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 701 NETS
 702 RAPTORS
4/19/2014 12:30 PM(et)
+2½
-2½
196 
+2½
-2½
194 
+3
-3
194 
+2½
-2½
194½ 
+2½
-2½
194 
+2½
-2½
194 
 703 GRIZZLIES
 704 THUNDER
4/19/2014 9:30 PM(et)
+7
-7
191 
+7
-7
192½ 
+7
-7
192 
+7
-7
192½ 
+7
-7
192½ 
+7
-7
192½ 
 705 HAWKS
 706 PACERS
4/19/2014 7:00 PM(et)
+7½
-7½
187 
+7½
-7½
186 
+7½
-7½
186 
+7½
-7½
186½ 
+7½
-7½
186 
+7½
-7½
186 
 707 WARRIORS
 708 CLIPPERS
4/19/2014 3:30 PM(et)
+6½
-6½
212 
+7
-7
211 
+7
-7
211 
+7
-7
211½ 
+7
-7
211½ 
+7
-7
211 
 709 MAVERICKS
 710 SPURS
4/20/2014 1:00 PM(et)
+8½
-8½
205 
+9
-9
205½ 
+9
-9
206 
+9
-9
206½ 
+9
-9
206 
+9
-9
205½ 
 711 BOBCATS
 712 HEAT
4/20/2014 3:30 PM(et)
+10½
-10½
189 
+9½
-9½
188½ 
+10
-10
189 
+9½
-9½
189½ 
+9½
-9½
189 
+9½
-9½
188½ 
 713 WIZARDS
 714 BULLS
4/20/2014 7:00 PM(et)
+5
-5
182 
+4½
-4½
180½ 
+5
-5
181 
+4½
-4½
181½ 
+4½
-4½
180½ 
+4½
-4½
180½ 
 715 BLAZERS
 716 ROCKETS
4/20/2014 9:30 PM(et)
+5½
-5½
216 
+5
-5
214½ 
+5
-5
215 
+5½
-5½
214½ 
+5
-5
214½ 
+5
-5
214½ 
 901 REDS
 902 CUBS
4/18/2014 2:20 PM(et)
-110
+110
off 
+110
-120
6½o 
EVEN
-110
6½o 
-105
-115
6½o 
+103
-113
6½o 
EVEN
-115
6½o 
 903 CARDINALS
 904 NATIONALS
4/18/2014 7:05 PM(et)
+105
-105
7p 
EVEN
-110
6½o 
-107
-103
6½o 
-110
-110
7u 
EVEN
-110
6½o 
-115
-105
6½o 
 905 BREWERS
 906 PIRATES
4/18/2014 7:05 PM(et)
+105
-105
7p 
+107
-117
6½o 
+106
-116
7u 
EVEN
-120
7u 
+107
-117
6½o 
+105
-125
6½o 
 907 BRAVES
 908 METS
4/18/2014 7:10 PM(et)
-110
+110
7u 
-112
+102
7u 
-108
-102
7p 
-115
-105
7u 
-111
+101
7u 
-120
EVEN
7p 
 909 PHILLIES
 910 ROCKIES
4/18/2014 8:40 PM(et)
+145
-145
10½p 
+136
-146
10½o 
+135
-150
10½o 
+135
-155
10½p 
+138
-148
10½o 
+140
-165
10½o 
 911 GIANTS
 912 PADRES
4/18/2014 10:10 PM(et)
-110
+110
6½p 
-102
-108
6½u 
-106
-104
6½p 
-115
-105
6½o 
-106
-104
6½u 
-120
EVEN
6½u 
 913 DIAMONDBACKS
 914 DODGERS
4/18/2014 10:10 PM(et)
+190
-190
7p 
+157
-167
7u 
+167
-187
7u 
+160
-180
7u 
+155
-170
7u 
+170
-200
7u 
 915 ANGELS
 916 TIGERS
4/18/2014 7:08 PM(et)
+130
-130
8u 
+104
-114
8u 
+104
-114
8u 
EVEN
-120
8u 
+105
-115
8u 
+105
-125
8u 
 917 BLUEJAYS
 918 INDIANS
4/18/2014 7:05 PM(et)
+120
-120
8p 
+134
-144
7½p 
+130
-140
7½p 
+125
-145
7½o 
+126
-141
7½p 
+125
-150
7½o 
 919 YANKEES
 920 RAYS
4/18/2014 7:10 PM(et)
-110
+110
7½u 
-101
-109
7o 
-105
-105
7o 
-110
-110
7o 
EVEN
-110
7o 
-115
-105
7o 
 921 ORIOLES
 922 REDSOX
4/18/2014 7:10 PM(et)
+130
-130
8p 
+115
-125
7½o 
+125
-135
8u 
+115
-135
8u 
+116
-126
7½o 
+120
-140
7½o 
 923 WHITESOX
 924 RANGERS
4/18/2014 8:05 PM(et)
+155
-155
10p 
+148
-158
9u 
+143
-158
9u 
+145
-165
9½u 
+150
-160
9u 
+150
-175
9u 
 925 TWINS
 926 ROYALS
4/18/2014 8:10 PM(et)
+150
-150
8½p 
+133
-143
7½p 
+128
-138
7½p 
+125
-145
8u 
+134
-145
7½p 
+125
-145
7½p 
 927 ASTROS
 928 ATHLETICS
4/18/2014 10:05 PM(et)
+200
-200
7p 
+205
-225
7o 
+195
-225
7p 
+185
-225
7p 
+205
-225
7p 
+200
-250
7o 
 929 MARINERS
 930 MARLINS
4/18/2014 7:10 PM(et)
+110
-110
7½u 
+112
-122
7½o 
+109
-119
7½o 
EVEN
-120
7½p 
+111
-121
7½o 
+110
-130
7½o 
 951 CARDINALS
 952 NATIONALS
4/19/2014 1:05 PM(et)
+120
-120
7½p 
 
