Forums

Forums
Where sports bettors talk!

Andre Gomes 02/20 Work: Big Time Wednesday

NBA
Thread Starter Andre Gomes 02/20 Work: Big Time Wednesday
andre gomes
Joined: 07/03/2007
Posts: 4656
All Pro
Top 150 Contributor

February 20th Daily Message:


We started the second half of the NBA Season with a mixed day by going 3-3 on my plays. This puts us with a current profit of +211.75 units on my 3-4-5 Money Management System or +66.43 units on a 1-2-3 Money Management System.

We are currently on some great NBA runs: 49-22 (69%) L71 NBA Plays, 102-53 (66%) L155 NBA Plays and 281-189 (60%) L470 NBA Plays! It definitely seems that my daily hard-work is paying off big time and I'll keep working very hard during the second half of the NBA Season to keep giving this kind of results to my subscribers!

Today, I have 11 NBA Games to work on. Stay tuned especially on my twitter@gomescapper for news about the release of content throughout the day!

For the next two days (Wednesday & Thursday), you can get my 7-Day and 30-Day All Access Packages at a discounted rate! It's a Great Opportunity to follow the start of the 2nd Half of the NBA Season that promises to be as profitable as the 1st Half was!



Yesterday's Recap:

NBA - 505 Milwaukee Bucks @ 506 Brooklyn Nets

Projected Line: 190 points | Brooklyn by 8 points

Milwaukee was one of the teams that was needing the All Star Break the most. They had lost 4 of their last 5 games and their only win was at home against a shorthanded Sixers team by just two points! Not good! The key for this bad run has been Larry Sanders's absence, who is their only decent frontcourt player. The good news is that Sanders is likely to play tonight, as even though he will be a game-time decision against the Nets tonight, he said that he has "70-30" odds to play! Besides that, there are some trade rumors involving some Bucks's players. It is being reported that the Bucks are interested in J.J. Redick, while Brandon Jennings has been also involved in trade rumors. It is being reported that the Bucks are interested in J.J. Redick, while Brandon Jennings has been also involved in trade rumors. Also there are rumors about a trade involving Monta Ellis going to Atlanta for Josh Smith. So, Milwaukee is also having to deal with off-court distractions. They need Larry Sanders to comeback at a good level to boost their defensive efficiency, while Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings need to be consistent! The good news is that the Bucks's starting backcourt has a good matchup tonight against Brooklyn. We know that Deron Williams and Joe Johnson are big slow footed guards, so Ellis's and Jennings's quickness is the main reason why Milwaukee is 2-0 against Brooklyn this season: they shot 8-13 FG and 8-19 FG on the first game against the Nets, while in the second game they shot 7-14 FG and 9-15 FG. By the way, the Nets's loss on their second game against the Bucks was the last straw that caused Avery Johnson to get fired.

Brooklyn was humiliated at home against San Antonio by getting scored 29-60 in the second half. But then, even without Deron Williams, they managed to make a nice bounce back and beat Indiana on the road and then defeat Denver at home on their last game before the All Star Break. Deron Williams is probable for tonight and he told reporters yesterday that he is playing tonight. However, he doesn't know how many minutes. The week off has helped him, but not a lot. As Rod Boone tweeted, "Deron hasn't been able to jump off his left leg with any explosion this season. Said he can't dunk off it. Needs to jump off both to dunk." Moreover, Boone reported, "Deron said he feels a little bit better today than he did this time last week. Not a big change, though." Mike Mazzeo added that "D-Will says he really needs more rest, but there's no time. Said he feels a little better after prp." This will be a home-home back to back series, as these two teams will face each other once again tomorrow, but this time at Milwaukee. It's important to check Brooklyn's mental toughness levels for tonight, as they clearly lost their first two games against Milwaukee this season. The Bucks play at a completely different style from the Nets, as while Brooklyn operates mainly in the halfcourt, the Bucks are a fast paced team. We will have in here the Bucks's speed versus the Nets's height/power/slowness. In the first two games, the Nets couldn't adapt to this matchup. Have they learnt the lesson and will they be more competitive tonight? 

