With the Department of Justice shutting down the three major poker sites in America, this past week has been a little crazy for me so excuse my absence. Now, let’s pick some winners.
1. @New York Knicks (-3.5) vs. Boston Celtics
This game means SO much more to the Knicks and the city of New York than it does to the Boston Celtics. The Celtics will still win this series in 5 games, but tonight it’s all about the blue and orange.
2. Orlando Magic (-2) @Atlanta Hawks
In Superman we trust. The first two games have been frustrating for the Magic, but they are clearly a superior team. The Hawks have no home-court advantage, so I am very surprised that this line is only two-points in favor of Orlando. Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson struggled mightily in the first two games, and if either decides to pick it up then the Magic will run away with this one.
3. Los Angeles Lakers (-5) @New Orleans Hornets
If the Lakeshow had taken care of business game one, then this would have been a great game to bet New Orleans. However, Chris Paul and the Hornets stole game one, and the Lakers are now forced to respond with the series tied 1-1. I really loved seeing Kobe Bryant on Paul defensively in game two. Kobe is less likely to have an offensive impact if he’s playing lockdown defense, but with players like Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom on the floor, there are a ton of ways the Lakers can score the basketball. Like the Hawks, the Hornets don’t have a true home-court advantage, and I like the Lakers by double digits in this game.
A rapist and a homophobe walk into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, "Oh, hey Kobe!"
4. Buffalo Sabres (+140) @Philadelphia Flyers
Ryan Miller has already recorded two shutouts in the series and is fully capable of stone-walling the Flyers offensive attack. He’s also capable of giving up a bunch of goals like he did in games two and three. His skill level is well worth the risk of his unpredictability however, and at +140 this is a nice value.
5. Cleveland Indians (Fausto Carmona) (+104) @Minnesota Twins (Brian Duensing)
No Joe Mauer or Justin Morneu for the Twins and in 2011 the Cleveland Indians are synonymous with #winning. Fausto was crushed in his first outing, but he’s still a solid pitcher who will be able to command a weaker Twins lineup.
All betting lines are provided by Bodog and are accurate at the time stamp of this post.