Sheridan Hoops http://www.sheridanhoops.com Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:31:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.11 The Games to Watch Out for this Weekend http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2017/01/15/the-games-to-watch-out-for-this-weekend/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2017/01/15/the-games-to-watch-out-for-this-weekend/#respond Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:27:01 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=104001

There are a few NBA basketball games on this weekend, with a few of them taking place on Saturday evening. The likes of the Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards, and Dallas Mackericks will all be out to try and get some valuable wins on the board. Below we’ll have a look at 5 of the matches that could be the most entertaining of the night.

New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors

The New York Knicks started the first half brightly when these two last met, going in leading 56-53. However, it wasn’t to be their night as the Toronto Raptors put their foot down in the second half and came away as 118-107 winners. The New York Knicks will be looking to get some consistency in winning games when they meet the Raptors this weekend, so they could always be the team to watch. The Raptors aren’t in the best of form either, but both teams are shooting a lot of points so we could have another thriller on the cards.

Houston Rockets vs. Brooklyn Nets

Houston Rockets last met Brooklyn Nets at the Toyota Center on December 13th 2016, where both sides were involved in an emphatic encounter. The game ended 122-118 to the Houston Rockets, and they will very much want a repeat performance of that night. This is a game that could be high scoring again, and a game that should be watched if you are a neutral basketball fanatic.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks will meet the Timberwolves for the second time in a week, and both teams will be hoping they can come up with the goods this time around to ensure a win is on the cards. Most games have ended in the 200+ points mark when these two teams have met, so it’s always a game worth watching considering it could be yet another high scoring fixture. The Minnesota Timberwolves aren’t doing that well at all at the moment, and have lost multiple games in recent weeks, so they will be looking to play some good basketball to ensure they walk away from this game with their heads held high. The Dallas Mavericks seem to be in a similar boat at this moment in time with a poor recent record, so both sides will be looking to bounce back in what could be an entertaining affair.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Atlanta Hawks

The Milwaukee Bucks will want to turn their fortunes around against the Atlanta Hawks, with recent losses to the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards. Their current record is close to even, so a win against the Atlanta Hawks will give them confidence to push on with an average season. The Atlanta Hawks aren’t going to be easy to beat though, as they are currently on the back of a good winning run and will want it to continue.

Orlando Magic vs. Utah Jazz

Orlando Magic haven’t had a good few weeks and they will want to take the game to Utah Jazz to ensure their season isn’t going to falter. Utah Jazz have a good win record this season but they have been slipping in recent games, losing to the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, and the Memphis Grizzlies. They will need to score some points against Orlando Magic and this could be the game of the evening to watch if Utah Jazz manage to turn up.

As you can see from above, there are a few cracking matches taking place this weekend and there could be a few surprises on the cards, so it might be worth to learn how to analyse NBA and make some bets on games this weekend to make things even more exciting.

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Dwindling bench cover could be biggest obstacle for Golden State Warriors http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/12/25/dwindling-bench-cover-could-be-biggest-obstacle-for-golden-state-warriors/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/12/25/dwindling-bench-cover-could-be-biggest-obstacle-for-golden-state-warriors/#respond Sun, 25 Dec 2016 16:57:39 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103984

With their megastar roster, the Golden State Warriors went into the 2016/17 NBA season with huge expectations and were short-priced favorites to win the championship that so narrowly eluded them in the last campaign.

There’s been nothing that’s taken place over the opening months of the season to suggest that the Warriors don’t warrant that level of faith in their abilities and, although the odds may be prohibitive, few would argue against placing a bet365 free bet on Golden State Warriors to win the 2016/17 NBA.

They might be hard pressed to replicate last season’s record for most wins in a single season when finishing 73-9 but, at 25-4 as we approach Christmas, the Dubs are well on track in their quest to make amends for last season’s surprise NBA Finals defeat against the Cleveland Cavaliers, surrendering a 3-1 series lead in doing so.

As things stand they are leading the way not just in the regular table, but also in various team metrics per game, including averaging 117.4 points; 31.3 assists; 6.4 blocks; 9.4 steals and 20.7 fast breaks.  The ‘Fantastic Four’ are more than living up to the hype.

Provided the superstars remain fit and well, the main job of the bench will largely be to provide lead protection in the latter stages of games after the starting roster have established a healthy lead.

Where that game plan could start to unravel is if injury were to impact on any one of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson or Kevin Durant.

The signing of Durant from Oklahoma City Thunder in July added to what was already a star-studded roster and the Warriors got a 7-time NBA All-Star, a four-time NBA scoring champion and the 2014 NBA MVP in return for a two-year, 54.2 million contract.

KD has settled in just fine, but his arrival didn’t come without consequences, with sacrifices having to be made elsewhere in order to accommodate him in the budget.  Starter Harrison Barnes and center Andrew Bogut both left for the Dallas Mavericks and bench players Leandro Barbosa, Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights also all departed.

