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Kobe Bryant falls short of MJ's scoring mark, but helps Lakers beat Spurs
2014-12-13

He also acted, for long stretches, as stereotype late-career Kobe Bryant. It was fascinating.

The kicker is the fact that had Kobe Bryant played the sort of shot-happy, inefficient ball that has marked his 2014-15 season, he could have passed his model Michael Jordan and moved into third place on the NBAs all-time scoring list. Instead, Bryant held back and made the correct plays that he usually anticipates before any other mere mortals, plays he often disregards prior to tossing up another jumper.

Kobe finished with 22 points on 22 shots as a heretofore terrible Lakers team knocked off a Spurs squad working with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and even Tony Parker for a spell. Kobe entered the game needing 31 points to top MJ, but he sat huge chunks of the second and fourth quarter without a complaint, and his work down the stretch helped an active Lakers squad retain their lead in the win.

His absence, for whatever reason, also saw the Lakers building that lead. This team is so strange.

Bryant made expert pocket and screen-and-roll passes, hitting the sorts of teammates he recently denigrated in full and knowledgeable view of the media on Thursday afternoon. Kobe may have missed 15 of 22 shots, but he had ample opportunity to gun for Jordans scoring mark several times in this contest, but instead chose to make the intelligent and proper basketball play that suits his basketball genius obvious passes he often ignores in order to launch yet another shot.

Bryant routinely found big men Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill, and swingman Wesley Johnson for great looks with gorgeous passes on his way toward nine assists in 40 minutes of action. In the games deciding play, with Kobe barking at guard Jeremy Lin (who had sat about 30 minutes of real time prior to the play after being pulled to the bench) late in overtime, mercurial Lakers scorer Nick Young hit a 3-pointer with just under eight seconds to go in overtime. Young actually finished the contest with a team-high 29 points, two short of what Bryant needed to top Jordan.
Bryant didnt always play up to the competition. His shooting percentages were obviously poor and his rookie-like turnover late in regulation helped San Antonio overcome what seemed to be an insurmountable late-game deficit, but the movements were telling. Kobe mixed in equal parts the attributes that allow NBA observers to both revere, admire and shake their damned heads at him he forced shots, he sat willingly, he made pinpoint passes to teammates who were open and he hit a killer clutch 3-pointer late in regulation that nearly put the game away.

[ Related: Revisiting Kobe Bryant's matchups with Michael Jordan ]

Kobe Bryant finished with a -1 plus/minus in a two-point Lakers win, he took and missed more shots than any other teammate, and he turned the ball over more than any other teammate. And yet he looked like the best Laker on the court on Friday night, while declining the chance to fire away and top Jordans career output in front of a nationally televised stage against the defending NBA champions.

This is peak Kobe Bryant. And its so much fun.

Bryant is nine points away from moving past Jordan, and the Lakers play against the similarly lowly Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. Find somebody with NBA League Pass that evening, because youre going to want to tune in. Even while defining his stereotypes in full view of a national audience, Kobe Bryant still finds a way to defy them.




NBA: Game 4 Bettors looking for Heroes and Goats
2010-06-10

Maybe Boston’s Paul Pierce will NFL Picks be right after all, the Celtics might not be going back to Los Angeles, just for all the wrong reasons. Boston was outhustled, outplayed and coughed up home court advantage In Game 3. Once again, it appears that if you bet the Lakers to win the NBA championship, the odds are mostly certainly stacked in your favor. Boston will at least try to even the series at two games apiece when it hosts the Lakers Thursday night as 3.5-point favorites according to Sportsbook.com.

After L.A. won the opening game, Phil Jackson’s imposing size and demeanor was appearing even larger with his team’s 47-0 record leading 1-0 in a series. After losing the second game at the star-studded Staples Center, the Lakers added one more to 18-6 ATS record when they are tied in a series and the team that wins the crucial third game of a NBA Finals best of seven is 28-4 to be crowned champs.