The first two games between these two teams were fast paced games (94 pace factor for both games), so the games were played Milwaukee's way and this explains a lot the final score. Brooklyn's average pace this season is 86.93, but their two games against the Bucks had a pace of 94! In the first game, Brook Lopez didn't play and this was a huge handicap for the Nets, as Andray Blatche, Reggie Evans and Kris Humphries shot just a combined of 7-18 (39%) FG! With no presence down low, the Nets was a jump shooting team, but with 7-25 (28%) 3pts, their offense sucked. On defense, Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings had big games, with Milwaukee being sharp in transition with 16 fast break points, while shooting 6-10 FG on transitions with 1.29 PPP. In the second game, Brooklyn was on a terrible spot, as they were playing their third game in four nights, while they were also on a back to back spot. They had lost at home against Boston on Christmas Day and they were at the time on their worst moment of the season that made Avery Johnson getting fired after this game. They got crushed by the Bucks, who had 3 days off to rest and prepare this game. Brook Lopez played against the Bucks this time and he simply crushed them with 9-18 FG, 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks in 29 minutes! Once again, it was the Nets's poor outside shooting (4-21 3pts and 6-20 FG from 16-23 feet) that made them lose the game. On a fast paced game, the tired Nets got ran over by the Bucks's quick backcourt, who also shot 10-17 3pts, while their transition looked great again with 19 fast break points. Also note that Brooklyn was playing without Deron Williams.

For tonight's game, we will finally have a healthy Nets facing the Bucks! Deron Williams hasn't been physically at 100% this season, but there won't be a time of the season where he will be fresher than today! I doubt that the Nets will fall in the same trap of playing a run and gun game against Milwaukee. The first two games against the Bucks had a game pace of 94, but on their last game against Denver (119-108), the final score might indicate that it was a run and gun game, but it wasn't as the pace was just 87.30! So, I really believe the Nets won't be running with the Bucks tonight, something that will cause a lot of problems to Milwaukee's offense that struggles on half court sets.

Milwaukee's two main strengths on offense this season have been their pick and roll ball handler plays and transitions, however they have been struggling on these two areas over their last 10 games! I don't know if Larry Sanders's absence has caused this or not, but the truth is that they dynamic hasn't been the same lately. Their season average on pick and roll ball handler plays is 0.77 PPP, but they had just 0.65 PPP on their last 10 games, while their season average on transitions is 1.15 PPP, but they have regressed to just 1.00 PPP on their last 10 contests! With the Nets turning tonight's game into a halfcourt game and with the Bucks struggling in being efficient on their transitions, Milwaukee's two main edges that they had on their first two games against Brooklyn are now gone.

On the other side, we have Brook Lopez who will dominate tonight. Even if Larry Sanders returns tonight, it won't be 100% healthy plus Lopez dominated a healthy Sanders on the last game between these two teams, so I believe Lopez will crush the Bucks down low tonight. This will be the key for an easy Nets win tonight, who will be fired up for this contest. Also note that we will have a back to back game between these two teams tomorrow at Milwaukee, so I wouldn't be surprised if the Bucks simply give up in the middle of tonight's contest if they get down on the score and start thinking about getting revenge at home in the following day. As I expect this game to be played at a much slower pace than in the first two games between these two teams and with the Bucks struggling on offense, I'll be taking both the Nets and the Under in here.

Pick: 3 units (Single Dime Play) on 505/506 Under 195 @ -115 / 1.87 on Bovada
Pick: 3 units (Single Dime Play) on 506 Brooklyn Nets (-4,5) @ -110 / 1.91 on Bookmaker

Final Score: Milwaukee 111 Brooklyn 113



NBA - 507 Memphis Grizzlies @ 508 Detroit Pistons

Projected Line: 189 points

It looks like Memphis is making progress with their new look roster in comparison to the "Rudy Gay Era". With Tayshaun Prince in Memphis instead of Rudy Gay, there aren't a lot of doubts that Memphis will continue being an elite defensive team, so the main question was related to their offense. Gay is very talented, but he takes too many bad shots, something that Prince doesn't do. So far, Prince is averaging "just" 10.3 points per game at Memphis, but he is shooting 49.2% FG and committing just 1 turnover per game, in another proof of Prince's great IQ. Memphis's offense was in a groove coming out to the All Star Break. They had four consecutive games with an offensive rating higher than 105 - something that had only happened once earlier on this season! If Memphis is able to be more consistent on offense during the second half of the season, then they can be a really tough team to beat due to their toughness, defense and now with an improved offense as well.

