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2018 NBA Opening Day Preview & Predictions

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Mark your Google Calendars and set it to notify you on your smartphones. Oct. 16th is the date we are all waiting for; tip-off of the 2018 NBA season.  Handicappers have already put our early lines out for games the two Tuesday games and a odds on a slew of the Wednesday, Oct. 17th matchups that should be a fairly accurate reflection of what the main books in Vegas are soon to release. If you are in an area where it is legal to bet on sports, research the reviews on different sites to make sure you are getting the most out of your sportsbook. Here is a comprehensive look at Bovada.

Let’s have a look at the two games on opening day.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics

We get to start the season off with a possible playoff matchup between the Sixers and Celtics. Boston is at home in TD Garden and are likely to be listed as a 6-point favorite over the young, but potent 76ers squad.

The 76ers didn’t feel the need to chase a big free agent this offseason. But they did secure JJ Reddick and Amir Johnson, and they added a little bit of depth to their bench by adding Wilson Chandler and Nemanja Bjelica. Some Philly fans might be upset that they didn’t add more fire-power to the roster, but their strategy is sound. They made the playoffs with an extremely young and inexperienced team last campaign. Now that same corps of players is a little more mature and has a lot more experience. So, don’t throw a potential wrench into the mix and mess with a chemistry that is working.

Gordon Hayward had an unlucky break last season, but he and Kyrie are both expected to be on the court for opening night. Speaking of young talent, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are going to continue to grow as well and with Aron Baynes back to back up Al Horford; the Celtics will be tough in the paint all night long.

Six points seem fair, given the fact that Celtics are at home. But the 76ers could definitely cover six given the fact that the last time they played the Celtics won with a score of 112-114, on May 7th of 2018 the Sixers won 103-92, and on the May 5th, the Celtics squeaked out a three-point victory of 101-98. In fact, if you average out the last ten games between these teams, the score would be 100 to 103 for Boston. So look for this game to be closer than the projected line of six points.

Golden State Warriors vs. OKC Thunder

The juggernaut that is the Golden State Warriors gets to open their season at home against their Western Conference rivals, the Oklahoma City Thunder. The projected point spread is four buckets in favor of the Warriors.

Eight points at home doesn’t seem like a whole lot given this GSW roster, but OKC has improved significantly over the offseason … at least theoretically. Carmelo has been shipped off to Houston, and the Thunder signed/resigned eight players over the offseason. They hung on to Paul George who was inconsistent last season, but maybe now that he is focused on a four-year deal and isn’t looking to bounce out to LA next summer, OKC will see a different PG13.

The Warriors are scarier than ever … They picked up on of the best big men in the league in DeMarcus Cousins and have Jordan Bell, the young Power Forward/Center out of Oregon to back him up. The Warriors starting line up should be Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and DeMarcus Cousins. Then when the stars sit, it doesn’t get much easier because they have guys like Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala coming off the bench.

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Can The Detroit Pistons Make The Playoffs Next Season?

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Before you know it, a new NBA season will be starting. Then, it will be time to start arguing with your friends about. Can you figure out who is going to make the playoffs ahead of time? Well, many are arguing that the Detroit Pistons will make it in this season. Last season, the team finished with a record of 41 wins and 41 losses. They were left right in the middle of the pack. They emerged as the number 8 seed in the playoffs. Nevertheless, they have a lot of improving to do during the off season. Will they be able to improve enough to make a real run at the championship this season?

To do so, they’ll need to beat several big teams. These teams will be explored in greater depth below.

The Bucks

First and foremost, the Pistons will have to contend with the Milwaukee Bucks. In just a few years, Giannis Antetokounmpo will become a free agent. That will prove to be a big blow to the Bucks. Nevertheless, the team has attempted to soften the blow of his departure with the signing of Khris Middleton to a 5-year contract. Middleton will be paid $178 million. To bring the signing to fruition, the team had to make some hard choices elsewhere. Those decisions may backfire in the near future.

The team has lost Malcolm Brogdon and Nikola Mirotic. These losses may very well give Detroit the ability to slide past the team and obtain a higher ranking next season. It is only a matter of time before you get to see how everything unfolds.

