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NBA notes: Pistons hire Jeff Bower hired as general manager
2014-06-05

Detroit Jeff Bower is returning to the NBA, this time to join the front office of the Detroit Pistons.

Detroit announced Tuesday that Bower had been hired as the teams new general manager, part of an offseason overhaul in which Stan Van Gundy was hired last month as the coach and team president. Bower was the coach at Marist College last season,"Im excited to join the Pistons organization and play a role in helping this franchise build on its great basketball tradition," Bower said in a statement. "I look forward to working with Stan, his staff and everyone in the Pistons organization to put together a team that the community can support and be proud of. Im also excited about ownerships commitment to winning and their demonstrated commitment to the community."

The Pistons called a news conference for Wednesday to introduce Bower.

Bower has been a general manager and coach in the NBA, holding both those positions with the New Orleans Hornets in 2009-10.

Wizards Wittman signs extension

Wizards coach Randy Wittman signed a contract extension Tuesday after leading the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

With its young backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal, Washington beat the Chicago Bulls in the first round before losing to the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Wizards hadnt won a postseason series since 2005.

Wittman was promoted to head coach when Flip Saunders was fired in January 2012, the third rebuilding project Wittman has undertaken. He has the worst regular-season record of anyone who has coached at least 400 NBA games 191-329, a .367 winning percentage since the league started in 1946. but he resigned that position Monday.




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Top surprise of the 1st round of the NBA Playoffs
2010-05-07

After averaging only 29 wins per year over the previous three seasons, expectations weren't very high for the 2009-10 Milwaukee Bucks. However, the club jumped out quickly to post an 8-3 record. Rookie guard Brandon Jennings sparked the run by averaging 25 points per game. Then, Milwaukee stumbled to a 10-22 mark over its next 32 games. At 18-25, it appeared that the Bucks were headed for another mediocre season. Instead, the club came to life. Milwaukee stepped up to post a 28-11 record to close the regular season. The acquisition of guard John Salmons from the Chicago Bulls played a major role in the turnaround. In 30 games for the Bucks, he averaged 20 points per game. As the playoffs approached, Milwaukee was building plenty of momentum. However, the optimism surrounding the club came crashing to a halt just two weeks before the playoffs were set to begin. Center Andrew Bogut (16 points, 10 rebounds per game) suffered a broken wrist in a scary fall to the court. As the team's only viable inside threat, Bogut was a vital part of Milwaukee's success. Without him, the Bucks were a huge underdog entering its first round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks. This was the kind of series NBA bettors who were savvy made a bundle on. Knowing who the upsets will be is the key to NBA betting success. Head over to www.sportsbook.com and figure out who the next big surprise will be!


The sixth-seeded Bucks had to open the series in Atlanta against the third-seeded Hawks. During the regular season, Atlanta lost only seven games at home. Without Bogut, Milwaukee would be hard pressed to get a road win in the series. In Game 1, the Bucks appeared to be no match for the Hawks. Atlanta built a 22-point halftime lead. While Milwaukee rallied in the second half, the Hawks were still able to gain a double-digit victory. In Game 2, Atlanta was able to win another double-digit affair to gain a commanding 2-0 series lead. While the series was heading back to Milwaukee, the Bucks were given little hope of turning things around. Inspired by its home fans, Milwaukee recorded a 107-89 blowout win in Game 3. Still, many expected the Hawks to rebound against the under-manned Bucks in Game 4. Atlanta came to play in Game 4 but it wasn't enough. With a 111-104 win, the Bucks had evened up the series. In Game 5 at Atlanta, the Bucks stayed within striking distance in the fourth quarter. A 14-0 run during the final four minutes of the game enabled the Bucks to stun the Hawks at home in a 91-87 victory. Now, Milwaukee was just a single win away from pulling a significant upset. With Game 6 at home, the Bucks had a real shot at getting the job done. In a defensive struggle, Milwaukee held a 34-31 halftime lead. However, the Bucks were about to finally run out of gas. The Hawks outscored Milwaukee 29-11 in the third quarter to take firm control of the game. With an 83-69 victory, Atlanta was able to force a Game 7. In the final game of the series, the Hawks dominated to post a 95-74 win to reach the conference semi-finals. While the Bucks came up short in the series, the club was certainly a surprise in the first round of the postseason. With a healthy Bogut and the continued development of Jennings, Milwaukee won't be overlooked heading into the 2010-11 season.





NBA: Meaningful NBA betting choices
2010-04-14

It’s the final day of the NBA regular season and rarely have so many questions been left up in the air to be determined. The specific fate of no less than nine teams has to be figured out before the playoffs begin, with eight of them moving on. Here is a one-by-one game outlook at the various possibilities sports bettors have to consider. See the GAME MATCHUPS pages on Sportsbook.com for the latest key betting information. 

New York at Toronto 8:00E MSG

Toronto ( 39-42) came with clutch effort at Detroit and needs to defeat New York at home and hope Chicago fails on the road to ensure third invitation to the playoffs in four years. The Raptors are fighting for bid without its best player Chris Bosh and are eight-point favorites according to Sportsbook.com. Though Toronto needs the win, they are far from a safe bet with 4-12 ATS record at home in the second half of the season.

Chicago at Charlotte 8:00E

While V.P. of basketball operations John Paxson and coach Vinny Del Negro decide whether to use eight ounce or 16 ounce gloves in their rematch, the Chicago Bulls players have to win to get in the Eastern Conference postseason party. Bulls’ players have battled like Chicago management, winning nine of last 14 to be in this position and can close the deal with a victory.  The Bulls (40-41) are 9-1 ATS in road games when playing against a marginal winning team like Charlotte (win percentage of 51% to 60%) this season. The Bobcats are already locked in to playing Orlando starting this weekend, but coach Larry Brown has vowed not to sit players because it wouldn’t be right and what the much-traveled Mr. Brown says can always be trusted (?).

Milwaukee at Boston 8:00E

The Bucks have found out about life without center Andrew Bogut the last two games and it is not pretty. Milwaukee has been easily defeated by Atlanta and Boston on their home floor and it doesn’t appear to be a coincidence the Bucks have shot under 40 percent in three of five games since the Aussie went on the injured list. Milwaukee can move up to fifth position with win over Celtics and Miami loss, but that would mean four more games with Boston. For tonight, the Bucks are 19-7 following a SU loss and are one-point underdogs.

New Jersey at Miami 8:00E YES

The Heat have been en fuego, winners of 11 of last 12 (7-4-1 ATS) and can wrap the No. 5 slot in the East with a triumph over non-combative New Jersey. Miami has made their own way since on March 1 they were in ninth place in the East, but 17-4 record has them poised to face bumbling Boston this upcoming weekend with a win, for club brimming with confidence. Miami is favored by 10 and is 8-2 ATS against opponent that surrendered 100 or more points in previous outing.

San Antonio at Dallas 8:00E

The Mavericks have won the Southwest Division and have one more bit of business left to complete. If Dallas is victorious over San Antonio, they capture the second seed in the West. A loss and Utah win drops them to third, which doesn’t sound like much, unless they would have to face the Jazz later in the playoffs. A Spurs loss would have them settle into seventh slot, which would place them right back in Dallas this weekend for first round of the postseason. The Spurs can avoid such a matchup with win and Portland loss, moving them to No. 6. The Spurs are 10-4 ATS in last 14 outings and are 7.5-point underdogs.

Phoenix at Utah 10:30E ESPN

This is the lone straight forward conflict that will have both teams deciding fate in head to head battle. This contest is particularly important to Utah, since a victory means they win Northwest Division title, have third seed (at least) and open up at EnergySolutions Arena, where they are 32-8 and 26-12-2 ATS and domineering 20-2 (14-6-2 ATS) since Jan.6. A loss gives idle Denver the division crown and the Jazz fall to fifth place in the conference, which eliminates home court advantage. The Suns are blazing on 12-2 run (9-4-1 ATS) and locked up home court for first round with demolition of Denver last night. A win gives them third overall and means they wouldn’t face the Lakers until the conference finals should both teams advance that far. Almost forgot, a Utah win and Dallas loss has the Jazz really ending on a high note, moving to second seed with tiebreaker in their favor.