With Jose Calderon running the show, Detroit is clearly a better team. Not only Calderon is having great shooting numbers since he joined the Pistons (9-17 FG and 24 points on the team's last game against Washington), as he knows how to control the flow of the game and give the ball to Greg Monroe on the right spots, who is having the best month of the season because of that with 18.4 ppg, 52.6% FG and 13.3 rpg! I remember that not so long ago, Monroe shot 44.9% FG during December! Detroit is now playing in a more uptempo style, while creating more transition chances, but they need to control their turnover numbers in order to be efficient on this style, as they committed 20 and 17 turnovers in two of their last three games! Detroit ended the first half of the season by winning three of their last four games and they have expectations in having a good second half of the season and who knows if they have a shot at the 8th seed, if Milwaukee struggles during the second half of the season?

Memphis has been playing clearly better on offense lately, but their defense has been regressing. The main factor for that has been their poor transition defense, as in three of their last five games, they have allowed more than 15 fast break points to their opponents. Memphis's transition defense is #7 in the league with 1.10 PPP allowed for the season, but they have allowed 1.27 PPP on their last five games! This can quickly become a problem against the Pistons, who have now as their new philosophy to score fast with 15.3 fast break points per game over their last six games! On the other hand, the Grizzlies will have an edge down low with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, as the Pistons are far from being a good interior defensive team, especially without Andre Drummond. Detroit's spot up defense is #30 in the league with 0.92 PPP allowed for the season, but their numbers are even much worse lately with 1.17 PPP allowed over their last five games! With the Grizzlies having the edge down low, this will give more space on the outside to their shooters and with their new good offensive dynamic, Memphis has a great spot to have a nice offensive game tonight.

The previous game between these two teams ended with a 90-78 result, but the game was actually being a decent scoring game, until the fourth quarter where Memphis outscored Detroit by 14-12! That won't happen tonight, with both teams being much better on offense lately, so I believe this game will be a relatively high scoring game, therefore I'll be taking the Over in here. 

Pick: 3 units (Single Dime Play) on 507/508 Over 185,5 @ -110 / 1.91 on Bookmaker

Final Score: Memphis 105 Detroit 91



NBA - 511 Boston Celtics @ 512 Denver Nuggets

Projected Line: Denver by 4 points

Denver ended the first half of the season banged up and beaten up by losing their last three games. It was a brutal span for them that ended up in Brooklyn with the Nuggets playing their fourth game in five nights, having played a triple overtime game at Boston in the middle of that span. To make things worse for them, Andre Iguodala and Danilo Gallinari didn't play the last two games and even though Denver was competitive, they couldn't win the two games down the stretch. For today, Denver finally had some rest and Iguodala and Gallinari will be back for tonight's contest, where Denver is coming back home where they have a 22-3 record so far on this season.

The game between these two teams at Boston two weeks ago was one of the best games of the season so far. Boston should had won in regulation, but then they should have lost in the first overtimes. The Celtics have been losing players almost every single week, but they keep remaining competitive due to a great team chemistry that they hadn't shown early on the season. Paul Pierce and Jason Terry are rested for tonight's game, while Kevin Garnett only played six minutes in the All Star game, so the Celtics's veteran players won't have to deal with dead legs for tonight's showdown. The Celtics were obviously outrebounded by Denver in the first game between the two teams, but they managed to compensate that by forcing turnovers, while being more assertive at the free throw line. They will need to do the same thing tonight if they want to be competitive on this contest, as Denver will surely be ready for some payback tonight.

