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Chance Harper - Michaels Phelps got his record eight gold medals in the pool; now the spotlight shifts back to the 'Redeem Team' as the USA goes for gold on the hardwood.  Hopefully they will learn a lesson from the overconfident women's softball squad the fell to Japan in one of the Beijing games' real shockers.  Team USA takes on Argentina next in a semifinal match that tips off Friday morning for those on this side of the globe.
 
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Chance Harper - The old battle cry for a lot of teams after falling short has been "Wait 'til next year."  But in the NBA this summer, it's become "Wait until year after next" as trimming their salary cap in advance of the 2010 free agency class headed by LeBron James looms.  The Denver Nuggets did just that when they traded Marcus Camby to the LA Clippers merely to move up a few rungs of the Round 2 draft ladder in 2010.
 
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Chance Harper - As expected, Derrick Rose went to the Chicago Bulls Thursday night with the No. 1 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.  And after rumored deals to trade down, the Miami Heat kept their No. 2 selection and grabbed Kansas State standout Michael Beasley.  Both Rose and Beasley immediately made an impact on their teams with some major shaving to their new teams' odds on the NBA futures market.
 
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Chance Harper - Normally, the NBA Draft doesn't deal immediate consequences to sportsbook futures.  But this isn't your normal NBA Draft starting with the clubs that own the first two picks, the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat.  While Derrick Rose appears to be the Bulls' No. 1 choice, the Heat are looking to possibly deal down and pass up the talented Michael Beasley. ESPN has all the 'action' tonight beginning at 7:00 Eastern.
 
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Chance Harper - There was no doubt about which was the better team in Game 6 of the NBA Finals as the Boston Celtics rolled to a 131-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers to claim their 17th title.  And those was no doubt about the better team at the pay window either as the C's took all six games against the spread. With that dominance, the next question is whether or not Boston can defend the crown and begin a new dynasty.
 
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Chance Harper - Though home court advantage has dominated the NBA Playoffs up to now, Boston's four-point chalk for Game 6 looks a little suspicious.  Conspiracy theorists are out in full force and insisting the NBA will 'fix' another game in Los Angeles' favor to force a Game 7 on Thursday between the Lakers and Celtics.  In a strange twist, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are out to upset the line as the favorites.
 
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Chance Harper - Kobe Bryant and the Los Angles Lakers didn't blow it this time, though they certainly seemed to try to let the Boston Celtics end the NBA Finals in Game 5 by allowing two big leads to slip away.  Now the series shifts back to Beantown with the Celts still just a game away from claiming their 17th NBA Championship. Boston remains the bettors' favorite with ATS wins in all five contests to date.
 
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Chance Harper - Everything went the Lakers' way in the early going of Thursday night's Game 4 as Los Angeles built a 24-point lead and entered the second quarter ahead by a 35-14 count. That would be the only quarter that went well for Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, however, as the Boston Celtics outscored L.A. in the remaining three quarters to steal a 97-91 win and build a 3-1 lead in the series.
 
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Chance Harper - This should be David Stern's and the NBA's shining moment.  Instead, a rather sloppy Game 3 coupled with former referee Tim Donaghy's recent comments has clogged talk shows and print with a lot of negative comments about the league.  Can Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers add some positive buzz with a Game 4 win over Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics to knot the Finals?
 
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Chance Harper - The Boston Celtics head to Los Angeles with a comfortable two games to none lead over the Lakers.  With a lot of the attention in the first two games focused on Boston's Paul Pierce and his 'injury,' the attention will now turn to L.A.'s Kobe Bryant who is averaging 27 per game so far, but has been ineffective from three-point range. Game 3 tips Tuesday at Staples Center.
 
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Chance Harper - Game 1 lived up to the hype as the Boston Celtics rallied behind an injured Paul Pierce to topple both the Los Angeles Lakers and the three-point spread, 98-88. Now the buildup comes for Game 2 at The Garden on Sunday with the Celts early two-point faves to grab a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals. Will the extra rest benefit Boston who has played 21 postseason tilts already?
 
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Chance Harper - Kobe Bryant. Kevin Garnett. Phil Jackson. Doc Rivers. Rivalry. Tradition.  Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics.  After seemingly forever since the matchup was decided, the eagerly awaited NBA Finals tip off Thursday night with two longtime combatants set to battle for the hardwood's ultimate hardware.  Is the buildup to the series warranted, or will the hype eventually fizzle out?
 
