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2013 NBA Betting: Weekend Preview For Saturday, February 2

Game 1: New Orleans Hornets @ Minnesota Timberwolves – Saturday, February 2

When immersed in the world of legal online sports betting, it’s always important to assess not just the talent on a roster, but the nature of a given matchup, and it’s clear that these two teams are headed in completely different directions to the extent that it’s hard to give the Timberwolves the benefit of the doubt… even though they’re still ahead of the Hornets in the Western Conference standings and are playing at home.

Minnesota has won just one of its last 10 ten games, while New Orleans has won six times in that same number of games. Injuries tell the tale here – Minnesota has been without Kevin Love during its freefall, while New Orleans has regained Eric Gordon, using the guard’s fresh legs to transform itself into a noticeably different team compared to its November and December incarnation. Minnesota’s situation is so dire that the T-Wolves lost to the Charlotte Bobcats over the past weekend. That’s a big reason to pick New Orleans on the road.

It’s also true that if you visit any premier betting outlet for information on this game, you’ll be reminded that New Orleans won at Memphis over the weekend, burnishing its credentials to the extent that a Minnesota win here would be seen as a huge surprise. Go with the Hornets.

My Pick: New Orleans

Game 2: Orlando Magic @ Milwaukee Bucks – Saturday, February 2

When the Magic and Bucks meet on Saturday, you’ll see two teams whose fortunes contrast to an extent which eclipses that of the Hornets and Timberwolves above. Orlando has still won only two games since Dec. 19, a remarkable run of futility, while Milwaukee is coming off a big win on Saturday against Golden State and is 7-3 in its last 10 outings. The Bucks are playing well and the Magic are awful at the moment. You don’t want to make this prediction any more complicated than it needs to be. Choose Milwaukee.

Read more on the latest sportsbook odds for NBA basketball in 2013.

My Pick: Milwaukee

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