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No need to panic in San Antonio

The Western Conference No. 1 seed San Antonio Spurs didn’t exactly tear it up down the stretch as they headed into the NBA Playoffs, even getting overtaken for top spot overall in the NBA by the Chicago Bulls on the last day of the regular season. And that indifferent play continued into Game 1 of their opening round playoff series Sunday, when they were stunned 101-98 by the No. 8 seed Memphis Grizzlies , a game in which the Spurs had been a 6.5-point home favorite. It was the first ever playoff win for the Grizzlies franchise. But the Spurs have no intention of making major changes or adjustments for Game 2 of the best-of-seven series Read More

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NBA Basketball News Bulls Pacers & Lakers Oklahoma

There are still some regular-season games to be played in the 2010-11 NBA campaign, but we do know which 16 teams will be playing in the NBA Playoffs . All the playoff matchups have yet to be decided, but we do know of a couple, and one of them pits the Chicago Bulls , the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, against the No. 8 seed Indiana Pacers . While the Pacers and their fans are undoubtedly very happy to be in the postseason, they’re probably not happy about facing the Bulls, the best team in the NBA since the New Year Read More

The NBA Playoffs open this weekend, and the defending champs are hurting. For NBA Finals’ MVP Kobe Bryant , the hurting is literal and figurative. After the Lakers’ 120-106 loss Sunday to the Oklahoma City Thunder , Bryant was probably happy to be suffering from various ailments, because it gave him an excuse to slip away from reporters, most of whom wanted to ask repetitive questions about why the 2010 NBA Champions seem to be collapsing at the worst possible time. Bryant has to go to the medical room after games to receive treatment on a number of injuries, most notably his surgically repaired right knee and arthritic right index finger. But usually that’s after dealing with the press. Not on Sunday, as Bryant skipped both talking with his teammates in the dressing room and the media scrum Read More

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Injury-riddled Portland Trail Blazers limp into NBA Playoffs

It’s been a déjà vu season for the Portland Trail Blazers , who find themselves back in the NBA playoffs despite another injury-plagued season.Portland wrapped up its third straight postseason berth, but it wasn’t the way teams want to clinch a playoff spot: On Tuesday, the Houston Rockets’ loss to the Sacramento Kings sealed a postseason position for the Blazers, who turned around and got blown out by the Golden State Warriors.Still, the Trail Blazers have a lot to be proud of, and will finish sixth, seventh or eighth in the Western Conference. Last season, Portland won 50 games and finished sixth in the conference, despite a ton of injuries. Portland players missed a combined 311 regular-season games because of injury, second in the NBA, and this season Portland leads the league in injury games missed with 225. Read more

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Dwyane Wade expected back as Miami Heat chase Celtics, Bulls

The Miami Heat are hoping to have one third of their Big 3 back in the lineup when they host the Charlotte Bobcats at American Airlines Arena on Friday. Dwyane Wade said Thursday he’s optimistic he could return for Friday’s game after sitting out Wednesday’s 90-85 loss to the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. Wade has been bothered by a strained right thigh he suffered in last Sunday’s road win over the New Jersey Nets.”I’m optimistic I can play,” he said after sitting out Thursday’s practice, but working both before and after the session.Wade was certainly not very humble when questioned about whether his absence was felt in the Heat’s loss to Miami. He said without him, the Bucks were able to flood their perimeter defense toward LeBron James .”With Milwaukee, a team who really concentrates on the strong side, you need to have two guns,” he said. “Yeah, I could have been a difference, but things happen.” Read More


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Someone may just make a ton of cash on a $10 bet, Also NCAA NIT News, along with NBA and MLB

So someone may score one hell of a payday on a small $10 bet. Millions flock to Las Vegas in the hopes of turning a few bucks into riches but very few actually accomplish that. Most leave with empty pockets or maybe having broken even. Some win enough to pay for the trip.

But very few could manage what one College Basketball bettor has done during March Madness, even though he hasn’t actually won anything yet.

The Las Vegas Hilton is known as the Mecca for sports betting in Las Vegas, as it will take bets other sports books won’t and offers plenty of attractive prop bets.

Three months ago, long before anyone outside Richmond, Virginia, had ever heard of the VCU Rams , the Las Vegas Hilton’s Race and Sports Book took a $10 wager on VCU to win the 2011 NCAA Basketball Championship – at 5,000 to 1 odds.

And make no mistake, the Hilton is nervous about the bet cashing. Read More

Over in the NIT Houston may have the Final Four but New York City has the NIT championship game , which takes place Thursday with the No. 1 seed Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 4 Wichita State Shockers squaring off at Madison Square Garden (7 pm ET, ESPN2).

In a battle of two teams that both screamed loud and long about being snubbed by the NCAA Tournament, the Alabama Crimson Tide edged out the Colorado Buffaloes in their semifinal matchup Tuesday at MSG. The Tide fell short of covering as a 2.5-point favorite.

When the Big Dance participants were announced on Selection Sunday, Alabama (25-11 SU, 12-4 SEC) was a highly questionable omission, and has proven over the past two weeks at the NIT that it probably should have made it into the real March Madness. Read More

In the NBA if you looked at the NBA standings just about any time up until two weeks ago, you would have thought the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs would be home and cooled off during the stretch drive, with just a few weeks until the NBA Playoffs .

Both were leading their respective conferences and appeared primed for a long postseason run, perhaps even meeting in the NBA Finals.

Now, suddenly, both teams are struggling mightily and both are in desperate need of a win. Both will make the playoffs, there’s no danger of that not happening, as the Spurs still lead the Western conference and the Celtics are just 2 games back of the first-place Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference. But the way both are playing, they won’t advance past the first round. Read More

Finally with the start of the MLB Season Scott Matthews is one of the few handicappers in the business that truly understands the game of baseball which is why last year he had a documented winning record of 73%. So with today being the first day of MLB play why not get on the winning team today. SmPicks.com

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