The 76ers

 Next up, you have the Philadelphia 76ers. The team managed to rank higher than the Pistons last season. They ended things with a final score of 51 wins and 31 losses. Unfortunately, the team has lost some big players. For starters, Jimmy Butler is out and he is taking JJ Redick with him. However, they picked up Josh Richardson and Al Horford. There is a real possibility that the team will be required to swap Embiid and Horford in and out for games. Horford is getting old and Embiid has a history of getting injured. That could create major problems for the 76ers when they face off against some of the better teams.

This is one of the main reasons online pokies pro and other analysts believe that the 76ers will actually do worse this season. Will they be right? You’ll find out soon enough.

Toronto

 The Raptors were spectacular last season. After all, they snatched the NBA title away from the Golden State Warriors. Unfortunately, the off season has not been kind to the Raptors. For starters, the team has let Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard enter the free agency. The team still have some great players though. For instance, they’ll still have Fred VanVleet, Serge Ibaka, Marc Gasol, and Kyle Lowry. Unfortunately, they’re going to have a much tougher time defending their title. Without Leonard and Green, the team is not going to be the favorite heading into next season.

Will they do better than the Pistons? That is a toss-up at this point. Anything can happen between now and then. However, the Detroit Pistons should have an easier time at least gaining ground here.

Boston Celtics

 Finally, you have the Boston Celtics. The team finished the season with 49 wins and 33 losses. They were slightly better than Detroit. Danny Ainge focused intently on attempting to bring Anthony Davis in. That fell through. Nevertheless, the team should bounce back from last season. While they’ve already lost Kyrie and Horford, they should be able to replicate last season’s success and do even better. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum should be able to pick up the pieces left behind by Horford and Marcus Morris. If they’re able to do that, the Celtics will have a shot at the championship.

Enes Kanter should be a good addition too. He might lack in terms of defense but his offensive production is exactly what the Celtics need right now. So, will they be able to end the season ahead of the Detroit Pistons? At this point, the answer seems to be yes. However, the Pistons may surprise everyone next season.

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Lakers vs Pacific Division – H2H trends to watch in 19/20

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The LA Lakers beginning July 2019 as +280 favorites to win the NBA Championship spoke volumes about how 2019/20 is expected to unfold. With the Golden State Warriors +1000 to win the big one, the winner of the Pacific Division seems like an open-and-shut case at any rate, especially with Kevin Durant leaving the Warriors earlier this summer.

Some would say that Anthony Davis and LeBron James could win a championship by themselves, and this is certainly reflected in their standing, as joint fifth-favorites by a leading sportsbook, to be crowned the 2020 MVP. However, with other high-quality acquisitions expected to arrive over the summer, Lakers fans can safely look forward to some high-scoring wins and memorable margins.

Do the Lakers’ head-to-head histories with their Pacific Division opponents back up this belief? Be in suspense no longer…

With the Clippers, the Warriors and the Lakers in the top five of most futures lists to win the NBA finals in 2020, it is easy to write off every other franchise in the Pacific Division – especially with Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns priced at +10000 and +20000 to stun the world.

The real contenders to win the Pacific Division are clearly marked by the trusted sports betting sites. There’s usually as little difference in the odds as there is between the processes of placing a bet with each of these sites (meaning bettors usually have to seek better value through the range of sizeable bonuses available). But there is still a lot of room for some drastic fluctuation in the days immediately after the start of the free agency period. In turn, this makes the analysis of head-to-head trends all the more important, when it comes to calling games.

As ever, the Lakers’ meetings with the Clippers will be an obvious highlight, and the final quarter certainly brings out the big guns in these battles for LA bragging privileges. In terms of pure results, the Lakers’ win over the Clippers back in April was also their first in regular NBA time in exactly a year.

By contrast, Sacramento Kings are one of the Lakers’ favorite opponents, with the Lakers winning four of the last five H2H fixtures, and the sole loss in that sequence coming by just one point. On that occasion, the Lakers were also leading 95-84 after three quarters, with only a late collapse preventing them from getting what would now stand at a flush run of five H2H wins.

The battle for Pacific dominion

 

As the second-favorites to win the Pacific Division, Golden State Warriors are expected to be the Lakers’ biggest obstacle towards winning the division. The Lakers won the last encounter as recently as 3 July in a summer league clash, and the ten-point margin represented a huge swing from the last NBA meeting, which yielded an 18-point defeat for the Lakers.

