|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Tuesday, 12 May 2009 08:33|
2009 NBA Playoffs action Tuesday features the top matchup for betting sports with in the western conference as Houston and LA are deadlocked at 2 games a piece. 2009 NBA Playoffs fans have the added factor of Houston center Yao Ming's injury for betting sports in this series.
Prior to game four of this 2009 NBA Playoffs series it was announced that Yao would miss the rest of the playoffs due to a broken foot, which also changed the dynamics for betting sports on this series. The Rockets rallied at home in game four with a 99-87 win as 7.5-point dogs as the game went under the total of 197. Aaron Brooks came up big for Houston, as he has throughout the 2009 NBA Playoffs.
Brooks had 34 points to lead all scorers on both teams. Shane Battier added 23 points in Houston's win to even this 2009 NBA Playoffs series. Luis Scola had 14 rebounds and veteran Ron Artest added 10 boards for the Rockets. Center Pau Gasol of the Lakers added 30 points for Los Angeles as he no longer had to go against Yao in the 2009 NBA Playoffs, making it far easier for him to score.
As the teams head to LA for game five, the injury to Yao is still the key factor to consider and handicap. The Rockets used the injury as a rallying cry in game four but at the Staples Center and without a home crowd behind them the dynamics will be different.
The Lakers have not been particularly impressive in the 2009 NBA Playoffs and they have failed to cover the spread in 5 out of their last 8 games. 5 of those 8 games also went under the total. Kobe Bryant has been the main man for LA in the 2009 NBA Playoffs, as would be expected. Bryant was averaging 26.8 points per game.
Houston has been led in the 2009 NBA Playoffs by Artest, who has been rejuvenated in the post season. He has averaged 17.3-points per game. Brooks has averaged 16.5-points per game.
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Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.