April 1st 2014 - Posted at 5:00 PM Eastern Time
March had its ups and downs but ultimately proved to be yet another highly lucrative month bringing in 14 units of profit!
The first quarter of 2014 has come and gone and it's been a hugely successful period! As always those who were patient and disciplined were rewarded and enjoyed an unparalleled return on their investment via sports betting!
A new month and a new quarter starts today and SPS is confident of many more winners ahead.
Take the UNDER 209.5 Total in Brooklyn Nets vs. Houston Rockets risking 2%
These two teams have been surging towards the end of the season and are primed to make a run in this year's playoffs. The Houston Rockets are widely known as one of the more offensive minded teams in the league. Their style of play is meant to ignite and excite the crowd and people always expect highlights when Houston takes the court. The Rockets are an exciting team, there is no doubt about that but the average sports bettor seems to assume that they will have an offensive outburst in each and every game but that hasn't always been the case. The Rockets are nearly even at 36-34 in going Over/Under on the season.
The Nets have allowed just 92.3 points on 43.7% shooting during a stretch in which they've held opponents to under 100 points in 12 straight games!
They are one of the more under-rated defensive teams in the league and most recently held the high scoring Timberwolves to an impressive 7.8 points below their seasonal average after they had scored a franchise record 143 points in their previous victory! The Nets have shown their ability to contain offensive minded teams and just like they did against Minnesota, we expect them to be able to contain Houston tonight.
It's also worth mentioning that the Rockets currently own an impressive 14 game winning streak over the Nets. In the early part of the season, Brooklyn was regularly burnt by fast paced offense but this is a different Nets team. The way to beat the Rockets is by controlling the tempo of the game and playing solid defense. There are not many teams that will win a shootout with the Rockets and Brooklyn knows that. The way to challenge them is to play more half court basketball and make each possession count. The Nets will need to avoid turning the ball over and allowing the Rockets transition points. By controlling the tempo, they can effectively limit the number of possessions Houston gets. The pace of the game is extremely important and Jason Kidd knows that. The Nets lost by 19 out in Houston earlier this season but that was before they were a cohesive unit. They allowed the Rockets to score an uncharacteristic 66 points in the first half in that game! That can be attributed to early season adjustments but also taught them a great lesson and means they'll be defensively alert tonight.
Both of these teams have games on deck tomorrow and a pretty busy schedule over the next week. This isn't a game in which we expect to see them pushing the pace late in the fourth quarter and we wouldn't be surprised to see both coaches rest some starters down the stretch. This is an East vs West matchup and a win or loss has no huge bearing on the standings. While both teams would like to win, we don't feel that either will be overly aggressive with their star players and their minutes on the court. Houston has gone Over the total in 7 of their last 8 games while Brooklyn has seen the Over hit in 7 straight games and because of that we feel the line-makers have inflated this number on purpose by spotting each team a couple of extra points. Both teams committed lots of turn-overs in their last two games but Kevin McHale and Jason Kidd will demand better ball handling tonight and that should reduce the number of turnovers and fast-break points. If this game avoids overtime, we see this one ending up around 105-100 and going 'Under' the inflated total.
Other notable facts to consider:
- Houston games have gone 'Under' 12 straight times since Nov 2010 following a game in which less than 45% of their baskets were assisted!
- Dwight Howard is out and Terrence Jones is questionable for tonight's game.
- The Nets have held teams to under 100 points in 12 straight games at Barclays Center!
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