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NBA treble: Miami Heat superstars can beat handicap in 7/2 shot

| 24.04.2013

As always, the next round of fixtures within the NBA Conference playoff series offer considerable betting opportunities for punters to turn a profit.

And we’ve utilised game-three matches to put together a treble, in the hope of landing returns slightly exceeding 7/2.

Firstly, we side with Miami Heat at 10/11 to overcome a theoretical 7.5 point disadvantage when squaring off against Milwaukee Bucks, racing into a 3-0 series lead in the process.

Heat prevailed 98-86 at the American Airlines Arena last time out, and the star power within their ranks makes it difficult to oppose them achieving a dominant success, even without home advantage here.

Indeed, Dwyane Wade and regining MVP LeBron James racked up 40 points between them in that last outing, and their consistency and ability to conjure something out of nothing is a huge boost to the hosts’ chances of overcoming a handicap.

In contrast, the inconsistency of Bucks guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis negates their hopes of avoiding heavy defeat, with the Milwaukee pair combining to notch a measly 15 points in their last appearance opposing Heat.

Then, as the second leg of our treble, we invest in Chicago Bulls’ 10/17 price to overcome Brooklyn Nets, and thus gain a 2-1 series lead.

This pair have traded victories over one another so far, and the Bulls will have to deal with the continued absence of Derrick Rose if they are to take the first leg of the series to be played in Chicago.

But with Joakim Noah expected to play through the pain barrier, his and Carlos Boozer’s productivity can prove vital for the visitors, with the pair gaining 24 points and 22 rebounds between them in the most recent meeting of the teams.

If the Bulls defence can smother the Nets as effectively as they did in that clash too, they should be relied upon to scrape together enough points to emerge triumphant from the United Center.

And finally, we opt for Memphis Grizzlies to give their hopes of reaching the second round a shot in the arm by justifying 1/2 odds to overcome the LA Clippers at the FedEx Forum.

Chris Paul’s last-gasp hoop denied the Grizzlies victory as this pair most recently crossed swords, but confidence should lie in the hosts, who had a 32-9 record on their own court in the regular season.

With Marc Gasol, recently named NBA Defensive Player of the Year, showing signs of reaching his imperious best form last time out, it is difficult to envisage anything but a home victory for the Tennessee hosts.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee