In the lead-up to the 2014-15 NBA season, Sportingbet will be counting down the days with a daily NBA Top 10 list. With 10 days to go, we look at the worst 10 free throw shooters in the League.
10.Tony Wroten (Philadelphia 76ers)
Wroten has hardly set the world alight from the free-throw line in two years, hitting just 64.8% in 107 games with both Memphis and Philly.
9.Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons)
Pistons big man Greg Monroe finished bottom 10 in free throws last season and is shooting a poor 68% from the charity stripe over the course of his four-year career.
8.Josh Smith (Detroit Pistons)
Enigmatic Detroit firebrand Josh Smith has shot at 64.3% over the course of his career from the free throw line but has not bettered 53.2% over the last two seasons.
7.Ronny Turiaf (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Now with his eighth side, Ronny Turiaf has not built a career on free-throw shooting, striking at a lowly 63.6%. He is getting progressively worse, shooting 36.5% with the Clippers in 2012-13 and 42% with the T-Wolves last season.
6.Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
In two seasons with the Pistons Andre Drummond is shooting an horrific 40.1% from the free throw line and finished bottom of the NBA last year among all qualifiers.
5.Andrew Bogut (Golden State Warriors)
Australian Andrew Bogut’s form from the free throw line has been in decline over the last three seasons, culminating in a shocking 34.4% with the Warriors last year.
4.DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)
Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan has shot above 50% from the stripe just once in six seasons as a pro and is coming off a year where he shot a poor 42.8%, his second best season from the free throw line.
3.Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets)
While Dwight Howard shoots at 57.4% over the course of his career, such is his free throw inability that he is regularly hacked at the end of matches, opposition teams happy to put him on the line.
2.Lou Amundson (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Journeyman power forward Lou Amundson, who has played with nine clubs in his nine-year NBA career is career 43.6% from the free throw line with just one season spent shooting better than 50% from the stripe.
1.Andris Biedrins (Free Agent)
A 10-year veteran with Golden State and Utah, Andris Biedrins failed to shoot above 32% from the charity stripe in his last five years in the NBA. So inept was his free throw shooting that You Tube compilations have been made.
UCL BIG GUNS TRACKER
The Champions League is back and the clash between Roma and Bayern Munich will have an enormous bearing on Group E. Man City travel to Moscow while Barcelona and Chelsea should be able to grab maximum points at home.
Roma v Bayern Munich – Wed 5:30am Live SBS
Recommended Bet: Double Chance – Roma or Draw ($1.80)
Predicted Line Ups:
Roma: De Sanctis; Maicon, Yanga-Mbiwa, Manolas, Cole; Pjanić, De Rossi, Nainggolan; Iturbe, Totti, Gervinho.
Bayern: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Alaba; Lahm, Alonso; Robben, Müller, Götze; Lewandowski.
Preview: Roma has had a very impressive start to the season. They sit second behind Juventus in the Serie A with their only loss coming on the road to Juve. Add to that a draw away to Man City and you have an in form side capable of beating anyone.
Bayern will be fully aware of this and will not be taking the Italian side lightly. Bayern were far from convincing in their 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow but have managed to earn maximum points thus far.
Roma have plenty of experience and great technical ability. Their defence has been almost impenetrable so far and this will be the key against Bayern. The Germans will be more than happy with a point when taking into account the group standings with a draw also ensuring Roma stay ahead of Man City. This one will go down to the wire.
Barcelona v Ajax – Wed 5:30am Live ESPN2
Recommended Bet: Over 3.5 goals ($1.95)
Predicted Line Ups:
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Alves, Mathieu, Piqué, Alba; Mascherano, Roberto, Xavi; Pedro, Messi, Neymar.
Ajax: Cillessen; Van Rhijn, Veltman, Moisander, Viergever; Klaassen, Zimling, Andersen; Schöne, Sigthórsson, El Ghazi.
Preview: Ajax have managed two draws so far but going to the Nou Camp is another ball game all together. Messi, Neymar, Xavi and Iniesta have all been on fire and have really started to gel together. Following a shock loss to PSG they will be out with a vengeance to grab three points in this one.
Claiming top spot has become more and more important meaning Barcelona will be keen to improve their goal difference with a big win. Coach Luis Enrique will be playing his full strength squad in this one and with Messi making it clear that he does not like being subbed off this one could really could get out of hand for Ajax.