Lakers Heroes

Think back, way back to the opening L.A. and Oklahoma City series when Russell Westbrook of the Thunder was making Derek Fisher look older than Emmett Smith in the “Just for Men” commercials. Fisher overcame disastrous playoff start and has increasingly become more a factor in each series. With Kobe Bryant not his usual self, Fisher took it upon himself to close-out the Celtics, scoring 11 of his 16 points in the final 12 minutes.

“He won the game for them,’’ said Boston coach Doc Rivers. “Derek Fisher was the difference in the game.’’

Another reason for why Los Angeles was able to emerge victorious at TD Garden and move to 37-20 ATS as underdogs was the continued appearance of Lamar Odom. After being saddled with five quick fouls the first two tilts, Odom scored 12 points on perfect 5-for-5 shooting and snaring five rebounds.

“I was able to get into a nice rhythm,’’ Odom said. “I stayed composed. I took what they gave me.’’

Celtics’ Goats

NBA coaches continually preach in the playoffs – The last game is the last game, put it behind you.

Ray Allen suffered that lesson the hard way and has to follow that advice moving forward. After unprecedented three-point shooting display in Los Angeles, Allen returned to Boston and put up an unlucky 13 shots, none that went thru the net. Fortunately, he missed being in the record books two games in a row, as Dennis Johnson, then with Seattle, was 0-14 in a NBA Finals game.

All of his shots looked flat,’’ Rivers said. “I don’t think he had any legs. Of his 13 shots, he had eight great looks. But all of his shots were short. And all of them were flat.’’ Allen’s inability to score left his team flat, as the Celtics fell to 18-29 ATS as a home favorite this season.

Pierce proved like the CEO of British Petroleum, talk is cheap and that actions speak louder than words. His 13 for 36 shooting in the Finals speaks volumes for Boston’s chances of winning this series.

Who’s thrown into the spotlight next?

Sportsbook.com has the Celtics as 3.5-point favorites to comeback and even the series with total of 190. In order for this to occur Boston’s Big Three has to stay out of foul trouble (which could be difficult with the horrible officiating towards both teams) and be collectively productive. The C’s are 6-1 ATS after SU loss and Kendrick Perkins has to start putting in the same kind of effort Glen Davis is.

Pierce and teammates have to better execute on screen and rolls, because Ron Artest is in Pierce’s grill otherwise. Rajon Rondo was a non-factor starting halfway thru the second period, that can’t happen again. Though it seems opposite, Boston has played better at faster tempo in this series and is 17-7 OVER off an upset loss as a home favorite.

Andrew Bynum reinjured his ailing knee Tuesday and it would seem doubtful he will be much of a factor, thrusting Odom more prominently into the next contest. The Lakers are 8-4 ATS off a triumph and were somewhat fortunate Fisher was there to bail them out.

The good news is Bryant seldom has two games in a row this time of year where he isn’t clutch, but Tony Allen does give him fits. Gasol could use more than 11 shots like the last contest, but needs to work harder to demand the ball. His team is 9-1 UNDER after allowing 85 points or less this season.

ABC has Game 4 at 9:00 Eastern and the club that shoots the higher percentage is 7-1 and 6-1-1 ATS in previous eight meetings.

The StatFox Power Line shows Boston by 4, only slightly higher than the actual price.


NBA: NBA home teams have to turn up pressure
2010-04-23

Charlotte and Milwaukee are in 0-2 holes and will be looking for energy from the home patrons attempting to hold serve in what have become must-win scenarios. Oklahoma City got the first of two they needed in Game 3 against the Lakers on Thursday and needs a another victory to avoid going to L.A. down 3-1 in the series. Those are the intriguing storylines surrounding Saturday’s three NBA playoff games. Let’s take a look at each. Further in-depth betting information can be found on the Sportsbook.com GAME MATCHUPS page.

