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NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Monday

Monday, April 30th, 2018

The second round of the NBA playoffs are underway and on tap for Monday April 30th is one game over national television to the delight of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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It al gets underway at 8PM Eastern Time on TNT TV as the Boston Celtics are home to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the Eastern conference semifinals. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team Philadelphia 76ers favored by -3 points with the total set at 208 points.

Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs faced the Miami Heat. They split the first two games at home after dropping Game 2 by the score of 113-103. Sidelined for both games was Joel Embiid with his facial fracture. He returned to the 76ers lineup in Game 3 and the 76ers blew out the Heat 128-108 in Miami covering as a -2 ½ point favorite. Philadelphia then proceeded to win the next two games to Miami to win the series in five games.

Boston a second seed in the Eastern conference faced the seventh seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. Boston won all four games at home and dropped three on the road to the Bucks. Celtics needed a Game 7 home win 112-96 to Milwaukee go get into the second round of the playoffs. Facing elimination, the Celtics had a good shooting game hitting on 53.6% from the floor in their win. Al Horford was huge in the win by scoring 26 points and pulling down eight rebounds hitting on 13 of 17 shots. Terry Rozier chipped in 26 points and nine assists with 10 of 16 from the field.

Celtics won three of four against the 76ers. The only win in their head to head series by Philadelphia came in their last meeting in mid-January 89-80 on the road as a three point underdog. Boston without Kyrie Irving in their lineup shot only 40.5% with 7 of 29 from three. 76ers won that game despite 25 turnovers on the road. Joel Embiid had 26 points with 16 rebounds hitting on 10 of 19 shots.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Thursday

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

The NBA playoffs will feature one game on the schedule for Thursday April 26th over national television to the satisfaction of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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Game 6 of the Eastern conference quarterfinals will feature the Milwaukee Bucks hosting the Boston Celtics at 8PM Eastern Time on TNT TV. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Milwaukee Bucks favored by -5 points with the over under line set at 199 ½ points.

Home teams have won all the games in this series. In Game 5 Boston got off to a fast start and earned the 92-87 victory at home covering as a -4.5 betting odds favorite. The game saw the return of Marcus Smart off the disabled list to provide depth off the bench for Boston. Milwaukee struggled in the first half in the loss with 15 points in the first quarter and 22 in the second. Boston one of the best defensive teams in the league put on a good defensive effort in Game 5 by limiting Milwaukee to 36.8% shooting and 9 of 33 from three. They held the best players on the Bucks in Giannis Antetokounmpo to 10 attempted shots for the whole game. Boston must find a way to generate offense in this series. They are without their main man Kyrie Irving who is out for the season with a knee injury. In the playoffs the Celtics are shooting only 43.8%. Milwaukee has shot the ball very well on their home court in this series hitting 57% in Game 3 and 52.1% in Game 4. Boston’s challenge in Game 6 will be to contain the Bucks offensive stars and find offense themselves. Celtics shot only 40% in their Game 3 defeat and 41.4% in their loss in Game 4. Marcus Smart in his first game back from injury played 25 minutes and contributed with 9 points. He made only 2 of 7 shots and grabbed five rebounds and four assists. Smart brings energy with his presence on the court. He defends and challenges shots well with a great instinct of the game.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Sunday

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

The Major League Baseball card for Sunday April 29th features 15 games on the schedule to the delight of MLB bettors worldwide.

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It gets underway at 1:35PM Eastern Time on MLB Network as the Washington Nationals will host the Arizona Diamondbacks. Left hander Robbie Ray is the scheduled starter for the Diamondbacks and for Washington Gio Gonzalez. Washington retuned home this weekend to face the Diamondbacks after a nine game road trip out east. After taking two of three at New York they dropped two of three at LA and San Francisco. They are not generating the offensive firepower from last season but has got good work out of their starting staff. The Nationals bullpen still has been the issue for the team with an ERA well over five. Washington must figure out how to hit left handers as they opened this series with the Diamondbacks hitting .194 against lefty’s.

Arizona has gotten off to a great start to the season. They started fast and as they opened this weekend series in the top spot in the NL West. Arizona is getting the most of their .226 team batting average on offense. They are producing 4.72 runs per game. The pitching staff has been outstanding as the team sits with an ERA under three. Bullpen ERA was at two as this series began.

