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The Eastern Conference semifinal series between the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers moves to the Hoosier State Saturday with the series tied one game apiece. The NBA odds have the Pacers listed as a 4-point home favorite with the over/under set at 184.

After being upset in Game One of the series, the Knicks responded in a big way Tuesday by blowing out the Pacers, 105-79, as a 5.5-point favorite. Carmelo Anthony, the NBA’s leading scorer in the regular season, exploded for a game-high 32 points while adding nine rebounds to pace the Knicks. The Pacers were led by Paul George’s 20 points, but a rash of second-half turnovers that led to a 36-4 Knicks’ run ultimately proved fatal for the Pacers.

There have been a couple of newsworthy events out of Knicks camp since the Game Two victory. Forward Amare Stoudemire, who has missed more than two months with a knee injury, will be in uniform and is scheduled to play between 10 to 15 minutes, head coach Mike Woodson said. Additionally, Woodson also let it be known in the aftermath of Game Two that the Knicks second-leading scorer—J.R. Smith—could see his playing time reduced if does not remedy his current shooting slump (just 15-for-57  from the field in his last four games).

As for Indiana, the return home could be just what the doctored order. The Pacers have gone an excellent 33-11at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Head coach Frank Vogel has been urging his team to be more physical with the Knicks, a style of play the Pacers had success with in the regular season.

This series has the looks of being a long, drawn-out affair as not much seems to separate these two teams. With that said, Game Three is a “swing” game in any seven-game series and whoever comes out on top in this one will be squarely in the driver’s seat.

The nature of the New York Mets this season has been to ride the right arm of Matt Harvey and hope that everyone else manages to lead this team to .500 ball. Unfortunately, the first part remains true, while the second part remains incredibly suspect. New York won Harvey’s start against the Chicago White Sox this week, a complete game shutout in a 1-0 game, while the rest of the team continues to muddle around.

In games that Harvey has started this year, the Mets are 6-1. They are 8-16 with everyone else on the hill.

This weekend, Harvey will get the start on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates against Jeanmar Gomez in a game that he will once again be expected to win. The questions though, cycle around the games on Friday and Saturday at Citi Field.

It’s going to be tough to make your MLB picks on the Metropolitans in either of these games even though they are at home and will likely be underdogs in a both efforts. Shaun Marcum has only made three appearances thus far this season for the Mets, and he has a 7.20 ERA and a higher WHIP at 2.10 than Harvey has as his ERA. He’ll face off with Wandy Rodriguez on Friday night.

The Pirates have yet to announce who will be starting on Saturday, but regardless of who they throw, they will probably have the edge over Jon Niese. Though Niese has pitched well against Pittsburgh in his career, posting a  2-0 record and a 1.93 ERA, he is coming off of a horrid start against the Atlanta Braves. Niese walked six batters and allowed seven runs in four innings of work. It’s tough to want to back a guy that hasn’t won a game since April 12th, hasn’t won a game without getting at least seven runs of support this year, and has almost as many walks (19) as strikeouts (20).

The Kansas City Royals have long been one of the whipping boys in baseball. In fact, the last time they were favored in a game against the New York Yankees came back in 2008, and that was the only game in which they were favored in this series since the 2005 season. Now, KC is expected to give the Bronx Bombers fits this weekend when the two meet at Kauffman Stadium, and New York could be in some trouble when you look at the pitching matchups that are on tap.

Friday’s clash pits RHP Phil Hughes against RHP Wade Davis. Davis has had a lousy career against the Yankees, but Hughes doesn’t have a win in his career against Kansas City either. Batters are knocking Hughes around to the tune of a .290 batting average this year, and the Royals have the bats to make him pay for leaving too many balls in the middle of the plate once again.

The best game for MLB picks in this series might be Saturday. The ageless LHP Andy Pettitte will challenge RHP James Shields in a game that the Royals will certainly be expected to win. Shields is only 2-2 on the season, but he is coming off of his best start in a Kansas City uniform when he allowed just two hits in eight scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox.

On Sunday, this series wraps up with the two best pitchers in terms of ERA on these staffs squaring off. RHP Ervin Santana has been a pleasant surprise this year for the Royals with his 2.36 ERA, but he might be in some trouble in this game against New York. The Yankees are going to be throwing RHP Hiroki Kuroda, who has been the best pitcher on their staff with a 4-2 record and a 2.30 ERA to show for his work thus far this year.

The New York Knicks are in a heck of a lot of trouble, and it didn’t take long to find themselves there. They have now lost three of their last four games in the playoffs, and that includes dropping Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Indiana Pacers. Now, the two are set to renew ties for Game 2 at Madison Square Garden in what could ultimately be a pivotal game in this series.