Orlando at Charlotte 2:00E TNT

Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson have accounted for 51.2 percent of the Bobcats offense in the two playoff games, which suggests that others have to contribute since Charlotte has two “L’s” to begin the series.

Charlotte is not a good outside shooting team, depending more on slashing and driving to the rim and collecting fouls for free throw attempts. Their loss Wednesday night was perfect illustration of what has gone wrong.

The Bobcats could not solve Orlando’s defensive schemes and committed 19 turnovers and had 17 fewer attempts from the charity stripe than the Magic (35-18).

"Our defense is keeping us in it, and our offense is keeping us out of the game," said center Tyson Chandler. "We can't come off what we do and just look for our jump shots. We're not a jump-shot team and not a 1-on-1 team.” Charlotte is 9-18 ATS after not covering two of their last three against the spread this season.

The Bobcats have to rev up the offense and are 15-5 ATS after scoring 80 points or less and 16-5 ATS after totaling 35 points or less in the first half. They are two-point underdogs to Orlando, with total of 184.5. The Magic are 16-4 ATS off two home contests. Coach Stan Van Gundy will seek similar balance as Game 2, with five double digit scorers and the top four averaging 10-12 shots each.

Orlando has won five of last six in downtown Charlotte, covering four times and the UNDER is 5-1.

Atlanta at Milwaukee 7:30E ESPN

The Bucks have had ample time to correct their inadequacies, last playing Tuesday night. Milwaukee has been within contact in both games with Atlanta, but the general sense was the Hawks have not been really threatened in the series.

Milwaukee has to improve dramatically in transition defense if they expect to come out a winner in Game 3.

“As athletic as they are, it’s not like anybody’s dunking in a crowd on us. They’re wide open. The balls are going up, and they’re finishing them,” coach Scott Skiles explaining the 11 dunks and 19 layups his team allowed in the first two games. “All we’re comparing ourselves to is ourselves. We normally don’t give that stuff up. We need to not give that easy stuff up.”

The Bucks were the best cover team in the NBA this season at 51-28-3 ATS, but have dropped the first two in postseason. They are 14-4 ATS at the Bradley Center after two games as a road underdog.

The Bucks fans will be cascading boo’s down to Atlanta’s Josh Smith, who evidently doesn’t like the City of Milwaukee too much. Smith was asked about what he would with his free time in Milwaukee and if he would ever vacation there. “Would you go? Would you go? Would you go up there?” Smith responded. “Everybody knows there ain’t nothing to do in Milwaukee, man. Everybody knows that.” Hello boo-birds.

Atlanta is a one-point underdog at Sportsbook.com and will be presented with a challenge, since Milwaukee is 19-6 and 14-10-1 ATS at home in 2010, however two of the spread losses have come from the Hawks. The Bucks are 13-4 ATS after three straight games forcing opponent to commit 14 or less turnovers and the Birds are 4-16 ATS as visitors in all playoff matchups.

L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City 9:30E ESPN

The Lakers had been dismissing talk of uninspired play for over a month, saying that when the playoffs arrived they would be like a warship ready for battle, with all hands on deck. In their first true challenge of the playoffs (a No. 1 seed winning at home over a No. 8 doesn’t count), Los Angeles lacked the mental and physical capacity to succeed on the road, losing in the fourth quarter to Oklahoma City.

The Thunder outworked and showed greater desire in winning the crucial final 12 minutes, 27-21, after heading into the period with a one-point deficit.

Oklahoma City is now 6-1 ATS against teams with a winning road record of late and can even this series if the Phil Jackson’s lethargic club settles for long jumps shots (31 three-point attempts) and doesn’t work the ball better into the paint. When Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison were paired together, they bottled up the Lakers big men in the lane and they offered little resistance in demanding the ball.

Though smaller in stature, OKC’s big guys were superior in boxing out the taller L.A. bunch and destroyed them on the glass with effort and hustle 53-39.

