Pretty top notch.
Everybody’s cup of tea, no.
But a weapon on the field, absolutely. How long his career lasts, who knows – but for now, his timing and rushing ability was pretty phenomenal to watch.
Say, what happened to “Youth Must Be Served?” Last year a pair of veteran teams met in the NBA Finals, with Miami winning its second straight title in seven games against the aging Spurs. Lo and behold, the same team teams made it to the Conference Finals again, with the young Pacers and Thunder trying to break through. Two years ago it was supposed to be the time the kids stepped up in Oklahoma City stepped up. OKC came close, winning Game 1 of the Finals before Miami won four in a row. The previous year a younger Miami team came close, carving out a 2-1 series lead before collapsing, as it was those old fogies in Dallas who came away with the title – another veteran team winning the whole thing. You get the sense the NBA is suddenly an old man’s game. In fact veteran NBA teams have been on a roll, with the Celtics winning it all in 2008, the Lakers in 2009-10, the Mavericks in 2012 out of nowhere, and the Heat the last two years. This year young teams from Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington, Memphis and Golden State made the playoffs but are gone.
In 2012 the thirty-something Mavericks won it all as a No. 3 seed. Despite then 26-year old Jose Barea running all over the place, it was a veteran Dallas team behind then 33-year old Dirk Nowitzki, 34-year old Shawn Marion, Jason Terry and Peja Stojakovic (both 34) and 39-year old Jason Kidd. This year the NBA’s Final Four has a pair of young teams (Pacers and Thunder) against the old men of San Antonio and Miami. While the NBA is more of an athletic game, primed for young legs, the experience of the Mavericks certainly helped them two years ago and helped the Spurs plow their way to the No. 1 seed for the second season in a row. But at some point age can work against a team, breaking down from injuries. There really haven’t been many youthful teams winning the NBA title lately. The Celtics and Lakers were veteran teams that clashed in the Finals in 2008 and 2010. The experienced Lakers topped the young Orlando Magic in 2009, blowing out the kids in Game 1, 100-75. Prior to that veteran teams like the Spurs, Pistons and 2006 Miami Heat won titles. Ahh, the Miami Heat. They really aren’t that youthful, with LeBron James the only kid at age 29, and even he’s been in the league ten years. He’s also been in the NBA Finals in 2007 with Cleveland. Dwyane Wade (age 32) already has a ring with the 2006 Heat, a veteran team that also had Shaq, Antoine Walker and Gary Payton. One thing that stands out with the NBA’s Final Four of 2014 is defense.
The Thunder, Pacers, Spurs and Heat all finished in the Top 10 in the NBA during the regular season in either points allowed for field goal shooting defense. Oklahoma City was tops in the West in FG shooting defense, while the Pacers were best in the NBA. This shouldn’t surprise. Two years ago Miami was sixth in points allowed during the regular season, Dallas was 10th; Miami was second in field goal defense (.434%), while Dallas was 8th (.450%). The Western Conference Finals was a terrific clash of Youth vs. Experience. Oklahoma City has 25-year old 6-10 Kevin Durant and 25-year old Russell Westbrook (23.7 ppg), while the Spurs are filthy with age and talent. The Spurs have 38-year old Tim Duncan, 36-year old Manu Ginobili and 31-year old Tony Parker, though the Spurs rely heavily on their bench, which leads the league in scoring for the fifth straight season. So how did defending champion Miami do against the Best of the West? They got crushed by the Thunder (112-95) at home, won at OKC (103-81), got blown out at San Antonio (111-87) and won at home over the Spurs (113-101). Which shows how little stock you should put in regular season meetings, as situational factors and injuries come into play. Are the kids ready to take over? Or will we see another bunch of old men hoist the trophy?
The Understanding of Sports Betting in Vegas:
Don’t let the numbers at the sports books confuse you. The Super Bowl is here and some of the pros at VegasTopDogs put together a list of the terms to better understand the basic knowledge of sports betting. Please take a look at our Sports Dictionary terminology below.
How To Read The Betting Odds
If you are new to sports betting online, one of the most confusing things is how the betting odds (also known as betting lines) are displayed.
