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Former NBA player Ernie Vandeweghe dies at 86
The death was confirmed Sunday night by Kiki Vandeweghe, who said his father died of natural causes at his home in Newport Beach.
Vandeweghe averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 224 regular-season games for the Knicks from 1949-56. In college, he averaged 19.1 points in four seasons at Colgate.
"I am so lucky to have spent so many years with him learning and growing," granddaughter CoCo Vandeweghe, a pro tennis player ranked 40th in the world, said in a Facebook post Saturday. "He is now in a better place with his beloved wife. He will be missed dearly. Love you Pal."
Ernie Vandeweghe's wife, Colleen, died in 2010. She won the 1952 Miss America pageant.
Born in Montreal, Vandeweghe went to medical school while in the NBA and was a physician in the U.S. Air Force. He was chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and served on the Olympic Sports Commission. He also was the Lakers' team physician when the team moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis.
"He's never really gone because the lessons are still there," said Kiki Vandeweghe, who as a 5-year-old didn't understand why his physician father would often be gone on weekends.
"He used to take care of the athletes and their kids. I found out he never charged any of those people. When you can afford to give back, you do."
Kiki Vandeweghe played 13 seasons in the NBA and was a two-time All-Star who averaged 19.7 points for his career. Daughter Tauna won a U.S. swimming championship in the backstroke and competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Son Bruk was a beach volleyball player, and daughter Heather captained the U.S. women's polo team. Coco is Tauna's daughter.
Ernie Vandeweghe grew up on Long Island and played football, basketball and baseball at Oceanside High School.
NBA: Pistons introduce Bower as new GM
"I think the final decision thing gets overblown," Van Gundy said. "What we want is a collaborative process with a lot of hard-wor Apuestas Breeders Cup king, intelligent people, who are thinking, and then use the process to come to a decision."
Jeff Bower is now the teams general manager, after Van Gundy was hired as coach and team president last month. They both appeared at a news conference, then were available for more informal interviews afterward. Van Gundy was surrounded by reporters almost immediately, and its clear that hes still the face of the franchises next big effort to return to relevance.
But Bower brings plenty of experience at the NBA level to his new job. He was the coach at Marist College last season, but hes been a general manager and coach in the pros with New Orleans.
"Hes done almost everything at the NBA level," Van Gundy said. "Hes been an assistant coach, hes been a head coach, hes been a scout, hes been an assistant general manager, hes been a general manager, so hes got an experience that really allows him to know the NBA on every level of what goes on in terms of basketball operations."
Bower said his coaching experience helps shape the way he evaluates talent.
"Being able to see how players change and the impact that you can have on a players game always kind of kept that thought process in mind, that you can improve players, and that players can get better," Bower said.
Bower was the general manager of the Charlotte-New Orleans Hornets from 2001-03 and again from 2005-10. He also coached the team in 2009-10, going 34-39.
Bower has also been an assistant coach at Penn State and Marist. Van Gundy said their relationship dates to when Bower was an assistant at Marist and Van Gundy was an assistant at Fordham.
"Ive always had a tremendous respect for people who have really had to work their way up the ladder," Van Gundy said.
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Memphis Grizzlies vs. LA Lakers Betting Odds and Preview
The Grizzlies look for their third straight win as they head to Los Angeles to face the Lakers in the first of a four-game West Coast road trip. Memphis won by a point at Dallas on Friday and returned home to crush Minnesota by 20 on Saturday. Against the Pacific Division last year, the Grizzlies went 10-8 ATS.
Despite finishing fourth in the league with 103.2 points per game on the road in 2009-10, the Grizzlies allowed opponents to shoot 49.3% from the field and average 106.3 PPG. Memphis will need to shoot well from the floor Tuesday night as it is only averaging 10.7 offensive RPG and will likely be without forward Zach Randolph, who ranked second in the league with 11.7 RPG in 2009-10. Randolph has a bruised tailbone, which limits his jumping ability. He playing status will be determined in Tuesday’s shoot-around, but don’t expect him to play against the Lakers.
