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Written by Jamie D. Gilkey | 24 January 2012

With two wins against Top 20 teams under their collective belts the Tennessee Volunteers are going into tonight's hardwood showdown against the Vanderbilt Commodores with national commentators offering glowing reviews of a Big Orange team on the move. So the question is whether the rapidly improving Tennessee Volunteers can pull off another upset on cross state rival Vandy's home court?? Ever the optimists we see real possibilities but with just 15 minutes to go before tip-off there's no time to outline the reasons why.   

Suffice it to say we are recommending that you - dear readers - exploit the Vols status as 9-point underdogs and put a few pennies down on Big Orange to win.

Make it a bite sized bet - don't use the mortgage money on what is sure to be an emotional 40 minutes of hard b-ball action. Money mouth

See ya'

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Written by Jamie D. Gilkey | 23 January 2012

Coming into Dallas with two straight East Coast wins under their belts, the Phoenix Suns are taking on a Dallas Mavericks team that is missing their top player - Dirk Nowitzki. Last season Dallas struggled through the loss of his pivotal presence and only won two out of nine games played during his absence. So Suns fandom is sure to be licking its collective chops in hope of grabbing a Western Conference win and keeping our 2-game streak alive.  

Like made in the shade - right?Cool

Well the Vegas/Reno oddsmakers are hoping to exploit that enthusiasm by offering a line that touts the Suns as 5-point underdogs - quite spectacular considering that the Suns have a history of going up in flames against the Mavs. But let's put it on the table - we're interested in taking the points because - along with the hobbled Nowitzki sitting on the bench - Dallas will also be missing their Number 2 scorer (Vince Carter) from the roster as well. 

Without either of those two shot makers running the floor, the Mavs will be more dependent than ever on Lamar Odom to dominate their offense and generate points that have been very hard to come by since he left the LA Lakers and joined Dallas this season. Since opening day Odom has averaged just 7.1 points per game while playing 20.6 minutes per contest and there is a real question about whether he can be effective as a starter tonight. 

In addition to those Dallas woes - there should be no doubt that Phoenix amazed even ardent fans with their back-to-back victories against the Knicks and Celtics. The combination of Steve Nash and Marcin Gortat have shown no mercy on opponents and put on eye popping performances. Grant Hill has remained a solid and steady contributor while former Laker Shannon Brown has shown himself to be an unexpected offensive weapon. 

As a unit - the Suns are starting to jell and a low scoring Mavs squad may be ripe for the picking tonight.Money mouth

While this is not a bet that we bleieve is a "lock" - we do have confidence in Phoenix plus the points. That's particularly true now that the opening line of Suns +4 has become a more favorable Suns +5.  
  
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Written by Jamie D. Gilkey | 22 January 2012

It was just a few short days ago that those of us here at www.sunsstufft.com walked away from our team, wished them well and suggested that the Phoenix Suns would burn in the  - to put it politely - "Fires of Hell" as they went down to defeat at the hands of the New York Knicks.
Well apparently the Suns aren't as bad as we thought. Surprised

Yes that's a surpirsed look indicating that we were 'Shocked" at how well the aging Suns performed against the disorganized and disoncerted squad from Phoenix as they lost to the Suns by a score of 91 - 88 on their home court - the legendary Madison Square Garden.

The defeat was all the more notable as Knicks fans chanted their support for Steve Nash as he evaded New York's defense and hit for 26 points while shoveling 11 assists to his teammates. Nash's efforts were supported by Grant Hill and Shannon Brown who hit for 14 points apiece and Marcin Gortat's dominance of the defensive boards - he hauled in 12 rebounds - all on the defensive end of the court. 

Then Phoenix wandered into Boston Garden Friday and pulled off a second win against big name Eastern Confernce competition as they stymied the Celtics scoring drives and held them to just 71 points in a 79-71 Suns victory. In this contest Gortat dominated both ends of the court scoring 24 points and pulling down a dozen boards with 10 of those rebounds coming on the defensive end of the floor. 

This mid-season jelling of the Suns - in which veteran players take on their respective roles on both ends of the court - was what Suns fandom had hoped for since this short season began on Christmas Day. 

May the blesings of this successful East Coast swing continue into Western Conference play.Money mouth 

See ya' 

   

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Written by Jamie D. Gilkey | 21 January 2012

With Tennessee having lost each of their last three games many of the Vols less dedicated fans may be expecting a blow-out loss when they tangle with the UCONN Huskies this afternoon at 4:00pm Eastern on the CBS network. But taking a step back and looking at each of these losses reveals that the Vols losses weren't true hardwood failures.

