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2013 NBA Playoffs: Weekend Preview For Saturday, April 20

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Friday, 19 April 2013 08:31

2013 NBA Playoffs PicksThe New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, and Los Angeles Clippers will all be favored to win their playoff openers on Saturday. Can any underdog pull off an upset?

Eastern Conference First Round, Game 1:

(7) Boston Celtics @ (2) New York Knicks – Saturday, April 20

Betting services will likely say that the clash between the Celtics and Knicks should be the beginning of a long series. However, New York should be able to get off to a good start in the opener. The biggest thing to realize about this series matchup is that the absence of Boston point guard Rajon Rondo will matter in the postseason. The Celtics will miss the rebounding, defense and creating that Rondo offers. New York has a clear edge at the point guard spot, with Raymond Felton figuring to get into the paint on a reasonably consistent basis and make kickouts to open wing shooters.

The Celtics have a quality defense, but the Knicks are in position to extend that defense and force Boston’s wings to stay on the perimeter. The Knicks have more options at crunch time, especially since Boston does not have Ray Allen around for this postseason, marking the first time since 2007 that the elite jump shooter will be playing for a team other than the Celtics in April. Boston can make this game ugly, but New York is likely to have the right answers in crucial moments.

 

My Pick: New York

Western Conference First Round, Game 1:

(6) Golden State Warriors @ (3) Denver Nuggets – Saturday, April 20

When immersed in the world of playoff-based live sports betting, it's reasonable to account for a coaching mismatch. If you visit any premier online sports betting outlet for information on this game, you'll be told that the Nuggets have the better bench boss in the matchup between George Karl and Golden State head coach Mark Jackson. Even though Denver might be alarmingly limited in this series, one has to realize that Karl, one of the best coaches to never win an NBA championship, has deftly brought along some members of his supporting cast. Corey Brewer, a player who knocked around the league with multiple teams and had not really found himself as a professional, has managed to step forth and give Denver crucial minutes, especially at the offensive end of the floor. Brewer’s emergence compensates for the absence of Danilo Gallinari and restores a good deal of balance to Denver’s offensive attack. The Nuggets should be able to score at will against Golden State, pulling away for a comfortable win in Game 1.

My Pick: Denver

Western Conference First Round, Game 1:

(5) Memphis Grizzlies @ (4) Los Angeles Clippers – Saturday, April 20

The experts at 5dimes.com will be able to tell you that the Clippers simply have Memphis’ number. The Clippers won Game 7 in Memphis last spring, defeating the Grizzlies in a contentious first-round playoff series even after losing Game 6 on their home floor in L.A. The Clippers know that Memphis forward Zach Randolph has consistently gotten the better of Los Angeles forward Blake Griffin in individual combat, but the Clippers generally manage to outflank the Griz at the other four positions on the floor, chiefly at point guard, where Chris Paul has far more answers – and poses far more problems for the opposition – than anything Mike Conley can offer for Memphis.

My Pick: Los Angeles Clippers

 
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