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Hornets vs Lakers Odds 2011 NBA Playoff Picks Game 2 - One wouldn’t think that backup point guard Steve Blake would be vital to the Los Angeles Lakers’ chances of beating the New Orleans Hornets in the Western Conference quarterfinals, but after seeing how badly Hornets point guard Chris Paul abused veteran Laker point guard Derek Fisher in Game 1’s New Orleans upset, Blake’s availability suddenly is important.
Blake sat out Game 1 as he recovered from chicken pox but he should play on Wednesday night NBA bets play – bet on the game at WagerWeb.com. He is no longer considered contagious and was cleared by a doctor on Monday morning before reporting to practice.
“[The Lakers] didn’t tell me I had to, but I wanted to be 100-percent sure,” said Blake, sporting a fresh white head band that covered up some of the fading pox marks that could be seen dotting his face, neck and arms. Looking at the NBA Playoffs Odds we see that the L.A. Lakers -11 favorites in game 2.
Because of the virus, Lakers officials had to make sure everyone was vaccinated and took immunity tests to make sure no one else caught the disease. The Lakers had initially thought Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum hadn’t had the disease, though Bryant and Artest later told reporters they’ve had vaccinations, and immunity tests revealed no one else was infected.
The 31-year-old Blake has yet to figure out how he contracted the illness. The 6-foot-3, 172-pound Blake, who averaged 4.0 points and 2.2 rebounds during the regular season, is expected to see some time guarding Paul, who torched the Lakers for 33 points and 14 assists on Sunday.
In Game 1, whether it was Paul (1.5 points per play) or others (1.43 ppp, primarily fueled by Jarrett Jack), the Lakers essentially surrendered twice as many points per pick and roll as they did in the regular season. Blake may not be a lockdown defender, but he’s among the better options the Lakers have for slowing an opposing lead guard. Without Blake, Phil Jackson wasn’t able to mix, match and experiment as much as he would have liked on the defensive end.
Still, don’t expect sweeping changes. As Bryant noted following Sunday’s loss, the Lakers never gave themselves a chance. “We didn’t do the coverages defensively that we were supposed to do. We just didn’t do them. I don’t know if we forgot about them, or if it was lack of effort to execute them, but we didn’t stick to our game plan.” NBA Playoffs Picks Bet on Lakers against the NBA Odds makers.