2013 NBA Betting – NBA Weekend Picks For Playoff Games On Saturday, April 27

The playoffs reach Game 4 in some of the eight first-round series on tap, while reaching Game 3 in other series. How will the equations change when series move to the lower seeds’ arenas?

NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference First Round, Game 4:

Brooklyn Nets @ Chicago Bulls – Saturday, April 27

In the realm of sports betting online, you’re going to find decidedly mixed opinions on this game, regardless of where this series stands at tip-off time. The betting students who scour various 5dimes.com reviews during an NBA season will kick this game back and forth like a hot potato. The online sports betting calculus involved in assessing this game is not going to be naturally evident, because neither team inspires a strong vote of confidence – the Nets because they’re unused to the playoffs, the Bulls because of their many injuries and the unsettled nature of their rotation.

There’s so little separation between these teams that it will be hard to expect either one to go on a two-game winning streak within the course of the series, unless it’s in Game 6 and Game 7 (simply because Game 7 situations are volatile and have a one-shot quality to them). If you do subscribe to that larger line of thought, you will almost certainly conclude that this series will leave Chicago tied at two games apiece. Therefore, this Saturday’s Game 4 figures to be won by the team that enters the floor trailing 2-1 in the series. The sense here is that Chicago will probably win Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead, which would then mean that Brooklyn is likely to fight back in Game 4 and dig out a triumph on the road. This is an unpredictable series, one of the few first-round battles that fits such a description. The team trailing 2-1 in Game 4 should pull off a victory unless something dramatic and particularly unexpected occurs. Go with the Nets, under the presumption that they’ll be down 2-1 when this game begins.

NBA Betting Pick: Brooklyn

Eastern Conference First Round, Game 3:

Indiana Pacers @ Atlanta Hawks – Saturday, April 27

A pay per head bookie service with a solid reputation would very likely choose the Pacers to win this series, but it might lean to Atlanta in Game 3. The Pacers’ lack of Danny Granger robs them of their foremost scorer. Going into a hostile building against an opponent that should be able to play with a lot of energy, Indiana is likely to miss Granger’s shotmaking in this specific situation. The Pacers will play strong defense, but the well will likely run dry at the offensive end of the floor. Take the Hawks for that reason.

NBA Betting Pick: Atlanta

Western Conference First Round, Game 4:

Los Angeles Clippers @ Memphis Grizzlies – Saturday, April 27

This figures to be a six- or seven-game series, much like the Nets-Bulls series discussed above. Accordingly, the team that trails heading into Game 4 is the team that is likely to buckle down and show the extra degree of tenacity – on defense, on the boards, in chases for loose balls on the wings – that generally wins playoff games. The thought process here is that the Clippers will lead the series 2-1. Therefore, Memphis – as the trailing team – is likely to win and thereby even the series at 2-2, setting up a best-of-three fight to the finish.

NBA Betting Pick: Memphis


About the Author

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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