Just because the Nuggets are playing at home, this doesn't mean that they will crush every single team that they face in Denver! Before going on their recent road trip, the Nuggets had a series of games where they crushed their opponents at home, but where they also had some favorable matchups. We know that Denver crushes their opponents in transitions, especially at home, and they faced Sacramento (#26 on transition defense), Houston (#27), New Orleans (#28), Milwaukee (#21) and Chicago (#29)! Boston is still ranked #30 on transition defense, but since their game against Miami where they lost Rajon Rondo for the season, they received a huge boost on this area by starting Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee together in the backcourt. Boston is allowing 1.23 PPP this season on transition plays, but since that game, they have allowed just 1.07 PPP! Boston's defense has been an elite team on defending pick and roll ball handler plays and in forcing turnovers, so I like the Celtics on this matchup and this is why I took them with a -2 line in the game played at Boston two Sundays ago. 

Of course that Denver will be playing at home, but we aren't talking about one of those bad physical spots where the Celtics are crushed due to their lack of physical ability. I expect Boston to be competitive tonight, with their offense taking advantage of the fact that Denver's defense is a weak team in closing out on the shooters. This is why in the first game Boston had more success on the outside with 13-30 (43.3%) 3pts than on 2pts shots, where they shot 30-78 (38.6%) FG! I believe the Celtics will be a competitive underdog tonight, so I'll be taking them in here.

Pick: 3 units (Single Dime Play) on 511 Boston Celtics (+8,5) @ -110 / 1.91 on Betonline

Final Score: Boston 90 Denver 97



NBA - 513 Golden State Warriors @ 514 Utah Jazz

Projected Line: 201 points

The Warriors looked good in early February. They were in the fight with Memphis for homecourt edge in the first round of the playoffs and they had a tough stretch of games against teams that were fighting with them for the playoffs. They were looking confident, but suddenly they lost five games in a row and so, they are coming from this game on a 5-games losing streak. In four of those games, the Warriors were completely outgunned by their opponents by allowing 140, 119, 116 and 116 points! They allowed 20 fast break points per game during this span, while their opponents shot an average of 70% FG at the rim! If Golden State wants to be more competitive, I suggest that they start defending better once again, as their last five games were a complete disaster! It seems that this will be their motto for tonight's game at Utah: "Offense will come and go, but if we can't get stops - can't hold opponents to near 100 or under 100 - we're not going to have a shot," Stephen Curry said. "That's what we've relied on to get to this position."

Utah's coach Tyrone Corbin has finally decided to trust on his younger players and this decision was the correct one, as they won their last two games of the first half of the NBA season, with a great home win against Oklahoma City and then a road win at Minnesota. Utah was the underdog in both games, they were won these two contests on a very impressive way. The key for that was quite simple: avoid giving heavy minutes to the starters, especially on the backcourt, and trust more on the young guys coming off the bench like Alec Burks, DeMarre Carroll, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. It seems that Gordon Hayward will be back tonight, so Utah will have their best playmaker available for tonight's game. The key for Utah will be once again to know how much will coach Corbin trust on his young guns in tonight's contest. The matchup between Jamaal Tinsley and Randy Foye versus Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will clearly favor Golden State, but if Alec Burks and DeMarre Carroll are inserted on the court, then the Warriors will have more offensive problems on this matchup than expected. In the first game between these two teams, Golden State won at Utah by 94-83. If the Warriors are able to limit Utah's offense once again and leave them in the 80's, then this will definitely be one hell of a defensive bounce back from the Warriors, as they have been terrible on defense lately.  

I believe we will have in here a clear attempt from Golden State to have a defensive bounce back. All the statements that I've read from them point at this direction and that's normal as they lost their last five games because of poor defense. Their lack of defense was especially evident in the perimeter, as their recent opponents shoot the following from the 3pts line: Houston 23-40 3pts, Oklahoma City 8-23 3pts, Memphis 8-20 3pts, Dallas 11-20 3pts and Houston 10-34 3pts. That's a combined of 60-137 (43.8%) 3pts! The good news is that they will face a Jazz team that is horrible on spot up shooting and so, Golden State's defense will be able to focus in packing the paint like they did it on the first game of the season at Utah, where the Jazz scored just 40 points in the paint, while shooting just 10-15 FG at the rim. 