The majority of bets are referred to in relation to $100. If there is a minus symbol in front of the number (eg -150) then the number refers to how much you must bet in order to win $100. So, for example, if the betting line for this years Super Bowl is -150 you must bet $150 to make a $100 profit. If the betting line is -300 then you must bet $300 to make $100 profit.
If the number is positive (eg +150) then it refers to how much you will win when you bet $100. So, if the betting line is +150 then you will make $150 profit for your $100 bet.
Remember always that you also get your stake back. So, if you bet $100 at +170 and your team wins then you get $170 profit plus your $100 stake back, for a total return of $270.
The fact that everything is expressed in terms of $100 does not mean you need to bet $100 every time. If you bet $10 at +170 then when you win you get $17 profit.
The Types Of Sports Bets:
On most US sports events, there are three different types of odds available for every event: the side, the money line and the total.
The most simple of these is the money line. The money line bet is simply a bet on who will win the game.
The most popular way to bet is the side, also known as the point spread or line. In order to balance the two teams in the betting, the linesmaker (the person who sets the betting odds) will give the stronger team a handicap to balance the two teams out in the betting. So, using the same example as above with the Broncos and Seahawks meeting in a Super Bowl, the linesmaker have decided that Denver is 3 points superior to the Seahawks.
If you bet on Denver -3 you will get odds of -110 but you only win if the Broncos beat the Seahawks by more than 3 points. If the Broncos win by fewer than 3 or they lose the game, all bets on the Seahawks +3 are winners. If the game is won by Denver by exactly 3 points then that is known as a ‘push’ and all bets are refunded to the players.
The side or point spread is widely used across all American sports and is the most popular form of betting with US bettors.
The total is a bet on how many points in total will be scored by both sides combined in a particular game. Using the Broncos vs Seahawks example again, the linesmaker may decide this game is likely to be very high scoring and set the total at 48. If you think there will be fewer than 48 points in total, you bet on the ‘under’. If you think there will be more, then you bet on the ‘over’. If there are exactly the total number of points then that is a ‘push’ and all bets are refunded.
Sometimes you will see the total line expressed in half points – for example the total might be 48.5. This means it is impossible for there to be a ‘push’ because there is no game where you can score half points – the linesmaker sets the line that way so there is guaranteed to be a result. To bet on football, tell the ticket writer the bet number of the team you wish to bet, with the point spread and the amount you wish to wager. The payout, unless stated otherwise, is figured at odds of 10/11. This means that a wager of $11 would win $10 and return $21.
This is called a straight bet. A straight bet is the most common type of football bet.
The point spread: When betting on football, the team you bet on must “cover the spread.” This means the team must win or not lose by a predetermined margin of points.
Note: The bottom team is always listed as the home team unless otherwise noted and both of these sports use a moneyline.
The Braves’ odds are -120, meaning a $12 bet would win $10, for a return of $22. The Dodgers’ odds are +110, meaning a $10 bet would win $11, for a return of $21.
On Today’s Line we use a different format, the idea is the same. You will not find the odds for the Underdog. The Underdog’s odds are based on what the casino has for its line. Most use a “Dime Line” or something close to that.
You have just seen an example of a dime line.
A 20-cent line would be this below with a difference of 20.
Here are two more examples of a dime line and a 20-cent line. See whether you can tell them apart.
You can arrive at the underdog’s price by looking at the favorite’s line. Dime lines are slowly disappearing as sports books look to make a larger profit during what is traditionally the slowest betting season throughout the summer. Several books still offer dime lines.
Money lines change constantly. The listed money line the time you make your bet may be different from the money line when the game starts. The listed line on your ticket is your official odds, unless starting pitcher is changed. This is explained later.
Total: Total runs scored in a game. Also called the over/under.
You may wager that the total score of the game will be more or less than the number listed. It makes no difference which team wins. Simply add the final scores of each team. The payout, unless stated otherwise, is figured at odds of 10/11. (-110)
Note: When betting a total, these rules apply:
(a) The game must go nine innings, or 8 1/2 innings if the home team wins.
(b) Both listed pitchers must start the game.
If either doesn’t happen, the bet is refunded.
All runs scored in extra innings count in over/under bets.
Baseball Run Lines:
The run line: a point spread of 1 1/2 given to a baseball game.
