Dropping dimes is a skill typically reserved most for point guards, but in this new era, teams have gone further away from traditional positions, embracing a new style of three-chucking, high-tempo offense, like the NBA has never seen before. Even duly noting that, it is more likely than not that a ‘1’ will lead the NBA in assists.
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Los Angeles Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves
Friday, 2/1/13, 9:30 PM EST, TV: ESPN
Opening Point Spread: Los Angeles -2
Current Betting Line: Los Angeles -1.5
Opening Total: 198
Current Total: 197
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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns
Tip off: 9 PM EST
Spread: PHO -4.5
Now that we’re getting amped up for the season, it seems fitting to take a look at the Rookie of the Year betting futures.
Training camps have begun and tip-off is less than a week away, so it’s time to preview the upcoming NBA season. With all the movement in the offseason it is likely that some new teams will rise to the tops of their divisions. Let’s take a look at the Northwest Division. – All odds according to Pinnacle Sportsbook, although other places like Bodog offer online NBA betting on these props as well.
Here is a match up analysis and recap of the games for the top teams in the tournament. There have been some surprises so far, but overall the US team is still the odds on favorite at this point. For those of you who made dark horse bets on Brazil, Lithuania, and Serbia — Congrats. All three are looking like they have a legitimate shot at winning this thing. That said, let’s breakdown the matchups with some picks now that the tournament is rolling and pool play is through. All FIBA betting lines for this article were taken from Bookmaker and Bodog.
Here is a breakdown of the teams that have any chance at all of winning the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Rather than attempt to pick the actual team that will win this, I will highlight some of the best odds for placing what could be long shot bets, but could turn out to be the most profitable. Again, I am not suggesting the teams I pick to be good bets to be the best bet to actually win it, but rather the best payout with respect to the odds AND chance of winning.
Interesting developments in the Ricky Rubio story. Apparently he had come to terms on a deal that would have sent him to Minnesota this year, but after the deal was struck he backed out of it and decided he would rather spend two more years developing in the comparative safety of his home country of Spain. I can understand that on some levels, and I can forgive a young kid of a lot, but I can’t help but question his competitive drive just a bit if he backs off of an opportunity to play in unquestionably the best league in the world – especially when he would have been going to a young team with lots of talent that would have been built around him.
I was very, very disappointed to see the Vikings play last night. I’m so sick of Favre and his whole act that I was really hoping he’d continue to struggle. Hopefully that would lead him to going away faster. Unfortunately, he looked perfectly competent last night. In fact, he looked even a little better than than. He was comfortable and confident, and you could already tell that he was enjoying the concept of having an all-World running back for the first time. I don’t feel nearly as assured now of the ultimate failure of this experiment as I did a while ago, and that disappoints me.
The NBA Draft is now a few days in the past, so we have had a chance to let things percolate in our minds for a few days. Here are ten thoughts I’ve had about the events at this point:
1. Ricky Rubio is a jackass. I am so incredibly tired of 18 year old guys who think they rule the world. Rubio has never been to Minneapolis, so how does he know that he doesn’t want to play there. Idiot. I hope he festers in Spain forever. What a terrible way for a young guy to set a tone. The saddest thing is that in the end he’ll get exactly what he wants.