April 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM #51144
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2013 NBA Betting – Intriguing Calculus Emerges As Hawks Host Raptors In Game 81
The Atlanta Hawks will be a part of the 2013 NBA Playoffs, but their seeding for the event is not yet known. The Hawks face a fascinating situation as they prepare to host the Toronto Raptors.
Toronto Raptors @ Atlanta Hawks – Tuesday, April 16
Online sports betting line:
Why Toronto Will Win
If you think that professional sports teams will measure their levels of performance in late-season games in order to gain a better playoff draw, you should then think that Toronto has a really good chance to win this contest. A look at the Eastern Conference standings could very easily lead you to think that Atlanta, despite playing at home and being the generally better team, might not be very motivated to play or win this game. You don’t have to be a sportsbetting whiz to realize that the Hawks are tangled with the Chicago Bulls in the last real seeding fight in the East. All the other seeds are fairly locked in at this point, but the fifth and sixth seeds are still uncertain. Atlanta will be playing this game after three straight days off (Saturday through Monday). There is a possibility that Chicago could either win two games (on Sunday and Monday versus Miami and Orlando) or lose both of them, thereby making the Hawks’ seeding much clearer. However, the likely occurrence – regardless of the gambling software you adopt for your betting business – is that Chicago will lose to Miami and win at Orlando, thereby leaving the matter unsettled by the time the Hawks take the floor for this game.
Atlanta, noticing that the fifth seed would mean a second-round contest against the Miami Heat, might want to play its way into the sixth seed in order to avoid the Heat until the Eastern Conference Finals. Atlanta might feel it has a very good shot at beating the third-seeded Indiana Pacers in the first round. The Hawks could play reserves and rest their starters for the upcoming postseason, giving Toronto the opening it needs.
Why Atlanta Will Win
When you examine a betting website such as 5dimes.com, you can make a very clear and convincing case in support of the notion that the Hawks will play to win this game and get the fifth seed in the playoffs. Atlanta could think about avoiding Miami until the East finals, but it could also arrive at the conclusion that it will have a better chance of beating the Brooklyn Nets in the first round than the Indiana Pacers. Brooklyn is a conspicuously unproven playoff team. Indiana pushed the Miami Heat hard in last year’s Eastern Conference second round series, making the Pacers more formidable at this time of year. Atlanta could conclude that it needs to win one round in the playoffs instead of worrying about advancing two rounds. If the Hawks commit to winning this game and think that dropping a seed just isn’t worth it, they should pound Toronto at home.
Who Will Win
The Atlanta Hawks have not earned the right to worry about winning two playoff series; they need to focus on winning one. The fifth seed is worth keeping for Atlanta; it should play hard and beat Toronto.
NBA Betting Pick: Atlanta
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