A favorite must win by 2 runs or more, or the underdog must either:
(a) Win the game.
(b) Must lose by only one run.
The payout varies according to the money line odds assigned to each outcome.
You may combine several teams into one wager. All teams must win to win the bet.
Baseball parlays are figured out by calculating the payout for the first game, based on the money line, then applying that amount to the next game, and so-forth.
If a game is postponed for any reason, the parlay reduces by one team. The bet is treated as if the postponed game were never included in the parlay.
Here’s an example of how to figure out a baseball parlay:
Listed pitcher(s) option
When making a baseball bet, you are betting team vs. team. You have the option to specify that either or both listed pitchers must start the game.
Since baseball odds are determined on starting pitchers, any late pitching changes often force an adjustment in the odds. This will increase or decrease the payout on a winning ticket. However, if you list starting pitchers, and your pitcher doesn’t start, then the bet is refunded.
Sports books offer bettors the opportunity to wager on the outcome of a season — for example, which team will win the Super Bowl or the Stanley Cup or the American League East pennant. This is known as “futures book” or “future book” betting.
As an illustration, let’s look at Super Bowl futures. Sports books list each NFL team with corresponding odds to win the Super Bowl. For example, the Dallas Cowboys may be 5-1, the Redskins 12-1, the Cardinals 100-1, etc. If you place $10 on the Redskins and they go on to win the Super Bowl, you collect $120 plus your $10 back for a total payoff of $130. It does not matter whether your team covers the point spread in the Super Bowl. For the purposes of future book betting, the team has to win only the Super Bowl.
When you make a futures bet, your odds are “locked in.” That means if you bet the Redskins at 12-1, you will get paid off at 12-1 odds, even if the sports book later adjusts the odds (to 6-1, for instance).
To bet on hockey, tell the ticket writer the bet number of the team you wish to bet and the amount you wish to wager. If your team covers the goal spread, you win. The payout is based on a “Money Line”.
The Goal Spread:
When betting on hockey, the team you bet on must “cover the spread.” This means the team must win or not lose by a predetermined margin of goals.
The Money Line: Odds for a game based on $1.00 A “minus” (-) preceding the number indicates the team is a favorite. A “plus” (+) preceding the number indicates the team is an underdog.
Note: The bottom team is always listed as the home team unless otherwise noted.
The Red Wings are 1 1/2-goal favorites to win. The Red Wings must win the game by at least two goals to be a winner. If you bet on the Sharks, you win your bet if:
(a) The Sharks win the game.
(b) The game ends in a tie.
(c) The Sharks lose the game by not more than 1 goal.
Note: The money line is used in conjunction with the point spread. If the Red Wings win by 2 goals; a $15 bet would win $10 and return $25. If the Sharks win, tie or lose by one goal; a $10 bet would win $13 and return $23.
It is common for a team to be listed as a 1/2-goal favorite and be listed with a +120 price. This means that by giving up 1/2 goal, a $10 bet would win $12 for a return of $22.
Total: Total points scored in a game. Also called the over/under.
You may wager that the total score of the game will be more or less than the number listed. It makes no difference which team covers the spread. Simply add the final scores of each team. The payout, unless stated otherwise, is figured at odds of 10/11 (-110).
You may combine several teams into one wager. All teams must win to win the bet. Hockey parlays are figured out by calculating the payout for the first game, based on the money line, then applying that amount to the next game and so forth.
Thanks to satellite feeds from racetracks around the nation, Las Vegas is a sort of nirvana for horse racing bettors (or “horseplayers,” as they are sometimes called).
Because there are so many tracks to choose from, in Las Vegas race books it is usually necessary to identify which track you want when you place your bet. For example, tell the ticket writer, “Churchill Downs, eighth race, five dollars to win on No. 4.”
Otherwise, betting procedure in the race book is the same as at the track: For you to collect on a “win” bet your horse must win the race, to collect on a “place” bet he must finish first or second, and to collect on a “show” bet he must finish first, second or third.
Betting a horse “across the board” is really three separate bets: one to win, one to place and one to show.
Hitting an “exacta” entails picking the first two finishers in a race in the correct order; a “quinella” is the first two finishers in either order. A “trifecta” is the first three finishers in exact order; a “trifecta box” is the first three in any order. A “superfecta” is the first four finishers in exacta order.
