April 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM #50287
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2013 NBA Betting: Next Week’s Picks For Games On Monday, April 1
Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Atlanta Hawks – Monday, April 1
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 Cavaliers and the Hawks. You don’t have to be a legal online sports betting genius in order to realize that the odds of Cleveland winning twice in Atlanta in the same season are minimal to begin with. The Hawks can be a Jekyll-and-Hyde team, but any club with at least 45 wins (the Hawks are likely to win that many games by the time the regular season is over) generally doesn’t lose twice at home in the same season to an opponent that will win no more than 27 or 28 games (as is the case with Cleveland this season).
However, even if you give the Cavaliers a decent chance of winning this game based on Cleveland’s win in Atlanta earlier this season, there’s a simple difference this time around: Kyrie Irving – by far the Cavaliers’ best player – won’t be on the floor in this contest. The Hawks own a substantial advantage for that reason alone.
NBA Betting Pick: Atlanta
Game 2: San Antonio Spurs @ Memphis Grizzlies – Monday, April 1
When you pore over the numbers in an online sportsbook, it’s clear that while the Spurs are going to finish well ahead of Memphis in the final Western Conference standings, the Grizzlies should be given the edge in this contest. San Antonio is the recipient of a brutal schedule in the first week of April. The Spurs play the Miami Heat at home on the night of Sunday, March 31, and must then travel to Memphis to begin April the very next night. Back-to-back sets are hard enough; back-to-backs with the second game being on the road are even more difficult; back-to-backs with Miami and Memphis on both ends are profoundly grueling. The Spurs are going to find tough sledding in Memphis; it will be such a clear challenge for this team to find enough energy to play well on the road. Choose the Grizzlies in this situation.
NBA Betting Pick: Memphis
Game 3: Orlando Magic @ Houston Rockets – Monday, April 1
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 complicated factors when necessary, but keep things simple in circumstances that allow for a straightforward angle. Orlando is an awful team, having lost to Charlotte on March 27. The Magic are in no shape to take down the Rockets and James Harden. Orlando is outgunned at almost every spot on the floor. What’s more is that Houston has played at a steady clip in the second half of the NBA season, solidifying its playoff position while some of its foremost competitors, the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers, have been a lot more wobbly and prone to fluctuations in performance. Choose Houston here.
There’s more to be found on the latest betting odds for NBA basketball in 2013.
NBA Betting Pick: Houston
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