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2012 NBA Betting: Weekend Preview For Saturday, November 3

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Friday, 02 November 2012 07:38

Denver Nuggets @ Miami Heat Game 1: Boston Celtics @ Washington Wizards – Saturday, November 3 Join Now to Bet on this Game!

Whether you want to become a bookie or not, you have to admit that the Boston Celtics are still going to make the rest of the Eastern Conference work to beat them. Boston is getting older, and for that reason, it's hard to think that the Celtics can win the East, but this is still a team coached by Doc Rivers – the second-best active coach in the league behind San Antonio's Gregg Popovich – and blessed with one of the top point guards in basketball, Rajon Rondo. Paul Pierce can still hit long jump shots. Kevin Garnett can still bang in the paint, provide legitimate low-post defense, and rebound. Brandon Bass is a nice wing player, an effective inside-outside complement to the rest of the Celtics' lineup. This team might not make the Eastern Conference Finals as it did last season, but it's still a team that will probably be able to reach the second round of the playoffs.

It's also true that if you visit any premier betting outlet for information on this game, you'll be told – and accurately so – that the Washington Wizards have not made very many meaningful forward strides as an organization. They looked thoroughly mediocre in losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers – a non-playoff team – on opening night this past Tuesday.

They simply do not have much of a presence near the rim, and that's where Boston is likely to tear this team apart. The Wizards are going nowhere as a franchise. The Boston Celtics should certainly be able to rip them up in the early part of the season, when the Celtics' legs will still be appreciably fresh.

 

My Pick: Boston

Game 2: Denver Nuggets @ Miami Heat – Saturday, November 3

When immersed in the world of legal online sports betting, it's always important to assess situations in detail, and one of the things that emerges quite prominently about the Miami Heat is that they have improved their team in the offseason. The Heat did win the world championship last season, but they knew they had to get better in two ways, and they've clearly addressed one of them: perimeter shooting. The Heat did not get dependable outside shooting for most of their 2011-2012 regular season. Shane Battier, who came alive in the Eastern Conference Finals and then exploded in the NBA Finals, did not rain in threes for most of the 2011-2012 campaign. Mike Miller was dogged by injuries for most of the season. As a result, defenses were able to focus on stopping LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The Heat knew that they had to bring in better shooters to create improved floor spacing for their superstars and make it impossible for defenses to double-team LeBron. Miami achieved that goal by signing Ray Allen from he Boston Celtics and Rashard Lewis from the Washington Wizards. These two sharpshooters were excellent on Oct. 30 against Boston, enabling Miami to score 120 points. The Heat have a lethal offense, and that should power them past Denver, which is not an elite defensive team.

My Pick: Miami

Game 3: Portland Trail Blazers @ Houston Rockets – Saturday, November 3

When this game tips off, it will acquire a different look compared to what many basketball pundits were expecting a few weeks ago. Houston has remade itself by signing James Harden as part of the blockbuster trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder last Saturday. The Rockets had to give up some pieces and picks in the deal, but having Harden should make them better this season. Houston has instantly gained more offensive firepower, and that will help it to fend off Portland.

My Pick: Houston

Last Updated on Friday, 02 November 2012 18:45
 
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