Pick 'n' roll: Sunday's best NBA bets

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Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors odds provided by logans (-5, 187.5)

Winners of four of their last six, the Heat return to the scene of their worst performance of a terrible 2007-08 when they visit the Raptors on Sunday afternoon.

During an injury-riddled 15-win 2007-2008 season, Miami lost all four of its meetings with the Raptors, scoring 83 points or fewer in each of those games. The lowlight was a horrific 96-54 loss at Toronto on March 19, when the Heat shot a franchise-worst 25.6 percent (20-for-78) from the field while producing the third-lowest scoring output in the NBA since the advent of the shot clock in 1954.

The Miami team that took the floor in that game was a shell of its optimal self, as starters Dwyane Wade, Shawn Marion and Udonis Haslem were all sidelined with injuries. All three are now healthy.

Marion had missed two games due to a strained groin, but returned Friday night and had 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Heat (5-4) cruised to a 97-77 home victory over Washington. Haslem also had a double-double with 13 points and 13 boards for Miami, which outrebounded the Wizards 52-33 and held them scoreless for a 9-minute stretch during the second half.

Defensively, the century mark has been key for the Heat. Miami is 5-0 when holding opponents below 100 points and has lost all four of its games when allowing 100 or more.

That could be a good sign against a Toronto club which has failed to reach 100 points in regulation this season. The Raptors (4-4) beat Golden State 112-108 on Oct. 31, but scored their final 16 points of that game in overtime.

Toronto has dropped two straight and four of five since opening the season 3-0. Chris Bosh had 30 points and 12 rebounds Wednesday night as the Raptors lost 106-96 at home to Philadelphia.

Toronto's task could be made tougher if point guard Jose Calderon can't play Sunday. Calderon is questionable for this contest after he strained his right hamstring in Wednesday's loss.

Pick: Miami

Detroit Pistons at Phoenix Suns odds provided by logans (2.5, 199)

Allen Iverson and the Pistons, coming off a win over what had been the league's last unbeaten team, can complete a perfect four-game road trip Sunday if they knock off a Phoenix Suns squad getting Steve Nash back in its lineup.

Iverson's season-high 30 points lifted the Pistons to a win at Sacramento on Tuesday in the opener of this road trip, and they followed with victories on back-to-back nights. After beating Golden State, Detroit handed the Los Angeles Lakers their first loss of the season on Friday, 106-95.

This game could see Iverson guarded by former Philadelphia 76ers backcourt mate Raja Bell, part of the NBA's All-Defensive second team last season, but there may be times he could take advantage of the defensively limited Nash.

The two-time MVP had to serve a one-game suspension Friday for his role in an altercation two nights earlier against Houston, but Phoenix (7-3) overcame his absence and that of two other key players to beat Sacramento 97-95 in overtime.

Amare Stoudemire hit the game-winning basket with 4.5 seconds left, and Shaquille O'Neal had one of his best games in a Suns uniform with 29 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.

Phoenix also was missing two other double-figure scorers, Matt Barnes and Leandro Barbosa. Barnes will sit out again Sunday to complete his two-game suspension for inciting the fracas with Houston's Rafer Alston, and Barbosa remains in his native Brazil following the death of his mother.

The Suns have lost three straight and eight of 10 versus the Pistons. Detroit has won three in a row in Phoenix - by an average of 19.7 points - and is 7-1 there this decade.

Pick: Pistons

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Posted by johnbs
4 years ago

Add this to covers contest
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Posted by joanapoker
5 years ago

Another 2-0-0 Good Weekend going 5-0-0 mmmmm
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Posted by dinamo77
5 years ago

CANTEX.. i got killed with the JAGS myself no show up in the 2nd half....Won with ROMA beating LAZIO..and romanian league lost with BOURDEAX..Do you have any soccer plays for tomorrow??
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Posted by cantex48
5 years ago

well late here,but cowbows win///gee can I charge money now????....keep the freakin australian outta here...he puts crap picks here,and charges the bozos who pay cuz they are stupid///have defended this guy///no-mo ///keep him outta here COVERS,it's bull,while he laughs at the north Americans!!!!!!!!!!!!!ur bizness but man...really weak to have that bozo laughin at real people,and clippin them for their money
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Posted by cantex48
5 years ago