 
 
 
 
 953 REDS
 954 CUBS
4/19/2014 2:20 PM(et)
-140
+140
off 
 
 
 
 
 
 955 BREWERS
 956 PIRATES
4/19/2014 7:05 PM(et)
-120
+120
7½p 
 
 
 
 
 
 957 BRAVES
 958 METS
4/19/2014 7:10 PM(et)
-125
+125
7½u 
 
 
 
 
 
 959 PHILLIES
 960 ROCKIES
4/19/2014 8:10 PM(et)
+140
-140
10p 
 
 
 
 
 
 961 DIAMONDBACKS
 962 DODGERS
4/19/2014 8:10 PM(et)
+200
-200
8u 
 
 
 
 
 
 963 GIANTS
 964 PADRES
4/19/2014 8:40 PM(et)
-120
+120
6½o 
 
 
 
 
 
 965 BLUEJAYS
 966 INDIANS
4/19/2014 1:05 PM(et)
+105
-105
8½u 
 
 
 
 
 
 967 ANGELS
 968 TIGERS
4/19/2014 1:08 PM(et)
+140
-140
7½o 
 
 
 
 
 
 969 ORIOLES
 970 REDSOX
4/19/2014 1:35 PM(et)
+120
-120
9p 
 
 
 
 
 
 971 TWINS
 972 ROYALS
4/19/2014 2:10 PM(et)
+130
-130
8½p 
 
 
 
 
 
 973 ASTROS
 974 ATHLETICS
4/19/2014 4:05 PM(et)
+200
-200
7o 
 
 
 
 
 
 975 YANKEES
 976 RAYS
4/19/2014 7:10 PM(et)
+130
-130
7½p 
 
 
 
 
 
 977 WHITESOX
 978 RANGERS
4/19/2014 8:05 PM(et)
+105
-105
9½p 
 
 
 
 
 
