NBA Playoffs Betting April 29th 2009: Hornets vs. Nuggets Odds and Picks

Touthouse HandicappersSenior Writer IApril 29, 2009

DENVER - APRIL 29:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets puts up a shot as Hilton Armstrong #12 of the New Orleans Hornets goes for the block in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 29, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Hornets 107-86. 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 Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

New Orleans Hornets vs. Denver Nuggets
Free Playoff Betting Pick: Denver Nuggets -10.5 (-110)
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The Hornets appear to be a squad dead in the water and ready for the offseason. New Orleans has been taken out to the woodshed in three of the four games played so far in this series.

Hornets G Chris Paul is their only chance to win tonight and possibly move on to round two. Paul has averaged 17.8 PPG which is five below his regular season average of 22.8 PPG. The Hornets are 1-3 ATS in the series and they weren't even close to covering the spreads in the three losses. New Orleans lost Games 1 and 2 in Denver by an average score of 111-88.

The Nuggets are in cake walk mode after another spanking of the Hornets in Game 4. The only setback Denver has suffered in this series was a narrow 95-93 loss in Game 3 at New Orleans.

Denver G Chauncey Billups has been the difference maker since joining the Nuggets in a blockbuster trade which involved Allen Iverson going to the Detroit Pistons. Billups has averaged 25 PPG, 6.5 APG, and 3.8 RPG in this series and has shown no signs of slowing down at the ripe age of 32.

There really aren't anymore stats or ATS figures needed to predict that the Nuggets are going to dominate this contest. People say 10.5-points are a lot to cover and they're right, but not tonight. Expect to see Mr. Big Shot take Denver into the second round in a rout of the hapless Hornets.


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