User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Second-half fades

New customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

OK, now that the All-Star game is history, what can we expect during the rest of this NBA regular season?

More of the same, that’s what. Boston has 41 victories. Miami, Minnesota, Memphis and Seattle have a combined 46 wins.

There are nine teams in the Western Conference that begin the post-All-Star break at least 12 games above .500. Some of these clubs have gotten better since tinkering with their rosters.

It’s easy to think improvement from the Los Angeles Lakers with Pau Gasol now on the roster. Dallas certainly will be better if Jason Kidd joins up. The Jazz are a quiet 18-3 since acquiring Kyle Korver.

Phoenix is rolling the dice on Shaquille O’Neal. But at least the Suns are willing to play poker. The Nuggets, Hornets and Celtics probably will make moves, too, before Thursday’s trade deadline.

What’s likely to happen is the gap is going to widen between upper tier and lower tier teams.

From a betting perspective that could mean a lean towards favorites.

Miami has been the worst pointspread team, covering only 35 percent of the time so far. But there probably are going to be worse spread teams than the Heat during these two months.

The Heat at least shook up the deck bringing in Shawn Marion. Dwayne Wade and Marion give the Heat two of the top 15 players, at least from a fantasy basketball standpoint.

Unless the points are exceedingly generous, be wary of backings Seattle, Memphis and Charlotte.

Not only do these teams lack star talent, but morale could become a huge negative factor.

David Stern didn’t do the SuperSonics any favors during All-Star weekend when he candidly said to expect the team to leave Seattle either this year or next year. What incentive do the Sonics have now?

Memphis could be the worst team. Minnesota has fewer victories, but the Timberwolves have young talent and Randy Foye now is finally healthy.

The Blue Ribbon College yearbook is great reference material, but Chris Wallace is one horrendous NBA general manager. The Grizzlies GM dealing of Gasol to the Lakers for Kwame Brown and other debris probably would have been stopped by the league if the late Bowie Kuhn had been NBA commissioner.

The Grizzlies were 14-48 with Gasol, their best player. Their owner wants to sell the team, the defense still is bad and now there’s just a bunch of role players and non-defenders such as Mike Miller.

Charlotte has some good players, namely Gerald Wallace and Emeka Okafor. But the Bobcats are last in the NBA in free throw percentage and have an overmatched coach, Sam Vincent.

Morale can’t be very good with the players not buying into Vincent and rumors of Larry Brown taking over as coach. The Bobcats entered the break 1-7 straight-up and 1-6-1 against the spread.

Milwaukee and New York are two other clubs that could be worth ‘fading.’ The Bucks aren’t buying into coach Larry Krystkowiak anymore. They came into the All-Star break on a 1-7 cold spell. General manager Larry Harris is on the hot seat, too.

As for the Knicks, first it was the media being down on Isiah Thomas. Then the fans turned on Thomas. Now the players finally have seen the light. They can’t stand him. Isiah is a prophet all right – a prophet of doom.

Mejia: Sunday's NBA Essentials
Akins: Hoop Trends - Sunday
News: Win Total Update - April
Warriors top Bucks, clinch West top seed
Blazers beat Nuggets, near division title
Pacers' George still hoping to play
Hawks resting starters against Hornets
Thunder's Durant to miss rest of season
Shaq regrets decision to leave Magic
Why Buy Picks From
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
7-0 L7, 20-7 L27 Totals, +4,346 TY
7-2 L6 Days, +1,816 This Year
65%, +1,648 This Year
18-9 Last 27 Guarantees
11-6 L17 Guarantees, +1,436 TY
6-0 Last 6 NBA G-Plays
2-0 Record Saturday
+1,429 Overall This Year
5-2 Last 7 NBA G-Plays
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks- Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 4346
Kevin Rogers + 1816
Dave Cokin + 1648
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 543
Kevin Rogers + 365
Kyle Hunter + 185
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Dave Cokin 65 %
Stephen Nover 60 %
Kyle Hunter 58 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 1607
Mark Franco + 1372
Stephen Nover + 1330
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 1403
Tony Stoffo + 999
Jimmy Boyd + 918
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 1575
Michael Black + 855
Kyle Hunter + 777
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy Sager Bomb