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Basketball Betting: Batum to play with finger splint
By Andrew Scott Tuesday, 14 January 2014 02:13
Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum will wear for the next six weeks a protective splint on his left middle finger – a measure that will let him play despite having an avulsion fracture to the finger, and many basketball betting fans hope that this doesn’t interfere with his performance.
Pay per head sportsbooks found out that Batum plans to play against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, which means that Portland will have the same starting lineup for the 35th game in a row.
Basketball betting fans and price per head services believe that even though Batum’s injury marks the first health scare to the Blazers’ starting lineup, the team could be boosted by rookie C.J. McCollum, who on Tuesday will be activated for the first time after not playing for the first two months of the season due to a foot injury.
Pay per head sportsbooks learned that on Monday, McCollum and Batum both practiced with Portland, who lost three of their last five games after a 24-5 start.
Terry Stotts, Blazers coach, said that Batum had a “good practice” on Monday, but did not want to say whether McCollum would play against Sacramento on Tuesday.
Basketball betting fans saw that the player sustained the injury in the Blazers’ loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. Batum said that the splint felt “weird” but did not get in the way of his shooting.
“It feels weird sometimes,” Batum said, according to The Oregonian. “It was my first time practicing with it. I can shoot the ball pretty well.”
Pay per head sportsbooks know that this season, the 6-foot-8 forward has an average of 13.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 34 games and helped make very good NBA and European basketball odds. Stotts said that the injury is clearly “bothering” the 25-year-old.
“He had a good practice today — he went through contact, made some 3s,” Stotts said. “He looked much more comfortable than I had anticipated.
“Obviously it’s bothering him. As far as limitations, that’s probably up to him.”
McCollum, who in the 2013 draft was the 10th overall pick and is a favourite with many fans that follow the NBA and European basketball odds, fractured his foot on October 5 and did not play this season.
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Rookie guard Stotts would not commit himself to playing McCollum on Tuesday, even though basketball betting fans saw that this past weekend he played well in two games with Portland’s D-League affiliate.