Center Zaza Pachulia and veteran free agent Forward David West were brought in to provide additional cover, but few would argue that the bench is as strong as that of 12-months ago.  Would the Warriors have enough quality in depth were one or more of Curry, Draymond, Klay and KD to be ruled out for any period of time?

The implications of the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) means the Warriors’ bench is almost certain to be further weakened next season, with the likes of Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston among those likely to move on.

The Warriors are unquestionably a ‘super-team’, but the lack of bench cover could yet be their undoing were anything to sideline one of the ‘Fantastic Four’.  It’s certainly what their NBA rivals will be banking on.

 

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Basic Tips When Placing Sports Bets http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/12/25/basic-tips-when-placing-sports-bets/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/12/25/basic-tips-when-placing-sports-bets/#respond Sun, 25 Dec 2016 16:54:56 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103982

If you’re a newbie to sports betting it can be a bit intimidating at first. Obviously, there is a chance you’re going to lose money but wouldn’t it be great if you could learn the basics to at least improve your odds of winning? Knowing how to actually place the bet is imperative to being successful. Here we’ll take a look at some basic tips when you’re placing your bet so you can put yourself in the best position possible.

Pick a Sport You Feel Comfortable With

For many people, it helps to pick a sport they are comfortable and knowledgeable about. It helps you to understand what you’re betting on. Because you can bet on just about every sport, you shouldn’t have a problem finding one that works for you.

In the UK, there are a few sports that prove to be popular where betting is concerned. These are football/soccer, cricket, basketball, hockey, and then tennis. Not to worry if these aren’t your cup of tea, there are still plenty of other sports you can place a bet on. Keep in mind there is nothing to stop you from betting on teams located in other countries if those happen to be your favourites.

Don’t Just Pick your Favorite Team

Maybe you have a favorite football team who you have followed for years. In fact, maybe you consider yourself a diehard fan who never misses a match. It can be tempting to bet on your favourite team simply because you want to support them, but in betting you don’t want to make emotional bets. Instead get acquainted with the odds and stats and make your bets placed on the facts.

Look for Offers of Free Bets

If you’re just new to placing sports bets then it’s always a good idea to look for websites that will allow free bets, such as Bwin free bet. Bwin in particular likes to encourage people to check out its site and services so it offers new customers a deposit bonus of up to £30. This is free money for you and a great way to place your first bet. At least you know you won’t be losing anything.

Make it About the Entertainment Value

In order to truly enjoy taking part in some friendly sports betting you need to keep it about the entertainment value. Make it about having fun with the games, adding another element of competition, and don’t take it too seriously. Betting to win this month’s rent is only going to lead to stress, anxiety, and most likely – big disappointment. If you are only betting to win money, then there will be no entertainment value left in it.

Set a Budget You are Comfortable With

Another way to keep things light and fun is to set a sports betting budget that you stick to. You want to be sure you pick an amount that you are okay losing. Go in believing that the money is going so that if you do lose it, it’s not the end of the world. It can be easy in the heat of the moment to increase your bet, so this is where you have to show discipline and not give in. This will also make winning all the more sweet since it was money you weren’t counting on.

Get Out and Enjoy Yourself

Now that we’ve covered the basics, there’s only one thing left to do – that’s to get out there and place a friendly little bet and enjoy yourself. Keep it all about the fun and you

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Casinos That Turned Into Sportsbooks http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/12/11/casinos-that-turned-into-sportsbooks/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/12/11/casinos-that-turned-into-sportsbooks/#respond Sun, 11 Dec 2016 15:58:46 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103976

Online casinos have taken the world by storm, providing gamblers from across the globe the opportunity to enjoy their favorite pastime with comfort, ease, and variety like never before.

What happens when a first-rate online casino branches out into other areas of the betting spectrum, though? In some cases, the results are disastrous, in others, phenomenal. Check out these top of the charts online casinos that are now crushing it in the sports betting department as well.

888 Casino

With some fabulous bonuses, progressive jackpots, and the Gaming Intelligence’s Best Casino Operator award under their belt, 888 Casino confidently moved into the sportsbook arena – and they took their knack for success with them. 888 Sport offers players so much including:

  • Live sports betting
  • Thousands of sporting events from around the world from Tour de France to the remote Japanese J-League soccer matches
  • Exciting daily promotions for mobile and online members
  • A comprehensive mobile app for both Android and iOS devices so you can bet on the go

Navigation is smooth and intuitive, betting is fast, and what’s more, 888 offers superior security features throughout their website. Their safe payouts policy ensures that you will receive your money when you win without any questions.

888 has a multi account feature meaning that you can use the same user credentials set up on the sports-book on their casino. The casino itself has undergone a number of upgrades over the last couple of years and now features games not only from its proprietary software but also from providers such as Netentertainment, as well as offering 2 welcome bonuses (general and premium), more information can be found in this 888 Casino review

LeoVegas Casino

LeoVegas is known for its friendly and fun-loving personality. Their motto is to mix the strength of a lion with the excitement of Vegas, for a royal experience gambling online, and that’s in addition to the 600+ casino games they host!