Instead - they were the result of inspiring performances by one of the SEC's most up and coming schools. And we're recommending that you go all in on the Vols plus 2.5 points at the nearest legal betting parlor in Vegas/ Reno.

More on this after the game.

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Written by Jamie D. Gilkey | 20 January 2012

It was just two evenings ago that the Phoenix Suns' second oldest player - Steve Nash - won over a skeptical Madison Square Garden crowd in New York by shredding the defense of the hometown Knicks as he knocked down 26 points and notched his belt for 11 assists in a tour de force performance.

Nash's dominance came while his aging legs spent an astounding 38 minutes on the court marshaling what has been an underperfoming Phoenix offense throughout this young season. And whether the Knicks gave him room to run - like in the first half - or played him close to the body - it just didn't seem to matter as acrobatic shots and impossible passes took their toll.

The age-defying Canadian was brilliant and that 91 - 88 Suns edge on the scoreboard at the buzzer sure looked nice for a change. Laughing 

You will remember this was a game we shied away from having been burned by the 5-game losing streak the Suns brought into New York. We even walked away from the 8-point spread that would have given Phoenix a boost going into this hardwood showdown. 

So much for taking a cautious position.Tongue out

After such a stellar showing by the Suns lead Hall-of-Famer in the making - what do we expect in tonight's game against the Boston Celtics?

Well - they will smother Nash with the kind of intense 'D' that Boston has been known for in recent years. That was something New York was incapable of doing and expect Nash's point production to dip as a struggling Boston team demonstrates why they have the 7th best points against defense in the NBA in 2011-12 outings.

But the Celtics will be hurt on both ends of the court by the absence of Rajon Rondo who is not expected to lace'em up and play tonight due to injury. Boston is also wrestling with Kevin Garnett's failure to produce his usually impressive stack of points as he has been stuck at just about 13ppg since the season began. 

So where does that leave us?

With a Suns team that will have to rely on:

*Shannon Brown to duplicate his 14-point offensive show against the Knicks

*Marcin Gortat pulling down a dozen rebounds and blocking 2 shots like he did in New York

*Grant Hill knocking down 14 of his own points as he did on the national stage in the hard fought win in the Big Apple. 

If each of those three players can keep it together and repeat their double digit exploits - the Celtics will have a hard time holding on for a win despite it being played on their homecourt. 

The Suns being 7-point underdogs only adds some spice to the game. So put a little change down on this one and hope that Phoenix can build a winning streak all their own.

See ya'       

  

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Written by Jamie D. Gilkey | 18 January 2012

Okay dear loyal readers - it is time to bundle up the babies, get in that SUV and drive like the Devil so you can get to the nearest (legal) betting joint and put a wad of cash down on the Tennessee Volunteers to beat the Georgia Bulldogs on their home court. Tip-off is at 8:00pm EST and you don't want to mis this one.

After a stunning near victory against the Kentucky Wildcats (Big Orange lost 65-62) - this Tennessee team must be taken seriously and Coach Cuonzo Martin's game preparation methods can't be ignored. While the Volunteers have an unimpressive looking 8-9 record their victory over Florida and near win over a Kentucky team that may be the best in the country show that these kids are ready to play. 

And - while tonight's game is being played on Georgia's floor - the Bulldogs have dropped three games in a row going into this contest. Sure they may want some get back - but Tennessee isn't the one. Adding to our enthusiasm - the boys in the Big Orange uniforms also have demonstrated an uncanny ability to beat the spread this season.  

Most betting parlors are showing this with Tennesse as a 2-point underdog. The friendly crowd at Circus Circus Reno - along with all other MGM properties - are touting it with the Vols as just 1.5-point underdogs. We want to extra half-point so even though we like our Reno pals - you should hunt for the benefit of the better spread if your putting any cash on this one. 

Please remember - yes we are enthusiastic about the opportunity to make a profit on this bet - but this is gambling and we won't replace any losses you may experience. If you don't have the stomach, the heart - or the finances  - please keep that mortgage money in your pocket.

'Cause we don't have any shacks you can use for a residence and it really is cold out there tonight. Sealed

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Written by Jamie D. Gilkey | 18 January 2012

Struggling with a 5-game losing streak that took them from .500 ball to what is becoming one of the worst early season records in the Western Conference, the Phoenix Suns are hitting the hardwood in Madison Square Garden this evening in a contest that the Vegas/Reno oddsmakers are touting as an uphill fight at best.

Phoenix is being widely touted as an 8-point underdog against the New York Knicks and - in our book - that overrates the Suns chances. Frown

Yep - dear readers - this is a game to stay away from. Keep those dollars at home and hope it isn't a total wipeout for the Suns. You see not only is this an away game - and Phoenix has been terrible on the road so far this season (1-5) - but the revamped Knicks have several powerful weapons that are almost sure to overwhelm the unsteady Phoenix defense. 

