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Basketball: Betting on an Upcoming Event

Posted by GameSetMatch on February 15th, 2013

Last year, the two teams that made it to the NBA Championship Game Series were the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. In this event, the Heat won the series 4-1 thus becoming the 2012 champions. These two teams are scheduled to be pitted against one another soon, in fact on Valentine’s Day. Many are hailing this game as a rematch of the 2012 championship series with many anticipating the Heat to again be the winners.
Given the history between these teams, it has generated much excitement among basketball fans as well as sports bettors. In fact, many are already placing bets on this upcoming game. One kind of bet that is being placed is the point spread which is more applicable to basketball. The points difference between the two teams is comprised of a points handicap. For instance, maybe the Heat is -5.5 and the Thunder is +5.5. Using this example, if the Heat is selected, they must win by at least 6 points for the bet to win. On the other hand, if the Thunder is select, this team must either win or lose by five points of less.
As this upcoming game nears, online gaming offers many opportunities for continued basketball related excitement. Online casinos such as www.mobilecasinoaustralia.com.au offer different slot machine games all built around a basketball theme. The slot machine game, Basketbull, is a fun game to play at an online casino. Rather than using human basketball players, this slot machine has bulls shooting hoops. With 25 paylines, the Basketbull slot gives online casino players more chances to win. A bonus feature can be triggers with a scatter symbol, a basketball. At the onset of the bonus feature, players are awarded 3 spins. Players are then given shots at a basketball hoop. Each successful shot results in the number of free spins being doubled.

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Posted by Decker on August 27th, 2012

The Heat are the best team in Florida. No-brainer.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Pick Up Goalie from Nashville Predators

Posted by kirsch17 on June 18th, 2012

The Tampa Bay Lightning fixed one potential problem next year by acquiring goalie Anders Lindback from the Nashville Predators on Friday. The Lightning have not had a strong goalie in a long time but Lindback can provide them some stability in the back end next year. With Dwayne Roloson, who made 31 starts for the Lightning this season, being an unrestricted free agent this summer this was a very smart move for the organization. The Lightning also acquired forward Kyle Wilson and a 2012 seventh-round pick with the 24-year-old goaltender. Nashville got goalie Sebastien Caron, two second-round selections in this month’s draft and a 2013 third-round pick from Tampa Bay.

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Keys to the Miami Heat Advancing to the Finals

Posted by mdaly09 on June 5th, 2012

If you asked NBA fans before the Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics series started who would win, many fans would easily choose the Heat to win. They’re younger, more athletic, and have arguably two of the top five players in the NBA on their team, including the MVP of the league. Yet, they are tied with Boston 2-2 in the series. To me, this is unbelievable and unacceptable if you are the Heat. The Celtics do not even deserve to be on the same court as the Heat. Sure, I understand that the Heat are missing Chris Bosh, who is a key contributor to their success, but the Heat should be running the Celtics out of the building every game. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen are all older than 35 years old and are all SLOW. The Heat need to push the ball and make the Celtics play to their tempo and style of play. The slower the game is, the more it favors the Celtics.

Also, LeBron and DWade need to play more 2 man game. Enough with this 1 on 1 crap settling for mid-range pull-up jumpers that I’ve been watching. Look back to game 5 of the Pacers series where the two of them went off for over 30 straight points together in that 3rd quarter run. They would set screens for one another and either take it to the basket or dish it off to complete the pick and roll. It was basically a two man show, and that’s what it needs to be again for the Heat to defeat the Celtics. LeBron and DWade need to be aggressive and stop settling for jump-shots. When LeBron takes it to the rim and is aggressive, I have a hard time believing that the big, bad Paul Pierce will be able to stop him. And DWade should be running laps around the old Ray Allen and should be much more aggressive too.