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LT Profits Sports Group - The Lakers and Celtics renew their rivalry in the NBA Finals, but just because these are the two best teams in the league, don't think that neither club can win several games in a row. The Zigzag Theory is a thing of the past, but there are still contrarian angles that do work. The most successful of these is teams coming off of big losses, so check the winning margins in the Finals before making your next move.
 
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Chance Harper - One of the most storied rivals in all of sports gets underway this Thursday when the Boston Celtics host the Los Angeles Lakers for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.  Storylines abound in this matchup, beginning with Boston's Big 3 of Garnett, Pierce and Allen versus Kobe Bryant and his supporting cast.  Boston is a 2½-point favorite in the opener with the total dipping from 195 to 192 in some shops.
 
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Chance Harper - Only the Pistons stand in the way of an anticipated Lakers-Celtics matchup for the NBA Finals.  Rasheed Wallace & Co. look to at least stall that event when Detroit hosts Boston on Friday night in the East Finals.
 
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Chance Harper - First San Antonio blew a huge lead to drop Game 1 in Los Angeles, then the referees blew a late call that could've at least forced OT in Game 5 at the Alamo City as the Lakers took the win, the first at home for the Spurs this postseason.  Now with their backs against the wall and trailing L.A. 3-1, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli and the rest of the San Antonio roster face Kobe Bryant and elimination.
 
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Chance Harper - Manu Ginobli's 30 points, including 5-for-7 from long range, helped lift the San Antonio Spurs to a no doubt about it 103-84 win over Kobe Bryan and the Lakers on Sunday, cutting Los Angeles' lead in the Western Conference Finals in half.  The Boston Celtics take their 2-1 lead over the Pistons into Detroit's Palace Monday night, and need just two wins for their first Eastern title since 1987.
 
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Chance Harper - The San Antonio Spurs seemed to be well on their way to a big win on the road in Los Angeles when they opened a 20-point, third quarter lead over the Lakers in Game 1 of he Western Conference Finals.  But Kobe Bryant and Company rallied for the win, using defense to shut Manu Ginobli and San Antonio down.  San Antonio was then blown out by 30 points ih Game 2. Will home cooking prepel them to a win in Game 3? 
 
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Chance Harper - Someone forgot to tell the San Antonio Spurs that road teams weren't supposed to win in the previous round, as the defending NBA champs upset the New Orleans Hornets to advance to the Western Conference Finals against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers with Game 1 set for Wednesday night.  The Eastern Finals tip Tuesday when the Detroit Pistons travel to Beantown to meet the Boston Celtics.
 
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Chance Harper - And so it's come down to a Game 7 in this Western Conference semifinal series, and if preceding action is any indication, the New Orleans Hornets have the edge at home over the San Antonio Spurs.
 
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Chance Harper - Though neither Boston nore Los Angeles paid at the window in their most recent games, the Celtics and Lakers did manage to continue the strong trend for NBA home teams that now find themselves with a gaudy 19-1 straight up record this postseason.  Can the Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz run that to 21-1 with Game 6 wins Friday night, or will Boston and LA steal one on the road to avoid a Game 7?
 
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Chance Harper - Betting home teams in this round of the NBA playoffs has been like shooting fish in a barrel as hosts have gone 17-1 straight up and 14-3-1 against the spread.  Tonight's Game 5 of the Utah-Los Angeles series will find the Lakers hoping the trend continues while the Jazz look to steal one at the Staples Center.  With Kobe Bryant wounded, can Deron Williams & Company leave L.A. with a 3-2 lead?
 
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Chance Harper - No two series have epitomized the true meaning of home court advantage than Los Angeles-Utah and New Orleans-San Antonio.  Kobe Bryant and the Lakers had won six straight playoff contests before being beaten twice by the Jazz in Salt Lake City.  Chris Paul and the Hornets, meanwhile, saw their 2-0 series lead over Tim Duncan and the Spurs disappear over the weekend when they dropped two in the Alamo City.
 
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Chance Harper - The San Antonio Spurs broke through in Game 3 despite another awesome effort from Chris Paul, and they now trail in the series just 2-1. They have a chance to even things up Sunday, but even though they're home, they should still have their hands full. After all, they have still not figured out how to slow down Paul, and they can’t count on Michael Finley to duplicate his Game 3 effort, nor on their surprising free throw shooting.
 
