Don?t Tell an Injured Team They Have No Chance!

Handicapping Tips From Legendary High Roller TONY SALINAS!


If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times in these web articles. Don't tell a team that they don't have a chance to win. They'll do whatever it takes to prove you wrong.

  • The Portland Trailblazers kept hearing they had no chance against Phoenix. Brandon Roy would have to miss the series with a knee injury, and he was their best player. The team had already suffered big injuries earlier in the season, so they weren't even at full strength before the injury to Roy. With Phoenix ending the regular season on fire, Portland supposedly had NO CHANCE to beat the Suns.

GAME ONE FINAL SCORE: Portland 105, Phoenix 100

  • The Utah Jazz were as banged up as could be. Andrei Kirilenko wouldn't be able to return at any point for the Denver series. Carlos Boozer injured his rib cage late in the regular season and was playing through pain. In Game One, Mehmet Okur re-injured his Achilles tendon and would be out for the playoffs. Beating Denver in Denver is hard enough when you're healthy. The Nuggets have great shooters. And, altitude often wears down opponents. Utah was a banged up opponent lacking depth playing at altitude! The shorthanded Jazz had no chance to beat the Nuggets.

GAME TWO FINAL SCORE: Utah 114, Denver 111

  • The Boston Celtics would have to play Game Two without star big man Kevin Garnett. It wasn't an injury. But, a suspension is the same thing as an injury in terms of the effect it has on players in a one game situation.  They know they have to rise to the occasion just as everyone in the media is telling them they're in deep trouble. Miami ended the season playing much better ball than Boston. Miami had all the motivation in the world coming in off the Game One loss. The Celtics were going to have to try and win without KG in the middle.

GAME TWO FINAL SCORE: Boston 106, Miami 77

Portland, Utah, and Boston covered their Las Vegas spreads 13, 9, and 28 points in situations where they were supposed to be outmanned and outgunned. The injuries in Portland and Utah will likely take their toll eventually. Teams tend to respond best in that first game without a key player. Portland won the first game of the Phoenix series. Utah won the game after Okur was lost for the season. Inspired teams eventually wear down. Handicappers have to read the energy properly.

Boston gets Garnett back for the rest of the series, already enjoying a 2-0 lead. That's not insurmountable, but it's a good place to be.

It's early in the playoffs...and a lot of injury prone guys haven't been hurt yet. In a league where the referees allow nightly muggings! I wouldn't be surprised to see another suspension or two down the road either. Game Six and Game Seven intensity hasn't even arrived yet and we're already seeing a lot of physical play and flaring tempers.

Don't you ever forget this. If you tell a dozen basketball players, or a few dozen football players, that they have no chance to win, they'll do whatever they can to prove you wrong.

Betting on motivated teams with an "us against the world" mentality is a great way to GET THE BEST OF IT with your Las Vegas bets!

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Have your friends or family been telling YOU that you have no chance to be a successful bettor? Make sure you do everything it takes to prove them wrong!


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