April 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM #51143
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2013 NBA Betting – NBA Picks For Games On Wednesday, April 17
Game 1: Atlanta Hawks @ New York Knicks – Wednesday, April 17
No matter which betting services you do business with, you are going to find it hard to bet against the Knicks in this game, even though some of their players – Tyson Chandler – appear to be resting, while others (Kenyon Martin, Amar’e Stoudemire) are injured. It’s true that some of the Knicks, especially Martin and Stoudemire – will not be able to be replaced before the playoffs. The Knicks won’t be able to find quality players who can produce at the defensive end (Martin) or in offensive sets (Stoudemire). Yet, for all the ways in which New York is physically hurting, it should be able to claim this victory on Wednesday.
If you want to join in the action at premier online sports betting outlets across the country, you are going to run up against this realization: When the Knicks take the court, they will very possibly be playing to decide Atlanta’s postseason fate in terms of seeding. The Hawks might enter this game a half-game ahead of the Chicago Bulls for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, which would leave the Bulls sixth. New York has to deal with its first-round series before worrying about the second round, but in this regular-season finale, the Knicks can knock Atlanta to the sixth seed and elevate Chicago to the fifth slot. This would remove Chicago from the Knicks’ half of the East bracket and put the Bulls in the same half of the draw as the Miami Heat. New York would much rather have Atlanta in its half of the East bracket than Chicago. The Knicks can basically determine which team they’d rather have as a possible second-round opponent. New York will go ahead and win this game, even though its own seeding (second) is locked in. The Knicks want to reshape the landscape for other teams, and Atlanta will get the short end of the stick.
NBA Betting Pick: New York Knicks
Game 2: Washington Wizards @ Chicago Bulls – Wednesday, April 17
When perusing bet online reviews, you will find it reasonable to pick Washington here, but you’d probably still want to lean to Chicago. The Bulls could approach this game with an attitude that says, “We don’t want to play the Miami Heat in the second round; we want to get Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals.” If the Bulls take that approach, they might tank this game to get the sixth seed and stay out of Miami’s half of the East bracket. Then again, Chicago is led by head coach Tom Thibodeau, a hard-driving coach who insists on supreme defensive effort from his charges each time they take the court. Chicago’s defensive rotations will probably limit Washington’s effectiveness on offense and garner a win for the Bulls.
NBA Betting Pick: Chicago
Game 3: Milwaukee Bucks @ Oklahoma City Thunder – Wednesday, April 17
A sound sports bet generally favors talented teams over less talented teams, and the basic logic of such a claim is enhanced when the more talented team has something to play for. It could very well be that when Oklahoma City begins this game, it can wrap up the top seed in the Western Conference with a victory. The Thunder would love to host the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals instead of having to begin the series in Texas. Give Oklahoma City the overwhelming advantage in this contest as a result.
NBA Betting Pick: Oklahoma City
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