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Chance Harper - Game 1 of the series went to MVP Kobe Bryant and his Los Angeles Lakers by an 11-point margin, easily covering the 8-point spread against the Jazz.  Now Kobe and the Lakers will try and pick up their sixth-straight playoff victory before the series shifts to Utah for Games 3 and 4.  Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer will need to bring their 'A' games if the Jazz want to play more than three more times.
 
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Chance Harper - The defending champion Spurs got a wake up call in New Orleans on Saturday when Chris Paul and the Hornets whipped San Antonio 101-82, begging the question as to just when this small market club is going to gain respect?  Meanwhile in the East, the Detroit Pistons got their series going in style at home with a 91-72 win over the Orlando Magic as conference semis are in full swing in the NBA.
 
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Chance Harper - The San Antonio Spurs got past the Phoenix Suns with relative ease in first round action, but now have to face an upstart New Orleans Hornets squad that will have home-court advantage in their Western Conference semifinal match with the defending champs. Meanwhile in the East, Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic take on the Detroit Pistons who came on strong in their win over Philadelphia.
 
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Chance Harper - All three teams that played Thursday down 0-2 in their first round series came away victors with Houston topping Utah, Toronto taking Orlando and Washington picking up the win over LeBron James and Cleveland.  Does the same fate await the Mavericks, Suns, Nuggets and Hawks over the weekend?  Or will the Hornets, Spurs, Lakers and Celtics continue on towards a sweep in their matches?
 
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Chance Harper - Tracy McGrady and the Rockets are in trouble, real big trouble, after dropping the first two games of their first round series on their home court in Houston to the Jazz.  Now T-Mac and Co. have the unenviable task of going to Utah for the next two contests where Carlos Boozer and his buddies rang up an incredible 37-4 record in the regular season.  TNT has this Game 3 tip at 10:30 pm (ET).
 
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Chance Harper - Six of the eight favorites covered with seven first round chalk winning straight up to open the conference quarter finals over the weekend.  The one exception to that straight up record was the Detroit Pistons who fell at home as the No. 2 seed in the East to the No. 7 seed Philadelphia 76ers.  Can the Pistons fix their flat from Sunday's series opener and get back on the NBA playoff road to victory?
 
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Chance Harper - Following an extremely tight race that went down to the final game of the season, the Western Conference postseason gets underway Saturday afternoon in San Antonio with the defending champion Spurs hosting the Phoenix Suns.  Sunday, all eyes will be on Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers who took the No. 1 seed in the conference and now will take on the Denver Nuggets in first round action.
 
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Chance Harper - The Boston Celtics enter the postseason with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and looking for a return to their glory years.  After a 66-win regular season, will Kevin Garnett & Co. slide through the East with ease or can the Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers or Orlando Magic end the Celtics season before the Finals?  Boston's run begins Sunday at home as big favorites against the Atlanta Hawks.
 
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Chance Harper - The NBA regular season has come down to the last few days and games with playoff spots still up for grabs and eventual postseason seeding still very much up in the air.  The Denver Nuggets are on the bubble in the Western Conference with the Golden State Warriors  on the outside looking in.  Over in the East, the Atlanta Hawks are trying to fend off the Indiana Pacers for the last postseason berth.
 
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Chance Harper - With seven of the eight playoff slots decided in each conference, the final few games on the regular season will find teams jockeying for playoff seeding and home court advantage.  The West is still tighter than a pair of stretch pants on Rosie O'Donnell, with several key games on tap this weekend culminating with the Spurs traveling to L.A. on Sunday to take on the Lakers.
 
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Chance Harper - The race to the NBA postseason is as exciting as it's been in years, and maybe next year the New York Knicks will be part of the excitement after hiring Donnie Walsh to take over basketball operations from Isiah Thomas.  In the meantime, an solid weekend of action tips off Friday with a crucial contest out in Los Angeles between Kobe Bryant's Lakers and Dirk Nowitzki's Dallas Mavericks.
 
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Chance Harper - On this first day of April, who is the real fool: the NBA as a whole or Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, sharp handicappers or the square who refuses to learn from their mistakes?
 
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Chance Harper - Between the two, 30 Larry O'Brien Championship Trophies are spoken for, 16 in the Celtics' possession and 14 for the Lakers.  The two franchises have squared off 10 times in the NBA Finals, with a 21-year drought since the last such meeting in 1987. From Russell and Chamberlain to Bird and Magic, it's been an intense rivalry, and now it will be renewed between Garnett and Kobe.
 
