THOUGHTS ON NBA CONFERENCE FINALS AND CLEVELAND BROWNS DRAFT

Check out the latest Get Sports Strong Podcast. I briefly discuss why I maybe done betting on the NBA this season. I also discuss my thoughts on the Cleveland Browns drafting Baker Mayfield.

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2018 Full NBA Playoff Prediction

For what it’s worth. Here are my full playoff predictions before any games are played. These predictions are not taking in to account value on the Vegas lines, just simply who I think will win.

First Round

Eastern Conference

(1) Toronto Raptors vs. (8) Washington Wizards
My pick: Raptors in 6

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (7) Milwaukee Bucks
My Pick: Bucks in 7

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Miami Heat
My Pick: 76ers in 6

(4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (5) Indiana Pacers
My Pick: Cavaliers in 7

 

Western Conference

(1) Houston Rockets vs. (8) Minnesota Timberwolves
My Pick: Rockets in 5

(2) Golden State Warriors vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs
My Pick: Warriors in 4

(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) New Orleans Pelicans
My Pick: Blazers in 7

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Utah Jazz
My Pick: Thunder in 7

Second Round
Eastern Conference

Cleveland Cavaliers over Toronto Raptors in 5 games
Philadelphia 76ers over Milwaukee Bucks in 6 games

Western Conference

Houston Rockets over Oklahoma City Thunder in 5 games
Golden State Warriors over Portland Trailblazers in 6 games

Eastern Conference Finals
Cleveland Cavaliers over Philadelphia 76ers in 6 games

Western Conference Finals
Houston Rockets over Golden State Warriors in 7 games

 

2018 NBA FINALS Cleveland Cavaliers vs Houston Rockets

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Cleveland over Rockets in 7 games…..

because this is my blog…

 

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Saturday Feb. 24 NBA Free Plays

Here are my personal picks for tonight’s NBA Action.

 Oklahoma City Thunder (+10.0) at
 Golden State Warriors (-10.0) over +233.0

Game time: Saturday 2/24, 8:35 PM

I am going with Oklahoma City a double digit dog again.
The Thunder have won their first two match-ups against the Warriors this season by 17 and 20 points respectively, despite being the underdog going into both games.

Revenge should be on the Warriors mind, but the Thunder have room for error and reason to feel disrespected here as ten point underdog.

My Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder (+10.0)

 

Portland Trail Blazers (-7.0) at
 Phoenix Suns (+7.0) over +221.0

Game time: Saturday 2/24, 9:05 PM

The Phoenix Suns are only 1-7 against the spread as an underdog against a team who is coming off of a straight up underdog win.

The Trailer Blazers defeated the Utah Jazz 100-81 last night despite being a +4 point underdog.  The Blazers are also 12-5-2 against the spread in their last 19 games playing on no days of rest.

My pick: Portland Trail Blazers (-7.0) 

 

 Los Angeles Lakers (-1.5) at
 Sacramento Kings (+1.5) over +221.5

Game time: Saturday 2/24,10:05 PM

The Lakers are 0-6 straight up and 1-5 against the spread this season when they play a team that has a  .400 winning percentage or worse on no days rest.

The Kings are  7-1 against the spread in their last 8 when their opponent scores at least  in their previous game. The Kings are 9-4 in their last 13 games against the spread overall.

My pick: Sacramento Kings Moneyline (+114.0)

 

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Friday Feb. 23 NBA Free Plays

Here are my personal picks for tonight’s NBA Action.

 Boston Celtics (-2.0) at
 Detroit Pistons (+2.0) over +208.0

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Game time: Friday 2/23, 7:05 PM

The Detroit Pistons are 11-1 against the spread against teams with a .600 or greater winning percentage this season.

The Celtics are 1-4 against the spread in their last five game. The Celtics are also 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games following an against the spread loss.

My Pick: Detroit Pistons (+2.0) 

 San Antonio Spurs (+3.0) at
 Denver Nuggets (-3.0) over +213.0

Game time: Friday 2/23, 9:05 PM

Denver is 7-1 against the spread in their last 8 games.

Spurs are 2-5 against the spread in their last 7 games.

