Decided not to focus on one game, but to give you my thoughts on several games I found interesting tonight.
Portland Trailblazers – Atlanta Hawks
Portland and Atlanta both been hot lately, winning 4 out of 6 last games. Portland been amazing from behind the arc in those wins, at least sporadically. They shot no less than 42.3% behind the arc, including the amazing 54.8% behind the arc against the Wizards and that’s what helped them win games and it sure helped that three out of the four wins were against bottom 10 teams when it comes to defending 3 points shots.
Portland are a good shooting team, but even after this amazing display, they are ranked 8th in the league in three point percentage. It’s always dangerous to bet on shooting drought in team’s home, but Hawks usually play Portland well and I think it’s either Hawks or skip tonight.
Houston Rockets – Detroit Pistons
Pistons are a healthy team and Rockets… I’m giving up to try and guess what kind of a team Rockets are. I sure know they aren’t a good team. They are a crazy team that can win or lose to any team on any given night, but it’s always a good idea to fade them, when they are playing Eastern rival. Rockets are 4 – 11 ATS against Eastern Conference this season, including 2 – 7 ATS at home.
Pistons in good form, Rockets are bouncing up and down, going from bad to awful to almost good and back to awful again.
Pistons or nothing for me here.
Washington – Miami
Terrible spot for the Heat, schedule wise, injuries wise and just a giant mess all around. I really doubt that Udrih or Dragic could guard Wall (I’m sure they couldn’t), but young Johnson is way over his head, suddenly playing 30+ minutes a night as starting (and only) point guard for the Heat, since Udrih and Dragic went down injured.
Long road trip, one home game and another long road trip is the worst possible thing to an aging roster that has several injuries.
Wizards off two home losses, will do everything they can, not to lose three in a row. Bad luck against Boston, Portland catching fire from three point line and four games winning streak seems like something from the far past, but it’s not.
Porter, Gooden and Humphries are out, but Wizards in much better spot than the Heat.
Wizards -4, 1.93 odds – 7 units play – Pinnacle
Orlando – Philadelphia
Don’t sleep on the Sixers. Ish Smith, D’Antoni and Colangelo – all were brought for one reason only. To stop the tanking. Sixers are bad and will be this season, next season and maybe even further down the line – but they will try to play hard now and win. They will fail most of the nights, but they can easily be a covering machine for a short term.
Tonight it appears that bookies finally put the correct line on them, making them mediocre dogs in Orlando.
Skipping this one, since there will be better chances to bet on the Sixers, but won’t fade them now for sure.
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