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Chance Harper - While Eastern Conference bottom feeders Indiana and New York ponder possible front office shakeups, the playoff race in the Western Conference continues to tighten up.  The Top 8 squads in the West are presently separated by just 4½ games with just about three weeks to go in the 2007-08 regular season.  Capping off a big weekend of play is Sunday's Spurs, Mavericks meeting in Dallas.
 
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Chance Harper - Buoyed by an astonishing 22-game win streak, the second-longest in NBA history, the Houston Rockets have assumed the No. 1 position in the Western Conference.  Almost half of the triumphs in the streak, 10 to be exact, have come since center Yao Ming went out with a season-ending injury.  But the Rockets' ride to the top is just part of the story in the Wild, Wild West.
 
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Chance Harper - Boston has won 10 consecutive games since their three-game burp three weeks ago, and the Celtics would like to make it 11-straight at home against Utah before they start a tough road trip west that includes the Texas Triangle.  Meanwhile, Detroit and Orlando are home this weekend and look to hit their strides in an attempt to make up ground on Boston atop the Eastern Conference.
 
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Chance Harper - Fans of the Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t going to like it, but their teams are getting very little respect and consideration when it comes to picking an NBA Finals representative out of the thin Eastern Conference. The debate has fairly or otherwise narrowed itself down to just three teams: the Boston Celtics, the Detroit Pistons, and the Orlando Magic.
 
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Chance Harper - While the Eastern Conference of the NBA is basically a two-horse race between the Celtics and Pistons, the Western Conference is loaded for bear, and we don't mean the Grizzlies.  Nine teams in the West are currently playing .600 ball or better, and only seven games separate No. 1 San Antonio from No. 9 Denver.  Only eight will play on after Apr 16 while sub-.500 teams move on in the East.
 
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Chance Harper - For those following Kobe Bryant and the Lakers this year, congrats on your swollen bankroll as Los Angeles leads the NBA at 37-21-1 ATS.  And for those who have been fading Dwyane Wade and the Heat, Miami has been equal to the task with their 20-37-1 record at the window.  With just 20 games or so left for each team, here's a look at the NBA's best and worst ATS and O/U squads.
 
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Chance Harper - Just when the Rockets seemed to be lifting off into the NBA yonder, a season-ending injury to Yao Ming may scuttle their championship mission.  Such is life in the NBA where one addition or one subtraction on the roster can mean so much.  Can Houston recover and make a meangingful run towards a third title, or will Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers be the team to beat in the West?
 
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Chance Harper - Memphis and Milwaukee seemed to have bright futures ahead of them just a few years back.  But the bad business end of the NBA has since jumped up to bite both franchises and drag them back down into basketball abyss.  At least the Bucks appear to be on the right track to climb out of the hole they've dug while the Grizzlies are seeing the red ink spread across their bottom line.
 
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Chance Harper - The Charlotte Bobcats added talent during the offseason. The Minnesota Timberwolves got rid of some. But both clubs currently find themselves in the same place: the draft lottery. What went wrong?  Even more importantly, can the current front offices with both franchises, Michael Jordan heading the operations in Charlotte and Kevin McHale in Minnesota, get their clubs turned around?
 
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Chance Harper - The Kings have already made a big trade in hopes of beginning their franchise turnaround, shipping guard Mike Bibby off to Atlanta for Shelden Williams, a second-round pick this year and cap space basically.  The Knicks may also be looking to improve their future with a trade in the very near future, but their return to NBA respect may also eventually require a front office change.
 
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Chance Harper - With most teams having a little more than 60% of their seasons behind them now, the NBA season reaches its All-Star Weekend with a lineup full of action, albeit some of the action a bit fluffy and very corporate.  While some will tune in just to see Alyssa Milano coach one of the celebrity teams, bettors are trying to find the right angles on the Slam Dunk and Three-Point competitions.
 
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Chance Harper - With a combined straight up record of 34-67 entering the last few days before the All-Star break, Philadelphia and Seattle won't elicit a lot of ooh's and ahh's from the fans.  But to bettors, the two lower-tier NBA squads have been more profitable than playoff bound Dallas, especially for those playing the Under when the Sixers and Supersonics take to the professional hardwood.
 
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Chance Harper - The Nets looked like a team to be reckoned with for seasons to come a couple of years ago when they took the Atlantic Division title.  Now New Jersey is just a wreck and a squad that seems destined to get worse before getting better again. Meanwhile Golden State was at rock-bottom of the Pacific just two seasons ago, and now the Warriors are challenging the Suns and Lakers.
 
 

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