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Early Round 2 Playoff Magic
by Tom Stryker - 05/02/2008
At press time, the LA Lakers, New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs and Orlando Magic are hard at work preparing for Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs.
This stage of the post-season can be a little tricky. The First Round tends to be somewhat predictable with a couple of the leagueâ€™s bottom-feeders on the court. Thatâ€™s not the case in the Conference Semi-Finals. The cream-of-the-crop usually emerges and games tend to be much more competitive.
If you can get on track early in the second stanza, thereâ€™s a pretty good chance youâ€™ll be successful in this round of the NBA Playoffs. Listed below are eight situations that Iâ€™ve been tracking since 1990 that have provided me with a bundle of pointspread winners. Take a look at these money-making situations.
Round 2 Game 1 â€“ Home team is 54-14 SU and 38-27-3 ATS
Play ON â€“ Host vs an opponent that enters off a straight up underdog win â€“ 16-6-2 ATS
Play ON â€“ Host vs a foe that owns a won/loss percentage less than .645 â€“ 27-12-3 ATS
Round 2 Game 2 â€“ Home team is 50-18 SU and 27-38-3 ATS
Play AGAINST â€“ Host coming off a blowout win of 12 points or more â€“ 17-8 ATS
Play OVER â€“ Host coming off a straight up win in game one â€“ 35-17-1 ATS
Round 2 Game 3 â€“ Home team is 38-30 SU and 32-36 ATS
Play AGAINST â€“ Host enters off a straight up win â€“ 14-4 ATS
Play ON â€“ Host arrives off back-to-back straight up losses â€“ 23-15 ATS
Round 2 Game 4 â€“ Home team is 35-33 SU and 35-33 ATS
Play AGAINST â€“ Host owns a won/loss percentage less than or equal to .567 â€“ 13-2 ATS
Play ON â€“ Home dogs priced at +4 o more â€“ 8-3 ATS
Amazingly, there is one situation that I discovered that pops in the first four games of the second round that carries a mind-boggling 19-1 ATS record and has won 19 consecutive times! Itâ€™s not listed above but you can find it on the Team Stryker website on a pay after you win basis when it pops! So be sure to check back daily when the second round tips off!
Iâ€™ll be back later in Round 2 to take a look at games five, six and seven if necessary.