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Busy weekend betting preview

There is an NBA playoff betting theory known as the ZigZag Theory that has helped sports bettors to profits in recent years. It goes that, if a team covers in Game 1, bet against them to cover in Game 2 as the oddsmakers will tweak the line and the losing team will keep the following game even closer.

NBA playoff odds

There are eight NBA playoff games this weekend, four on Saturday and four on Sunday. See if the ZigZag Theory works for you.

Denver Nuggets at New Orleans Hornets

The Hornets lead this series 2-0 and the Hornets have to win this game or the series is, pretty much, over. The Nuggets have won both games by double digits. Chris Paul and David West have to carry the Hornets to a win tonight and Tyson Chandler has to contain Nene and Kenyon Martin in the lane. has the Hornets favored with an opening NBA point spread of 4 with a total of 198.5.

San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks lead this series 2-1 and it will be 3-1 if the Spurs play like they did in game three, as the Mavs blew out the Spurs 88-67 and led by as many as 36 points. In game three the Spurs shot only 32% from the floor and were 2/17 from 3-point range. If they shoot like that again they will be in big trouble. has the Mavericks favored with a point spread of 4.5 with a total of 187.

Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat

This series is tied at a game apiece. Dwayne Wade carried the Heat in game two and needs to have another big scoring game tonight. The Hawks have not won a road playoff game since 1997 going 0-11 since then. have the Heat favored with a point spread of 4.5 with a total of 185.5.

L.A. Lakers at Utah Jazz

The Lakers lead this series 2-1. In game three the Lakers were cold to say the least only shooting just under 37% from the floor after shooting 58% in the first two games. Kobe was only 5/24 from the floor in game three. The Lakers have to shoot the rock better tonight and hit the glass, as in game three the Jazz out rebounded them 55-40.

Online sportsbook opened the Lakers favored with a playoff spread of 4 with a total of 209.

Sunday’s NBA games are Celtics at Bulls (Boston leads 2-1), Cavaliers at Pistons (Cleveland leads 3-0), Magic at 76ers (Philadelphia leads 2-1), and Blazers at Rockets (Houston leads 2-1).

NHL pucklines

On Saturday there are three games on the docket and two teams look to close out the series. Puck line betting is trickier in the playoffs where games regularly go into overtime, but you can still find some great value in this form of hockey wagering.

The Ducks look to shock the Sharks, as they have a 3-1 edge in the series. It is do or die for the top-seeded Sharks, as if they lose it is yet another year of their post-season ineptitude. has an NHL game line with the Sharks favorites at -210 and the Ducks underdogs at +170.

The Penguins also look to close out their series with the Philadelphia Flyers, as they are up 3-2 in the series. The Flyers have to play solid defense against Sydney Crosby and company in order to force a Game 7. The NHL game line with the Flyers favorites at -140 and the Penguins underdogs at +120.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames are ties 2-2 in their series with game 5 tonight in the Windy City. The Blackhawks have to contain the aggressive offense of the Flames, led by Jarome Iginla, to take the series lead tonight. has an NHL game line with the Blackhawks favorites at -150 and the Flames underdogs at +130.

Sunday’s NHL games are Devils at Hurricanes (New Jersey leads 3-2) and Capitals at Rangers (New York leads 3-2).


This Sunday NASCAR heads to Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama for the Sprint Cup - Aaron's 499. Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are both starting in the top 10 and, along with Jeff Gordon, have the best odds to win the race. has Busch as the favorite at +450 followed by Gordon (+600), Earnhardt Jr. (+800), and Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, and Jimmy Johnson all at +1000.