NBA Betting: New Orleans Hornets Vs. Denver Nuggets

Greg RiotAnalyst IApril 29, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 27:  Chauncey Billups #7 of the Denver Nuggets makes a shot over Rasual Butler #45 of the New Orleans Hornets in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at New Orleans Arena on April 27, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Nuggets defeated the Hornets 121-63.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

In perhaps one of the most frustrating sports betting displays by a team in the NBA playoffs, the New Orleans Hornets were defeated 121-63 in Game Four in their first round matchup against the Denver Nuggets. Talk about beating the NBA spreads!

Now, the uninspired Hornets will need to defy the NBA odds posted by the BetUS sportsbook and find a way to keep up with the relentless Nuggets scoring attack. The problem is, the embarrassing loss wasn't even a one time occurrence.

In the first game of the series, they were blown out by a score of 113-84 on the road, and then 108-93 immediately afterwards in the second game of the NBA betting series. Although they managed to save face in Game Three, it looks like the bitter end is near in Game Five for the lowly Hornets.

Let's take a look at the keys to the game from a sports betting perspective:

Tyson Chandler

Even though the Hornets paid the big bucks to bring Chandler over from Chicago, the imposing center has been nothing more than a pylon in the playoffs thus far.

Even though those betting online can place the blame on the entire Hornets squad for the deflating Game Four loss, much of the blame can be put on their post man for allowing that many easy baskets.

Chandler is posting just seven points-per-game in the playoffs, and if the Hornets want to get back into the series, they will rely on him to help out. In order to do that, New Orleans will need to simplify their game, and that means pounding the ball inside.

Chandler will need to find a way to the rim early and often, or else this series is over, as the NBA lines suggest.

Chauncey Billups

The wily point guard has been here and done this many times during his storied tenure with the Detroit Pistons, and he will need to keep his team focused in order to close out the series.

Basketball betting sharps and NBA odds are heavily in Denver's favor, however they are a young team who hasn't had to close in a high-pressure situation quite yet. Billups has been the team's most reliable scorer, and another 25-or-more point effort will go a long way to calming an obviously excited young squad in their big moment.

History has shown that he is more than capable of handling such a job, and the NBA lines agree.

The Pick: Denver