Thursday, December 15, 2011

A look at the NBA season

There have been a lot of interesting happenings in the NBA offseason, as guys are getting traded, changing teams, and all with only a few weeks or time before the season begins. The lockout only allows for a few weeks before the season opener on Christmas day, which is not leaving teams with a lot of preseason time to gel. This could definitely make for some sloppy play early in the season as teams get used to each other and the systems they are in.

The biggest move this NBA offseason was the dealing of Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers. He is the best PG in the NBA, and one of the best playmakers in the history of the league. It will be a lot of fun to watch him pick-and-roll and throw alley oops to Blake Griffin. That will be one of the must-see teams in the NBA this season. How far the Clips can go will depend on Paul's health, as he is a guy that has battled knee injuries in the past. If he can stay healthy, the Clippers will be a tough team to play against. They would be an interesting team to do some TopBet sports betting on.

One of the biggest differences will be the schedule. They will play 66 games, but it will be in a shortened time frame. That means you could see teams playing 3 games in 3 nights, or as many as 7 games in only 9 days. This could definitely wear on a lot of teams, especially older ballclubs. This could provide opoportunities for younger, deeper teams to be better than expected, even if they don't have a lot of star power. That will be an interesting dynamic to watch in the NBA this season.

Friday, November 4, 2011

NFL Offers Plenty to Look Forward To

As good as the NFL has been so far in the first half of the sports betting season it figures to only get better as there are some intriguing possibilities that loom ahead to make for outstanding opportunities for all fans.

After a horrendous 0-3 start the Kansas City Chiefs won 4 consecutive games to earn a tie for first place in the AFC West Division. Kansas City has two winnable home games ahead against the last place Denver Broncos and last place Miami Dolphins before a brutal Sunday Night road test at New England against Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots. Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli was Belichick’s right hand personnel man at New England to add to the potential fireworks.

The Buffalo Bills have taken the town by storm as they are the surprise leaders of the AFC East Division with a record of 5-2 straight up and 4-2-1 against the spread. Buffalo hosts the team favored to win their division, the New York Jets, on November 6 before a make or break three game road trip at the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and ending with a rematch at the New York Jets. If Buffalo can withstand that November lineup of games they stand a real chance of pulling off one of the biggest single season turnarounds in recent history.

Speaking of turn around sports betting campaigns, the San Francisco 49ers merit a mention as they are 6-1 straight up and 6-0-1 against the spread as they are breaking away from the pack in the NFC West. First year coach Jim Harbaugh has crafted a team in his image that can run, play defense, and manhandle opponents which is a style perfectly suited for the playoffs. The 49ers play the slumping Redskins on November 6th in Washington before coming home to host the NFC East leading New York Giants and the struggling Arizona Cardinals.

And as a reminder of sports betting matchups ahead, keep in mind what the then winless St. Louis Rams did to the New Orleans Saints on October 30 when they scored a 31-21 win as 13.5 point home dogs. This was a great lesson on how anything can truly happen in pro football and that nothing can be taken for granted. The big question now is if St. Louis can sustain momentum with back to back road games at Arizona and at Cleveland.