March 18, 2013 at 9:20 AM #49243
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Game 1: Washington Wizards @ Charlotte Bobcats – Monday, March 18
At various betting websites in North America or the United Kingdom, you’re not going to get a lot of conflicting opinions on this Monday’s game between the Wizards and the Bobcats. Yes, a lot of casual basketball fans and less-than-maniacal sports fans will probably dismiss each of these teams in the same breath and to the same degree, thinking that the Wizards and Bobcats are both non-playoff teams without any quality at all. However, the fact that these clubs will both miss the postseason is one of the few things they have in common. So many other things are different.
You don’t have to be a legal online sports betting genius in order to realize that the Wizards, after starting the season 4-28, have produced a winning record in their next 30 games. They’re 5-5 in their last 10 games, which is better than every other non-playoff team in the Eastern Conference, with the sole exception of Cleveland. Washington is making steady improvements as the season approaches its endpoint. Charlotte, which started the season 7-5 and thereby won more games in its first 12 outings than Washington did in its first 34 (6-28), has been less effective and less powerful as the season has gone along.
These teams are going in opposite directions, and since Washington gets the day off on Sunday, March 17, it should not play this game with a lack of rest. The Wizards should be able to impose their style of play on the Bobcats and win on the road. NBA Betting Pick: Washington
Game 2: Indiana Pacers @ Cleveland Cavaliers – Monday, March 18
When you pore over the numbers in an online sportsbook, it’s clear that while the Cavaliers have been one of the better non-playoff teams in the Eastern Conference over the past few weeks, splitting five of 10 games and maintaining a certain level of quality on a regular basis, Indiana is still the obvious and recommended choice here. The Pacers entered the third weekend of March having won nine of their last 12 games.
They’re prone to offensive droughts, but they’re a high-level defensive team with the size and length that bothers opponents and does not allow many easy buckets. Indiana is constructed to be a strong road team, a team that can win with its effort level, its power, and its physical superiority. Cleveland has Kyrie Irving, but will he and Dion Waiters be able to take down the Pacers by themselves? It’s doubtful that they will. Take Indiana here. NBA Betting Pick: Indiana
Game 3: New York Knicks @ Utah Jazz – Monday, March 18
When you step up to the betting window to make an NBA betting pick or a college football betting play, you should always account for injuries and the grind of a punishing season. This long road trip through the Western United States is clearly taking a toll on the New York Knicks. Tyson Chandler got injured in a Wednesday loss at Denver. Amar’e Stoudemire is out for an extended period of time; not necessarily the full season, but definitely for a few more weeks. The Knicks looked very ragged, worn and weary in each of the first two games of their Western swing at Golden State (Monday, March 11) and Denver (Wednesday).
This game in Utah is the final stop for New York on its road trip. Given that the Knicks beat the Jazz by 29 points in the Big Apple on March 9, just before embarking on this journey through the West, one would think that Utah will want to gain revenge and will have the energy it needs to play its best. One must also add that New York will be playing the back end of a back-to-back set in this game, having played the Clippers in Los Angeles on Sunday. Utah is in very good shape for this game. It sets up well for the Jazz.
There’s more to be found on the latest betting odds for NBA basketball in 2013. NBA Betting Pick: Utah
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