We're talking Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler here. Suffice it to say - that line-up will be knocking it down against a Suns team that is allowing 97.1 points per game. 

That's one of the problems with Phoenix owner Bob Sarver focusing so laser-like on cutting costs. Once you let someone like Amar'e Stoudemire leave the roster - you have to face him on the other side of the ball. And you can't pick-up a gem like Knicks center Tyson Chandler (10.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg this season) without shelling out the $13.1 million the Knicks put on the table to get him.

Remember - you have to pay to play. That's a big time rule in the NBA.Money mouth   

So sit back and enjoy the ride - hope for an upset - but don't get upset when the whistle sounds and the Suns have logged their 10th defeat of the 2011-12 season. 

See ya'  

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Written by Jamie D. Gilkey | 15 January 2012

In a story of Not Quite Good Vs. Much Worse the much mourned Phoenix Suns limp onto the court against the San Antonio Spurs at 6:oopm local time - that's 9:00pm EST those of you reading from the denizens of New York.

Neither team has been doing well in this early part of the NBA season and those few rays of hope and sunshine we had in our hearts for the Suns last week have since been drowned out by several games of missed opportunities and outright bad play. The resulting 4 - 7 Phoenix record is well below where we should have been with such a seasoned and veteran club. Sure - we may not have the best in the business on the NBA court - but they have played together well on occasion and should have run away with a home court victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers instead of being the victims of a 90 - 101 beat down. And if you need a quick flasback on the rest of the season - just look at another infamous Suns defeat - a 20-point loss to Philly back on Dec. 28th.

Those hard to swallow L's have led to the Suns losing some real credibility with the Vegas oddsmakers as the season has progressed and - while the Spurs have lost two of their last four games - including a defeat at the hands of the same Milwaukee Bucks team that the Suns beat recently - Phoenix is entering the game as an 8.5-point underdog.

That line has shifted in favor of San Antonio since betting opened but we're still not taking it. That's right... stay away from this one. Surprised 

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Written by Jamie D. Gilkey | 14 January 2012

Showing real improvement and an ability to beat the spread in even the biggest of games - the Tennessee Volunteers are taking on the Kentucky Wildcats at noon in a Saturday game that will grap a large national viewing audience on ESPN.

The Vols have already shown their stuff this week in a tight 62 - 58 away game loss against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Thursday night. While they won't have much rest (less than 48 hours) after they nearly succeeded in stinging the Top 20 Bulldogs - the Vols will have an enthusiastic hometown crowd. They will also bring a growing toughness and determination to the court as they start peaking just in time for a big move in SEC conference play.

The Vols are 10-point underdogs in this contest - a spread that shows Vegas and Reno oddsmakers giving grudging respect to Tennesse's .500 record (8 - 8). We're inveterate Tennessee fans - love that Big Orange squad - but staying competitive with John Calipari's Wildcats is a tall order for even the best in the NCAA. 

This is shaping up to be a defensive contest with an Over/ Under of 136.5 at Circus Circus Reno and all other MGM joints but with scoring potential of both Tennessee and Kentucky we're staying away from those numbers. 

But we are grabbing Big Orange plus 10 points with our friends in downtown Reno at Circus Circus and hoping for an earthshaking upset.Money mouth

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Written by Jamie D. Gilkey | 12 January 2012

With the Tennesse Volunteers getting ready to walk onto the Mississippi St. Bulldogs' homecourt at 9:00pm EST readers here at www.sunsstufft.com should settle in and watch the showdown on ESPN2. And the bettors in Vegas and Reno are already signaling that this hardwood battle could be a real thriller.

The spread started with the Bulldogs favored by 8 points - an interesting point spread that has since shifted toward Tennessee as the Vols have once again shown their muscle with bettors this season. The latest line shows the casinos carrying this game as 137 in the Over/ Under. Remember dear readers - that means bettors are looking for a total of 137 points being scored during the 40-minute contest and it is significantly lower than the 142 point Over/Under that was the opening line for the game. 

Just as the O/U has fallen by 5 points since betting began, Miss. St. has dropped to a 7-point fav.Money mouth

Both those trends indicate that the smart money is looking for a lower scoring and more competitive game. That would be great for the Vols because the Bulldogs have scored less than 60 points in just two games so far this season - and they lost both of them (Akron & Baylor). 

So - while we're staying away from the betting window on this one - those with a more gambling spirit should put a couple on the Vols.Surprised

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