Now that they’ve gone sports-wild, LeoVegas can offer their members even more excitement in the betting fields. In addition to a range of smart tutorials for first time gamblers, this sportsbook offers expert tips to keep you at the top of your game. From live betting tips followed by experts in the games, blogs and articles written from every analytical angle, and a variety of real-time betting calls that you can piggyback for success. Here’s what else fans love about this sportsbook:

  • Best odds in the industry
  • Wide variety of betting options
  • Winning analysis and tips
  • 24/7 support

They’ve also got a top notch mobile application and smart tutorials for helping gamblers out. If you want to find out more information about this up and coming superstar, check out this LeoVegas Casino review.

32red Casino

A Microgaming online casino, 32Red Casino offers a superior experience in the areas of gaming selection, quality graphics, and customer support. They also feature fabulous promotions like their Ruby Tuesdays, no deposit bonuses, and 32 days of Christmas spectacular. Entering the sportsbook chapter, 32Red Casino has incorporated all the panache and experience from their online casino department, and given the sports betting community another great reason to go online. Take a look at what this sportsbook does best:

  • Solid match bonus
  • Outstanding player support
  • No-delay payouts
  • Stupendous array of gaming markets including “out there” sports like mixed martial arts and surfing

32Red sportsbook also carries a solid reputation coming into the market, so you can rest assured that your wagers are safe and secure. And if you are a football fan, then this sportsbetting site is really the best place for you. It allows you to wager on all the latest and greatest soccer matches including ICC World Cup, Premier League, Six Nations Championships, and more.

So, whether you like to wager on blackjack or follow the latest football matches, these casinos turned sportsbooks deliver the best of all worlds and the convenience to tie it all together. Love gambling? These are the sites you’re gonna love; we can bet on it!

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Best Sport Apps http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/12/11/best-sport-apps/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/12/11/best-sport-apps/#respond Sun, 11 Dec 2016 15:55:37 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103974

Sports fans are termed such because we’re a bit fanatical about our teams and sports. Whether it’s soccer, football, horse racing, basketball, or even baseball, we like our sports constant, continuous, and up close and personal. That’s why a good sports app is so important. Fans want their stats, scores, news, and updates on the minute and at their fingertips, and they won’t waste time waiting for bulky sites to load, and don’t have patience for inferior quality experiences.

If you’re on the lookout for some solid sports reporting and interaction, check out the best sports apps of 2017, and see what’s in store for you.

Soccer Apps  

Soccer fans are some of the most exuberant followers on the planet, so having a quality soccer app is not just a nicety, it’s a necessity! Here are some of the top picks for the coming year:

  • FIFA app: It’s not surprising that the FIFA app is rated as one of the best (if not the best) soccer apps on the market. Available for android and iOS devices, FIFA is a massive application with everything you could hope for including 2018 World Cup highlights, videos from previous years, international and national team rankings, and a World Match Center with leagues from all over the globe. It’s a smooth experience and easy to navigate as well.
  • OneFootball: This is a favorite among international fans everywhere, and it’s loaded with great features. Players can customize push notifications, find match analysis and predictions, and view schedules, lineups, live score updates, and more from one app.

Horse Racing Apps

Horse racing is a sport like no other with all the energy and verve that comes along with a fast-paced competition. Here are the top picks according to horse racing apps reviews from around the web:

  • Betfred: Betfred is a part of a larger online betting chain, but it has a particularly strong horse racing and soccer application. The app has features that allow you to see your full betting history, a Quickbet feature, bonuses, and live streaming of all the races.
  • Racing Post: Racing Post might be the most popular of all horse racing apps out there. It’s free, has great UI and navigation, has customizable features, and offers bonuses to boot. They’ve also got predictions, tips, analytics, and live race results.

Basketball Apps

Keep track of all the latest basketball scores and news with a handy basketball app. Which one will give you what you’re looking for? Take a look:

  • TheScore: TheScore is really a must have app for any type of sports fan. It is one of the most comprehensive and easy to run applications on the market and includes split second updates for games and scores, analytics, predictions, news, and an awesome alert feature that lets you receive notifications when something amazing happens during a game that you just can’t miss.
  • NBA Game Time: The official app of the NBA, you can’t go wrong with this robust application. NBA Game Time offers fans their own personalized news feed with alerts when a specific player or team does something spectacular, video highlights, and even the ability to stream games line (with a subscription to League Pass).

Of course, you can’t deny the overall greatness of ESPN’s ScoreCenter. This app delivers just-cut videos, news, scores, pretty much everything you could want from a sports app. The downside is that this app is loaded with ads and is a little heavy.

Ready for some season highlights, breaking news, and up to the minute scoring? Load up one of these sports apps, and follow sports the way you want to.