Regarding Utah's defense, I believe Coach Corbin will continue giving extended minutes to his young guards that defend much better than the current starting backcourt and on this specific matchup against the Warriors, it is imperial for Utah to put its young backcourt backups on the court, in order to avoid Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Jarrett Jack from torching Jamaal Tinsley and Randy Foye. Therefore, I expect youngsters like Alec Burks and DeMarre Carroll to do a good defensive job tonight, preventing the Warriors's backcourt from having a big offensive game. I don't see this game being the high scoring contest that most people are expecting in here and so, I'll be taking the Under in here.

Pick: 3 units (Single Dime Play) on 513/514 Under 204 @ -110 / 1.91 on Bovada 

Final Score: Golden State 101 Utah 115



NBA - 517 San Antonio Spurs @ 518 Sacramento Kings

Projected Line: 213 points

The All Star Break was great for San Antonio, as they were in the middle of a road trip. On their last game at Cleveland, they had Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili back, but their offensive machine was fully oiled yet and so, the Spurs struggled a bit and only won the game down the stretch with a three pointer from Kawhi Leonard. For tonight, San Antonio will be rested and healthy, so I expect their offensive machine to be fully ready to pound the Kings tonight. 

Sacramento has been playing at an insane pace lately, as their last four games had a pace factor of 96.88, 93.77, 95.10 and 97.09! The Kings have a deep roster and it seems that their current philosophy is to attack early on the shotclock and this is why they have scored 25, 16, 28 and 26 fast break points on their last four games! They are a very athletic team and so, I don't believe they will change their playing style for tonight's game, especially at home where they have the support of a crowd trying to make the Kings stay in Sacramento.

So, with the Spurs on a wide open game, we have an excellent spot for San Antonio's offense to shine against Sacramento's defense that has been regressing even more lately. They have the worst pick and roll ball handler defense in the league, so we can expect Tony Parker to have a monster game tonight and considering the surprisingly poor game that Tony Parker had in the previous game against Sacramento (1-5 FG and 4 turnovers), I expect him to bounce back big time tonight and crush the Kings's defense. 

We have all the necessary conditions for a super high scoring game in here and so, I'll be taking the Over on this contest.

Pick: 3 units (Single Dime Play) on 517/518 Over 209 @ -110 / 1.91 on Bookmaker

Final Score: San Antonio 108 Sacramento 102

Andre Gomes: Best Bets | Free Picks | Blogs
Beyond the same-old-handicapping

andre gomes
Joined: 07/03/2007
Posts: 4656
All Pro
Top 150 Contributor

NBA 02/19 Advanced Stats Numbers:


Toronto at Washington

Advanced Stats

4 Factors

Teams

1

2

3

4

T

PACE

Offense

EFG%

TOR

ORR

FTR

TOR

27

28

18

23

96

91.53

104.38

0.50

16.38

20.00

23.08

WAS

19

27

19

23

88

 

96.61

0.42

15.91

26.09

28.21

Charlotte at Orlando

Advanced Stats

4 Factors

Teams

1

2

3

4

T

PACE

Offense

EFG%

TOR

ORR

FTR

CHAR

37

26

17

25

105

94.25

110.61

0.52

14.70

23.26

24.69

ORL

27

16

27

22

92

 

98.31

0.44

12.67

27.08

15.73

Milwaukee at Brooklyn

Advanced Stats

4 Factors

Teams

1

2

3

4

OT

T

PACE

Offense

EFG%

TOR

ORR

FTR

MIL

24

27

30

24

6

111

86.96

115.72

0.52

7.15

27.27

12.50

BK

31

30

19

25

8

113

 

117.57

0.53

13.66

35.42

18.68

Memphis at Detroit

Advanced Stats

4 Factors

Teams

1

2

3

4

T

PACE

Offense

EFG%

TOR

ORR

FTR

MEM

22

31

31

21

105

91.30

117.86

0.58

15.27

34.29

15.00

DET

30

12

18

31

91

 