The key for the Knicks is going to be getting Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith going. These two men have been horrid shooters from the field over the course of these playoffs, shooting 37.8 and 36.4 percent respectively. They’re getting their points, as they are averaging 44.4 points per game between them this year, but they also taking away the flow of Head Coach Mike Woodson’s offense.

For the Pacers, the key to winning in NBA betting action is going to be playing stout defense on these two men once again. The Indiana defense was bothered by the Atlanta Hawks at times in the opening round of the playoffs, but for the most part, the team has done the job. The Pacers have allowed just an average of 90.1 points per game here in the second season, and that is right around the 90.7 points per game that they allowed in the regular season. Indiana was ranked first in the Eastern Conference in scoring defense, shooting defense (42.0%), and three-point shooting defense (32.7%) this season.

Not surprisingly, the ‘total’ in NBA betting action in Game 2 of this series is just 183, as the oddsmakers are expecting another one of these low scoring defensive games. The Knicks scored just 19 points in both the second and third quarters of Game 1.

The linesmakers have installed New York as a six-point favorite to level this series.

Sportsbook Review is an industry leader in the offshore sports betting community and their innovation continues is one of the reasons they are so recognized. An example of that innovation can be seen in their odds tool, which basketball bettors can appreciate as they lay their action on the playoffs.

The tool can be likened to many utilities that a stock market investors on Wall Street might use. SBR’s odds tool provides bettors the live, up-to-the-second NBA odds, while letting them compare them across 32 different sportsbooks. There is a handy color-coding scheme that allows betters to determine which lines have just changed on the fly. The screen shows all of the basketball matchups available, which games have odds and allows the player easily convert the odds from American to decimal. Once the games have commenced, the scores, time and quarter are shown right in the tool.

The importance of this tool can’t be understated. For starters, just the comparison across all of the books is useful as players no longer have to resort to primitive ways. The previous option would be to log into their accounts at different shops and compare. Now this can quickly and efficiently be done from one screen. This helps discern which sportsbook has the best value on an underdog or the cheapest price on the favorite.

Professional bettors will appreciate the history of the line movements, which can uncover trends in the lines. Users can click on the lines at a specific sportsbook and see the details of where the betting line opened and all of the subsequent movements. That’s available for moneylines, spreads and totals. It also shows when the movement occurred, so players can see if the line moved as soon as it opened or if the line moved minutes before game time.

The stats are archived as well, which makes SBR’s odds tool not only state-of-the-art but one of the most important tools for bettors nowadays.

The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays are set to do battle in the AL East for the first time this season at the Rogers Centre, and if there is such a thing as a series that each of these teams really wants to win, this is the one. The Yanks are coming to town without bringing LHP CC Sabathia with them in their rotation, but they still have the decided edge in most of these three games that are scheduled for this weekend.

The biggest edge for the Bronx Bombers probably comes right out of the gates on Friday night. LHP Andy Pettitte might be right on the verge of 41 years old, but he is 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA and is pitching like a savvy veteran. He opposes RHP Brandon Morrow, who has yet to pick up his first win on the season and has a 4.60 ERA.

The best of the New York pitchers this year has been RHP Hiroki Kuroda. He has led the team to two wins in three tries, including posting a complete game shutout against the Baltimore Orioles last weekend. LHP Mark Buehrle has been a disappointment for those making their MLB picks on the Jays at the outset of this season, as in spite of the fact that he is 1-0, he has a 7.31 ERA.

Sunday is probably the hairiest of the three matchups for the boys in pinstripes. New York throws the inconsistent RHP Ivan Nova against the equally inconsistent RHP Josh Johnson. These two men have both shown the ability to win 20 games in the past, but neither has gotten off to the start that they would have hoped for this season. Johnson especially, is just 0-1 with a 6.91 ERA.

The 2013 NBA playoffs start this weekend, and for the first time in almost 20 years, the New York Knicks are going into them as the Atlantic Division champs. It’s not just New York that is going to be on display at home in the first two games of the postseason though, as the Brooklyn Nets are going to be hosting their first playoff games at the Barclays Center as well this year.

Just because Brooklyn and New York are going to have home court advantage in the first round of the postseason doesn’t mean that they are anywhere near locks to get into the second round, though. NBA betting fans know that both teams have very tough matchups. The Knicks have to contend with the Boston Celtics, while the Nets draw the Chicago Bulls. Both enemies play stout defensive basketball, and both have enough talent to not just win their respective first round series, but subsequent series down the road as well.

