April 21, 2013 at 10:44 AM #51238
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2013 NBA Betting – NBA Picks For Games On Sunday, April 21
Eastern Conference First Round, Game 1:
(6) Atlanta Hawks @ (3) Indiana Pacers – Sunday, April 21
On one hand, the Indiana Pacers are far less than whole as they enter the postseason. For one thing, their best and most dynamic scorer, Danny Granger, won’t play in the playoffs due to persistent injuries that basically hijacked this 2012-2013 season. Granger is a tall and rangy forward who was able to step out and hit deep jumpers, yet also drive the ball to the basket and use his frame to play over the top of slightly smaller defenders. Granger’s mix of shooting ability, athleticism, and court presence gave so much texture and form to Indiana’s offense. Without him, Indiana simply struggles to a much greater extent at the offensive end of the floor.
Then again, consider the other side of the equation: Indiana is a terrific defensive team. No matter what else you might think about the Pacers, they get after it at the defensive end because their head coach, Frank Vogel, insists on a strong work ethic and demands a high effort level from every one of his players. Indiana doesn’t seem likely to beat the New York Knicks in the second round because the Knicks have plenty of shooters, enough to outflank the Pacers’ defense. Atlanta, though, cannot boast the same degree of firepower, putting the Pacers in a very good position in this series. Atlanta’s lack of consistent production and wise shot selection at the offensive end of the floor will give Indiana a Game 1 opening. The Pacers will take it and set the tempo in this first-round encounter.
NBA Betting Pick: Indiana
Eastern Conference First Round, Game 1:
(8) Milwaukee Bucks @ (1) Miami Heat – Sunday, April 21
When immersed in the world of online sports betting, it’s generally recommended to go with the more proven team, even if the opponent can light up the scoreboard. Yes, Milwaukee has a puncher’s chance because it has two guys who can light up the scoreboard. Brandon Jennings isn’t tall, but he is very quick and can get on a hot streak. If he can find the hot hand for a six- or seven-minute stretch in the first half, he can draw attention from the rest of Miami’s defense, to the point that the Heat might hedge at the top of the key and commit more bodies to Jennings than they’d like. If Jennings can distort the shape of Miami’s defense in such a fashion, Monta Ellis will then be able to get more – and better – opportunities to score at the two-guard spot. Milwaukee can spread the court and get the kind of spacing it wants in its halfcourt sets. The Bucks might have a tough time stopping LeBron James when playing defense, but if they can score at a high rate, they can win a racehorse-style contest and force the Heat to shoot over 55 percent in order to win.
However, do you really think Milwaukee can sustain such a scoring pace and not get worn down by Miami’s tireless defense? The Heat win games not just because of flash, but because of their commitment to defense. Milwaukee might have a few moments here and there, but delivering the goods for 48 minutes against the defending champions is quite another matter. Take the Heat here.
NBA Betting Pick: Miami
Western Conference First Round, Game 1:
(7) Los Angeles Lakers @ (2) San Antonio Spurs – Sunday, April 21
The contents of a 5dimes.com review will tell you that the Spurs should win this series solely because Kobe Bryant won’t be around to help the Lakers. It’s not complicated: When a team’s best player and spiritual leader is unavailable, its opponent should be able to get the job done. San Antonio doesn’t have a healthy Tony Parker or Manu Ginobili in this series, but the full course of the regular season showed the NBA community that the Spurs’ spare parts and their coaching are much better than what the Lakers have to offer once Kobe is removed from the calculus. Take San Antonio here without a second thought.
NBA Betting Pick: San Antonio
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