97.32

0.52

16.44

15.79

7.32

Chicago at New Orleans

Advanced Stats

4 Factors

Teams

1

2

3

4

T

PACE

Offense

EFG%

TOR

ORR

FTR

CHI

26

21

27

22

96

91.33

106.97

0.49

14.89

33.33

15.48

NO

21

22

25

19

87

 

93.62

0.44

13.91

25.00

15.48

Boston at Denver

Advanced Stats

4 Factors

Teams

1

2

3

4

T

PACE

Offense

EFG%

TOR

ORR

FTR

BOS

22

28

20

20

90

86.82

102.98

0.49

13.13

18.60

16.46

DEN

21

28

29

19

97

 

112.47

0.47

7.01

24.39

31.17

Golden State at Utah

Advanced Stats

4 Factors

Teams

1

2

3

4

T

PACE

Offense

EFG%

TOR

ORR

FTR

GS

19

34

26

22

101

91.24

111.26

0.50

13.02

32.50

21.69

UTA

26

32

29

28

115

 

125.41

0.56

10.63

21.62

34.62

San Antonio at Sacramento

Advanced Stats

4 Factors

Teams

1

2

3

4

T

PACE

Offense

EFG%

TOR

ORR

FTR

SA

28

22

33

25

108

97.52

112.05

0.53

15.83

17.95

37.33

SAC

19

22

33

28

102

 

103.40

0.43

8.87

20.41

27.78

Phoenix at Portland

Advanced Stats

4 Factors

Teams

1

2

3

4

T

PACE

Offense

EFG%

TOR

ORR

FTR

PHO

36

27

21

18

102

91.62

112.08

0.52

16.54

35.90

20.73

POR

23

24

26

25

98

 

106.25

0.45

12.95

24.49

32.50

 

Andre Gomes: Best Bets | Free Picks | Blogs
Beyond the same-old-handicapping

andre gomes
Joined: 07/03/2007
Posts: 4656
All Pro
Top 150 Contributor

Game Recap 02/19: Toronto Raptors @ Washington Wizards


What an ugly game this was! Both teams showed horrible offensive flow, something that didn't surprise me. Toronto led the game because they took advantage of Washington's turnovers, but down the stretch it appeared that the Raptors was trying to lose the game on propose with some ridiculous errors. Washington should have taken more advantage of the edge they had down low, but that didn't happen. Still, they shot 17-26 (65.4%) FG at the rim, but their volume of inside plays was low. The Wizards's main offensive problem was on their guards, as John Wall and A.J. Price combined a shooting night of 3-19 FG, with both players running some of the worst pick and roll ball handler plays that I've watched lately. Wall's aggressiveness put him out of control on his penetrations and this resulted not just on a 1-12 FG shooting night but also in 7 turnovers committed!   

On the other hand, Toronto is a much more aggressive team in pressuring the ball handler on the defensive end but offensively they keep struggling on their ball movement. Their offensive flow was non-existent in some moments of the game with a lot of isolation plays and few passes. The Raptors were completely perimeter oriented with just 26 points in the paint (10-14 FG at the rim) versus 9-25 FG from 16-23 feet and 8-20 treys! Toronto is 5-0 on their last five games, but they are definitively struggling on offense!

Andre Gomes: Best Bets | Free Picks | Blogs
Beyond the same-old-handicapping

andre gomes
Joined: 07/03/2007
Posts: 4656
All Pro
Top 150 Contributor

NOTE: Two Plays have already been added to tonight's NBA Package and they are both Double Dime Plays! Yes