Golden State at Portland 10:30E

The Trail Blazers control their fate with a win over Golden State, wrapping up the sixth seed. That would be terrific, but Portland has potentially more pressing problems with guard Brandon Roy suffering torn meniscus in his knee, making his availability an issue going forward. Portland is a nine-point favorite with total of 215. The higher total should work to Blazers advantage as they are 17-6 ATS when they score 105 or more points this season. An upset loss to the Warriors and Spurs win drops Portland down a notch to seventh.




NBA: Thursday NBA Betting Action
2010-02-09

It happens to most quality teams, nonetheless Miami and San Antonio drew the short straws having to play nationally televised cable games on the road after playing the night before away from home. The Heat were outscored by five points in the final 12 minutes at Boston, which proved to be the losing margin for them in a 107-102 defeat. The Spurs opened their annual Rodeo Trip with a 115-113 thriller in Sacramento. Both have little time to recoup at noted difficult places to win on Thursday night. According to Sportsbook.com, Miami is a 9.5-point dog at Cleveland, while San Antonio is favored at Portland by 2.

Wade vs James –Round 3

Miami (24-25 SU & ATS) has lost its first two games this season to Cleveland, both at home and travels to Quicken Loans Arena for the first time this campaign. The Cavaliers (39-11, 26-23-1 ATS) have the superior team as the records prove, but the matchup, though not head-to-head, of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James brings out the best of both players and teams. In the prior contests, each player has scored over 30 points, with Wade holding a slight edge 68 to 66 in total points scored.

Cleveland is a decided favorite at 9.5-points with a total of 187.5. Miami is 5-2 off a straight up loss and in the midst of playing eight of nine away from home. “This is a tough road trip we are on. We have to focus game to game,” said Wade last night. The Heat are 2-7 and 3-6 ATS playing without rest this season, losing by an unseemly 12 points per game.

If Miami is starting to feel the heat of playing a number of games away from home, Cleveland is just scorching. The Cavaliers have won nine in a row and has covered five straight spreads, three by double digits. Since slipping past Miami four games ago, the Cavs average margin of victory has been 19 per game. Cleveland is 38-18-1 ATS off a win by double digits and has covered last five outings with a day of rest. This is the opener on TNT starting at 8:00 Eastern, with Cleveland 8-1 and 6-3 ATS in previous nine get-togethers.

Deep breath and move on

The San Antonio Spurs have not been of recent vintage this season, with a 28-19 record (23-23-1 ATS), despite having played 29 home games, the most in the NBA. With the rodeo in San Antonio, that means the Spurs head out of town and the schedule starts to balance itself. San Antonio played its first of eight consecutive road games in Sac-Town last night and escaped with a two-point victory, thanks to the exploits of backup point guard George Hill. The second year player has taken over for an injured Tony Parker, scoring 23 points and dishing out a career high nine assists, drawing the praise of his head coach.
“George is probably the most improved player in the whole league,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “From his rookie year last year to this year he’s starting to get confident and played well at both ends of the floor. He’s going to be a really fine player for us.” The Spurs will need similar performance or better at Portland (29-22, 28-22-1 ATS) tonight since they are 4-9 ATS as visitors against teams with winning home record.

The Trailblazers have been dealing with injury issues of their own, with Greg Oden again done for the season and Brandon Roy having missed eight straight contests with strained right hamstring. Portland is 3-5 (4-4 ATS) during this stretch without Roy; however his replacement Jerryd Bayless has been better than adequate, averaging 14.6 PPG and shooting nearly 50 percent. The Blazers have not been their usual dominant selves at the Rose Garden with a 17-9 SU record and .500 against the spread. After being whipped by Utah 118-105 Wednesday, Portland is 6-1 ATS of late off a SU loss and 6-0 ATS after surrendering 100 or more points.
The Blazers have won three of last four at home against San Antonio, beating the oddsmakers number each time. The point spread has Tim Duncan’s club opening as two-point favorites, which does not correlate to rest for each team. The Spurs are 3-5 SU and ATS with zero days off, while Portland is 8-3 SU and ATS in exact same situation and 12-3 ATS dating back to last season. The tipoff will be at approximately 10:35 Eastern.

The StatFox Power Lines for these games show Cleveland by 13, Portland by 4