A “daily double” is a wager that calls for picking the winners of two consecutive races. A “daily triple” entails picking the winners of three consecutive races. And a “Pick Six” calls for picking the winners of six consecutive races, an extremely difficult feat that is usually rewarded with an enormous payout.
In Las Vegas, race books frequently offer promotions such as free contests with cash prizes, special house-banked betting pools that grow larger if no one hits them for a few days or horse racing tournaments. Rules and details vary greatly by casino so be sure to shop around to find those that appeal to you.
Nevada sports books are not permitted to accept wagers on presidential elections, the Academy Awards or the winner of the TV show “Survivor.” Some sports books may post odds on these events as a publicity stunt, but these odds are for amusement only. They are not real betting lines.
Under state law, wagers must involve the outcome of “athletic contests” rather than elections or votes of any kind. This means you cannot even bet on who will win awards such as the Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and the like.
Even so, “wacky” proposition bets can sometimes be found in Las Vegas sports books. They are often linked to the Super Bowl or another major sporting event.
For instance, in the Super Bowl gamblers could bet on whether the Broncos would score more points than what the Boston Celtics score in the 1st quarter of their NBA game on Super Bowl Sunday — and that was just one of countless “wacky” propositions.
As another example, to generate interest in Monday Night NFL games, many sports books offer odds on which player will score the first touchdown in the game.
These “wacky” bets can be lots of fun, but odds and details vary tremendously by casino, so read the fine print before getting involved.
Here is a compiled list of sports betting terminology that may help you in Las Vegas with your sports wagering:
Action: A wager of any kind and the total amount of money being wagered on any game. In baseball betting, this means placing a bet regardless of the listed pitchers.
Across the Board: Where (particularly US horse racing) win, place and show pools are offered, this is a bet of equal stakes on each outcome.
Action: A bet or wager of any kind is deemed Action if valid. Different rules apply in different sports in determining if a bet is action or no action (e.g. baseball bets are action when the game gets beyond 41/2innings).
ATS: “Against the Spread”. The outcome of using a point spread. Ex. The Ravens were a -7.5 favorite to win and actually won the game by 8. This means they won “against the spread”.
Bankroll: The total amount of money the bettor plans to gamble with.
Bet: Any wager that is risked on the outcome of any sporting event or any event for that matter.
Blind Bet: A bet made by a racetrack bookmaker to draw other bookmakers’ attention away from his sizeable betting on another horse- and thus to avoid a shortening of the odds on the other horse.
Book: A bookmaker’s tally of amounts bet on each competitor, and odds necessary to assure him of profit.
Bookmaker: A person or company who accepts bets from the public, usually on racing or sports events (also known as a “bookie”).
Buck: A $100 bet.
Chalk: A team or player that is favored to win.
Chalk Player: A player who mostly wagers on favored teams and rarely bets on underdogs.
Circled Game: A game where the maximum bet is reduced and cannot be included in parlays or teasers. Betting action is limited due to uncertainties of key injuries, weather conditions or rumors regarding a team.
Client: Purchaser of betting information from horseman or other tipster.
Cover: To win a bet against the point spread.
Daily Double: A horse racing wager where a player must pick the horses to win in each of two designated races.
Dead Heat: When two horses finish in a tie.
Dime bet: A $1000 wager.
Dog: The team or player predicted to likely lose a game or matchup. The dog always has a + sign on lines and point spreads. Also known as the underdog.
Dog Player: A bettor who usually bets on underdogs.
Dollar Bet: A $100 wager.
Double Action: An “if bet” that is processed if the precedent bet wins, ties or cancels.
Edge: An advantage.
Even Money: A wager on which neither side lays any juice or vigorish. The odds are even for both teams.
Exacta: The first two horses to place in a race.
Exotic Wager: A bet such as first half, second half, futures, run lines or money line wagers.
Exposure: The amount of money the bookmaker will risk losing on a game or race.
Favorite: The team or player expected to win an event. The odds reflect the extent to which the choice is favored.
First Half Wager: A bet placed on only the first half of a game.
Form Player: A bettor who makes selections from past-performance records.