The Dutch coach Frank de Boer is a former Barcelona player and team-mate of Luis Enrique making this duel quite unique. He may be fully aware of how Barcelona play but it is another thing to stop them. Barcelona simply have too much fire power in this one with Messi and Co sure to get past the Ajax defence numerous times.
The Sportingbet Oracle’s Geelong and Randwick Racing Guide.
The VRC Derby appears to be the target for the three-year-old colt trained by Chris Waller and with those aspirations, he should be taking out the Geelong Classic. He’s racing well this prep and has been crying out for the added journey. The one they’ll need to beat.
He was asked to do plenty of work when resuming at Ballarat and battled on ok. He has a good record at the track (5:1-2-0) and has been placed second up on three out of four runs. Gets the nice draw, drops in grade and looks a solid each-way chance in an open affair.
She’s aiming for three wins in a row and makes the step up in grade today. Her last win at Hawkesbury was by over 5 lengths, so comes to town primed for this. At the current quote of $15, she’s a knockout hope!
The three-year-old colt from the Chris Waller stable appears destined for the VRC Derby and has been well found by the Sportingbet punters to salute in the Listed Geelong Classic. He opened at $3.80 and has been crunched into a very solid $2.80 favourite in the Classic.
The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.
1) Roma Or Draw (Double Chance)
UEFA Champions League – Roma vs Bayern Munich (5:45 AM AEDT)
Things are getting very tight in Group E and both sides will be looking to walk away with something out of this one. Bayern have earned maximum points so far while Roma were able to grab a crucial draw away to Man City. That result has put Man City in a tough spot with only one point from two matches. Roma will be satisfied with a point but there is no reason why they cannot win. They have lost only once this season and that was a 3-2 thriller against Juventus. Bayern have also been in great form but the points they have dropped this season have been on the road. In such an important game it is tough to see the in-form Roma losing at home.
2) San Francisco Giants (Bumgarner)
MLB World Series – San Francisco Giants @ Kansas City Royals (11:05 AM AEDT)
We don’t have to wait until November for the World Series this year thanks to dominant performances by the Royals and Giants in the Playoffs. It will be ace versus ace in the pitching department to begin proceedings and it is a matchup that certainly favours the Giants. Madison Bumgarner is 18-10 this season and 2-1 in the postseason with 28 strikeouts during the playoffs to lead all remaining pitchers by a significant margin. Josh Shields for Kansas has a 1-0 record from his 3 starts in the playoffs and has been lucky as his team-mates have manufactured come from behind wins on multiple occasions. Shields ERA of 5.63 this postseason is the highest among his team-mates so there have been question marks over his right to start Game 1. It is the Royals first World Series appearance since 1985 while the Giants have been serial winners lately, with World Series Titles in 2010 and 2012. A Game 1 win will help the push for a third title in 5 years!
3) Quick Strike
Race 2 Randwick (1:55 PM AEDT)
He’s been knocking on the door in his two runs this prep and looks well placed to break through here. Chris Waller has three runners in the race and Quick Strike is the pick of the bunch. Definite danger.
Race 6 Geelong (3:20 PM AEDT)
He’s been well backed to salute in the Geelong Classic and has also received support to win the VRC Derby. The step up in trip looks ideal and if he has aspirations of winning a Derby, he should be winning this. The one to beat.
5) Mr One Eleven
Race 6 Randwick (4:20 PM AEDT)
The John Sargent trained runner scored nicely last start at the track. Steps up in trip today but racing like he’ll relish it. Needs to carry the 60kgs but if he gets a quiet run he’ll be flashing home late. Big threat.
6) River Delta
Race 8 Geelong (4:40 PM AEDT)
The 4-year-old mare from the Moody stable resumes today and looks to have plenty of ability. She’s won three of her four career starts and needs to be respected. If she can overcome the awkward draw, she’ll be fighting out the finish.
A-League Giants Clash in FFA Cup Quarter Finals
Sydney FC and Adelaide United have both got off to flying starts in the A-League and are coming off emotion-charged matches over the weekend. Sydney FC made a remarkable comeback against cross town rivals Western Sydney, coming back from two goals down to win 3-2 in front of a record crowd of 41, 213. Adelaide looked like they would take all three points against Melbourne Victory only to surrender a very late equalizer. The teams would share the spoils in front of another huge crowd of 33,126.
