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Top Tips for Betting the Grand National

Posted by joemak | Friday, March 22, 2013 | 0 comments »

The Grand National proves a busy time of year and being an event that happens only once a year means bookmakers are fighting for you to place bets with them. Take advantage of the offers that are out there, shop around a little to get the best with your money. A lot of sites offer free bets or an extra £20 or so when you register and make a deposit with them. Also, look around for a ‘best odds guarantee’ because this can get you the most out of your money if you win. Grand-national.co.uk always advertises the best betting offers for the event, so be sure to have a look on there.

Once you have discovered whom you want to do your betting with, it is then time to choose your horse. This is the tricky part; there are a lot of factors to consider, but it is perhaps best to filter out the most likely losers first. When a race is coming up there are always clear favourites to win the race, have a look to see which these are and shortlist them. To see which horses are competing, grand-national.co.uk lists the runners for the competition, along with a few stats so it’s easy to get a clear look at who to go for.

 Things to take into consideration when picking your horse are things like weight (which can be important), age, stamina and the history of the horse. Has the horse won any previous races? Chances are that if they have, it may not happen again. Red Rum is the only horse to have won the grand national more than once.

It can sometimes be important to look at factors such as the jockey and its trainer. What are his/her skills and experience? But ultimately, this is all represented in the horses past performances, so look at how the horse has performed in the past. Do the jockey and rider seem to perform well together? Does it have a particularly good trainer with plenty of experience?

Following these tips should increase your chances and win that all-important race, but the more you know, the better your chances!

Breaking Back

Posted by chazgarcia | Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 0 comments »

Breaking Back

 

     The Nuggets won 9-straight games.  Then they started their All-Star break early.  Denver is currently on a 3-game skid as they start the second part of the season Tuesday night against the Boston Celtics.
Andre Iguodala was out the last two games with a neck strain as was Danilo Gallinari due to illness.  The Nuggets are definitely a different team without these two guys so the last couple losses aren't completely a bad sign.
Denver gets to start off the second part of the season against the team that ended their win-streak in 3 overtimes, the Boston Celtics, at the Pepsi Center.
The Nuggets are 33-21 on the year so far which is currently good enough for 5th in Western Conference standings.  Denver is ranked 3rd in points per game, 2nd in rebounds per game, and 3rd in assists per game which is very good.  There are two bad stats that could end up hurting Denver down the stretch.  They are 26th in points allowed and last in the league in free throw percentage. 
The trade deadline is only a few days away and many people are speculating that Denver will make a move.  The Nuggets have some pieces, but is it the right time to make a move while in the middle of the playoff race?  Does a team really need that superstar player to win a championship?  Or can a group of team players work together to win a title. 
The second half of the season is going to be a wild ride.

Golden Nugget Award

 

     Kenneth Faried gets the award for his monster performance during the Rising Stars game during All-Star weekend in Houston.  Faried had 40 points!  Also, even though he didn't win the contest, Faried had an amazing dunk in which he threw it off the glass, went between the legs in mid-air, and flushed it with authority!

Looking Ahead

 

     Denver takes on Boston on Tuesday, then finishes off their Eastern Conference road swing with back to back games at the Wizards and Bobcats. 

Final Word

 

     Write this down.  The Nuggets will have at least 52 wins by the end of the season.
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Bringing the Thunder

Posted by chazgarcia | Sunday, January 27, 2013 | 0 comments »

Bringing the Thunder

 

     Boy, it's always a great feeling to beat teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Nuggets did just that last Sunday night, escaping with a 121-118 overtime victory at the Pepsi Center.  Denver somehow survived a 37-point performance by Kevin Durant and 36 points from Russell Westbrook!  The Thunder also made 40 free throws!  Unbelievable.  The only way that the Nuggets could have won that game is if they had everyone contributing.  How about 7 Nuggets in double figures?  Yes, that's what Denver ended the game with, including 26 points from Corey Brewer off the bench!  Listen to what I'm about to tell you.  The Nuggets are UNBEATABLE if they play the way they did against the Thunder.  The win was very important for Denver as they suffered a tough loss to the Wizards 2 nights before.  The Thunder game was a good win, and so was the win against the Houston Rockets last Wednesday night.  The Nuggets extended their winning streak to 3 games after blowing the Sacremento Kings out of the arena on Saturday in Denver.  The Nuggets seemed to get their first rest of the season before the All-Star break as they only had 3 games in 7 days!  The Nuggets will take their 3-game winning streak into a game against the Indiana Pacers which is the first of 5 straight at home.  Don't look now, but Denver sits only 7.5 games back from first in the division which seems a lot closer than it did a month ago.  Even if the divison title is out of the question, a 4 or 5 seed in the Western Conference is within sight.  A long season is still ahead, but the Nuggets finally seem to be  coming together.
 