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball has a first pitch of 8PM Eastern Time as the LA Angels are home to the New York Yankees. Left hander Tyler Skaggs is scheduled to start for the Angels and C.C. Sabathia has his turn in the rotation on Sunday night. The Angels had a poor recent home stand dropping five of six as they hit the road to face Houston. They battled the World Series champ well and took two of three in that series. Still a concern for the Angels has been their offensive production. As they completed their series at Houston the team had been held to two runs or fewer in seven of their past nine games.

New York had a winning ten game home stand to pull their record over .500 as they traveled out west. Yankees are hitting well on the campaign putting up over six runs per game. After a slow start the bullpen has shown improvement during this recent home stand.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Saturday

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

The Western conference semifinals get underway Saturday April 28th as the Golden St Warriors are home to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans and Warriors get things started from Golden St with TNT TV providing the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Golden St Warriors favored by -7 ½ points with the over under line set at 222 ½ points.

New Orleans was the only team in the first round of the playoffs to complete a four game sweep. They disposed of the Portland Trailblazers in four games. After winning both games at Portland the Pelicans went home and put up 119 points in a 17 point win and 131 points in a Game 4 eight point victory. It was an impressive win because the Pelicans faced a strong guard combination from the Trailblazers in CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard. Rajon Rondo was huge in the first round by averaging 13 assists per game. Last year in two playoff games with the Bulls Rondo was instrumental in leading Chicago to a 2-0 lead to the top seeded Boston Celtics in the 2017 postseason. Rondo suffered a season ending injury and the Bulls got eliminated. But a healthy Rondo could be the wildcard in this series to allow the Pelicans to give the Warriors a battle.

Golden St has been without Stephen Curry for the first round of the playoffs with his sprained knee. He has been listed as day to day so there is a possibility for Curry to play. Warriors disposed of the San Antonio Spurs in five games. They were up 3-0 in the series then had a cold shooting game in Game 4 to send the series back to the Bay Area. Warriors held off a late rally by San Antonio to come away with the 99-91 victory in Game 5. Warriors had built a 16 point second half lead that whittled away to two points in the final minute. Golden St then held San Antonio scoreless in the final 57 seconds of the game to eliminated the Spurs.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Friday

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

The NBA playoffs has gotten deep into the first round as three Game 6’s are set over national television to the satisfaction of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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It all gets underway at 7PM Eastern Time on ESPN News TV as the Washington Wizards are home in Game 6 to face the Toronto Raptors. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Washington Wizards favored by -1 ½ points with the over under line set at 214 points. Toronto goes up 3-2 in this series after their 108-98 victory in Game 5 to the Washington Wizards. Washington was ice cold from the three point line going 5 of 26. The home team has won every game in this series. Toronto has shown road struggles in recent games in the playoffs and regular season against post season teams.

In Game 6 the Indiana Pacers will be home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Start time is set from Indiana at 8PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV provides the coast to coast broadcast. Indiana is lined as a -1 ½ point favorite with the total lined at 204 ½ points. It was a LeBron James three point shot as time expired to prevent overtime and give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 98-95 victory to take the 3-2 series lead. The teams split their two games held in Indiana in this series. Cleveland was carried again by LeBron James who scored 44 points. Kyle Korver was sharp from the field making 19 points. Pacers 17 turnovers was a back breaker as they gave away the game shooting 47.9%.

The late night game goes off at 10:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN as the Utah Jazz are home for Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Utah is favored by -5 ½ points with the total lined at 206 points. Oklahoma City gets within 3-2 of the Jazz in this series with the 107-99 victory in Game 5 at home. Oklahoma City fell behind 71-46 in the third quarter then made a huge comeback to tie the game at 78-78 after three quarters. It snowballed badly for Utah in that third quarter. Now Utah returns home where they won both games by double digits against the Thunder.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Wednesday

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

The NBA playoffs on Wednesday April 25th features four games on the schedule to the delight of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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It will be Game 5 as the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Indiana Pacers at 7PM Eastern Time on TNT TV. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Cleveland Cavaliers favored by -6 ½ points with the total set at 205 points. This series is tied at 2-2 as the Cavaliers win at Indiana 104-100. LeBron James carried his team to victory by scoring 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Kyle Korver contributed with a key three pointer in the victory. Indiana fell behind big like they did in Game 3 but was unable to overcome the 16 point deficit.

