Basketball

Vegas Focus: Zags ATS Magic Extends to Vegas

Sunday, 24 February, 2019

The spectacle of March Madness is one of the yearly treats to take in as a Vegas resident. Both on and off the strip sportsbooks customer count spikes to yearly highs. Taking in the excitement of wagers is just a small part of what you will see but the best results if you can cash.

Before the dance begins conference tournaments will need to be settled. Venturing to Vegas is done at the Thomas and Mack, MGM Garden, Orleans Arena, and T-Mobile Arena for the Pac-12, Mountain West, WCC, and WAC conferences.

Gonzaga has been a yearly staple once tournament time arrives. Their success this season at 19-10 ATS in 2019 has been superb. Only Marquette boasts a better mark in terms of top 150 teams in college basketball.

The WCC conference itself has been questionable schedule-wise versus the rest of college basketball. Prior regular seasons for the Zags ended as early as February 24th. That has changed as now the WCC regular season ends March 2nd for Gonzaga. Yet it’s still nearly a full week of rest compared to the majority of college basketball.

Based on their March Madness runs can bettors trust the Zags this go around?

Yes but a bettor has to recognize that March Madness begins at the Orleans Arena for Gonzaga. Since 2010 Gonzaga has just one loss in WCC tourney action. In fact they’ve gone 7-2 ATS over the last three seasons.

Dominant play for the Zags in WCC play is a virtue they have due to the setup of the WCC’s schedule. They treat these games as true tune-ups for March Madness. In the power five that’s not the case with conference tournaments so close to Selection Sunday.

If you are planning to bet the Zags for March Madness roll the dice early for their set of WCC conference tournament games. There’s a solid chance you can carry over WCC gains for a mini-stretch of five to six games.

Raptors New Favorite In the East

Thursday, 7 February, 2019

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The race in the East is now a chase that just became hotter. The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics already have the core nucleus of talent to be considered Eastern Conference favorites. Development of Giannis combined with the Bucks development of role players has led to recent blowouts.

Boston has the ability to turn it on once the playoffs hit, and Gordon Hayward gets closer to a full season under his belt.

Yet the team that just took the biggest leap are the Toronto Raptors. For years they were knocking on the door against the Lebron James led Eastern Conference teams. Never getting over the hump caused the Raptors to take extreme measures. First by landing Kawhi Leonard and trading away franchise staple DeMar Derozan.

As the deadline approached Thursday they focused on the interior and added Marc Gasol. Gasol has shown that he can still be a force on the court. He has adapted his game enough to be a considerable upgrade for the Raptors in the Eastern Conference. He’ll certainly be a matchup problem with the offensive production currently on the Raptors.

Give it ten games to see how his role and minutes look but the Raptors should be the new favorites of the East.

Sports Betting Future

Wednesday, 6 February, 2019

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The direction of sports betting is quickly becoming the mainstream hot topic. As the chase for the top industry information begins, Zack is proud to be one of the top leaders year in and year out.

As stated before Zack’s plans are to expand as he believes he is the unquestionable leader of the industry. Production wise it can’t be disputed.

With that being said handicapping will continue but will have more disruptions than in years past as he puts plans into place.

Cuse’ Made the Right Move

Saturday, 3 June, 2017

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Much has been said over the past three months on the decision to void Boeheim’s retirement agreement at Syracuse.

After a lengthy NCAA investigation Syracuse was deemed to have violated several NCAA rules.

Penalizing the school was handed down harshly via the NCAA. Syracuse was banned from NCAA tournament participation in 2015, and deducted scholarships for the next several seasons.

All in all many believe this was an over the top handling of levying penalties by the NCAA.

Deductions of scholarships one could expect but for as long as the allotted time just seemed outrageous.

Furthermore, Coach Boeheim was suspended nine conference games. Fortunately the Orangemen used that poor stretch to rally the rest of the season and to the NCAA Final.

The coach in waiting forever has always been Coach Hopkins. Hopkins passed up opportunities in the past including at Charlotte to remain the Coach in waiting.

While many expected the change over to happen seamlessly, I never fully believe that Boeheim wanted to go.

To see the domino happen of Hopkins taking a prime Pac-12 job cause a reactionary move many Syracuse fans wanted.

Boeheim in charge for as long as he deems proper not the higher ups.

It can never be denied how he has done for the city of Syracuse.

Losses or a return to the Final Four will not change my perception.

Go Cuse.

The Glory of Steve Kerr

Friday, 2 June, 2017

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As the NBA Finals are set to start the comparisons of old age vs new age continue to run a gamut.

While the Lebron, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and bad boy of Draymond Green images get tossed around, I’ll focus on the Warriors Coach in Steve Kerr.

A track record of Kerr’s last 25 plus years in hoops is seemingly impossible to script.

The University of Arizona guard flourished under legendary Coach Lute Olson. While defeating the odds of success in college was great, no one anticipated Kerr stepping forth in the NBA the way he did.

Quietly he embraced the pedigree of a champion under Michael Jordan and with the Spurs behind Tim Duncan.

The coaching tutelage from Olson, Phil Jackson, and Gregg Poppovich set forth an unprecedented transition from the booth to the sidelines.

As he did in his NBA career the move garnered little attention. Under former Coach Mark Jackson the Warriors showed credentials to be a contender in the West but expectations weren’t much beyond the playoffs.

Odds quickly shifted as the Warriors embarked on a standout season as Kerr got the most out of all of the Warriors.

Just like Phil Jackson and Gregg Poppovich, Kerr was not afraid to make the necessary moves needed to push the Warriors forward.

Sitting former All-Star David Lee could have been a distraction but Kerr pressed forward.

Now as the Finals get set to start Kerr’s status is still unknown.

Or is it?

With or without Kerr the impact he has already had on the entire team is there.

Behind the scenes Kerr is still attending practices and surely providing necessary feedback to his team.

While the attention is centered around the plethora of talent on the court, lets not forget the glory of Steve Kerr.

Lebron Needs To Answer to No One

Monday, 29 May, 2017

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June is the time of year where criticism arises like no other. It’s been a tradition since I can recall the days of Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Reggie Miller, and countless others faltering in the NBA Finals.

Great careers that fell short of the old regurgitated necessity of a players career being defined by a championship.

As the dollars of the NBA have rose so has a circular free agency market. Staying put and building a team as a contender is no longer done like the old days. Instead players can recruit and build to their liking.

That’s the new age era and Lebron James has been the true king of it.

If not for his tough decision to leave Cleveland in the first place the media’s discussion would have a different beat.

Before the beat consisted of Lebron deferring too much in the final seconds. A nature that has proved to be completely misguided.

Also railed to no end was the notion of how improper Lebron’s decision was. Is the same stated when player’s are cut abruptly or traded hours before the deadline? No. He made a tough decision and in the end it ascended his career at a period that looked dead in the water.

Six years later and he is now in his seventh straight NBA Finals. Having grown up in the 90’s as a youth my observation of basketball history lies with the 90’s, 2000’s, and current.

I have to say that LeBron’s quiet defiance and persona of doing it his way is what stands out from him and Michael Jordan. Championships are a dead discussion and comparisons of era to era are unwarranted. Adaptations from the 90’s to now are freakish in terms of conditioning, athleticism, diets, and team personnel.

So lets tone down beating a dead horse. Enjoy the fact that two great teams are playing for a third straight June. Curry or Lebron and Kevin Durant’s chase. No—it’s a stellar setup for what basketball is all about.