H//happy birthday belatedly or so...read post by joanapoker....cool name maybe a gal...not really relevant records.. oh gee am really good!!!!! cannot remember anyone apologizin for back door cover///read what u write,have respect for ur opinions,keep up the good work,and maybe the useless ones will disappear///got killed by jags game no prob///will be w/soccer in AM still pullin for cowboys.cheers///oh yeah the 50 posts by delusional,are meaningless diatribe!
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Posted by HMoney
5 years ago

I haven't read all 150 back and forth posts but I with Aussie you know your stuff. Slumps-I had one of those weekends I'll be honest lost a bunch. That Pittsburgh reversal was classic BS. I really wish I was on the other side of one of those absolute memorable spread busters. 2x from elation to bummed. The Parker TD hold I could live with even though many times they don't call that but reviewing a "supposedly"meaningless TD the players were roaming around going WTF the ref's explanation was worse.. Guessing NFL will issue a BS statement saying whoops but the money went from Pitt 3.5 to 5.5 so less Charger backers. Jags getting outscored 21-0 2nd hlf was painful as well. Oakland had no offense but a safety and 93 yd punt return to cover. Dallas turning it over in the redzone twice 1st hlf. Who knows some salvage Dallas absolutely rolls 2nd hlf scoring ovr 27
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Posted by cantex48
5 years ago

Listen australian...this is what is called a conflict of interest////last yr or whenever before ,u we're maybe one of US///now take ur website and get the fuk out, of here///i ASKED U FOR A GOSHDARN FREE COLLEGE PICK just to test u,drink ur fukkin coffee get the fuk outta here,cuz u r now just nuthin///hang out with honyppe///grab the 40 fromwhichever idiots are willing to pay///just fukkk offf now///and I was one of ur defenders get the picture....go charge for ur piks...stop givin us crappy piks shut up,,,,and go to ur processor,count ur money OK///Good bye man ur not welcome here based on givin us crap piks ...charging for as u say good ones...note to covers get this bozo outta here."lets give the bozos free crappy picks and then when they lose guide them to 40$ ones FUKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK OFF
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Posted by JD01
5 years ago

go aussie ,gl for you.LA
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Posted by Aussieguy
5 years ago

Seriously I am not going to come out and defend my picks here, but you guys are crazy (and I honestly say that with ALL DUE respect) How can you say I'm on a bad run?? I said it before anyone else that my NBA hasn't been very kind thus far. But across the board myself and many others who've wagered on my selections have made money. Full Stop. I said the other night, that I think Cleveland won't cover! I was wrong so fkn what?! Never EVER did I say that, that was my pick. Then a few nights ago, I said smthn like Clippers will go over or under, and it went the opposite. But that was never my pick. Go and check my coverspace for my Picks. I had Auburn 6 Unit play, I had Davydenko in Tennis a medium dog for 4 Units that cashed in. I had Djokovic last night as a slight dog for 3 Units and he cashed in too. I had Jacksonville this morning (my time) for 2 Units and they lost. These are all my plays. But because I express one opinion here, you shouldn't take it as gospel! Like i said, my NBA start hasn't been very flattering by any means, but it's a long season, and in EVERY SPORT, by the end of the year I will be well and truly on top. Sure I will lose a few or more than a few, ...in fact around 40% of my bets I will LOSE. But the rest I will win. That's all from me for tonight. Take care of yourselves and always bet what you're prepared to never see again. That's smart wagering! otherwise you're in deep poo poo.. Now let's hope we get this final game ...
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Posted by SHOCK-THE-WORLD
5 years ago

I do not post on here to often, but i just have to say i have been following this site about two years and for those of you that have been bashing AUSSIEGUY the last couple of weeks you are nuts. This guy has been money for a long time, I do not agree with him charging for his pick, but that is his business. But i am here to tell you he is on a bad run right now. but he has been money for a long time, and he will come out of the slump he is in. I have been betting sports for a long time and as he said, those that say they are 70, and 80% are lying. 57 to 60% is great so you need to remember that. AUSSIE KEEP YOU HEAD UP AND KEEP WORKING ON THE GAMES, YOU WILL COME OUT OF IT. BY THE WAY GET RID OF THE CHARGING THING, THIS SITE IS FOR PEOPLE TRYING TO BEAT THE BOOKS AND WORKING TOGETHER ON EVERYONES INFO AND THEN GOING AFTER THE BOOKS. PERIOD. GOOD LUCK TO ALL
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Posted by mattyboy917
5 years ago

