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Identify March Madness darlings now

College basketball fans begin to fall in love each March with teams that seem to come from out of nowhere to play the role of Cinderella in the NCAA Tournament. Bettors don’t have the luxury of waiting around to find out which teams that will be each season.

College basketball wagerers flying blind

Without seeing Andrew Wiggins play, most media pundits are assuming the Kansas freshman will be the No. 1 pick in next summer’s NBA Draft. That might turn out to be true, but remember to always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle and jumping to conclusions.

Do Lakers have shot to contend? Not likely

The Lakers hosted a preseason game Thursday night at the MGM Grand Garden, but there was no Bryant and a definite lack of buzz. Imagine the E Street Band showing up to play without Bruce Springsteen.

San Antonio out front, but history favors Heat

At this point, despite the agony of another defeat, LeBron James has to like his chances. The Miami Heat are headed home, and only their margin for error has been eliminated.

Spurs zig, Heat zag, and books lose

It was turn-back-the-clock night for Dwyane Wade, and as a result, a wild series is right back where it started. But maybe it’s not that wild, because this is what was expected.

If James gets help, Heat can soar

NBA commissioner David Stern and ABC have to be happy with the NBA Finals matchup that pits LeBron James and the Miami Heat against the San Antonio Spurs. The only matchup that might have been more appealing would have been a healthy Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers against the Heat.

NBA Finals offers great matchup for bettors, books

If the San Antonio Spurs are going to beat the odds and win four more games, Tony Parker will need to be the best player on the floor in the NBA Finals.

Inevitable Heat-Spurs series a close call

Without fanfare and media hype, Paul George took his talents to South Beach, became a star and put a scare into the Miami Heat.

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