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Will they ever shake hands? On relations between Durant and Westbrook http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/11/20/will-they-ever-shake-hands-on-relations-between-durant-and-westbrook/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/11/20/will-they-ever-shake-hands-on-relations-between-durant-and-westbrook/#respond Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:23:59 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103967

Since Kevin Durant has left Oklahoma City Thunder, everybody who was ever interested in basketball asks about relationships between two key players who have been bursting its scores. They are Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

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Those who bet on them using betting on football platform really like to find out the nature of such relationships. Why? Because any fan remains agile to know how next game between Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder will look like. Do they really hate each other as social media screams each day and do they still think of each other as brothers – these questions still remain unanswered?

So, what the conflict is about?

The truth about a conflict between them is that there seems no evidence that some conflict exists. Some argue that Kevin doesn’t shake hands with Russell, but, come on, does he really like to shake hands with other players. Some argue that they remain on different teams but it remains misleading to distinguish between a conflict and a tough tournament in such an aggressive kind of sports as basketball.

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Kevin and Russell know each other very well, they know that they will fight against each other even though some time ago they played on the same team. Both players are very strong, they all remain aggressive and agile to win, that is why it is much harder to predict an outcome. However, some tools exist which can help fans to estimate the probability of this team winning. Especially, those who want to bet using special platforms. One of tools any fan can use for that purpose is sportsbetting-x.com.

During recent interviews, Kevin has suggested that he didn’t hate Russell at all. He loves the style Westbrook plays but they are different on how they view the game:

  1. Russell tells that he sees any match as his last. This player spends maximum energy to any game, that is why he remains used so often in his team and why his usage rate is about 42,4 for past 6 games. Russell doesn’t feel dissatisfied or angry about that. He speaks as himself ready for even tougher conditions because he enjoys any game and he loves playing with City Thunder.
  2. Kevin seems not that kind of a player like Russel. As he tells in his interview, he remains not concerned about the game itself but he remains more oriented on results. He still tries to discover who he is and what he should do when Russell already knows who he should become, that remains the main reason for toughening of their relationships.

Next games will show

All statistics remain given in a user-friendly form, so knowing teams’ relative performances the fan will predict the outcome even before the game. The next game between City Thunder and State Warriors seems coming soon, this will become a time when fans will find how the situation has changed from the previous game.

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SheridanHoops.com is Shutting Down http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/10/25/sheridanhoops-com-is-shutting-down/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/10/25/sheridanhoops-com-is-shutting-down/#comments Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:15:48 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103883

SheridanheWith a mix of sadness and pride, I am shuttering SheridanHoops.com — the Web Site I founded in September 2011 and which published daily through five NBA seasons.

sheridan-fibaI come from a family of journalists, and there is a level of disappointment that comes from deep inside me. You only get one or two chances to do something truly dynamic in life, and assembling a crew of veteran NBA writers — mixed in with several younger go-getters to produce quality basketball journalism — was driven by my passion for the sport and for my craft.

But the journalism/publishing industry is constantly changing and consistently challenging, and if unexpected circumstances intrude along the way, altering your ability to devote 110 percent of your time and energy to your business, it becomes unsustainable. That is what has happened here, and the passionate fans of basketball who frequented this site are now left with one less outlet to disseminate news and opinion.

But I am walking away with my head held high, and here is why: No journalist had ever done what I did, along with my dedicated staff. We were an independent news outlet that competed with the media behemoths. We broke the biggest basketball news story of this decade — LeBron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And we broke with the contemporary mold and strived to appeal to a demographic ranging in age from 9 to 90.

lebron-tweetThe LeBron James scoop is not the only legacy of this site. We published 9,856 articles by 154 different authors, many of them veterans of the basketball journalism industry, several others who are navigating their way into this business.

It was a fun run.

I have been a journalist since I was 21. I have 30 years of experience in the business — a quarter century of it covering the NBA and international basketball — and I hope to land on my feet somewhere down the road and continue pursuing my professional passion.

What’s important now is thanking the people who made this Web Site possible, especially members of the staff who are passionate journalists and deserve opportunities to continue in this business for years to come.

But first, some words of appreciation.

I will start with NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who has been supportive of this venture from the get-go and was a regular reader. Without the assistance of Adam and two key members of his staff, Tim Frank and Mike Bass, we would not have been a fully credentialed site with the same level of access granted to companies such as ESPN, Yahoo Sports and so many others.

Same goes for FIBA executive director Patrick Baumann and his media director, Patrick Koller (along with Patrick’s predecessor, Florian Wanninger). I have known all of them for several years, and their assistance in credentialing SheridanHoops for several international tournaments —  beginning with Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania and including the 2014 World Cup in Spain — allowed us to take readers behind the scenes of several major FIBA tournaments that most mainstream media outlets in the United States choose to ignore.

