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NBA Betting: Important Games Coming Up As Madness Takes Over NBA

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 07:46

Madness Takes Over NBAWhile college basketball will fall in to the March Madness this month, there is a ton of action to look forward to at the NBA level, including some important sports betting contests this coming weekend. The Brooklyn Nets look to pass Atlanta Hawks with those Eastern Conference teams set to clash this Saturday, while the Houston Rockets are treading water in the Western Conference as they look to hold down the eighth and final playoff spot.

Brooklyn Nets @ Atlanta Hawks (-2.5)
Saturday, 7:00 PM ET

The Nets were tied with Atlanta for the fourth playoff spot in the East and that crucial home court advantage for the opening round, although the Hawks did hold the tiebreaker. That will change if Brooklyn can take it to them this Saturday, with the chance to leapfrog over them in the standings. The Nets haven’t been very good on the road this season though, and are just one game above .500 as the visiting team.

The Hawks on the other hand have been dominant at home, where they have been lethal running the floor and putting up big online sportsbook totals. Al Horford will be tasked with slowing down Brook Lopez, and if he can hold his own down low it will open up a lot of space for the Atlanta scorers.

 

NBA Betting Pick: Atlanta Hawks – 2.5

Utah Jazz @ New York Knicks (-4.5)
Saturday, 7:30 PM ET

Directly above both of those teams in the standings is the Knicks, which have fallen behind the Indiana Pacers for the second spot in the East. New York still has some time to rally, but with a sub-.500 record over its past 10 games they need to turn things around in a hurry. Fortunately for them, the Jazz have been awful on the road all year and are nine games below .500 as the visiting team. Combine that with the fact that the Knicks have been excellent at home and Carmelo Anthony and company are fighting for that second spot, and New York should have no problem covering the 5Dimes number.

NBA Betting Pick: New York Knicks – 4.5

Houston Rockets (-3.5) @ Phoenix Suns
Saturday, 9:00 PM ET

The picture is just as tight at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff race, where the Los Angeles Lakers are in hot pursuit of Houston and that final playoff spot. With little room to spare, the Rockets need to be at their best down this final stretch, and that means having their way with a Phoenix team that sits near the bottom of the conference in online betting wins. The Suns have been decent at home so it won’t be easy, but Houston’s top-ranked offense should be able to have its way against them. For all of the latest NBA news and betting odds for this weekend’s games, be sure to check out the best sports betting sites.

NBA Betting Pick: Houston Rockets – 3.5

 
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