Kobe Bryant and his teammates continue to be play without discipline and have the patience of a three year old. Kevin Durant had more free throws than the Lake Show (13-12) and Bryant returned to selfish ways of seeking his shot, which could be a function of the rest of the Lakers players not actively working to take quality shots. It’s no wonder they are 13-24 ATS in second half of this season.

The Thunder are two-point favorites and are 13-3 ATS when the favored by 4.5 or less, with L.A. 2-8 ATS in reverse role of 4.5 or fewer points underdog. With the total at 193.5, the purple clad Lakers are 12-4 UNDER when the line is +3 to -3 this season, losing by 1.9 points a game.


NBA: Top NBA Weekend Power Trends 3/12-3/14
2010-03-12

It’s Selection Sunday weekend in college hoops but in the pro’s the action is heating up as well. In the Eastern Conference the race for the last four seeds in the playoffs figures to come down to the end, with the 5th through 9th place teams separated by just 3-1/2 games at the outset of this weekend. In the West, the eight teams that will likely make up the postseason bracket have separated themselves from the future lottery teams, but still there is a ton to be decided in terms of seedings. While naturally the NBA takes a backseat to the March Madness at this time of year, there is still money to be made, and utilizing Top StatFox Power Trends can help you do so. Read on for a quick look at the weekend action plus the list of top angles to utilize over the next few days.

With all of the college conference tournament action on Friday, there is no ESPN doubleheader this week in the NBA. Still, there are 12 games to choose from, including one between a pair of hot inter-conference foes, Utah and Milwaukee. The Jazz have reached 20-games over .500 by winning and covering their last four games. Against East teams, they are 17-6 SU & 16-6-1 ATS. However, Milwaukee has won 10 of 11 games and is 9-0-2 ATS in that span, and has climbed to a 2-game lead for the 5th spot in the East standings. Amazingly, with 12 games being played the Jazz-Bucks game and that between the Suns and Lakers in Phoenix are the only two featuring teams that would be playoff clubs right now. In that latter game, L.A. is a 2-point road favorite and trying to snap out of a funk that finds them as just 6-4 SU & 2-8 ATS in their L10 games. The Suns could be a lively home dog, boasting a record of 14-4 ATS in their L18 games overall, and owning a 15-point win in their only other occasion as home dogs this season, also versus L.A. Elsewhere on Friday, Cleveland, Denver, and Portland will be in action as road favorites versus conference foes.

On Saturday, there are seven games on tap, including two featuring more of the league’s hottest teams. In one, the Orlando Magic will travel to our nation’s capital to take on the skidding Wizards. In one of the ultimate battles of hot vs. not, the Magic will put their seven game winning streak on the line against a Wizards team that has lost five in a row and is in the midst of a stretch of playing five games in seven days. However, Washington, while 13-20 ATS at home overall, is a respectable 9-9 ATS as a home dog. Dallas, winners of its L13 games, looks for #14 in what should be a likely victory against the Knicks at home. Be careful though, despite the recent surge, the Mavericks remain just 8-24 ATS on the home court. New York continues to flounder, 20-games below .500.

Sunday’s board features the best games of the weekend, with two on national TV. In the first, Eastern Conference contenders square off in Cleveland when the Cavaliers welcome Boston to town. Of late, only one of the teams is playing like a top shelf team however, that being the Cavs. In fact, the Celtics are just 4-4 in their last eight games and have fallen to the 4th spot in the playoff standings. The Cavs are the league’s top team at 50-15, including 28-4 at home. Interestingly, the road team has won and covered both games between these teams this season. A bit later at night, Toronto will be in Portland on NBA TV. The Raptors are on a 1-7 skid headed into a weekend which features back-to-back games on the West coast versus the Warriors and Blazers. At the same time, the Blazers have come alive with seven wins in 10 games to grab control of the #8 spot in the West. Other key games between playoff contenders on Sunday include Charlotte at Orlando, Utah and Oklahoma City, and New Orleans at Phoenix.