 979 MARINERS
 980 MARLINS
4/19/2014 7:10 PM(et)
-120
+120
8u 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kelso Sturgeon has been a professional handicapper for 40 years and has a deep understanding of all facets of the game, be it football, basketball, baseball or horse racing. He's worked as a football scout in the SEC and studied under Hall of Fame coaches like Alabama's Bear Bryant, winner of five national titles and Hank Stram of the Kansas City Chiefs, who won the 1970 Super Bowl. He's been a Regional Sports Editor for the Associated Press, worked as a successful jockey agent and authored several books teaching people how to be a handicapper, including the bestseller, THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SPORTS BETTING. Kelso also understands that to be a successful handicapper means knowing the business of gambling, and to that end he is personal friends with most of the big linesmakers in Las Vegas and gets the daily scoop on what is happening on the other side of the counter. There is no one better qualifed to be your personal handicapper than Kelso Sturgeon.

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NBA Playoffs Begin Saturday With 50-Unit
Bookie Bustin’ Shocker

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Get Entire NBA Playoff Package For Just $150
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Heat 4-7 Favorites To Win NBA East While Spurs
Are 5-4 To Take Down Money In West

Miami 9-5 Favorites To Become 1st Team Since
2002 Lakers To Win Three Straight Titles

By Kelso Sturgeon

My 2014 NBA Playoff Package will hit the ground running Saturday and Sunday with 50-unit winners both days. The price is always right for this winner-filled post season and you can get the entire package for just $150 and play daily right through the championship game in early June. That price represents a savings of more than $1,200 for those who play by the day.

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The package includes daily selections rated from 5-to-25 units and also includes at least five 100-unit games and at least four more 50-unit bets. I have crushed the playoffs for the past several years and am ready to do just that again.

The Five 100-Unit NBA Playoff Games

1. My 100-unit Eastern Conference Game of the Year
2. My 100-unit Western Conference Game of the Year
3. 100-unit Upset Games of the Year in Both Conferences
4. 100-unit side/total parlay on championship game of each conference
5. 100-unit side/total parlay on championship games

Get on board and let’s start rolling Saturday and Sunday.

Meantime the Miami Heat (54-28) is the odds-on 4-7 favorite to win another Eastern Conference championship and the overall 9-5 favorite to become the first NBA team since the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002 to win three consecutive championships. From the bettor’s point of view, the East was so weak this year the run to the championship for Miami appears to be a cake walk.

Things are quite different in the Western Conference where the San Antonio Spurs are the 5-4 favorites to win the championship and the second choice at 5-2 to win it all. For the record, Miami beat San Antonio 4-3 in the title series last season.

It is ironic Miami is facing the Charlotte Bobcats (43-39) in the first round. This is Miami’s 18th appearance in the NBA Playoffs while it is just the second for the Bobcats who have never won a post-season game. The Heat swept Charlotte 4-0 during the regular season, beating the Bobcats 124-107 and 99-98 at home and 104-96 in overtime and 97-91.

If you want to take a money line bet on Miami to win this best-of-seven series, you will have to lay $2,000 to win $100, or if you are the shoot-shoot-for-the-moon type you can put up $100 to win $1,000.

Each best-of-seven rounds will be played on a 2-2-1-1-1 basis, even the championship round which has been changed from the 2-3-2 format.

ODDS TO WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Listed Here Are Season Opening Odds

Set On August 8, 2013, And Current Odds

(Teams Listed Alphabetically)

Team Opening Odds Current Odds

Atlanta Hawks 50-1 1000-1
Brooklyn Nets 40-1 40-1
Charlotte Bobcats 500-1 300-1
Chicago Bulls 7-1 40-1
Dallas Mavericks 40-1 100-1
Golden State Warriors 25-1 30-1
Houston Rockets 25-1 20-1
Indiana Pacers 15-1 5-1
Los Angeles Clippers 15-1 10-1
Memphis Grizzlies 20-1 60-1
Miami Heat 7-4 9-5
Oklahoma City Thunder 9-2 7-2
Portland Trail Blazers 100-1 40-1
San Antonio Spurs 7-1 5-2
Toronto Raptors 100-1 60-1
Washington Wizards 100-1 100-1

Seven Steps To Successfully Handicapping
The NBA Playoffs

There are many elements to successfully handicapping the NBA playoffs and one should keep all of them in mind.