Furlong: A unit of distance used in horse racing equal to 1/8 of a mile or 220 yards.
Futures: Odds posted on an event or outcome taking place some time in the future, such as the Super Bowl, World Series, the Stanley Cup and the NBA Championship.
Gross Win: The amount of winnings before subtracting the expenses.
Grand Salami: The grand total of goals scored in all hockey games of the day. It can be wagered to go Over or Under the total.
Half Time Bet: A bet placed only on the second half of the game. ( Includes Overtime).
Handicapper: One who handicaps, studies, rates and wagers on sporting events or horse races.
Handicapping: Studying and predicting the outcome of sporting events.
Handle: The total amount of bets taken.
Hedging: Placing a bet on the opposite side in order to cut losses or guarantee a profit from the same previous wager.
Hook: A half-point in point spreads.
Hot Game: A game that draws a significant amount of action on one side by professional handicappers.
In the Money: Describes the horses in a race that finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd (and sometimes 4th) or the horses on which money will be paid to bettors, depending on the place terms.
Juice: The bookmaker’s commission, also known as vigorish or “The Vig”.
Laying points: Betting the favorite by giving up points.
Laying the price: Betting on the favorite by laying money line odds.
Limit: The maximum amount a bookmaker will allow you to bet before he changes the odds and/or the points.
Lines: The current odds or point spread on any particular sporting event.
Linemaker: The person who establishes the original and subsequent betting lines.
Listed Pitchers: When betting on baseball, a wager placed that pitchers scheduled to start a game, actually start. If they don’t, the bet is voided.
Lock: A sure winner.
Longshot: A team or horse unlikely to win or have a chance at winning. (e.g. 100 to 1)
Middle: To win both sides of the same betting proposition. Betting the favorite team at -2 1/2 with one sportbook and then taking +3 1/2 with another one. The game ends up with the favorite winning by exactly 3 points, you have then “middle the game”. A favorite betting method of “wise guys”.
Moneyline: Odds expressed in terms of money. The amount you must bet to win 100 in favorites or the amount you win on underdogs. Whenever there is a (-) minus you lay that amount to win a hundred dollars, where there is a plus (+) you receive that amount for every hundred dollars wagered.
Morning Line: Forecast of probable odds
Move The Line: A player pays an additional price to receive a half-point or more in his favor on a pointspread.
Mutuel Pool: Total amount bet to win, place or show in a race. Also total amount bet on daily double, exacta, quinella, etc…
Nickel: A $500 wager.
Nickel Line: A line where the juice is 5%.
No Action: A bet in which no money is won or lost. A cancelled or voided wager.
Odds: Odds are the bookmaker’s view of the chance of a competitor winning (adjusted to include a profit).
Odds-Against: Where the odds are greater than evens (e.g. “5 to 2”).
Odds Compiler The person working for the bookmaker who sets the odds following research and his own feelings.
Off the Board: A game on which bets are no longer accepted.
Off-Track: Betting conducted away from the track.
Official Lines: The line that the sports books use for wagering purposes.
Overlay: When the odds of a given propositon are more in favor of the bettor than the house.
Over/Under: The combined scores of both teams competing in a game being wagered on. Betting whether the total score will be over or under the expected posted total.
Parlay: A single bet including two or more teams in which all teams must win or cover for the bettor to win and receive higher payouts.
Perfecta: In horse racing, a wager in which the player selects the two horses in a race to finish in 1st and 2nd places in exact order.
Pick’em Game: A game which neither team or betting option is the favorite. Also called a “pick”.
Place: A horse racing wager in which a horse finishes first or second.
Pleasers: A pleaser is a group of NFL side straight bets combined into one bet.
Pointspread: A form of handicapping in which oddsmakers predict how many points one team needs against another in order to even out the public betting on a particular game.
Press: To bet or wager a larger amount than usual.
Price: The odds or pointspread.
Push: A pointspread that ties or combined scores of the two teams that tie the total.
Proposition Bet: A wager on a particular aspect of a game, such as how many touchdowns will be scored, etc.
Quinella: In horse racing, a wager in which the player selects the two horses in a race to finish in 1st and 2nd places in any order.