My Pick:  Denver Nuggets (-3.0) 

 Portland Trail Blazers (+4.0) at
 Utah Jazz (-4.0) over +207.0

Game time: Friday 2/23, 9:05 PM

Utah has won 11 straight games overall and 8-3 against the spread.

The home team is 8-1 against the spread in the last nine meetings.

My Pick Utah Jazz (-4.0)

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Vegas Predictions Based on Lebron James

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A brief segment regarding the Vegas odds surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers season and the future of Lebron James. 

Listen here: https://anchor.fm/e/2468adc?at=2603942

We will discuss the odds to win the Eastern Conference:

***Cleveland Cavaliers +150

Boston Celtics +200

Toronto Raptors +300

What team will Lebron James Play for to begin the 2018-19 season?

***Cleveland Cavaliers +275

Houston Rockets +275

Los Angeles Lakers +400

 

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NBA Free Vegas Plays-Tuesday Jan. 30

Here are two personal plays that I recommend for tonight’s NBA Action.

Cleveland Cavaliers (29-19) at Detroit Pistons (22-26)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018  8:00 PM ET
Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -2 point favorites, Over/Under 218.5 points

The Cleveland Cavaliers numbers against the spread have not been pretty on the road.  The Cavs will head into this game with a dismal 1-11 record against the spread in their last 12 road games.


At -2, this is pretty close to a pick’em.  Despite the Cavs recent bad stretch, the Cavs have now won two straight games against the spread, including a 121-104 home win against the Pistons two nights ago.
A lot has changed in less than 24 hours since that game. The Pistons have now acquired Blake Griffin in a trade that sent their two leading scorers Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley to the Clippers.

The Pistons have lost eight straight games overall and have a 1-7 record against the spread during the current losing streak. This will be the third match-up between these teams this season with Cleveland winning 116-88 at Detroit on Nov. 20, and 121-104 in Cleveland this past Sunday, Jan. 28.

With the recent trade, I expect the Pistons to sell more tickers with Blake Griffin, but necessarily become a better team. As for just tonight, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the better team. Then once you add in the extra distractions and team chemistry issues, I definitely don’t expect the Pistons to beat a Cavs team with a lot to prove.

Get Sports Strong Pick: Cleveland -2 

Denver Nuggets (26-24) at San Antonio Spurs (33-19)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018  8:30 PM ET
Line: San Antonio Spurs -7 point favorites, Over/Under 202.5 points 

The Spurs will be hosting the Nuggets for the second time this season. On January 13th the Spurs defeated the Nuggets 112-80 in San Antonio.

The Nuggets are 2-8-2 against the spread in their last 12 games.

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The Spurs are 7-2 against the spread in their last nine home games. Overall in this series, the Spurs are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games against the Nuggets.

Get Sports Strong Pick: San Antonio -7

 

Good luck everyone!

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(Oklahoma City Thunder 4-5) at (Sacramento Kings 1-8) Free NBA Pick

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(Oklahoma City Thunder 4-5) at (Sacramento Kings 1-8)

Oklahoma City will head into Sacramento Thursday night hoping to improve their record to .500 and continue to keep improving their overall team chemistry. The Kings good be just want the Thunder need to get going in the right direction and end their two game losing streak.

The Kings are 0-3 at home this season. Atlanta is the only other winless home team in the NBA this season. After covering in the first team games of the season, the Kings have gone 0-6-1 against the spread in their last seven games. The Kings last game against the Pistons was a nine point loss that ended in a PUSH on a late Zach Randolph three point shot.

When the Thunder have won this season, they’ve won big. All four of the Thunder’s wins this season have been by at least 18 points. Oklahoma City is also 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against a team with a winning percentage below .400. Oklahoma City is also 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 games as a road favorite of between 5 and 10.5 points.

The Kings are a young team looking for an identity. Their leading scorer is currently De’Aaron who is averaging 12.7 only points per game.

Oklahoma City has dropped their last two games against Boston and Portland , and should be focused to get back on track. I expect the Thunder to win easy.

Get Sports Strong Pick: Oklahoma City -10

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