Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Short Card, a Respite

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sports Wagering: NBA

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Dallas Mavericks with a total of N/A;
Revenge time, once again, in the NBA - seems like just about everyone has someone they want to beat these days, and that's not uncommon, since this is likely going to be a recurring theme in some of our wagers. In this particular case, it's a nice little home revenge spot from the Mavs beating down on Oklahoma City in the Thunder's building. Now, the Thunder have a rare chance to face the Mavs at less than full strength, and I'd be very, very surprised if Oklahoma City wasn't looking to exploit that fact and get a win over a tough competitor. We know Oklahoma City is coming off a pair of losses, one each to the Spurs (a demoralizing defeat, again), and then a close, hard-fought game with Memphis. They want to grab this road win and take some momentum back, they've been very strong off SU losses, and Dallas is vulnerable right now. I'm also curious about the total, since Dallas has been getting embroiled in some uglier games without Dirk, and they may want to try to keep it that way against an offensively skilled club like the Thunder. Lean to OKLAHOMA CITY on the side, and waiting on the total, but intrigued by it.

Denver Nuggets (-5.5) @ Sacramento Kings with a total of 208;
That magical number of 5.5 for a road favorite on the second half of a back-to-back. So screwy, so tough to resist. We know Denver hasn't been particularly impressive on the road, and we know Sacramento is starting to play with a bit more passion at home. Problem is, Sacramento is prone to long bouts of offensive inefficiency, and it took Atlanta playing every man from the deepest recesses of the bench to let the Kings back into their last game. The Kings just simply might not have the firepower to keep up in a game like this one, that is, if Denver cares enough to play a full game. With Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen back, the Nuggets finally have a little edge to them, and that is powering their recent mini-surge. Believe me, I'm tempted, and I do lean just slightly to the KINGS, but with Denver apparently heating up just a bit, we need the results of the Clippers game to make a truly informed decision. I also have a small lean to the OVER.

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