 pts. in his previous two games. Jackson got him out of the game quickly, by posting him up and drawing two quick fouls. Young finished 4-11 for 10 pts. The Bobcats now have a four game winning streak, that includes a win against the Cavs. They are now 6-1 ATS since the Jackson trade, 5-1 ATS since I began the Bobcats Bet.
Monta vs. Kobe! The Lakers invade the Oracle tonight. We’re hoping that the newly super-charged Warriors can get an upset win, but let’s be real, all eyes will be focused on the battle of one-named wonders. Can Monta do to Kobe what he did to Brandon Roy?
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Tagged Charlotte Bobcats, Devean George, Don Nelson, Golden State Warriors, Kobe, Lakers, Monta Ellis, Rony Turiaf, stephen jackson
The Bobcats blew out the Raptors 116-81 in their last game. A quick look at the boxscore shows us that Toronto’s wings (DeRozan, Belinelli, Turkoglu, Jack) were a combined 9-37 from the field, for a shooting percentage of less than .250. Do you think adding Stephen Jackson to Gerald Wallace on the wings has helped the Bobcats defense?
Bobcats Update: The Bobcats beat a good Pacers team 104-88 tonight. The Bobcats are now 3-1 ATS since Jackson joined the team, 2-1 ATS since I began the Bobcats Bet. The line of -1 indicates to me that the bookies are still behind the curve on the new-look Bobcats.
I watched this game, and ascribe this win largely to the efforts of Stephen Jackson. He is still struggling to find his role in Brown’s offense, but put the Bobcats on his back defensively. He held Danny Granger to 18 pts. on 5-14 shooting.