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Help on the Way for the Boston Celtics

March 3rd, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NBA Basketball   Comments Off on Help on the Way for the Boston Celtics
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It’s not every day that we have the opportunity to cross the Beatles with the NBA, but as I was scrolling through the box scores and game recaps from Tuesday night’s games, I noticed that the Boston Celtics found a way to scrap out a ‘W’ to get back into the win column against the Detroit Pistons. F Paul Pierce was back in the lineup, and in spite of the fact that he only scored nine points in a rather dismal personal effort, I had to think to myself, “Hmm… I wonder if Pierce wasn’t there if the C’s would’ve won this game?”

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Let’s face it. Things haven’t been going so well in Beantown of late for the champs of two years ago. Boston is still in third place in the Eastern Conference, but it seems to be lagging well behind the Orlandos and Clevelands of this world. The Celtics are only 16-11 on their home court, and a woeful 6-20-1 ATS in those 27 games to boot.

Heading into the game against New Jersey just three nights ago, HC Doc Rivers hung a new sign in the locker room: “INDIVIDUALS WIN GAMES BUT TEAMS WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS.”

Nice motivation, Coach. All your team did that day was lose to arguably the worst team in the history of the NBA on your own home court 104-96.

Pierce was out of the lineup that day nursing his injured thumb.

Enter: The Beatles.

Help! I need somebody. Help! Not just anybody. Help! You know I need someone… Help!

Help arrived at the Palace of Auburn Hills when Pierce came back into the lineup a game after his team suffered the ultimately embarrassment. No one else would do. It had to be Pierce, the only player on this team that has grown up in green, to provide the help.

Now, here’s the next question: Was this just an average win against a lousy club, or was that 105-100 win at Detroit the start of something really great for the Celtics?

Methinks it’s the latter.

Finally, Boston is on the verge of being completely healthy, something that it hasn’t really been in months. C Kendrick Perkins is the only snag right now, but his flu will go away eventually, and he’ll be just fine. But it’s been awhile since this entire team has come out on the same court unified as one. It may or may not happen at home on Wednesday night against the Bobcats, but assuming that nothing else goes wrong in that game, the C’s should be at full strength just in time for one of the easiest stretches of games left in the season.

The Celtics are about to embark on a five-game stretch in which they play the 76ers, Wizards, Bucks, Grizzlies, and Pacers.

When together, it’s pretty clear that Boston should have one of the best teams in the NBA. Just throwing three future Hall of Famers in G Ray Allen, F Kevin Garnett, and the aforementioned Pierce on the court at the same time is awfully impressive. Throw in one of the NBA’s best point guards in Rajon Rondo and a bench that prides itself on defense, and the recipe is right for a championship.

Rivers is right about one thing: Teams win championships.

However, what he failed to mention is that every single individual has to be giving his all to the team for the team to function.

Everyone may be leaving them for dead, but now that the Boston Celtics are back at full strength, the championship could once again be within their reach.

2010 NBA All-Star Game MVP Odds, Preview, and Prediction

February 13th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NBA Basketball   Comments Off on 2010 NBA All-Star Game MVP Odds, Preview, and Prediction
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The NBA All-Star Game tips off on Sunday night at the brand new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in “Big D.” Basketball’s brightest stars all come together in this fantastic spectacle between the best in the Eastern Conference and the best in the Western Conference. Bankroll Sports takes a moment to look at the odds for and predict the All-Star Game MVP, which is a job that has become a lot harder since last year’s winner and three-time All-Star Game MVP, G Kobe Bryant won’t be playing in the game. Last season’s co-MVP C Shaquille O’Neal didn’t make the Eastern Conference roster.

Dirk NowitzkiThe Likely Suspect: The MVP winner has been on the winning team’s roster in every year since 1990. With Bryant out of the lineup, the West is still favored, but only by a slender point. So if you’re looking at a Western Conference candidate to score you some extra coin in basketball betting action this weekend, take a look at Dallas F Dirk Nowitzki. Nowitzki is the pride and joy of the hometown team and will inevitably see plenty of court time in this exhibition. Last season, the German national player scored just eight points on 3/5 shooting, and he’s never scored more than 13 points in an All-Star Game in his career. Still, Nowitzki is the third favorite on the board because this season, he’ll be the hometown hero, and you can find him at +650 at BetUS .

LeBron JamesThe King of the Lone Star State: It’s hard to deny the fact that Cleveland’s F LeBron James is the most talented and most dynamic player in the NBA. No one else can do some of the things that he can do on the court, and he proved it once again in last season’s All-Star Game when he played the most minutes for the Eastern Conference and scored 20 points on 8/19 shooting. It’s pretty clear that James is probably going to take the most shots once again for an Eastern Conference roster that chalk full of pure shooters, which makes him the runaway favorite at just +250 at BetUS.

Tim DuncanDon’t Forget About Us!: Oklahoma City F Kevin Durant and San Antonio F Tim Duncan are at opposite stages of their careers at this point, but both have the ability to take over the All-Star Game. Expect both to see plenty of minutes, as both have ties to the Lone Star State. Durant is turning into one of the best low post players in the league. This will be the youngster’s first shot on the NBA’s biggest mid-season stage, a stage in which he should thrive on against some of the NBA’s best. Duncan is no stranger to the All-Star Game experience, and even though he is at the tail end of his career, he has what it takes to win this award. Duncan split the MVP honors in 2000 by scoring 24 points and bringing in 14 rebounds. Duncan can be found at +1300, while Durant is at +600 right now at BetUS.

Current & Latest Odds To Win All-Star Game MVP Honors @ BetUS Sportsbook:
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Al Horford +2500
Jason Kidd +1500
Amare Stoudemire +1000
Carmelo Anthony +600
Chris Bosh +1200
Deron Williams +1200
Derrick Rose +1800
Dwight Howard +700
Dwyane Wade +600
Gerald Wallace +1800
Kevin Durant +600
Kevin Garnett +2000
Joe Johnson +2000
LeBron James +250
Pau Gasol +1500
Paul Pierce +1800
Rajon Rondo +2200
Steve Nash +1000
Tim Duncan +1300
Zach Randolph +1800
Dirk Nowitzki +650
Field (Any other Player) +1200