1. In the NBA any team can beat any other team that made the playoffs. Some teams may be better than others but on a night-to-night basis circumstances sometimes makes that mean little.

2. Give a slight edge to any team that has played well on the road during the regular season. At the top of that list, San Antonio is 30-11 on the road this season, playing almost as well as if the Spurs were home where they are 32-9.

3. Factor in the home-court bias. For instance the Indiana Pacers are an NBA-best 35-6 at home this season.

4. Pay attention to game-to-game injury reports. For instance two of the best players in the NBA—both superstar guards—have battled injuries all season and will for the most part be game-time decisions every time they play. They are Dwayne Wade (19.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game) of the Miami Heat and Tony Parker (16.8, 5.8, 2.3) of the San Antonio Spurs.

5. One must bet a playoff team for what it is right now—and not what it was in the first half of the season. For instance, the Indiana Pacers opened the season 9-0 and then went 24-6 in their first 30 games. However they went 10-13 in their last 23 games including a stretch before that in which they went 3-18. At one point in this time frame, they were 1-14 against the spread because people kept betting on them, thinking they were the team that opened 24-6.

6. At the other end of the spectrum are the Brooklyn Nets who opened the season 5-14 to imprint on the minds of betters they were simply a bad basketball team. Few know that they opened the New Year 33-13 and have the best record in the NBA in 2014.

7. Factor into the playoff handicapping equation the circumstances under which a game is being played. For instance teams that are up 3-0 in a best-of-seven series is going to do everything it can to win one more and go home and rest.

Just my thoughts, and hope this is what you’re looking for.

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Saturday NBA Playoff Schedule
Teams Listed With Seed (#1 Through #8)
With Records, Betting Lines And 2013-14 Records Against One Another
Home Team In CAPS

#3 TORONTO RAPTORS (44-38) -2.5 over #6 Brooklyn Nets (44-38)
ESPN…12:35 EDT
Teams Split Season Series 2-2
Nets winningest team in NBA since January 1.

#3 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (57-25)-7 over Golden State Warriors (51-31)
ABC…3:35 EDT
Teams Split Season Series 2-2
These teams detest one another and come to play and to fight.

#1 INDIANA PACERS (56-26) -7.5 over Atlanta Hawks (38-44)
ESPN…7:05 EDT
Teams Split Season Series 2-2
Pacers have been terrible for weeks, should still handle hawks with ease.

#2 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (59-23) -7 over #7 Memphis Grizzlies (50-32)
ESPN…9:35 EDT
Thunder Won Season Series 3-1
Memphis has the talent to win this series but it will be an uphill battle

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Sunday NBA Playoff Schedule
Teams Listed With Seed (#1 Through #8)
With Records, Betting Lines And 2013-14 Records Against One Another
Home Team In CAPS

#1 SAN ANTONIO SPURS (62-20) -9 over #8 Dallas Mavericks (49-33)
TNT…1:05 EDT
Spurs Won Season Series 4-0
My money says the Spurs go the distance and win it all.

#2 MIAMI HEAT (54-28) -9.5 over #7 Charlotte Bobcats (43-39)
ABC…3:35 EDT
Heat Won Season Series 4-0
This series could easily see Miami go 4-0 but one
must keep in mind winning is one thing and covering quite another.

#4 CHICAGO BULLS (48-34) -5 over Washington Wizards (44-38)
TNT…7:05 EDT
Wizards Won Season Series 3-1

There is a temptation to take a money line bet on Wizards
at +162 to win the series.

#4 HOUSTON ROCKETS (54-28) -5 over Portland Trail Blazers (54-28)
TNT…9:35 EDT
Rockets Won Season Series 3-1
This is a very tough series and either team could win it.

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Elijah Brown leaving Butler

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Elijah Brown is leaving the Butler basketball program.