Meanwhile, the back-to-back NBA Champion Lakers are 3-0 to start the season and have the league’s second-best point differential (+11.3 PPG). L.A. crushed Golden State by 24 points on Sunday, 107-83, while out-rebounding the Warriors 67 to 48.
The Lakers recorded an impressive 45-8 home record in 2009-10, but the basketball betting crowd didn’t profit as they went 23-29-1 (44.2%) ATS. Los Angeles favored the Under last year against the Southwest Division going Under in 11 of 17 games (64.7%). The Lakers are shooting well from behind the arc this season (40.3%) and are averaging 111.0 PPG. L.A. will be difficult to defend with superstars Kobe Bryant scoring 24.0 PPG in just 32.7 MPG and Pau Gasol shooting 52.5% FG for 25.3 PPG, while grabbing over 10 boards per game.
In the last 26 series meetings in Los Angeles, the Lakers have won 21 straight up, but the Grizzlies are 14-11 ATS. Five of six games have gone under the total in the last three seasons.
This NBA betting trend indicates that the Grizzlies will cover the point spread
Play Against - Home favorites (LA LAKERS) - good 3PT shooting team (>=36.5%) against a poor 3PT defense (>=36.5%), average rebounding team (+/-3 reb/game) against a horrible rebounding team (<=-5.5 reb/game). (35-9 since 1996.) (79.5%, +25.1 units. Rating = 3*).
For those interested in betting on the Grizzlies vs. Lakers ‘total’, this betting trend indicates the ‘under’ is the way to go.
Play Under - Any team (MEMPHIS) - after a blowout win by 20 points or more against opponent after leading in their previous game by 15 or more points at the half.
(107-50 since 1996.) (68.2%, +52 units. Rating = 3*).
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NBA: Top NBA Weekend Power Trends 2/5-2/7
It’s Super Bowl weekend, but of course, football isn’t the only wagering option, the NBA & college hoops are in full swing with a busy slate of action on tap. In the NBA, it is the last full weekend before the all-star break, as next weekend will be dominated the festivities in Dallas. For now though, the next three days offer up 24 different games, highlighted by the biggest Saturday board we’ve seen this season. Read on for a look at some of the most compelling games upcoming, as well as the list of some of this weekend’s Top StatFox Betting Trends for you to consider.
Friday’s board features 10 games highlighted by two on ESPN. In the first one, the surging Chicago Bulls travel to Atlanta to take on the Hawks. The Bulls had won five straight games prior to a back-to-back this week with the Clippers and 76ers. Amazingly, their five game winning streak came on the road, all against winning teams, only for it to end with a pair of losses to teams with losing marks. Perhaps the challenge of the Hawks will get things turned around again, as Atlanta remains one of the league’s top teams at home, 20-5 SU & 17-8 ATS. In the nightcap, Kobe & the Lakers host Denver. Bryant comes off a game in which he scored just five points, bothered by a sore ankle and perhaps fatigued by a record setting week for both he & coach Phil Jackson, in which Bryant became the franchise’s all-time leading scorer and Jackson the Lakers leader in coaching wins. L.A. is just 12-17 ATS vs. Western Conference foes this season, while Denver is just 11-17 ATS. Elsewhere, Houston will visit Memphis in a battle of two teams tied at 26-22 for the 9th spot in the West playoff standings. In the East, Boston and Orlando will each be hosting games as double-digit favorites.
On Saturday, the association has 12 games scheduled including three pitting opponents who both played on Friday night. In these contests, Memphis visits Minnesota, Indiana travels to Milwaukee, and Houston plays host to Philadelphia. Of those matchups, Milwaukee and Philadelphia enjoy significant edges in their records when playing on zero days rest this season. That is something you’ll want to remember as you handicap Saturday’s games. Elsewhere, the red-hot Cavaliers, on a winning and spread-covering roll, play host to New York, hoping to extend a 10-game winning streak. The Heat continue a difficult stretch of games in Chicago and come in having taking four of the L5 head-to-head meetings from Dwyane Wade’s hometown team. Another team that is heating up of late is the Utah Jazz, and they will look to make it eight straight wins when they welcome Denver to Salt Lake. The Nuggets are on a 7-3 ATS run vs. Utah. Finally, the Blazers will look to make it six in a row, both SU & ATS, at home versus the Lakers.
