Rip Hamilton and Derek Fisher Frustrate Bettors on Missed Opportunities

Myles ValentinContributor IApril 22, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 17:  Basketball player Derek Fisher of the L.A. Lakers arrives at the 5th Anniversary Dinner of the Cathy's Kids Foundation hosted by Lamar Odom at the Roosevelt Hotel on April 17, 2009 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Move over "Ray Allen Game Two three point jump-shot", the most exciting/frustrating plays in the NBA playoffs occurred  on Tuesday night. Well for bettors at least.

After being held under 20 points in each of the first three quarters, the Pistons gave an incredible effort in the fourth outscoring the Cavaliers 32-17.

In the final minute Lebron James provided Cleveland backers with some drama by missing two jump shots, that would have cushioned the 11.5 point spread.  With six seconds still left on the clock, Pistons guard Richard Hamilton had an opportunity to cover but missed an open three pointer in the corner.

Cavaliers won 94-82 covering the spread by half a point. With the actual game already loss, Pistons bettors questioned why Hamilton did not drive in for an open layup instead.

A far more frustrating event occurred in the closing seconds of the Los Angeles Lakers / Utah Jazz game. With the spread at 11 in favor of the Lakers and MVP chants ringing throughout the crowd, Kobe Bryant missed an important free throw after going 8-for-8 previously from the line.

Kobe hit the next freethrow but the Lakers were only up by 10. Instead of running out the clock, Jazz star Deron Williams missed a three pointer giving the Lakers a chance to cover.

Gasol grabbed the rebound, and seeming like the only Laker who cared about the spread, chucked the ball down-court to an open Derek Fisher.

Fisher did not take advantage of the open lane and instead ran out the clock giving the Lakers only a 119-109 victory. Jazz covered by one.

Lakers bettors took solace in the fact that Kobe cares as much about bettors as he does about the fans. Plus bettors have actually made money off of Kobe, while a ten dollar beer costs the same at the Staples Center for a fan, win or loss.

In other action Aaron Brooks hit two circus threes that helped the Houston Rockets cover the six point spread that was in favor of Portland. The Trail Blazers failed to cover for the second straight game only winning 107-103.

All NBA lines were sharp on Tuesday night with all games coming down to the final minute. In the eight opening round games the spread was covered by an average margin of 14.68 points.  Vegas has had a more accurate read in the second slate of games as the spread was covered by an average margin of four.

The author is a rookie degenerate gambler who wisely passed on all three NBA games on Tuesday and bet the Canucks at -135 instead. He hopes that telling the news from the gambler's perspective will persuade more fans to bet.

Because honestly the athletes don't care about you so you might as well try and make money off of them, especially in this economy.