Now, here is a look at those Top StatFox Power Trends for the weekend:

Friday, 03/12/2010
(803) CLEVELAND vs. (804) PHILADELPHIA
PHILADELPHIA is 0-9 ATS (-9.9 Units) as a home underdog of 6.5 to 12 points over the last 3 seasons. The average score was PHILADELPHIA 90.1, OPPONENT 102.1 - (Rating = 2*)

(807) CHICAGO vs. (808) MIAMI
CHICAGO is 8-0 ATS (+8 Units) in road games vs. marginal winning teams (Win Pct. 51% to 60%) this season. The average score was CHICAGO 100.6, OPPONENT 94.6 - (Rating = 2*)

(809) NEW YORK vs. (810) MEMPHIS
NEW YORK is 20-7 ATS (+12.3 Units) in road games vs good offensive teams scoring 99+ PPG over the last 2 seasons. The average score was NEW YORK 106.1, OPPONENT 110.9 - (Rating = 2*)

(819) UTAH vs. (820) MILWAUKEE
UTAH is 11-1 ATS (+9.9 Units) when playing against a marginal winning team (Win Pct. 51% to 60%) this season. The average score was UTAH 105.9, OPPONENT 95.8 - (Rating = 3*)

(819) UTAH vs. (820) MILWAUKEE
MILWAUKEE is 18-5 OVER (+12.5 Units) in non-conference games this season. The average score was MILWAUKEE 103.3, OPPONENT 104.7 - (Rating = 3*)

Saturday, 03/13/2010
(507) LA CLIPPERS vs. (508) SAN ANTONIO
LA CLIPPERS are 2-15 ATS (-14.5 Units) vs. good teams (Win Pct. 60% to 70%) in 2nd half of the last 2 seasons. The average score was LA CLIPPERS 93.7, OPPONENT 109.6 - (Rating = 3*)

(509) NEW JERSEY vs. (510) HOUSTON
NEW JERSEY is 4-17 ATS (-14.7 Units) versus up-tempo teams averaging 83 or more shots/game this season. The average score was NEW JERSEY 93.3, OPPONENT 106.3 - (Rating = 3*)

(511) NEW YORK vs. (512) DALLAS
DALLAS is 3-13 ATS (-11.3 Units) in home games versus up-tempo teams averaging 83 or more shots/game this season. The average score was DALLAS 102.4, OPPONENT 100.6 - (Rating = 2*)

(513) TORONTO vs. (514) GOLDEN STATE
TORONTO is 8-23 ATS (-17.3 Units) versus good shooting teams - making >=46% of their shots over the last 2 seasons. The average score was TORONTO 99, OPPONENT 108.3 - (Rating = 2*)

Sunday, 03/14/2010
(871) INDIANA vs. (872) MILWAUKEE
MILWAUKEE is 23-5 ATS (+17.5 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game this season. The average score was MILWAUKEE 101.9, OPPONENT 95 - (Rating = 4*)

(873) BOSTON vs. (874) CLEVELAND
BOSTON is 9-21 ATS (-14.1 Units) versus teams who make 6 or more 3 point shots/game on the season this season. The average score was BOSTON 96.6, OPPONENT 96.9 - (Rating = 2*)

(877) CHARLOTTE vs. (878) ORLANDO
CHARLOTTE is 3-16 ATS (-14.6 Units) in road games vs. good teams (Win% 60%-70%) in 2nd half of season since '96. The average score was CHARLOTTE 91.7, OPPONENT 106.8 - (Rating = 2*)

(881) NEW ORLEANS vs. (882) PHOENIX
NEW ORLEANS is 11-26 ATS (-17.6 Units) versus explosive offensive teams - scoring 103+ PPG over the last 2 seasons. The average score was NEW ORLEANS 98.1, OPPONENT 104.8 - (Rating = 2*)