Shoutouts also go to founder Gregg Winik and his staff at Cinesport (now OneUp Sports), our video production partner; Larry Axelband and the folks at DraftKings, whose support for this site’s mission was unwavering right through our final day of publication; and Jeanette Lukasik, Jeetu Chawla, Moksha Fitzgibbons, Russ Bengston, Ryan Westbrook and Taylor Korsak of Complex Media, our advertising partner.

But the primary drivers of this site were the regular contributors, the people who wrote weekly columns, edited our content, managed our staff and devoted countless hours to the storytelling that made this site special. My wish is that all of them move on to new jobs in the industry, continuing to bring their wisdom and insight to readers and viewers around the world.

bernuccaheCHRIS BERNUCCA: Our managing editor and regular Monday columnist, I can tell you in all sincerity that there is almost no one in the U.S. basketball media with Bernucca’s level of passion for the sport and diligence in understanding it and explaining it. Aside from managing our staff and providing direction, guidance and mentoring to our younger writers, Chris consumed himself (as he always has, from his days as my colleague at the AP to his later stops at SportsTicker, DPA and other outlets) with the NBA. The man has read every box score and game story that has been published over the past three decades. And no, that is not an exaggeration. His mix of intelligence, wit, sarcasm and basketball IQ is unmatched by anyone I have ever met in the business — and I have met just about every heavy hitter with a laptop and a notebook. Whether he moves on as a coach (his other true passion) or a columnist, he will always be informative and inspirational. Here is his column archive, and it comes with a warning — you may find yourself binge-reading some of the most astute commentary and analysis that has been published since late 2011. Send him a shoutout on Twitter at @ChrisBernucca.

HubbardJAN HUBBARD: The man who wrote the NBA Encyclopedia … literally. Jan is unique in that he has worked both sides of the fence; as a mainstream media member for Newsday in New York, along with the Star-Telegram and Morning News in Dallas/Fort Worth. In between, he spent eight years working at NBA headquarters. Privately, he can tell you stories that he would not be comfortable publishing, but he can also pull stories from the past that no one else can recount. He is an author (we published excerpts from his book on the history of the San Antonio Spurs), he is a gentleman, and he comes from an era in which sportswriters and basketball players existed on a much more cordial and friendly level. One example from Hubbard’s archive is his story about trading Larry Bird in a fantasy league and then recounting that particular trade to Bird. Any media organization seeking a sage/mentor/poet should scoop him up. On Twitter he is @whyhub.

ParkJIM PARK: He was our Tweet of the Day/Tweet of the Night maven, he supervised our staff of young bloggers and he lost countless hours of sleep staying up late on the East Coast to watch his beloved Golden State Warriors, whose 2015 championship (along with Stephen Curry’s MVP award) he astutely predicted in our annual season preview column. I was able to bring Jim a champagne cork from the Warriors’ locker room the night they ended their 40-year drought and won the title in 2015, and my hope going forward is that I can help him find a job recreating Tweet of the Night/Tweet of the Day for another publication. It was one of the daily articles our readers most enjoyed — especially this one from J.R. Smith when he was still with the Knicks. Interested parties can e-mail Jim.

sprungSHLOMO SPRUNG: Our analytics expert, Shlomo put together charts and graphs that perfectly illustrated the point of his columns — all of which were informative and a breezy read, not the easiest thing when you are dealing with sports’ new higher science/math. He can do things with a computer that most WordPress designers cannot even accomplish, but he also knows how to work a locker room and bang out an on-point column without having to be overly analytical. He is writing now for thecomeback.com, and I recommend you check out his most recent column on Five Storylines to Watch for in the 2016-17 season. Also, do yourself a favor and follow him on Twitter.

Michael Scotto MICHAEL SCOTTO: ESPN.com and The Vertical had chances to snatch him up over the summer, but neither outlet quite recognized they had a chance to snag the next great newsbreaker in the NBA journalism world. Mike is now doing his thing for Steve Kyler at Basketball Insiders.com as Kyler continues to operate just outside the mainstream in putting together a formidable lineup day after day after day. Kyler’s only mistake with Scotto was not inking him to a long-term deal. Over/under on number of times Scotto outscoops Adrian Wojnarowski on trade stories between now and mid-February is 5 1/2. Personally, I am taking the over — not because I don’t have faith in Woj, a certified genius, but because I know how hard Scotto works his sources … and how a lot of folks in the league want to see who will become the “next Woj.”

