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NBA Betting: Heat, Clippers Look To Confront Tough Matchups This Sunday

Written by Matt Stevens   
Friday, 01 March 2013 08:03

Miami Heat at New York Knicks  OddsThe Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder are on pace to meet again in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals, only for one of these teams there is a thorn that still needs to be addressed this season. While it is still just regular season ball, the Heat have lost each of their first two meetings against the New York Knicks this sports betting season, and will look to avoid a third-straight loss when they head to the Big Apple this Sunday.

Miami Heat @ New York Knicks (-2.5)
Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

Miami has dropped its first two contests against the Knicks this season, losing each game by 20 points. The fact that it is still the regular season has tempered some of the criticism of them in those games, but the Heat will likely try to respond before the pressures of the postseason kick in. New York has lived and died by the three-ball all year, and that has led to some inconsistent play of late as they have split its past 10 games with a 5-5 record.

Meanwhile, the Heat have only gotten better as the season has worn on, and have now won a season-high 12-straight games. Miami can’t afford mentally to let that streak end in New York, so look for them to come out with another statement win.

 

NBA Betting Pick: Miami Heat + 2.5

Oklahoma City Thunder (-1.5) @ Los Angeles Clippers
Sunday, 3:30 PM ET

The Thunder on the other hand have had no problem with one of their top opponents in the Western Conference, as they have taken each of their first two games against the Clippers. That should have Los Angeles playing with a sense of urgency when they two meet in California on Sunday, with much more on the line for the Clippers than most online sports betting games. Oklahoma City has a slim lead over Los Angeles in the standings and will need to do what it takes to hold on to it for home court advantage with a possible second-round playoff meeting looming between these teams, but don’t expect the Clippers to let them have their way again in this one.

NBA Betting Pick: Los Angeles Clippers + 2.5

Atlanta Hawks @ Los Angeles Lakers (-3.5)
Sunday, 9:30 PM ET

Unlike the problems that the Heat and Clippers are facing this online betting season with their respective opponents for this Sunday, the Lakers simply can’t afford to lose any more games regardless of whom they play. Los Angeles is on the outside looking in to the Western Conference playoff race, three games back of the Houston Rockets for the eighth and final playoff spot. Kobe Bryant came out and guaranteed the Lakers will make the playoffs this season. With guarantees like that floating around, the purple and gold simply can’t afford to lose games to teams like the Hawks at home. For all of the latest NBA news and betting odds for upcoming games, be sure to check out the best online betting sites.

NBA Betting Pick: Los Angeles Lakers – 3.5

 
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