Aussie, Just read it. Thanks for the kind words my friend. Looking forward to hearing about everything. Thanks for the advice. Best to you and your family. Matty
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Posted by numbgums
5 years ago

nohype my fellow blue hair. Boy I am takin a lickin today. I hope my social security check gets here this month before they wheel me to the curb. Anyway, I was out to dinner at an early bird and I come home to see all the battles you endured today. Don't let these little guttersnipes get to you. Hold your ground like the crusty stubborn old men we have become. Back in our day we would meet at the soda shop and settle this with our fists like men. I guess times are changing. Hopefully the pistons come through tonight, or I am going to start cutting my pills in half to save money.
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Posted by Aussieguy
5 years ago

Matty, I replied to your email mate ...
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Posted by mattyboy917
5 years ago

Yo Roc, Any advice tonight on the SA/SAC game? I am Leaning Sac tonight. BOL Matty
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Posted by the_future_012
5 years ago

Forgot to post some picks yesterday. Did well on moneylines in college. I'm doing backflips with a SD cover. That was about to be the biggest moose in the history of the NFL. Tonight I like Dallas -3 and Suns -2. FUTURE
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Posted by mattyboy917
5 years ago

Hello all, Been away all day. Going with the Cowboys tonight at -2. NoHype/Teabag does make me laugh reading those posts. Between the golf round yesterday, picking Auburn with 2 minutes to go, the breakfest meeting today and the back and forth with CJ this is priceless. I agree with Aussie, this does make for some good reading. Go get um CJ!!!! BOL to all tonight on your plays. Matty
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Posted by GotDaRoc
5 years ago

Manu Ginobili G 09/04/2008 is out indefinitely Out left ankle surgery Ian Mahinmi F 10/29/2008 is out indefinitely Out sprained right ankle Tony Parker G 11/07/2008 is expected to miss four weeks Out sprained left ankle
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Posted by GotDaRoc
5 years ago

Francisco Garcia G 10/21/2008 is out indefinitely Out strained right calf Kevin Martin G 11/16/2008 is expected to miss Sunday's game against San Antonio Out sprained left ankle
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Posted by cantex48
5 years ago

and to the freak honype get sum friggin psychiatric friggin help///christ u talk to urself...then when ur alter ego forget which alias,,,who won with all the soccer games that we're not over yet////CJ knows that other u///forget now...however all u do is bog down a site where real people exchange info,and try to win////all ur nonsense is totally transparent/redundant/useless/and totally unbelievable....sorry my plane is landing...losing my internet....FUKKKKKKKKKKKKK OFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF
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Posted by MrBeef
5 years ago

I think that Ben Franklin once said: There are only three certainties in life: Death Taxes Fading yohype! Thanks for the profitable day buddy! GO SKINS and SUNS!
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Posted by cantex48
5 years ago

TO australian...ya well glad u had chuckles over coffee as u read the...Diatribe,however as a guy who just will give a tip to anybody....no charge,and happy if they win...have called back my yacht,u r no longer invited here,and I wld never condemn a guy for blowin a few picks///but I do condemn a guy who will not offer up info(whether good or bad,but in ur case pretty crappy),so good luck with ur endeavor,but y'aint no friend of mine,and nuthin personal,cuz have defended u numerous times....stay outta here,and go to ur place where u charge money....cuz ur picks here have been complete crap
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Posted by nctrheel24
5 years ago

wow they took that last TD away from the steelers.. bullsh*t call
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Posted by msskoke
5 years ago

the detriot phionex ovr looks good. any thoughts?
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Posted by SwenDog
5 years ago

Nohype - in my opinion back to back is a little overrated in the NBA especially if the previous game was home. The Wolves are too good to be 1-7. They have had 2 overtime games and a couple of other close ones. Don't see how Denver wins by 10 even in the mile high city. I also laid Charlotte at 6.5 but didn't feel confident enough to post it. So far its looking good.
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Posted by CoFred
5 years ago

nohype08 says: 11/16/08 12:33PM Like that Eagles over Guts, didnt pull the trigger on it yet. Here are the lines I ended up with NFL: Miami -10 Falcons -7 Colts/Hou Over 51 Panthers -14 Steelers -5 NBA: Heat +4.5 Char/Orl U 188 Pistons +2 Alright so you're 1-3 currently today in the NFL pending the Steelers game and 0-1 in the NBA so far. So I'm guessing you're up like 11 units or so?
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Posted by goderich
5 years ago

"My three plays for basketball today are: Miami (+5) 3* @ -110 Orlando (-6.5) 2* @ -105 Detroit (+3) 1* @ -106"