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Monta Ellis hits absurd buzzer-beater to lift Mavs over Bucks
2014-12-04

A player previously known as a volume shooter with few contributions in other areas has benefited greatly from being surrounded by other quality scorers and now looks like a dangerous, acceptably efficient guard for the best offense in the NBA. Ellis is a lot more valuable now that no one considers him a first option.

For the most part, though, Monta is the same player who frustrated many observers, particularly when it comes to taking and making bizarre shots made possible only by elite body control. One of his best and most successful examples of such a play came in the final seconds of Wednesday night's game between the Mavs and host Milwaukee Bucks.

With 8.9 seconds on the clock and the score tied at 105-105, Ellis took the inbounds pass and prepared to take the defending O.J. Mayo one-on-one. Mayo did very well and forced Ellis into two help defenders, which presumably would have caused the ballhandler to force a shot or pass to another player who would have very little time to beat the clock. Instead, Ellis spun to his left, took two steps in the same direction, and faded away for a 10.0-degree-of-difficulty shot over Mayo: The stunning finish was upheld after video review and the Mavs left town with a 107-105 win. It initially looked like Ellis might have traveled, but his movement was legal it was just a very odd interpretation of the rules. A running fadeaway out of a spin move just isn't a shot many players will consider, let alone choose to take. It's an incredible play regardless of its impact on the game.

It also marked the second night in a row in which Monta had helped Dallas to a win with some late-game ingenuity. Ellis forced a very foolish foul from Kirk Hinrich in the final seconds of regulation on Tuesday night vs. the Bulls and then hit three free throws to send the game to overtime, where the Mavericks eventually won.

On the other hand, Ellis wasn't especially efficient in either game outside of those two huge moments. With 21 points on 11-of-26 shooting vs. the Bucks, Monta has now scored 61 points on 61 field goal attempts in his last two games. I imagine Dallas will take it.




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Greg Oden out for the season, Portland not giving up
2010-12-06

Portland Trail Blazers centre Greg Oden underwent micro-fracture surgery for the third time in his career that will sideline him again for the rest of the season.
Oden, who was the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft, is preparing for a comeback from a knee injury when Blazers team trainer Jay Jensen revealed that the 22-year-old centre sustained another injury, which is not related to the previous one he had last season.
“Greg's patella fracture and his chondral injury that he has are not related although they're in the same knee,” said Jensen. “They are two totally separate situations.” But this is no solace to NBA betting fans. The Blazers are now a nervous bet.
Jensen also added that he was shocked when the doctors told him that the former Ohio State standout would need surgery that will sideline him again for the third time since he was drafted by Portland.
“We sat there and it was like we'd been kicked in the stomach,” Jensen said. “It felt like hearing someone close to us had died.”
Portland head coach Nate McMillan, on the other hand, was also disappointed upon hearing the news. The veteran head coach said that he was excited to have Oden back, especially after seeing him work hard during the rehabilitation period, but he’s not yet giving up on his young centre.
“Being so close to getting back on the floor, just all of a sudden this situation comes up and it's like, ‘Here we go again' for him,” McMillan said. “As I told him, he has to stay positive, and he has to keep believing. He'll have an opportunity to continue to work to get back on the floor.”
McMillan also confirmed that Oden was devastated when he learned that he will not be able to play this season, but he reminded the big man to stay positive, like Bill Walton did during his days with the Blazers. Walton was also a former No.1 pick by Portland in 1974, but he was sidelined by different injuries in his first three years with the team, before leading them to an NBA title in 1977.
“When things go wrong, we as a society, we all want to find someone to point the finger at, or blame, and sometimes things just happen,” McMillan said. “These injuries, each one of them, they just happened.”
Oden, who was drafted ahead of Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant, has only played 82 games with the Blazers, but despite all the setbacks he had, the Portland Trail Blazers organization is not ready to give up on him.
Blazers president Larry Miller said that they are planning to offer an $8.8 million qualifying offer to Oden next off-season that will prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent next season. Being a restricted free agent, the Blazers would have the rights to match any offers from other teams.
“If Greg Oden plays up to his potential he is worth that,” Miller said. “We will see where rehabilitations are at that level. But at this point, I don’t see us not giving the offer if Greg is doing the things we need to see him doing to get back on the court. I do not feel like I am ready to give up on Greg Oden. I don’t think anybody in our organization is ready.”
Oden will need a minimum of six months for his rehabilitation and he will be available before the start of next season, barring any new injury. As an NBA bettor are you still game for the Trailblazers? Take your action at www.sportsbook.com the home of NBA betting.