On Super Bowl Sunday, there are just two games, both early, giving bettors plenty of time to get ready for the Indy-New Orleans showdown. In Toronto, the Raptors play their customary matinee when they host Sacramento. On paper, this figures to be a tough spot for the Kings, as they were just 3-21 SU on the road and 6-13 SU & ATS vs. the East headed into the weekend. Toronto has also proven tough in the home chalk role. In the other game, ABC brings an Orlando-Boston clash at 2:30 PM ET. Both teams have fallen well behind Cleveland with prolonged stretches of mediocre play and figure to be resigned to battling with Atlanta for the 2nd-4th spots in the East standings for the rest of the season. As of presstime, the three teams were separated by just a game-and-a-half.
Now, here’s our weekly look at the top StatFox Power Trends to consider in your NBA wagering over the next three days.
(803) DETROIT vs. (804) INDIANA
DETROIT is 6-20 ATS (-16 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons. The average score was DETROIT 91.9, OPPONENT 97.7 - (Rating = 2*)
(807) MILWAUKEE vs. (808) NEW YORK
MILWAUKEE is 16-4 ATS (+11.6 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game this season. The average score was MILWAUKEE 102.1, OPPONENT 96.5 - (Rating = 3*)
(811) HOUSTON vs. (812) MEMPHIS
MEMPHIS is 8-28 ATS (-22.8 Units) when playing against a marginal winning team (Win Pct. 51%-60%) over L3 seasons. The average score was MEMPHIS 97.2, OPPONENT 105.4 - (Rating = 3*)
(813) PHILADELPHIA vs. (814) NEW ORLEANS
NEW ORLEANS is 4-16 ATS (-13.6 Units) versus poor defensive teams - shooting pct defense of >=46% this season. The average score was NEW ORLEANS 102.3, OPPONENT 104.7 - (Rating = 3*)
(817) PHOENIX vs. (818) SACRAMENTO
PHOENIX is 20-5 ATS (+14.5 Units) vs. poor defensive teams - FG pct defense of >=46% in 2nd half of the L3 seasons. The average score was PHOENIX 122.3, OPPONENT 108.7 - (Rating = 2*)
(501) NEW ORLEANS vs. (502) CHARLOTTE
CHARLOTTE is 40-20 ATS (+18 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons. The average score was CHARLOTTE 98.1, OPPONENT 94.3 - (Rating = 2*)
(503) ATLANTA vs. (504) WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON is 5-19 ATS (-15.9 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons. The average score was WASHINGTON 87.5, OPPONENT 97.7 - (Rating = 2*)
(507) NEW YORK vs. (508) CLEVELAND
NEW YORK is 19-6 ATS (+12.4 Units) in road games vs. good offensive teams scoring 99+ PPG over the last 2 seasons. The average score was NEW YORK 107, OPPONENT 110.6 - (Rating = 2*)
(511) MEMPHIS vs. (512) MINNESOTA
MINNESOTA is 8-25 ATS (-19.5 Units) at home against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons. The average score was MINNESOTA 93.7, OPPONENT 104.8 - (Rating = 3*)
(801) SACRAMENTO vs. (802) TORONTO
SACRAMENTO is 15-34 ATS (-22.4 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons. The average score was SACRAMENTO 99.5, OPPONENT 109.2 - (Rating = 2*)
(801) SACRAMENTO vs. (802) TORONTO
TORONTO is 17-6 UNDER (+10.4 Units) versus terrible defensive teams - allowing 103+ PPG over the last 2 seasons. The average score was TORONTO 101.7, OPPONENT 102 - (Rating = 1*)
(803) ORLANDO vs. (804) BOSTON
Stan Van Gundy is 65-40 ATS (+21 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ PPG as the coach of ORLANDO. The average score was Van Gundy 103, OPPONENT 98.5 - (Rating = 2*)