2012 NBA Basketball Betting: NBA Basketball Weekend Picks For April 14-15

Game 1: Miami Heat @ New York Knicks – Sunday, April 15

Sports betting experts are likely to tell you that the Miami Heat should win this game against the New York Knicks. The Heat are the better team. They have better players. They are a true championship contender whereas the Knicks are just trying to fight their way into the playoffs. However, in a one-game situation, the better team doesn’t always win. Moreover, the team at the bottom end of the playoff ladder often has more incentive to win a late-season game than a top team is. New York is fighting for its playoff life, whereas Miami knows that it doesn’t have to push too hard at this point in the season. The Heat were second in the Eastern Conference last season, but they were still able to beat the Chicago Bulls in the conference finals despite a lack of home-court advantage. Miami would like the No. 1 seed in the East, but it doesn’t have to have it. The Knicks obviously must get into the playoffs, so at home in Madison Square Garden, they’re likely to put together an inspired performance. Will it be enough to beat Miami? That’s an uncertain question, but if the Knicks do play at a high level, they’re probably going to win. Therefore, give the advantage to the motivated Knicks, who have been defending at a much higher level since interim coach Mike Woodson took over for former boss Mike D’Antoni.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: New York

Game 2: Toronto Raptors @ Atlanta Hawks – Sunday, April 15

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you will quickly find that the Hawks are the clear choice. Toronto is playing hard, but the Raptors simply don’t have many weapons, leaving them impotent against almost every opponent in the league. The Hawks have been a confounding, erratic, unpredictable team over the past several years, but they certainly don’t lack for talent. This is an above-the-rim team with ample athleticism. Against Toronto’s relatively mediocre defense, Atlanta should be able to flourish in both halfcourt and open-court situations. The Hawks, playing at home, should be able to stymie the road-weary Raptors in this contest.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Atlanta

Game 3: Houston Rockets @ Denver Nuggets – Sunday, April 15

When you take a quick look at this NBA contest, you will have a hard time reaching an immediate conclusion. Houston has been very impressive in recent weeks, winning at the Los Angeles Lakers and demonstrating a level of prowess that a number of pro basketball observers probably weren’t expecting. However, the homestanding Denver Nuggets know that if they can’t win this game against Houston, the Rockets could very easily box them out for one of the final two playoff spots in a crowded and deep Western Conference. Houston will put up a good fight, but Denver will show more resolve at home and pull out a win.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Denver

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Jess Kelm is a Canadian sports betting expert and part of the famed Canadian Crew betting syndicate. Email contact@joeduffy.net

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