Lastly, the Heat’s supporting cast needs to step it up. Chalmers has played well for the most part this series and has hit his 3s and played solid defense.
Battier, Miller and Haslem are the keys for me. If Battier and Miller are able to hit their open threes then that will open the court up for LeBron and DWade to drive and take it to the rim. Haslem does the intangibles and needs to hit his mid-range jumpers. I highly doubt the refs will make bogus foul calls this game like the ones that were called in game 4 so that ultimately favors the Heat. Game 5 is a must win for both teams and should be a very interesting game.

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Which Idiot Would You Rather Have Coaching Your Team?

Posted by sportsfannw on April 17th, 2012

In the past two weeks, two MLB managers that can never keep their mouth shut are at it again. First Ozzie Guillen made one of the worst and most controversial statements any manager has ever made, claiming that he respected Fidel Castro because he had been a dictator for 60 years and everyone is trying to kill him but can’t succeed in doing so. Making those comments in Miami, which has a very big Cuban population was even a bigger mistake. Ozzie was suspended and will return this week.

On a similar note, Bobby Valentine once again put his foot in his mouth when he called out the effort of Kevin Youkilis, a 3-time all star and very well respected Red Sox player both by fans and his teammates. Second basemen Dustin Pedroia came to the defense of Youk and was quoted saying “I don’t know what Bobby was trying to do, but that’s not how we do things around here.” For Red Sox fans and players, this is just the beginning. Bobby knows baseball, but is he worth the headaches that he constantly creates?

Both managers have had success in the big leagues but they have both also caused a great deal of controversy every place they have been. On that note, who would you rather have as the manager for your team? Bobby Valentine or Ozzie Guillen?

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Pujols Or Bust

Posted by Decker on November 13th, 2011

It is no secret that Florida does not really care about baseball. Even while enjoying success, the Tampa Bay Rays struggle to garner a respectable crowd. And while the Miami Marlins will attempt to create interest in the MLB in Florida, only one man can do it: Albert Pujols. If Jose Reyes went to Miami, he would not be the biggest star on the team. However, Pujols is (arguably) the biggest star in the league, and his presence in Miami would be huge.

If the NBA had no season, that would help Miami as well. And if Pujols was on board, all of the comparisons to the Heat would be there. At this point, it is best if Miami were to go all out. Offering Pujols nearly $30 million per season may seem like a rip-off, but it is worth it. The contract may look bad in five years, but it will create serious interest in a lacking market. At this point, it is either “Pujols or Bust”.

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Posted by GameSetMatch on August 23rd, 2011

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Evan Longoria Autograph Signing

Posted by GameSetMatch on May 17th, 2011


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No Finals = No Howard

Posted by Decker on April 7th, 2011

The Orlando Magic are entering another post-season. They will be the fourth seed due to a stacked Eastern Conference. They are not at the level of the three teams ahead of them, and that could result in a second round exit. If the Magic fail to make the NBA Finals, then trading Dwight Howard this off-season could be best.

The Cavaliers and Raptors learned the hard way; both teams lost superstars for nothing, and their franchises are ruined for the moment because of it. On the other hand, Denver did not want to learn the hard way. And since trading Carmelo Anthony, they have flourished. Even Utah smartened up and traded Deron Williams before it became a problem, and have some young players and picks to show for it.

Trading Dwight Howard seems surreal, but if the Magic do not make the NBA Finals, they should force him to pack his bags before they become the Cavaliers all over again.

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No Guarantee

Posted by Decker on November 15th, 2010

It has recently been reported that there is no guarantee that Dwight Howard will sign an extension once he is eligible. But Magic fans, do not be worried at all. First of all, Orlando is a great place to live. And for a basketball location, it is a relatively big market. The team is consistently competing, although Orlando has not won a title.

Technically speaking, going to the Thunder would give Howard the best chance to win. They are already building a dynasty, and a trio of Durant, Westbrook, and Howard would be just as good, if not better than Miami’s trio. But Howard enjoys his time in Orlando, and they are a good team. If anything, him possibly delaying an extension could be a push to get Orlando management to make a major move if they are unsuccessful at winning the NBA Championship again this season.

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