 
 

Golden Nugget Award

 

     It is getting more difficult every time for me to choose a winner of this fake award.  A different guy seems to step up for Denver in every win.  That being said, I will give the award to Ty Lawson this time:  9 big assists against the Thunder, 21 points against the Rockets, and 26 points against the Kings.  Lawson opens up the floor with his insane speed and allows other guys like Gallinari and Igoudala to get open looks.  Lawson needs to continue to force his will on the offensive end and up the tempo.
 
 
 

Looking Ahead

 
     Even though the next 5 games are going to be at home, it definitely will not be easy for the Nuggets coming up.  Indiana, Houston, and New Orleans are coming to the Pepsi Center this week.  Indiana has an amazing defense and is sitting pretty in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.  Houston has talent in its backcourt with James Harden and Jeremy Lin and are currently in 8th place in the Western Conference. New Orleans is a young, talented team led by the athletic rookie Anthony Davis from Kentucky.
 
 
 

Final Word

 

     The Nuggets have beaten the Kings 7 straight times and are 14-3 at home against Sacremento dating back to the 2003-2004 season.  Let's hope the Nuggets' winning ways against this franchise continues when the Kings move to Seattle.

 


 
 


Future All-Star

Posted by chazgarcia | Thursday, January 17, 2013 | 0 comments »

Future All-Star

 

     After soaring their way to a season-high 6-straight wins, the Denver Nuggets took a big loss last night in Oklahoma City.  The Nuggets seemed to be sleep-walking and, to be honest, that game was over by the end of the first quarter.  Granted, Denver was coming off a tough overtime win over Portland at home the night before, and in a way it wasn't really fair to play the best team in the NBA the next night.  But such is the NBA schedule.  I am encouraged how Denver is playing, however.  It was nice to see Wilson Chandler back from his hip injury that has sidelined him for most of the season.  He looked a little rusty at times but hit a clutch trey near the end of overtime to help lift his team to a win.  Chandler rested last night against the Thunder as he watched his team fall at the hands of Russell Westbrook's 32 points (16 came in the first quarter).  Although it was a bad loss, there is no reason to really worry.  Danilo Gallinari is heating up lately as he has scored more than 20 points in 5 of the last 7 games.  Ty Lawson seems to be playing more inspired and was a big reason for the Nuggets win against Portland, dropping 24 points and dishing out 12 assists!  He also put up 20 points against Golden State in a win.  It gets me every game with Lawson.  Does he not know that maybe 1 or 2 guys in the league can even guard him?  He should be able to drive at will!  Kosta Koufos had a solid game against Cleveland, scoring 21 points to go along with 6 boards.  I'd like to see more consistency from George Karl's rotation of his big men.  Sometimes it seems that I'm watching a game and all of a sudden I realize that Kenneth Faried is playing center!  Now, I understand the concept of small-ball, but come on--a 6' 8" center?  Speaking of Faried, it does not bode well with the Nuggets when Faried has more personal fouls than rebounds.  He had only 5 points to go with a measly 2 boards last night in the 20-point loss.  Other than last night's loss, I am fairly pleased with the Nuggets' position currently.  I was not happy with Denver's 20-point whoopin', but hey, look on the bright side, I will never wear that Carmelo Anthony shirt again!
 
 
 
 

Golden Nugget Award

 

     The award has to go to Danilo Gallinari.  I legitimately think that Gallinari has the potential to be an all-star.  He just has not proven it yet.  Let's hope he starts playing like an all-star so we Nuggets fans can pretend we had a representative in Houston at all-star weekend.
 
 
 
 

Looking Ahead

 

     Don't look now!  OKC is coming to town! Can Denver redeem themselves?  Oh wait!  I might have overlooked something. . . . Oh ya, the Wizards come to the Pepsi Center tomorrow.  That's right. It's the return of the one, the only, NENE!  It will be interesting to see JaVale McGee posting up with the Nuggets' former center in Nene's first game back to Denver since a trade that sent him to Washington for McGee.  The Nuggets absolutely can not overlook a team like the Wizards.  John Wall is back from injury, and the Wizards obviously have inside presence.  Get the job done, hold Nene in check, and come out with a win.  After OKC on Sunday, the Nuggets will get a couple days off before they head to Houston to take on Jeremy Lin, James Harden and the Rockets. 
 
 
 
 

Final Word

 

     Does anyone else scream out "Uh oh!" every time JaVale McGee gets the ball in the post?  Don't shoot! Just throw it down, young man!

