|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Tuesday, 14 April 2009 07:55|
Basketball betting on the Miami/Atlanta matchup is a NBA betting handicap of the likely 4 and 5 seeds for the upcoming eastern conference playoffs. Basketball betting fans have gotten less than solid value from Miami this year while Atlanta has been a profitable NBA betting commodity.
The Miami Heat had an overall basketball betting record of 41-38 straight up with just 37 payoffs out of those 79 games played. The NBA betting success of the Heat is totally dependent upon Dwyane Wade, who is the epitome of a basketball betting "franchise player." Wade led Miami in scoring with an average of 29.9 points per game. He also led in assists with 7.5 per game.
The basketball betting value of Wade cannot be over-stated as last year, when he was out with an injury, Miami was one of the most hopeless teams in the league. Wade is about all of the offense that Miami has, however, as the Heat ranked just 20th overall in the NBA for offensive production. The Heat have had a solid year defensively, surprisingly enough, as they ranked 12th overall in the NBA.
The Atlanta Hawks have gone beyond being the basketball betting surprise that they were last season to become one of the more respected commodities in basketball betting. Atlanta had an overall basketball betting record of 46-34 straight up and 43-36-1 against the spread. The Hawks were a fairly reliable basketball betting commodity at home with a mark of 22-17 against the spread.
Joe Johnson was the leading scorer for Atlanta with an average of 21.5 points per game while also leading the Hawks in assists with an average of nearly 6 per game. Atlanta has cooled off recently, however, as from March 23 through April 10 they got the cash in just 3 out of 10 games against the spread. This fall in value came after an 8 game payoff streak. Atlanta has also trended "over" lately as from March 21 through April 10 the Hawks posted 8 overs in 11 games.
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