Reverse: In horse racing, to ask for a second exacta wager which specifies two horses in reverse order of the first exacta wager.
Round Robin: A series of three or more teams in 2-team parlays.
Run Down: A line update. All the lines for a specific date, sport, time, etc.
Run Line: In baseball, a spread used instead of a moneyline. Usually set at 1½ either way.
Scratch: In horse racing, a horse that has been withdrawn from a race before the start. Wagers on this horse are voided.
Show: A horse racing bet in which you collect if the horse finishes first, second or third.
Sides: The names of the two teams playing: the underdog and the favorite.
Sided: When one side of a betting proposition wins and opposite side ties.
Single: A bet on a single result or outcome.
Single Action: An “if bet” that is processed only if the precedent bet wins.
Spread: An abbreviated form or another word for a point spread.
Square: Unsophisticated or unknowlegable gambler.
Straight Bet: A bet on one team or player.
Taking the points: Betting on the underdog and taking the advantage in the point spread.
Taking the price: Betting an underdog and accepting money odds.
Teaser: A bet on two or more teams where the line on each team is adjusted in the favor of the bettor by a fixed number of additional points. Like a parlay bet, all selections must be correct for the teaser to win.
Ticket: Any Wager.
Total: The combined number of points scored by both teams during a game, including overtime.
Totals Bet: A bet in which the bettor speculates that the total score of both teams will be more or less than the line posted.
Trifecta: A horse racing bet in which a player selects three horses in one race to finish first, second and third in exact order.
Under: A bet in which the total points scored by two teams will be under a certain amount.
Underdog: The team perceived to likely end up losing. The team given points in a pointspread.
Value: Getting the best available odds on a betting proposition.
Wager: Any bet.
Win: The term used to describe a 1st place finish.
Winning Margin: A bet to predict the winning margin of one team over another.
Wise Guy: A well-informed and knowledgeable handicapper or bettor.
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If you are looking on betting on the NFC Championship game this might make it easier: The Seattle Seahawks have been jinxed by this man by getting a tattoo boasting about their Super Bowl 2014 victory before the season even began.
You just can’t do that bro. Tim Connors, of Edmonds, Washington, got the Seahawks logo and ‘XLVIII Champs’ inked on his arm months ago.‘I’m not crazy, I’m not crazy at all. I’m confident, I’m 100 percent confident in every single player on that team,’ Connors told ABC. The Seahawks take on the 49ers in an exciting match-up on Sunday night, and if they get through that play-off game either New England or Denver await in the Super Bowl on February 2. –
He pretty much mushed their chances in winning the big game. See more at: http://entertainment.wagerweb.ag/sports/football/tattoo-jinx-seattle-is-not-winning-the-super-bowl-video-57604.html#sthash.MQuIfTLJ.dpuf
When Brooklyn pulled off their sizable moves, I felt it was a great move by the Nets GM. It showed a ravenous want to win, and win now, as in immediate. This was a hired gun situation, to make Brooklyn pertinent, at least presently. It was never looked at as a long term solution, but let’s win now, bring some excitement to a deadened city, and shake things up. It’s fun to have New York relevant again, because we all know the Knicks aren’t doing their part either. Another disappointment, this could have been such a fun intense feud for the year. Not looking quite the same as of right now.
Brooklyn has been atrocious this season, scoring 96/ game, and giving up 102. They aren’t even close to being in the playoff hunt, whats the deal in New York? They have an upper limit of 2 seasons from the guys they snatched, with any hopes of making any push at all, and overall, they still cannot match up with the Heat or the Pacers. Talent-wise, speed, or coaching wise. Jason Kidd was a great player, and should be 1st ballot HOF’er, but his coaching skills so far have to be examined. They can’t win on the road, and they can’t win at home, which are bad, I understand possibly struggling on the road, it can be weary, but at home, with your crowd? You have to bring it even more, and they haven’t, having lost games by 12 and 10 already in their home arena.
When the Brooklyn Nets, made their off-season moves, on paper, it got people excited, it got me excited, and I bought into the hype, hook, line and sinker. Especially sinker. Then came the grotesque realization that the guys they signed are 37,two 36 year olds, and haven’t been great players in the last several seasons.