Schayes111There were so many other writers who contributed on a regular basis who also deserve shout-outs. Hall of Famer Mark Heisler was with us from the start, retired NBA center Danny Schayes came along for the ride for a few seasons (and wrote the most detailed analysis of the pros and cons of the one-and-done rule that has ever been published), Jon Marks in Philadelphia, Peter May in Boston and Paul Ladewski in Chicago/Oakland were old pros who were always eager and enthused to take on a new assignment, and Ben DuBose in Houston, Jeremy Bauman in Chicago/New York, Chris Silva in Oklahoma City (he wrote the best Kevin Durant profile ever), Kels Dayton in New England were the same way — minus the 30 years experience of the others; Joe Kotoch was especially prescient with his Mock Drafts and his networking skills;  Moke Hamilton (also scooped up by Kyler) was a sponge when I mentored him during this site’s infancy, Bobby Gonzalez was a jack-of-all-trades whose best columns were identifying the strongest NCAA teams and the most underrated NBA talents, A.J. Mitnick and Nick Gibson kept us abreast of Euroleague developments, Guan Weijia, Jon Pastuszek and Marco Cantazaro filled in our readers on what was happening in the Chinese Basketball Association, Peter Newmann, Max Ogden and Dan Malone found different ways to bring us the latest news and notes from around the league, Jack Scheurer had a nice run as our trivia maven, Brian Geltzeiler was gung-ho when we were broadcasting SheridanHoopsRadio, Adam Zagoria covered recruiting better than anyone, Jake Henson brought a unique voice on the basketball gambling industry, and last but not least, Kent Williams was a superstar in giving out daily fantasy advice.

closedAgain, it was a fun run; But unfortunately, we are done. (Hey, a rhyme.)

Thanks again to everyone who dropped in occasionally or regularly.

I will see y’all down the road.

Every ending is a new beginning.

A spry 51, I am far from finished in the journalism industry.

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Chris Sheridan is a veteran NBA writer for the Associated Press, ESPN and SheridanHoops.com, Follow him on Twitter.

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Why Sports Betting Apps Are Such a Big Deal http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/07/28/why-sports-betting-apps-are-such-a-big-deal/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/07/28/why-sports-betting-apps-are-such-a-big-deal/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:14:25 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103901

Sports attract a lot of viewers, and the NBA is particularly popular. People who understand sports can often predict the outcomes of particular games and that often surprises people. But predicting the outcome of an NBA game is not just something that will amuse your company, it can be very lucrative if you place a bet on it. People how are into sports betting eagerly wait for the basketball and all the other seasons to begin, as there’s not much choice during the summer. Now it is even possible to place wagers on your smartphone, as there are a lot of available mobile apps. Large amounts of money can be won with a small wager at mobile casino as well. Here are more casino apps that offer interesting games. Mobile betting rose significantly in the past years and several operators registered significantly greater mobile betting revenues.

It Is Possible to Deposit and Withdraw Money

Some might be wondering why sports betting apps are such a big deal. First of all, it is a lot easier to bet using them. Literally any bet that you may want to place is just few clicks away. Most of these apps are user-friendly and using them is piece of cake. You can choose one or multiple selections and you can check how much you can potentially earn. Moreover, making deposits and withdrawing money from your betting amount is also quite easy. Most betting operators support at least few payment methods and you can choose the one that suits you most.

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A Lot of Apps Offer Tips and Predictions

In addition to apps that allow you to bet on your smartphone, there are also bets that can help you make the right choice when it comes to betting. Of course, no app can guarantee that you’re going to win and if some of them claim that they can, they’re lying. However, there are a lot of free or cheap apps that offer quite useful betting advice. Some of them include the latest news and thorough analysis in which the suggestion for a particular game is explained, whereas other employ complex algorithms and calculations which predict the outcomes of basketball games, as well as games of other sports.

Betting on NBA Is Easy

Betting on the NBA is quite easy and there are multiple available betting options. You can bet both on individual games, as well as on the season as a whole. For example, you can place a bet that your favorite team will be the champion, or that it will reach the play-offs even before the season begins. These bets are usually called future bets.

When it comes to betting on individual matches you can place a variety of bets like money-line, spread bets, totals, halftime bets, 1st quarter bets, as well as parlays and teasers.

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Money-Line and Spread Betting

A money-line is a bet where the odds are based on the likelihood of each of the teams to win the game. If the Spurs face the Bulls and the Spurs are the favorite for the current match then the odds for the spurs will probably be negative, say -750, whereas the odds for the Bulls would be +500. The negative odds show how much you have to wager to earn $100, whereas the positives tell you how much you’ll earn with a $100 bet.

Spread betting was introduced to eliminate the advantage that a team has. Therefore, a presupposed advantage is given to the underdog. Let’s say that for the same game the difference between the two teams is judged to be 8.5 points. That means that in order for a bet to be winning the Spurs would have to win with 9 or more points, whereas if the Bulls lose by 8 or less they are considered to be winners for the purpose of the bet.

Totals, Parlays and Other Bets

The total is a bet placed on the total number of points scored by both teams taken together. A number of points is set, let’s say 188.5. If the game ends with 188 or few points scored, then it is an under, whereas if 189 or more points are scored it is an over. You may place spread and total bets on just the first half or the first quarter and then only the result at the end of that period is considered, regardless what happens later in the game.