Andre Gomes: Best Bets | Free Picks | Blogs
Beyond the same-old-handicapping

andre gomes
Joined: 07/03/2007
Posts: 4656
All Pro
Top 150 Contributor

Game Recap 02/19: Charlotte Bobcats @ Orlando Magic

If I had some doubts about Orlando's focus on these days before the trade deadline, there isn't much to say when Orlando gets to halftime down by 20 points at home against... Charlotte! The Bobcats took advantage very well of their edges that they would always have against the Magic. First of all, Charlotte scored 18 fast break points while shooting 7-11 FG and 1.17 PPP on transition plays. Then, at the PG position, Jameer Nelson has no foot speed to defend Charlotte's guards in Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions. Thanks to this, Kemba had 9-16 FG, 24 points and 7 assists! Also Gerald Henderson had 8-16 FG and 10 points, in another sign of the lack of defensive intensity from Orlando last night, especially on the backcourt with J.J. Redick, Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo. However, it's important to note that the Bobcats didn't show a great offensive flow with 18 assists for a poor 47.4% assist rate! Also according to MySynergy, the Bobcats had almost 16% volume of isolation plays! Good for them that they were effective in those with 7-12 FG and 1.12 PPP! 

On the other side, Orlando's offense showed some good ball movement with 26 assists and they were able to use their frontcourt players well on offense with 54 points in the paint and 20-29 FG at the rim. However, they simply missed too much from the outside with 5-17 FG from 16-23 feet and 4-25 treys! We are talking about 9-42 FG from +16 feet! Their best three guards Nelson, Redick and Afflalo shot a combined of 3-20 from behind the line! However, it's also important to mention Orlando's comeback in the second half, where they were down by just 2 points at a time, in a clear sign of their lack of effort during the first half!

Andre Gomes: Best Bets | Free Picks | Blogs
Beyond the same-old-handicapping

andre gomes
Joined: 07/03/2007
Posts: 4656
All Pro
Top 150 Contributor

NOTE: One More Play added into tonight's NBA Package! Yes

Andre Gomes: Best Bets | Free Picks | Blogs
Beyond the same-old-handicapping

andre gomes
Joined: 07/03/2007
Posts: 4656
All Pro
Top 150 Contributor

NBA Free Premium Play for Today:

NBA - 717 Orlando Magic @ 718 Dallas Mavericks

Projected Line: 210 points

Orlando had another loss last night against Charlotte last night, where they showed no effort on defense during the first half. The trade rumors will certainly continue today and so, it is very hard to trust them on showing any focus on defense tonight as well. If the Bobcats were a tough matchup for Orlando due to their quick guards, good pick and roll ball handler numbers and high volume of transition plays, then what can we say about Dallas? The Mavericks are #5 in the league in pick and roll ball handler plays with 0.82 PPP and #4 in transition plays with 1.20 PPP, so we can say that Dallas is basically an (way) improved version of Charlotte right now, so they should give a lot of problems to Orlando tonight. Just look at their last four games prior to the All Star Break, where they scored 22, 29, 14 and 24 fast break points! On this particularly spot, with the Mavericks playing at home against a team on a back to back spot, Dallas's game plan has been very simple this season: run up and down the court to worn out their opponents. On this season, the Over is 7-3 every time an opponent plays at Dallas in a back to back spot, with the Mavericks averaging an amazing 22.6 fast break points per game on this specific spot! Against Orlando's poor defense, Dallas won't have problems in scoring in their run and gun style at home. They are rested and healthy, so they will simply run over the Magic tonight.

However, I am expecting a better offensive performance from Orlando tonight in comparison to yesterday. Note that even though Orlando shot 41,6% FG, they still had 26 assists for a great 70.3% assist rate. The problem is that they simply missed too many wide open jump shots with 5-17 FG from 16-23 feet and 4-25 treys! We are talking about 9-42 FG from +16 feet! Their best three guards in Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick and Arron Afflalo shot a combined of 3-20 from behind the line and this is unlikely to happen once again tonight, as these three players are solid jump shooters and so, they should bounce back tonight. The first game between these two teams ended with 216 points scored in a fast paced contest, where Dallas scored 22 fast break points and Orlando's top three guards all had decent offensive games. I expect something similar tonight, so I'll be taking the Over in here.

