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NBA Weekend Preview: Heat And Kings Could Be Closer Than You Think

Written by Gaby Varji   
Thursday, 10 January 2013 07:08

Miami Heat @ Sacramento Kings – Saturday, January 12The Miami Heat, on paper, should drill the Sacramento Kings. However, games that are played on hardwood don't always square up with conventional expectations and assumptions.

Miami Heat @ Sacramento Kings – Saturday, January 12

In the real of sport betting online, you're probably going to find a lot of debate about this game among bookies and the betting students who scour various 5dimes.com reviews during an NBA season. At first glance, this does not seem like a particularly enthralling matchup. The Heat are the defending NBA champions, loaded with talent and blessed with LeBron James, a one-man-takeover kind of player who can turn any individual game into his personal playground. The Heat can access a gear that other NBA teams just can't find. Miami is rather unique in the world of professional basketball. Its assemblage of talent stands on a pedestal, alongside a few other teams (Oklahoma City, San Antonio, and the Los Angeles Lakers). Surely, the Sacramento Kings – one of the worst franchises in the NBA, an organization that has failed to make the playoffs the past several years and has teetered on the brink of leaving for other cities across the country – will not be able to keep pace with the Heat on Saturday night in centra California, right?

 

It's not that simple, however.

The calculus involved in assessing this game is as complex as anything you might see in online poker. The thing that one needs to realize is that Miami is in the midst of a very bad patch of basketball. The Heat have looked very ordinary and very feeble over the past few weeks. They barely beat a bad Dallas Maverick team at home, lost to a noticeably unspectacular Chicago Bull team at home, and then served up an awful offensive performance this past Tuesday in an 87-77 loss to the Indiana Pacers, a team that doesn't have its best scorer, Danny Granger. Miami is losing to teams that don't have their best players. Chicago, after all, is still without its superstar point guard, Derrick Rose. Miami is in a rut, and there's no guarantee that it will be able to escape that rut on this West Coast road trip.

The other thing that has to be said about this game is that Sacramento has already ambushed one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference at home. The Kings led the New York Knicks by more than 20 points in a game from Friday, Dec. 28. Yes, Sacramento blew that lead and trailed by four points with 2:30 left in regulation time, but the Kings rebounded in the final minutes and then got a game-winning three point shot from John Salmons at the buzzer to beat the Knicks by one. Sacramento has the talent to beat the top teams in the Eastern Conference. This game looks more like a coin flip than a blowout. Yet, in the end, one should trust that the Heat can work through their problems. They are used to doing that.

Read more on the latest NBA basketball odds and insider analysis.

 
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