NBA: Suns eclipsed – better bet in second game?
2010-05-19

There is always a bit of the unknown when a NBA team has a long layoff, you can never be sure what it means, good or bad. The Orlando Magic appeared to be effected negatively with their extra time off against Boston, but the Lakers played refreshed and looked better than a Santa Monica sunset in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals versus Phoenix. Game 2 of the series comes tonight in L.A., and the hosts have been set up as 6.5-point favorites once again, according to Sportsbook.com.

Kobe Bryant was in “the zone” scoring 40 points on 23 shot attempts on Monday. Bryant appeared more than any other L.A. player to have benefitted from the down time. "My legs benefited a lot," Bryant said. "I was able to take some time off and just get stronger, get my legs stronger, body stronger."

However, Bryant wasn’t the only Lakers player that played rejuvenated and Phil Jackson’s squad proved just how challenging they are to defeat when they all committed to common goal.

Lamar Odom had 19 points and 19 boards (seven on offense) and was dialed in throughout.

Paul Gasol was 10 for 13 shooting, even converting on a couple of almost impossible buckets for a man his size. Derek Fisher was defensively possessed in staying with Steve Nash and though he had 13 assists, Fisher and his teammates limited the former MVP to 13 points on only 10 shots.

Two keys for Phoenix coming into the series were rebounding and bench strength. The Suns were outrebounded by eight and their reserves were outscored 44-35 in losing by 21.

"They played great, one of the best games I've seen them play in the playoffs this season," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. "Kobe kind of controlled the whole game. I thought we could have withstood the game that he had ... but when he's making his jumper like that, there's not a whole lot you can do about it."

Phoenix is going to have to play much better defense as L.A. was fearless doing what they wanted offensively. The Suns are 31-13 ATS after allowing 105 points or more this season and if Kobe stays percolating, they must negate the rest of his teammates since you aren’t going to be on the winning side permitting 58 percent shooting.

Subtract Grant Hill and the other four Phoenix starters shot 59.5 percent, the issue was they generated only 42 attempts. If the Suns expect to tie series and move their spread record to 20-10 after one or more losses, the starters have to get more shots at the rim and Channing Frye and Jared Dudley can’t put up a combined 2 for 13 shooting night.

Sportsbook.com has Phoenix as 6.5-point underdogs, with the total leaping to 215. For those that use online sports betting it’s impossible to ignore the Lakers are 11-1 ATS after three or more consecutive Over’s and 17-6 against the spread in home games when playing only their second game in week. Coach Jackson’s club is 13-4 UNDER after a wipeout win by 20 points or more.

TNT will again have the coverage of Game 2 from LaLa-Land at 9:00 Eastern. The Suns are 14-4 UNDER after a game in which they allowed a shooting percentage of 55 percent or higher.

The StatFox Power Line shows Phoenix by 2, indicating a good chance for the Suns to bounce back.


Monday Means all Systems Go in NBA
2010-02-22

The Utah Jazz are the hottest team in the NBA, winners of 13 of 14 (11-2-1 ATS) and last four in a row, all on the road. They return home against Atlanta who is wrapping up its four game road trip, who has the edge? For the answer to this and other NBA betting edges, read on about today’s top system plays in professional hoops. Get the latest prices on all of Monday’s five games on the LIVE ODDS page of Sportsbook.com.

Chicago (-3, 201) at Washington

Even with an eye on next season already, Chicago Bulls’ players are focused on the present. The Bulls front office has made trades freeing cap space to go after at least one of the enticing free agents in the market place after the season, however the current collection of players have covered seven of eight and five in a row. For tonight’s matchup, the total draws the most attention since road teams with a total of 200 or higher, off a home blowout win by 20 points or more, against opponent after a road game where both teams score 100 or more points, are 32-10 OVER since 1996.

Milwaukee (+1.5, 206.5) at New York

The New York Knicks have lost six straight and almost won as Tracy McGrady made his debut in the Knicks uniform, falling 121-118 to Oklahoma City Saturday night. Having lost three of four at home to Milwaukee, tonight’s situation does not set up much better as teams revenging a straight up loss vs. opponent as a home favorite, off a cover where the team lost the game straight up as an underdog, are 43-70 ATS since 2004-05, including all six this year.

Indiana (+9, 208.5) at Dallas

The Dallas Mavericks have a run of the mill home record at 17-9; however they are positively disgusting or delightful, depending on what side you wager on them, with a league worst 6-20 ATS home record. Everything doesn’t figure to improve immediately, since home teams playing their fifth game in a week, with a win percent of 60 to 75 percent, playing a team with a losing record, are 20-55 the last 12 years.

Atlanta (+5, 196) at Utah

Both teams are playing their third game in four days, with one obvious distinction; Atlanta has lost their last two, while Utah has won not only previous two, but four in a row. That in theory at least gives the Jazz the edge as home teams covering the spread in four or more consecutive games, in a game involving two good teams (60% to 75%), are 31-7 ATS.