The Knicks did play quite well this year against the Celtics, but there is definitely some cause for concern. The 3-1 record both SU and ATS was impressive for New York, but the one win that the boys from Beantown had happened at Madison Square Garden earlier in the campaign. If the C’s can figure out how to steal one of these first two games at MSG to start this series, it could be a long series that doesn’t go the way that New York wants it to.

The Nets meanwhile, were nowhere near as fortunate against Chicago. The Bulls won two of the three meetings this season and covered all three games. Brooklyn didn’t score more than 93 points in any of the three games this year against the boys from the Windy City, a clear indication that this is going to be a slugfest of a series.

The New York Mets were never really expected to be one of the better teams in baseball this year, but they probably didn’t expect to be as suspect in the starting rotation as they have been in years. They have two more games on Wednesday and Thursday against the Colorado Rockies before coming home to take on the Washington Nationals, and Manager Terry Collins will have to be careful with his rotation by the end of the weekend.

It is clear that Jonathon Niese and Matt Harvey are the top two pitchers to make your MLB picks on for the Mets. Harvey has been the craze at the outset of the season after he allowed just two runs in his 22.0 innings of work thus far this year. The big righty is one of the few pitchers in the game to be 3-0 after his first three starts on the campaign.

Niese will throw Wednesday against Jon Garland. Harvey has a tough matchup as well, opposing Jhoulys Chacin, who has started off this season at 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his own right.

New York had better pick up its wins in Colorado, because winning games at home against the Nats will be tough. Washington is setup to throw its best three arms in this series, starting with Stephen Strasburg on Friday and continuing with Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmerman this weekend. All three pitchers are going to be going on six days of rest.

The Mets, on the other hand, are going to be a bit strapped. Jeremy Hefner is going to have to start one of the three games of this series, and from there, things will be interesting. Both Dillon Gee and Aaron Laffey threw in Wednesday’s double header, and one might have to pitch on three days of rest on Sunday. New York is going to have to call upon its AAA team to provide a starter for Saturday unless one of the long relievers in the bullpen is going to give it a go. Either way, this is setting up to be a long weekend of games in the Big Apple. 

The Detroit Pistons have had no success over the course of this season against the Brooklyn Nets. They have dropped all three meetings this year from an SU standpoint, and they only have one cover to show for their work in those games. On the final night of the NBA’s regular season though, Detroit will have one last chance to work some magic at the Barclays Center on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The Pistons are actually ending the season on a bit of a high, and they are playing like a team you would want to make your NBA picks on. They have won four straight games and have gone 7-0-1 ATS in their last eight. We really have seen Greg Monroe come into his own this season, especially in these last seven games of the campaign. The former Georgetown Hoya has averaged 19.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game in that stretch, and he is surely going to be a man to watch out for in this one.

Brooklyn meanwhile, knows that it is going to be the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs regardless of what happens in this one. The team put on a nice charge on Monday night to dispose of the Washington Wizards even after falling behind 34-21 at the end of the first quarter, and as a result, the team is 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS in its last six games.

However, that win against Washington really came with little consequence. Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, Deron Williams, Jerry Stackhouse, Keith Bogans, and Reggie Evans all sat out for the game, while Gerald Wallace only played 22 minutes. The entire starting five was basically turned inside out, though it was still impressive to see the de facto bench players to it to a Washington team that had been playing solid basketball down the stretch of the campaign.

The Charlotte Bobcats are set to finish out the 2013 campaign with the worst record in the NBA for the second straight year. Their fate will be sealed on Monday night if they get beaten in their second to last game of the season against the New York Knicks.

It’s any guess as to how hard New York is really going to play in this game. The team locked up the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference over the weekend, and there is literally nothing left to play for in these last two regular season games. We certainly know that Head Coach Mike Goodson is going to play it safe with F Carmelo Anthony, who deserves the rest that he is expected to get. Others that will probably be on the shelf in this one include C Marcus Camby (foot), F Kenyon Martin (ankle), and C Tyson Chandler (neck). F Amare Stoudemire remains out for the rest of the month, and the earliest he could be back is the second round of the playoffs.

Charlotte has been a disaster all season long once again, and the team is a stunningly bad 12-56 SU and 23-44-1 ATS over the course of its last 68 games. The Bobcats have virtually no talent on their team, and they clearly missed with their lottery selection last year of F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. MKG is just sixth on the team in scoring at 9.0 points per game, and he hasn’t played tremendous defensive ball either.

The Knicks are favored by eight-points on the NBA odds to open, and in spite of the fact that virtually none of the regulars are expected to play, it’s tough to argue. New York has won three of the last four games in this series by at least nine points, and the last four victories over the Bobcats have come by an average of 16.0 points per game.