On NBA TV at 7PM Eastern Time it will be Game 5 with Toronto Raptors home to the Washington Wizards. Toronto is favored by -7 with the over under of 216 points. Each home team has won in this series. Down 0-2 the Wizards rallied for 19 and 8 point victory at home to tie this series at 2-2. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are generating most of the offense for the Raptors as they desperately need contributions from their supporting cast.

From Oklahoma City at 9:30PM Eastern Time on NBA TV it will be Game 5 as the Thunder face Utah Jazz. Oklahoma City is favored by -4 ½ points with the total of 207 ½ points. Utah is up 3-1 and can close out this playoff series on the road. Utah has won three straight with the 113-96 victory at home in Game 4. Carmelo Anthony struggled in defeat hitting 5 of 18 shots. He shot 40.2% in the regular season which was the worst of his career. Donovan Mitchell came up big in Game 4 as the rookie scored 33 points for the Jazz.

Late nigh game tips off at 9:30PM Eastern Time on TNT as the Houston Rockers are home in Game 5 facing Minnesota Timberwolves. Houston is a -12 favorite with the over under 216 ½ points. Houston is up 3-1 as they split the two games held in Minnesota. Rockets won both games held at home. Rockets after dropping Game 3 bounced back with a 119-100 win at Minnesota. James Harden had 36 points and Chris Paul 25. Clint Capela had 17 rebounds. Timberwolves were hampered in their Game 4 defeat with 17 turnovers.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Tuesday

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

The NBA playoffs for Tuesday April 24th features three games on the schedule to the delight of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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It begins at 7PM Eastern Time on NBA TV as the Boston Celtics host the Milwaukee Bucks for Game 5 of their series. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Boston Celtics favored by -3 points with the total set at 204 ½ points. This series is tied at 2-2 as each team has won on their home court. In Game 4 the Celtics fell behind by 20 points but fought back to take a lead in the fourth quarter. But a Giannis Antetokounmpo put back with five seconds remaining was the game winner in a 104-102 victory.

On TNT TV at 8PM Eastern Time the Philadelphia 76ers are home in Game 5 to the Miami Heat. Philadelphia is favored by -10 points with the over under line of 211 points. This series was tied 1-1 and headed to Miami. Joel Embiid returned to the 76ers lineup and the team won both games in Miami to take the 3-1 series lead. Philadelphia played a poor game yet came away with the 106-102 victory in Game 4. 76ers turned the ball over 27 points and shot only 7 of 31 from three. For the game they hit 42.9%. But Miami did a poor job of ball security with 19 turnovers. Hassan Whiteside hasn’t been producing offensively and had 13 points in Game 4.

The late night game begins at 10:30PM Eastern Time from Golden St on TNT as the San Antonio Spurs face the Warriors for Game 5. Golden St is favored by -11 points with the over under line of 204 ½ points. The Spurs staved out elimination and are down 3-1 by defeating the Golden St Warriors in Game 4 by 13 points. Golden St after hitting over 50% in the first three games of this series had a poor shooting game connecting on 37.8% from the floor. San Antonio had a good performance from the three point line connecting on 15 of 28 shots.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Monday

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

The NBA playoffs continue on Monday April 23rd with two games on the schedule to the delight of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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The action gets underway at 8PM Eastern Time on TNT TV as the Minnesota Timberwolves host Houston Rockets. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team Houston Rockets favored by -5 ½ points with the over under line of 219 points. The Rockets lead this series at 2-1 as they play game four on Monday. Minnesota win Game 3 at home 121-105 as a six point underdog. Timberwolves bounced back from a 20 point road loss at Houston by shooting 50%. Jimmy Butler led Minnesota with 28 points hitting 10 of 19 shots. Timberwolves made their threes in the win connecting on 15 of 27 shots. Jeff Teague had 23 points with 20 points from Andrew Wiggins. James Harden for Houston had 29 points going 9 of 21 from the floor. Houston got contributions out of their bench with 42 points. The starting forward tandem of Trevor Ariza and PJ Tucker combined for 3 of 11 shooting for 10 points.