Home Sweet Home

Posted by chazgarcia | Friday, January 11, 2013 | 0 comments »

Home Sweet Home

     After it seemed like it would never end, the rough part of the schedule is over and the Nuggets are charging ahead and ready to ride the ship back home to the Pepsi Center.  And home they will be as 11 of the next 13 games are in Denver.  Does home court even matter that much?  I'll give you two numbers: 12 and 2.  That is the Nuggets' home record so far this year.  How about their road record?  Denver is a mediocre 9-14 away from home.  Home court has been the key in keeping the Nuggets from falling to the bottom of the Western Conference early in the season.  Denver currently sits in the 7th seed in the West.  I believe Denver could possibly move up a spot in the seeding (or even two spots) after this long home stretch!  But who wants to worry about playoff seeding at this point in the season?  Denver needs to worry about one game at a time and find a way to string some wins together consistently.  Inconsistency is what I think has been the problem with the Nuggets so far this season.  The month of November was frustrating as a 4-game winning streak seemed to be followed by a 3-game losing streak.  Last month was equally as frustrating since the wins and losses seemed to follow one after another.  The Nuggets hope that January is the month in which a winning streak may not come to an end with consecutive losses.  So far so good as the Nuggets have won 4 of 5 in the month and are taking a 3-game win streak into Friday night's game against Cleveland.  Consistency is the key.  Let's hope they find it at home.


 

Golden Nugget Award


     I'm giving the award to Andre Miller this time around!  I really enjoy the way Andre plays most of the time; and when Ty Lawson was out, Miller really stepped up and put in many quality minutes in a win to the Clippers and a tough loss to Minnesota.  Miller had a double-double in both those games and I believe he is capable of putting out those kind of numbers every night when he is given the minutes.  I would like to see Coach Karl give Andre 5 to 10 more minutes off the bench every night that he doesn't start.



Looking Ahead


     The Nuggets are playing a struggling Cleveland Cavaliers team Friday night in a game they should win to extend their winning streak to 4.  Then on Sunday the Nuggets take on a tough, talented Golden State squad which should be a fun game.  The Nuggets have already played the Warriors 3 times this season, winning two of them in close games and losing the third by 1!  Denver finishes off the home stand against Portland before heading to OKC to face the Thunder for the first time this season in the second of a back to back.


Final Word


     If the Nuggets win their next 4 games, I will pull my old Denver Nuggets Carmelo Anthony shirt out of the garbage and wear it for a whole day!  I'm not kidding.  That would definitely be bitter-sweet.

New Year Relief

Posted by chazgarcia | Wednesday, January 02, 2013 | 0 comments »

New Year Relief

 

     The Denver Nuggets ended 2012 with wins against the Lakers and Mavericks and losses to Memphis and to the Clippers on Christmas night.  Denver opened up 2013 with a big win over the L.A. Clippers which ended their 17-game winning streak.  Denver is happy the new year is upon us as they will play 11 of their next 15 games in January at home!  With the win against the Clippers, Denver improved to 18-15 on the season and should benefit from all the home games since they have  lost only one game at the Pepsi Center all year!  Denver's shooting from beyond the arc was great against the Lakers and Mavericks as they were 24-50 combined in those games.  I am a big believer that you live or die by the 3-pointer in today's NBA.  In bad losses to the Clippers and Grizzlies, the Nuggets shot only a combined 6-29 from deep.  While the Nuggets didn't shoot particularly well against the Clippers last night, L.A. was only 5-29 and only scored 78 points in the whole game while they average 101.6 points per game on the season.  Corey Brewer was 6-7 from three against the Lakers and Gallinari was 7-11 against Dallas while going on to score a career-high 39 points!  Kenneth Faried continues to be a rebound machine with 18 boards in Dallas and 15 against the Lakers.  When Brewer and Gallinari are hitting threes, and Faried puts up a double-double like he has in 7 of the last 10 games, the Nuggets are tough to beat. 
 
 
 

Golden Nugget Award

 

     The first Golden Nugget Award of the year goes to Danilo Gallinari!  Why is it that every time he makes a great move or shot I want to scream out "Mama mia!"?  He appears to be getting his stroke back and Denver will need his shooting to be consistent this season.
 
 
 
 

Looking Ahead

 

     Lots. Of. Home games.  That's what's on the horizon for the Nuggets.  If you saw my Christmas predictions, you will know those did not go as planned because I went 2-3.  I am not afraid to make another prediction since I think the Nuggets can win at least 9 of their next 14 games.  In the next week Denver will take on Minnesota at home, Utah at home, at L.A. to play the Lakers, and then come home to face the Magic.  Andre Miller will continue to start at point guard while Ty Lawson is out with an Achilles injury.  Miller put up 12 points and 12 assists last night in 41 minutes!
 
 
 
 
 

Final Word

 

     Don't get used to JaVale McGee hitting 3-pointers, but as for his Betty Crocker impersonation after his buzzer-beater, that was "finger-lickin" good!
 
 
 
 
 
 

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