A parlay is a bet placed on more than one selection. For example if there are 5 games in one day and you like to bet on all of them, you can combine them in a parlay bet. Just remember that all selections have to win for the bet to be a win. Teasers are similar to parlays, but due to the fact that it is a lot more difficult to correctly predict the outcome of a bigger number of games, you are allowed to adjust the point spread in your favor. This decreases the eventual winnings, but significantly increases your winning chances.

It is even possible to bet on the NBA draft. The odds that Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram will be picks number 1 and 2 were pretty low on the last day of the draft, at only -800, but let’s be honest, everybody pretty much expected these two players to be picked first.

 

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Incredible Facts About the 2016 Olympics http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/07/16/incredible-facts-about-the-2016-olympics/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/07/16/incredible-facts-about-the-2016-olympics/#respond Sat, 16 Jul 2016 12:52:25 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103987

The Olympics, as we know it today, is a world renowned event that takes place every 4 years. There are many types of sports and countries that participate in the games and represent their country and with the hopes of taking home a medal.  Over the years the Olympics have grown and become one of the world’s premier sporting events, with it generating interest worldwide. There have been many impressive world records set by athletes such as Florence Griffith-Joyner, who set world records for both the women’s 100m and 200m in 1988, with both still standing strong today. Kenenisa Bekele dominated the 5,000m and 10,000m long distance running events during the 2008 Olympics and set records for both, an achievement that had not been touched since 1980. It will be interesting as this year’s game get underway if new records will be made.

Incredible Facts About the 2016 Olympics

As we approach the 2016 games, there are millions preparing to travel to Rio, Brazil to compete, attend the games, and support athletes in their pursuit of Olympic perfection. There are various interesting facts about the 2016 games that make it more exciting and enjoyable. The 2016 Olympics, will be hosted for the first time by a South American country, which is impressive as it beat Madrid, Tokyo, and Chicago, all of who made bids to host the games.

The torch began travelling across the continent from Brazil on the 21st of April to make the 90-day journey to Greece where it will stop at the Eloenas refugee camp and carried by one of its residence. The torch will continue its journey and arrive in Rio on the 5th of August, where the opening ceremonies will take place at the Maracanã stadium. This stadium became well-known during the 1950 soccer world cup for having the most soccer fans in a single arena.  Closing ceremonies will also take place at the Maracanã stadium.

The Olympics are expected to host more than 10,500 athletes that have travelled from 206 countries worldwide, and will see 306 events take place over 17 days. The events will be featured at 4 different locations in Rio, including Deodoro for equestrian centres, BMX, and aquatics. Copacabana, a world famous beach, will host volleyball events, Barra, known as the Olympic Park, and Maracanã will host the remaining events.

The Rio games are also expected to see golf returning as an Olympic sport. Golf was removed from the Olympics 112 years ago, and is expected to be received well by fans of the sport, especially when it comes to placing wagers with sportsbetting sites. The course in Rio was designed by an America Architect Gil Hanse.

Rio has taken it upon themselves to prepare for the games, and the tourists that are expected to arrive. The world will be watching and as such they are offering free English lessons to all taxi drivers and those in the service industries such as restaurant staff, hotel staff, and various other services as these are the people visitors are most likely to come into contact with first.

Betting Opportunities for the Olympics

The Olympics provide substantial opportunities when it comes to placing bets on the athletes, let alone which countries will earn the most medals, which medals they are most likely to score high in and more.  As we all know, betting on sports has become a large attraction for all types of sports, but when you add over 300 events inside of a 17 day period, those who enjoy betting are presented with unparrelled opportunies.

Betting on the Olympics is nothing new, unless you consider the advantage that online betting has made in its availability. There have been a few fantastic events in Olympic history, such as the 1980 hockey finals between the Soviet Union and America. In pre-tournament games, the Soviet Union managed to crush the Americans, and led to many believing Russia would be victorious in the medal round against the American. However, the end result saw the U.S winning 3-4 and those who placed wagers on that outcome scored big due to the odds being against them. This is just one of many upsets over the years and as Rio approaches, it is sure to see others that result in similar scenarios and opportunities.

Casino Games Based on the Olympics

There are various game developers who have created slots with an Olympic and sport theme. Not only is this a great way to build anticipation for the games, but also provides another winning opportunity with the Olympics in mind. Most of those offering this style of theme are filled with exciting game features that can lead to big wins and heart pounding excitement, which is ideal when considering the same is felt by many while watching the games live and cheering for their countries. A recently published post highlights a number of these games and is well worth reading.

One of those is the Olympic Slot from GameOs. It includes symbols featuring impressive sports such as golf, boxing, tennis, basketball, baseball, football, and hockey. Other symbols feature a wild medal, a gold and silver cup, and a torch of course. Players get to win big with a bonus game that has various levels to earn instant cash rewards, and the free spin bonus adds to the action when 4 silver cups appear and can reward up to 30 free spins.