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Jefferson, Curry named NBA Players of the Month

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Defense in the NBA Playoffs

I had originally scheduled a baseball article for this spot. But, I’ve been hearing and reading so much basketball misinformation about NBA defenses heading into this weekend’s playoffs that I decided to come back with a special report clearing up the mistakes you may have been exposed to.

Here are a couple of quickies:

*The Western powers DON’T play soft defense. Many play at faster that average paces, which creates the illusion of soft defense. The media tends to celebrate many defenses in the East (where play is slower and there are fewer great scorers) while blasting defense in the West (where play is faster and there are many star scorers). When you adjust for context, you see how strong many of the Western defenses truly are.

*San Antonio DOESN’T play mediocre defense and win with great ball movement on offense. Sure, they have great ball movement. But, their defense is terrific! On a per possession basis, the Spurs rank #4 in the league. Their starting unit actually grades out #1 defensively of all regularly used five-man units! Coach Gregg Popovich knows how to keep his best players fresh. And, fresh players play great defense.

Let’s look at the defensive rankings in “efficiency,” which is points allowed per possession entering the 2014 NBA Playoffs. You won’t be surprised to see Indiana and Chicago at the top. They’re known for playing great defense, and get the benefit of playing in the weaker Eastern Conference. Look at who else is in the top eight.

NBA DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY (top 8)

  1. Indiana
  2. Chicago
  3. Golden State
  4. San Antonio
  5. Oklahoma City
  6. Charlotte
  7. LA Clippers and Memphis (tied)

Would you have guessed Golden State rated that well? Their fast tempo hides strong per-possession defense. Would you have had Oklahoma City and the LA Clippers in the top eight? They may play high scoring games against each other because of a fast pace and great athleticism. They both get more stops than you realized. How about Charlotte?! You may not have seen them play on TV all year unless you get League Pass. The Bobcats have one the third best defense in the Eastern brackets.

NBA DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY (the rest)

  1. Toronto and Washington (tied)
  2. Miami
  3. Houston
  4. Atlanta
  5. Portland
  6. Brooklyn
  7. Dallas

Portland and Dallas are really in tough shape in the West, bringing average or worse defenses to the party in a conference that’s absolutely loaded with offensive talent. Brooklyn has played better than that ranking in the second half of the season. But, they’re still off the pace defensively of what some of the East elites are capable of.

To me, the single most important issue in the whole playoff brackets may be the caliber of defense that the Miami Heat bring to the table. Their stars appear worn down from the grind of reaching the finals three years in a row. They were clearly slacking off on defense through the regular season compared to past standards. Will they kick things up a notch in an effort to earn their three-peat? Or, is that notch gone…with a defensive unit that’s no longer top 10 in the league? I’m telling you now…that’s going to become a big story in May and June at the very least.

It’s very important that serious handicappers understand the REALITY of basketball rather than being swayed by nonsense they hear from the media. Students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping are constantly encouraged to do their own work to avoid this very issue! I trust you’ve been doing that all week. I hope today’s look at defensive rankings will help you see the coming challenges even more clearly as you try to pick game-by-game or series winners.

If you’d like some help finding the best plays on the board this weekend and beyond, you can always purchase my BEST BETS right here at this very website with your major credit card. Questions can be answered by one of my representatives in the office at 1-800-755-2255. You can also ask about baseball packages when you call.

We’ll be mixing basketball and baseball through the coming weeks. Coursework will largely be on a “read and react” basis so we can stay on top of developments from a handicapping perspective in both sports. I’d argue that “read and react” is more important during the NBA Playoffs than any other sport because of the adjustments coaches are forced to make throughout a series. The best-of-seven format really allows you to profit significantly if you can get in synch with a particular matchup. Seeing an NFL playoff game clearly gets you one team side winner. Seeing the ebb and flow of an NBA playoff series clearly can get you up to seven winners just in that matchup.

The Dean of Sports Handicapping KELSO STURGEON is here to remind you to keep your eye on the ball! That will make you a big money winner from now through the championships in June.

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