April 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM #51523
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2013 NBA Betting – NBA Picks For Games On Friday, April 26
Eastern Conference First Round, Game 3:
New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics – Friday, April 26
Whether you want to become a betting agent or merely continue to join in the action at premier sports betting outlets across the country, you will receive a fair amount of debate on this game in the days and hours before it begins. On one hand, New York seems to hold all the cards in this series. The Knicks have played two mediocre first halves and have trailed the Boston Celtics at halftime in both Game 1 and Game 2. However, New York cruised in the second half of each game, winning fairly comfortably in Game 1 this past Saturday and in a genuinely lopsided fashion in Game 2 on Tuesday night. The Knicks held Boston to just 25 second-half points in Game 1. Surely, it seemed that Boston would not replicate such a horrible performance in Game 2. Yet, improbably, the Celtics managed to play even worse. Boston tallied just 23 points after halftime on Tuesday, underperforming relative to what it did on Saturday.
It’s very hard to see how Boston can possibly win this series, but the debate here is this: Can Boston win Game 3 with its back to the wall? This is a different discussion than a series-based conversation. The Celtics are a proud team. They play their best – and their hardest – precisely when they get written off or pushed into a difficult situation. Moreover, it is not likely that the Celtics will fail to score at least 35 points in yet another second half. You should see a more confident side of this Boston squad in the second half of Game 3. If the Celtics answer the bell after halftime, they should be able to win at least one game in this series. Game 3 is the typical time when a team that loses a series in five games grabs its one victory in a best-of-seven battle.
NBA Betting Pick: Boston
Western Conference First Round, Game 3:
San Antonio Spurs @ Los Angeles Lakers – Friday, April 26
When immersed in the world of online sports betting, it’s generally recommended to weigh different forces and tension points when making a pick. This is not always the case; sometimes, one team or set of factors looms large, to the point that it is not necessary to calibrate a prediction or betting play. However, in this series between the Spurs and the Lakers, Game 3 requires a delicate choice: Will San Antonio – old and frail but still in possession of quite a lot of basketball wisdom – be able to impose itself on the Lakers in Los Angeles? Or, on the other hand, will the Lakers – lacking Kobe Bryant but carrying the banner for a franchise that expects to win – perform above their abilities and generate the production they need from Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol in order to ultimately prevail? The sense here is that in Game 3, with Laker fans revved up to an unusual degree (the Lakers don’t normally encounter a situation this urgent in the early stages of the NBA postseason), Howard and Gasol will do what they need to do. The Lakers will snatch a win here.
NBA Betting Pick: Los Angeles Lakers
Western Conference First Round, Game 3:
Denver Nuggets @ Golden State Warriors – Friday, April 26
The contents of a 5dimes.com review will tell you that the Golden State Warriors couldn’t have played much better on Tuesday in Game 2 of this series, while the Denver Nuggets couldn’t have played much worse. Will Game 2 establish the template for the rest of this series, or will Denver restore order instead? Denver forward Kenneth Faried, returning from an injury in Game 2, was simply not ready to play. He might have his legs under him in Game 3, though, and his ability to shake off rust might be the ingredient the Nuggets need in order to regain the defensive intensity that makes them so good. Golden State, without David Lee, is still fighting the odds in this series. If Denver can limit Golden State to fewer than 105 points, it should feel good about its chances on Friday. Take the Nuggets in this spot.
NBA Betting Pick: Denver
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