Wild Games, a slot from Playtech, also provides an incredible gaming opportunity for those who love an Olympic theme. The slot is based on the Olympics, but in a comical manner and features animals as competitors. These include a swimming dog, Cheetah, and professional hippo gymnast. These animals can appear stacked on the reels and to assist with winnings as wild symbols. Regular wilds can appear on all reels with and earn 3,000 coin wins and the bonus feature will trigger when the gold silver and bronze medal appears on the reels simultaneously.

You can learn more about the great gaming opportunities for these slots and others at www.casinos.co. Both these video slots and others can be found and offer a plethora of information for slot enthusiats. This site offers a large volume of information for online casinos and the games they provide. Whether you are searching for a new casino, or simply are just beginning and want to leanr more, Casinos.co is the place to be. You can select from the best casino bonuses and promotions, which add to the total experience for your gaming account.

 

 

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Cavaliers & Warriors With Tough Paths To NBA Finals http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/04/22/cavaliers-warriors-with-tough-paths-to-nba-finals/ http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2016/04/22/cavaliers-warriors-with-tough-paths-to-nba-finals/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:04:01 +0000 http://www.sheridanhoops.com/?p=103531

2013-NBA-Finals-LogoBy examining the current playoff picture, we determined the chances of seeing a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and Warriors.

These two teams are on track to win their first round series (the Warriors lead their series with the Rockets 2-1 while the Cavs have a 2-0 lead against the Pistons), but their road to the NBA Finals to set up a rematch from last year is long and hard. Who are the potential opponents for these teams, can any of them upset the NBA odds and spoil a Cavaliers vs. Warriors rematch in the NBA Finals?

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The Cavaliers are -3700 favorites on the NBA odds board at Pinnacle to win their first round series against the Pistons (+1700). Detroit improved from 32 victories last year to 44 this season and they’re one of just five teams with wins over Cleveland and Golden State in the regular season, but their effort on the defensive end of the floor has to improve, which is why we don’t see the Cavaliers losing more than two games in this series. The Pistons played extremely well in Game 1 and almost won, but Game 2 proved that LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are on fire, and that when J.R. Smith is shooting the lights out they’re unbeatable.

Second Round

The Cavs will probably battle the Hawks in the second round, which would be an intriguing matchup since it’s a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals (Cleveland swept Atlanta 4-0). Both teams are peaking, but the Cavaliers won the season series 3-0, giving them a 7-0 record in their last seven games against the Hawks. This year Atlanta won’t get swept by Cleveland, they will be a tough out and take two or three games from them, but that’s it, the Cavaliers will reach the Conference Finals.

Eastern Conference Finals

dwanye-wade-lebron-james-nba-free-agencyThe Heat can get to the Conference Finals and make noise against the Cavaliers. Miami leads their first round series with Charlotte 2-0 and then they will play Toronto or Indiana in the second round. The Raptors and Pacers have talented rosters but they’re beatable opponents for the Heat.

Miami’s explosive offense can take care of business in a potential seven-game series with former teammate LeBron James and the Cavaliers. The Heat won the season series 2-1, dominating the Cavs in the two games at American Airlines Arena. The starting five of Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Joe Johnson, Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside and a deep bench makes Miami the ideal candidate to neutralize the Cavs’ main weapons and find a way keep up with them on offense. Don’t forget that Chris Bosh could return… If Bosh is available for a series against Cleveland, many would say look for Miami to advance in seven games.

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The Warriors have looked fairly dominant in their first round series against the Rockets despite not having Stephen Curry in Game 2 due to an ankle sprain he suffered in Game 1. Curry’s MRI on his ankle on Tuesday didn’t reveal anything unusual, but he won’t rush back. He missed Game 3, and the Rockets lost on a late jumper by James Harden. With or without Curry the Rockets don’t have a chance. The talent is there but Houston hasn’t shown the drive to compete with Golden State. On paper, their team is stacked, but the Rockets can’t keep up with a Warriors team that is well-coached, with everyone understanding their role and playing it to perfection.

Second Round

ChrisPaulGolden State could face the Clippers in the second round and renew their exciting rivalry. The Warriors dominated them this season, winning all four meetings, but this Los Angeles team is healthy and the return of Blake Griffin gives them a fighting chance. These two teams have deep benches, experienced head coaches and the Stephen Curry vs. Chris Paul matchup is always fun to watch. The question is, will Curry be 100 percent healthy? Curry’s status can change the outcome of this series, but even if he plays, the Clippers will not go down without a fight. The Warriors will advance if Curry is at the top of his game but the series will be a lot closer than expected.

Western Conference Finals

The San Antonio Spurs going up against the Golden State Warriors would have been the perfect NBA Finals matchup. Sadly, only one of them can represent the Western Conference but both deserve to play at such a stage. At least we will probably see them play each other in what promises to be an epic series that could go to seven games. Golden State won the season series 3-1 but the Spurs are built to win in the playoffs, they know what it takes to thrive at this stage. That being said, unless Curry or Thompson miss this series, the Warriors will reach the NBA Finals again and the Miami Heat will be their opponents this time around.

 

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