The late night game begins at 10:30PM Eastern Time on TNT as the Utah Jazz host Oklahoma City Thunder. Utah is favored by -5 ½ points with the total of 209 points. Jazz are up 2-1 entering Game 4 on Monday. Utah comes off the 115-102 victory in Game 3 to the Thunder at home covering as a five point favorite. It was a very good performance from point guard Ricky Rubio of the Jazz. He delivered a triple double as he led the team with 26 points with ten assists and 11 rebounds. Utah in their opening home game of the playoffs grabbed 15 more rebounds than the Thunder. Rookie Donovan Mitchell had 22 points for Utah and pulled down 11 rebounds. Oklahoma City had a good shooting game yet still lose by double digits. In defense the Thunder hit 47.4% with 14 of 28 from the three point line. It was a poor shooting game by Russell Westbrook that finished the game going 5 of 17 from the field.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Sunday

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

The NBA playoffs for Sunday April 22nd features four games on the schedule to the delight of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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The action begins at 1PM Eastern Time on ABC TV with Game 4 as the Milwaukee Bucks host Boston Celtics. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Milwaukee Bucks -4 ½ points with the total set at 204 points. Milwaukee moves within 2-1 of Boston after their 116-92 victory in Game 3. After losing the first two games on the road to Boston allowing an average of 116 ½ points per game the Bucks improve their play defensively. Boston fell behind early in this game down 27-12 after one period and 58-35 at the half.

On ABC TV at 3:30PM Eastern Time the San Antonio Spurs are home to the Golden St Warriors in Game 4. Golden St is favored by -7 points with the total of 203 ½ points. Golden St can go for the sweep up 3-0 with the 110-97 win in Game 3 at San Antonio. Warriors are shooting over 50% in every game of this series and have won each game by 13 points or greater.

The Washington Wizards are home in Game 4 to the Toronto Raptors at 6PM Eastern Time on TNT TV. Toronto is favored by -2 points with the over under of 218 ½ points. Washington gets within 2-1 of Toronto by winning Game 3 of this series at home 122-103. Wizards came with a good defensive effort in the win and got great performances from guards John Wall and Bradley Beal who scored 28 points each. Toronto got poor shooting from their bench in the loss.

At 8:30PM Eastern Time on TNT TV the Indiana Pacers will host Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland is favored on the road by -1 with the total of 205 points. Indiana is up 2-1 in this series earning the 92-90 win in Game 4 to Cavaliers. Cleveland failed to hold a 17 point lead in their defeat. Up 57-40 at the half the Cavaliers were held to 33 second half points in the loss.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Saturday

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

The NBA playoffs continue Saturday April 21st with four games on the schedule to the delight of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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It all gets underway at 2:30PM Eastern Time on TNT TV for Game 4 as the Miami Heat host Philadelphia 76ers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team Philadelphia 76ers favored by -3 points with the total set at 215 points. Philadelphia moves to 2-1 in the series with the 128-108 road win in Game 3 at Miami. Philadelphia so far in this series, when they shoot the three well they win, and when they don’t lose. Dwyane Wade was unable to replicate his performance from Game 2.

On TNT TV at 5PM Eastern Time New Orleans Pelicans look for the closeout against the Portland Trailblazers in Game 4. New Orleans is favored by -7 points with the over under of 216. New Orleans moves to 3-0 in the series with the 119-102 win. New Orleans continues their good shooting hitting over 50% in this series. Dating to the regular season the Trailblazers have lost seven of their past eight games.

It will be Game 3 between the Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV. Houston is favored by -5 ½ points with the total set at 214 points. Houston is up 2-0 in this series despite shooting below their season average in this series. Rockets come off the 102-82 win in Game 2. Rockets shoot 36.5% with James Harden going 2 of 18 from the field and 1 of 10 from three yet the team still wins by 20.

The late night game tips at 10PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV with the Utah Jazz at home to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Utah is lined as a -4 ½ point favorite in Game 3 with the total of 207 points. This series is tied at 1-1 as the Jazz rallied for the 102-95 win in Game 2. Thunder has been hampered by poor shooting this season and they have trouble winning if their shots are not going in.