Phoenix Suns at San Antonio Spurs Game 2 Pick and Preview

NBA Playoff Betting Preview
Phoenix Suns at San Antonio Spurs (Spurs lead 1-0)
Tuesday, 9:35 pm Eastern – TNT

SBG Global Opening Line: Spurs  – 3.5 , Total 192

The Phoenix Suns will try and bounce back from a heart-breaking loss in game one to the San Antonio Spurs as the teams meet for game two on Tuesday night.  The Suns had the Spurs on the ropes a few times in game number one but couldn’t put them away and ended up losing in double overtime. “We didn’t catch a bullet,” Phoenix head coach Mike D’Antoni said. “They dodged a bullet.”  SBG Global reports that early NBA betting has the public taking Spurs at Home.

The Suns will need better play out of Shaquille O’Neal and a more consistent game out of Steve Nash if they want to win on Tuesday.  O’Neal was not happy with the refereeing in game one.  “I’ll never change, because of inconsistency in the way the game is called,” O’Neal said. “I always get in trouble when I worry about how the refs call a game. I got four (championships) doing it my way. It’s the playoffs, let’s play it off. I play like a man all the time, not acting like I just got shot. If they want to flop, I’ll give them something to flop about.” Phoenix knows that it is a long series but game two is important for the Suns.  “We’ve got seven games. We’ll be fine,” D’Antoni said. “If we’re the best team, we’ll win it.”  The Suns were not able to stop Tim Duncan at all and Manu Ginobili cut through them like a knife through butter for most of the first game. The Spurs scored 72 of their 117 points in the paint. “I think staying out of foul trouble would help,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll tweak it a little, too. Having said that, that’s why they’ve won four championships, because nobody has figured out a way to stop them.”

SBG Global Current Line: Spurs  – 2 , Total 192

Suns forward Grant Hill re-injured his groin while taking a charge from Michael Finley early in game one and didn’t do much afterwards. “It was bothering me yesterday (Saturday),” Hill said. “I felt pretty good to start the game but as we went along, it started to wear on me.”  Steve Nash was battling the flu and was very weak in game one.  He did come on late though as he had 20 points from the fourth quarter on.

The winner of game one in an NBA playoff series wins 78.5 percent of the time and if that game is at home, the percentage jumps to 86.2 percent.  Phoenix head coach D’Antoni doesn’t want to hear any of it though. “Most first-round series are mismatches. (A No.1 seed) against (No. 8), that’s almost 99.9 percent.” he said, “Two against a seven? That’s about 90 (percent). “Now go to the NBA Finals and see what the stats are. That’s when you have two evenly matched teams. That’s what you have here. So you can take that stat and forget it. They might win, but it won’t be because they won the first game.”

Here are the NBA betting stats for Tuesday’s game.  The Suns are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days of rest. The Suns are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games. The Suns are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. the Southwest. The Suns are 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 vs. the Western Conference. The Suns are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Suns are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog. The Suns are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in San Antonio. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between the two teams and the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Spurs are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. The Spurs are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 playoff games as a favorite. The Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Spurs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a home favorite. The Spurs are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Spurs are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. the Western Conference.
The Spurs are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days of rest. The Spurs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. the Pacific.

The Over is 7-1 in the Suns last 8 games as a road underdog. The Over is 4-1 in the Suns last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Over is 6-2 in the Suns last 8 Tuesday games.

The Over is 4-0 in the Spurs last 4 overall. The Over is 4-0 in the Spurs last 4 vs. the Western Conference. The Under is 6-1 in the Spurs last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Over is 5-1 in the Spurs last 6 vs. the Pacific. The Over is 5-1 in the Spurs last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Under is 5-2 in the Spurs last 7 games playing on 2 days of rest. The Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.


States News Service August 22, 2011 WASHINGTON — The following information was released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:

In an effort to reduce maternal mortality due to blood clots–a leading cause of maternal death in the US–The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) now recommends that all women having a cesarean delivery receive preventive intervention at the time of delivery. The new recommendation was released today along with updated guidance for the prevention, management, and treatment of blood clots during pregnancy.

Thromboembolism–blood clots which can potentially block blood flow and damage the organs–is a leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality in the US. The majority of blood clots in pregnant women are venous thromboembolism (VTE), usually occurring within the deep veins of the left leg. “Cesarean delivery is an independent risk factor for thromboembolic events–it nearly doubles a woman’s risk,” said Andra H. James, MD, who helped develop the guidelines. Most women who develop clots in the lower extremities will have pain or swelling in the leg. Sometimes, clots travel to the lungs causing a life-threatening condition known as pulmonary embolism. Symptoms include sudden shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing. go to site pulmonary embolism symptoms

“Fitting inflatable compression devices on a woman’s legs before cesarean delivery is a safe, potentially cost-effective preventive intervention,” said Dr. James. “Inflatable compression sleeves should be left in place until a woman is able to walk after delivery or–in women who had been on blood thinners during pregnancy–until anticoagulation medication is resumed.” The College notes, however, that an emergency cesarean delivery should not be delayed for the placement of compression devices.

Pregnancy is associated with a four-fold increase in the risk of thromboembolism. Clotting problems are more common among pregnant women because of the physiological changes that accompany pregnancy, such as blood that clots more easily, slower blood flow, compression of pelvic and other veins, and decreased mobility. Other risk factors include a personal history of VTE, an increased tendency for excessive clotting (thrombophilia), and medical factors such as obesity, hypertension, and smoking. go to website pulmonary embolism symptoms

“VTE is a major contributor to maternal mortality in this country. The risk of VTE is increased during pregnancy and the consequences can be severe,” said Dr. James. The recommendations explain how to monitor women for these events, address certain risk factors, and treat suspected or acute cases of VTE. “It’s important for ob-gyns to adopt these recommendations to help reduce maternal deaths.” The College recommends preventive treatment with anticoagulant medication for women who have had an acute VTE during pregnancy, a history of thrombosis, or those at significant risk for VTE during pregnancy and postpartum, such as women with high-risk acquired or inherited thrombophilias. Women with a history of thrombosis should be evaluated for underlying causes to determine whether anticoagulation medication is appropriate during pregnancy. Most women who take anticoagulation medications before pregnancy will need to continue during pregnancy and postpartum.

“Because half of VTE-related maternal deaths occur during pregnancy and the rest during the postpartum period, ongoing patient assessment is imperative,” Dr. James noted. “While warning signs in some women may be evident early in pregnancy, others will develop symptoms that manifest later in pregnancy or after the baby is born.” Practice Bulletin #123 “Thromboembolism in Pregnancy” is published in the September 2011 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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