Pick: 3 units (Single Dime Play) on 717/718 Over 206 @ -110 / 1.91 on Bookmaker

Andre Gomes: Best Bets | Free Picks | Blogs
Beyond the same-old-handicapping

andre gomes
Joined: 07/03/2007
Posts: 4656
All Pro
Top 150 Contributor

Game Recap 02/19: Memphis Grizzlies @ Detroit Pistons


I had warned that Memphis's offense was playing really well before the All Star Break and so, I took the Over on this game. This good offensive moment from the Grizzlies continued last night at Detroit, with a pure domination game from Memphis! Curiously, the Grizzlies had a slow start especially on defense with Jose Calderon and Greg Monroe pounding Memphis with ease. The Grizzlies trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, but they ended the half with a 23-3 run to give them a 53-42 lead at halftime. 

Memphis's great defense especially in the second quarter allowed them to create good offense. Memphis simply crushed Detroit by forcing 17 turnovers and turning them into transition chances (26 points off turnovers, 24 fast break points, 12-17 FG and 1.29 on transition plays). Memphis also pounded Detroit down low and they attempted just 9 treys, while shooting 27-35 (77.2%) FG at the rim! If that wasn't enough, Memphis dominated the boards battle as well by grabbing almost 60% of the rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds, even though they shot 56.3% FG!

Detroit didn't even have a bad offensive game. They shared the ball, but they had too many turnovers, while they really couldn't stop this new look Grizzlies offense.

Andre Gomes: Best Bets | Free Picks | Blogs
Beyond the same-old-handicapping

andre gomes
Joined: 07/03/2007
Posts: 4656
All Pro
Top 150 Contributor
Game Recap 02/19: Chicago Bulls @ New Orleans Hornets

The Hornets felt yesterday what it's like to face an elite defensive team that was rested and healthy like Chicago. As we already knew, Chicago has a great interior defense, while at the same time they are great in closing out on the shooters. This was clear in yesterday's game, where New Orleans shot 12-25 (48%) FG at the rim and 4-17 3pts! These are the two key areas to win games and New Orleans just couldn't be competitive in such poor numbers. Besides that, Chicago won the boards battle and they had 30 assists on 39 FG made for a great game for them. Even without Derrick Rose, the Bulls will be a tough team to beat in the Playoffs! The Hornets had a nice shooting game from Eric Gordon, even though he had just 1 assist for 4 turnovers! Robin Lopez was outplayed the whole game by Joakim Noah and with the Hornets playing major minutes with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson at the same time, they just couldn't hang around with Chicago's frontcourt. The best team won the game by outplaying the Hornets in every phase of the game.

Andre Gomes: Best Bets | Free Picks | Blogs
Beyond the same-old-handicapping

andre gomes
Joined: 07/03/2007
Posts: 4656
All Pro
Top 150 Contributor
Game Preview Article: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets

This will be the final game of the regular season between these two teams. Not only Oklahoma City won the first two games against Houston, as they simply dominated both contests by winning them by 22 points at home and 30 points at Houston! I simply can't imagine the Thunder crushing Houston once again today, given the Rockets's current form on offense, however the All Star Break might not have been great for them, as it is possible that it broke their offensive rhythm. Oklahoma City had their revenge game at home against Miami before the All Star Game, but they got completely outplayed by the Heat, after having lost at Utah as well. This will be the second spot this season that Oklahoma City is playing a game after having lost twice in a row and in the first time, they struggled to beat Dallas at home and they only did it on overtime.

The first two games between these two teams this season hide something that it is vital to analyze in tonight's game. In both contests, Houston was on a terrible physical spot. We know that the Rockets have no depth on their roster and due to the frenetic pace they use on their games, they need their starters to perform well and that didn't happen in the two games against Oklahoma City. In the first game, the Rockets was playing a back to back game after having defeated Toronto at home. Besides that, they went to Coach McHale's daughter funeral earlier on that day and they were really on a poor spot. In the second game, Houston was on their worst spot of the season by playing their fourth game in five nights, while being also on a back to back spot. The first three games on this span had been on the road, so the spot was really super tough.

No wonder the Rockets got crushed in both games. For tonight, Houston will be rested, so things should be a bit different. The All Star Weekend was also played in Houston, so their players didn't have to travel as well.

Andre Gomes: Best Bets | Free Picks | Blogs
Beyond the same-old-handicapping

Rate This
  • 11 replies
  • 0 subscribers
  • Postedover 1 year ago