The teams will come off a very short turn around, with Adelaide having an extra days rest after playing on Friday. In their two FFA Cup matches to date they have defeated two A-League sides in Wellington and Brisbane Roar. Both those games were at home with tonight’s match their first away trip in the Cup. With prior experience in the Asian Champion’s League the travel should not phase them.
Sydney FC on the other hand have played both their games on the road beating Melbourne City and Sydney United 58 FC by the identical scoreline of 3-1. After such an emotional win in the Sydney Derby, the Sky Blues will be hoping for another good crowd to help get them progress into the semi finals. There is a worrying sign for the Sky Blues and it is their recent record against Adelaide. Adelaide has won four of the last six between the two with all six matches producing 3 or more goals.
With both sides showing great signs early in the season this one is sure to be a great battle between two quality and in form sides. Sydney FC have an edge in terms of depth but Adelaide coach Josep Gombau has his side firing on all cylinders. Allianz Stadium will be romping and if the match against Sydney United is anything to go by, The Cove will be in full voice. Fatigue may be a factor will only a few days to recover and this should favour Sydney who will have the home crowd support. We could see extra time in this one but Sydney FC will have enough depth and crowd support to scrape through.
Recommended Bet: Sydney FC to Qualify ($1.80)
The action will continue tomorrow morning with the Champions League. Check out our full preview and tips.
In the lead-up to the 2014-15 NBA season, Sportingbet will be counting down the days with a daily NBA Top 10 list. With 11 days to go, we look at the Top 10 shot blockers in the League.
10.Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs)
Australian ace Patty Mills has shot better than 40% from long range in his three seasons with San Antonio, finishing ninth in the entire League last season.
9.Mike Miller (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Veteran spot-up shooter Mike Miller, a favourite teammate of LeBron James, rejoins his old partner in crime in Cleveland this year. Miller has shot better than 40% in 10 of his 14 seasons in the NBA and comes off a year shooting 45.9% with Memphis.
8.Anthony Morrow (Oklahoma City Thunder)
A Top 10 three-point shooter for his first three seasons in the NBA, Anthony Morrow bounced back last year after a couple of down seasons to shoot at 45.1% and rank fourth from downtown. Morrow this offseason shifted from the Pelicans to the Thunder.
7.Marco Bellinelli (San Antonio Spurs)
Lethal Italian shooter Marco Bellinelli enters the 2014-15 season off a career-best three-point shooting season where he shot at 43% and finished seventh in the NBA from long range.
6.Ray Allen (Free Agent)
The greatest three-point shooter in NBA history, Ray Allen has drained more long balls in his decorated 19-year career than any other player, shooting at a better clip than anybody else in the top eight. He is likely to sign with Cleveland before the season starts.
5.Jordan Farmar (Los Angeles Clippers)
Underrated Clippers signing Jordan Farmer has made his living on the long ball, finishing top 10 in two of the last three years, shooting 43.8% from downtown with the Lakers last season.
4.Danny Green (San Antonio Spurs)
Spurs marksman Danny Green has been lethal with the three ball over the last three seasons, shooting at over 41% each year and finishing top 15 in each year.
3.Jose Calderon (New York Knicks)
Newly acquired Knicks point guard Jose Calderon ranked fifth in three-point shooting last season, a year after leading the NBA in the long ball.
2.Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors)
One of the best pure shooters in the NBA, Steph Curry is coming off his worst three-point shooting year – where he ranked 10th, hitting them at 42.4%. Curry has finished Top 10 in three-point shooting in all five of his seasons in the League.
1.Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks)
Atlanta wingman Kyle Korver led the NBA in field goal percentage last year, draining 185 long-balls at an incredible 47.2%. He has finished top 10 in three-point shooting the last three seasons and in four of the last five years.
NBA Top 10: 3-Point Shooters In the lead-up to the 2014-15 NBA season, Sportingbet will be counting down the days with a daily NBA Top 10 list. With 10 days to go, we look at the worst 10 free throw …
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They're also running at Randwick so The Oracle has done the form there too! bit.ly/1uC2cKb