The thinking of them pulling out some “old school magic” is always fun and we as fans love it and eat it up like stuffing on Thanksgiving. But the understanding is that the older players get, the less their game becomes effective on the court, lets be painfully honest.
KG is no where in any sense of the word, the same player he was, even in 2008, putting up 20 and 9 nightly. Paul Pierce isn’t a 20 point scorer anymore, hes “hot” if he scores 12 on a consistent basis now. And Jason Terry, has forever been the spot up guy to stick a jumper from deep for that spark player, at 36, hes not quite a “spark” in any sense of the word, shooting a dismal 38% so far.
The one thing the Nets have going for them, is the lack of good teams in the Eastern conference. Sad, but true, with only 2 teams, the Heat and the Pacers really showing any promise on the early season. The way it looks now, there could potentially be 2-3 teams that make the playoffs under .500, which is beyond pitiable.
With the age factoring in strongly recently in particular, the Nets are not looking like a playoff team in any sense of the word. Which obviously undoes them as a championship competitor.
Written by Mike Anthony of VegasTopDogs.com
How much will Tracy McGrady impact the Spurs for the playoffs, if at all? The Spurs picked up the 33 year old Tracy McGrady bringing him to a team that has been punctured with injuries. He will give them depth and experience on the team.
Make no mistake about it; McGrady has had a very good career, with averages of 20 pts, 6 boards and 4 assists in 15 seasons. And he yet individually plays better in the playoffs, at 25 pts, 6 boards, and 6 assists, but his playoff record has never been good, his teams have never done much.
He has gone through a surplus of teams in his career, bouncing around and playing for the Raptors, Magic, Rockets, Knicks, Pistons, and Hawks. Obviously he was mainly successful when he played for Orlando, where he averaged 28 in his career there. Coming off his worst season for Atlanta in 2012, scoring 5/game, he fell off into the Chinese basketball league, where he was averaging 25 pts and 7 rbs. The guys he was playing in China certainly cannot compare to the athletic capacity the NBA owns in its amazing cache.
They obviously picked up T-Mac to help them in their injured areas they are dealing with. How much is he really going to help the Spurs? How much more is left in the tank on this guy? Teams keep trying to pick him up economically and roll the dice, hoping they can get a touch of what he used to be, back 5-6 years ago. But we are still talking about a guy who has averaged only 7 ppg over the last 3 seasons in the NBA. Do they feel he has a game or 2 where he can drop 25 off the bench?
He has had some really first-class playoff games in his career, with 42 pts, 8 rbs, and 10 asts vs the Bucks in 2001, and 37, 8, and 7 vs Dallas in 2005. But that was a long time ago. How far behind are those days of T-Mac? At 33, he is certainly on the back 9 of his career, along with all the injuries that beat him. And he has always been considered a fragile player, always will be under the “what if umbrella.”
As a back up, he is still a guy who could get another 2-3 years, and get a team 8-10 a night. Look at Ray Allen at 37 and what he is doing. Let alone, Paul Pierce at 35, still putting up 19 & 6 for the Celts. When Tracy was playing for the Hawks, he was only playing 16 minutes/game. How much time do the Spurs plan on playing him, I would expect around 15-20 minutes. As long as his soft shot hasn’t left him, he can make a team pay if they leave him open, or him splicing off screens.
The Spurs are losing momentum rapidly, and are spiraling. Tony Parker being not 100% is an enormous blister against them; I just don’t see the Spurs seeing a long run in the playoffs. Any team that plays them now, I think feel they have an advantage over them, no matter how team oriented the Spurs are.
The Spurs who rank 5th shooting the deep ball, they can put McGrady as a spot up deep ball shooter, McGrady, for his career is a sturdy shooter from long range. He could fit in well, in their scheme.
I do think this is going to be a rough ride for the Spurs though. I think the Spurs did the best thing they could do with what they were forced to deal with. With a potential 1st round out, it wouldn’t shock me by any means. They don’t match up well vs some of these younger, faster teams.
It’s easy to forget how good T-Mac was, 10 years ago, when you see him now, only a ghost of his former self, when he was a real big time baller, scoring 28/game. I hope McGrady does well, but I think that the belief may have assembly.
Written by Mike Anthony of VegasTopDogs.com