In NBA meetings alone, the last two meetings have shown a downturn in the cumulative points tally, and, quite poetically, this has also had a knock-on effect on the number of points scored in the final quarter. The last clash was also the first time in six encounters that one team failed to hit triple figures.

Ultimately, based on the last five H2H encounters, the Lakers’ matches against the Clippers and the Kings are likely to be close-fought in 2019/20. Indeed, just one or two shrewd signings for either of the Lakers’ main rivals can only see the currently short odds against the favorites lengthen in due course.

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Basketball Hoops, Nets and Balls: The Basics of Having Basketball Right in Your Backyard

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One of the most important aspects of being healthy is physical activity or exercise. In fact, eating healthy is not enough for an optimum state of healthy living. Even without exercise but with proper diet, you may lose weight but your body will still feel off. Physical activity such as any kind of exercise helps our body process all the nutrients that we are taking in every day. It burns excess calories and also helps the body in its general development. Exercise helps our muscles avoid degradation and strengthens our bones as well. It also helps with our mental state as it releases all the stress that we take in through the day. If you do it in the morning, it is also the best kind of perking up instead of that sugar bomb drink disguised as coffee that you often get from that shop.

Deciding on what kind of physical activity that you want to engage in can be tough. It will always depend on you and the time that you want to invest in that certain activity. If you have a really hectic schedule, maybe you can something that you can do with your short free time. Jogging around your neighborhood or following through simple workout videos from YouTube can be your options. If you have the time, you can join a gym or training center. Learning martial arts not just helps with your need for physical activity; it may also come in handy in times of crisis. If you already have a family, you can also let them join the fun. Why don’t you try learning a sport together? It isn’t just a physical activity; it’s also something that you can enjoy with the ones that you love.

A sport is also a physical activity that you can learn something from doing it. It is not like the monotonous moments of running on an empty sidewalk. You are interacting with other people and forming a relationship. Teamwork is an essential part of any sport and with it, camaraderie and harmony forms within the group. Working together also helps in creating a better environment for the whole game. If you want your children to learn more than just the physical aspect, try taking them with you in your training. Of course, if you are single and living alone, you can still join in on local teams. There are tons out there, you just have to look.

Now, one of the sports that you can get into is basketball, one of the most famous ball sports in the world. A little bit of a fun fact: it was developed by James Naismith to provide an “athletic distraction” to his rather problematic students. It was the height of winter back then, and they need a physical activity that they can do indoors. The first “baskets” were literally peach baskets and a soccer ball to shoot. Who would’ve thought that it would become an iconic sport in the modern world? Now, people from all over the world are familiar with the game and the rules it follows. The prevalence of NBA in the sporting world has also paved the way for its familiarity.

With the aid of modern technology, you can also have a basketball game right in your backyard. You do not need to go to the local community center to share basketballs and wait for your term to use the court. However, if that’s your kind of game, then feel free to join them. On the other hand, if you want to have an accessible court for your family friends, then you may want to have one of your own. Here are the things that you need to do before building your own basketball court:

Have ample space for your basketball court.

This is a no brainer as you need lots of space for any kind of sport. For basketball, you may have the option of only building a half-court so that you can save space. Since basketball also requires a lot of running, a lot of space is also needed so that it would minimize the possible hazards. You are lucky if you have a backyard that you can convert into a court. However, for those who do not have space, you can always go to your local center and play with others.

Always check for the best equipment.

Even if this is just for recreation, always choose the best equipment for your family. High-quality equipment means safety and security for anyone who uses them. You do not want to play with an easily deflated ball or a broken ring. If you want to build a small court right in your home, then you must go all out. You can visit sport equipment shops for your needs. Most of the people there are actually experts and they know what they are doing and what you need the moment you asked for it. The internet can also be your best friend in all of this. You can check out review sites to see which items are the best for you and your family. This page for example, gives you the top 5 of the best hoops and nets on the internet. Checking out sites like this can help you decide on which one you should buy.

Know if your family also enjoys it.

Lastly, if you are going to bring your family in all this make sure that they also want it. Remember, basketball is a team sport. The greatest teams always work toward similar or same goals. This will not work if you just forced it upon yourself and your family. If you do this, all of you will not be enjoying the game anymore. If you really want it, then talk to them first. You are a family, and the decision of one can affect the rest. Understanding what all of you want and reaching a compromise is one of the best things that you can do to help each other enjoy the game.

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