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2013-14 NBA Win Over/Under Predictions

Hi there. We're back with our annual post offering our predictions for picking NBA regular-season win over/unders.For the record, we were 5-2 in O/U predictions in 2012-13 and the 71% success rate lifted our lifetime winning percentage...Show More Summary

The Painted Area's 2012-13 NBA Awards

With the 2012-13 NBA regular season in the books, let’s get right to it with our mythical awards ballot, which was submitted as part of the ESPN Forecast and the upcoming TrueHoop Network Awards: MOST VALUABLE PLAYER1. LeBron James, Miami2. Show More Summary

In Favor of NBA Goaltending Rules > FIBA's

In FIBA basketball, goaltending rules allow for the ball to be live after it hits the rim. In other words, what's known as basket interference in most of American basketball is a legal play in the international game. Many, includingShow More Summary

Effective Age Snapshot: Heat Would Be Among Oldest NBA Champs, Thunder Still Among Youngest

Today, we're examining the "effective age" numbers for this season's top NBA teams. Effective age is a metric used by ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton to measure a team's average age, but weighted by minutes played, rather than a straight average...Show More Summary

Trade Deadline Musings: What If Thomas Robinson Just Isn't That Good?

I've been surprised by the vehemence of the negative reaction to Sacramento's trade of Thomas Robinson to Houston for Patrick Patterson (the core players of this deal). I feel like there is a lot of noise obscuring a fair reading ofShow More Summary

2012-13 NBA Win Over/Under Predictions

Hello, folks. We're back with one of our annual favorites here at The Painted Area, as we offer our predictions for picking NBA regular-season win over/unders.For the record, we were 5-2 in O/U predictions in 2011-12 - with both losses...Show More Summary

2012 Olympics: USA Holds Off Spain's Valiant Effort to win Gold

USA 107, Spain 100Team USA won their second Olympic gold medal in a row, but it didn't come easy. Spain made this game a lot more interesting than expected. This game had a strikingly similar feel to the 2008 final. The offenses ruled...Show More Summary

2012 Olympics: Gold Medal Preview

USA (A-1) vs. Spain (B-3) (3pm London time):Four years ago these two teams engaged in a highly-entertaining Olympic final in Beijing. In London, Team USA has done what was expected of them (besides a hiccup vs. Lithuania), while Spain...Show More Summary

2012 Olympics: Spain's Second-Half Surge Sinks Russia

Semifinal: SPAIN 67, RUSSIA 59Spain's goal of reaching the Olympic finals looked to be in danger after a putrid first half. Going into the halftime break, Spain's offense only managed 20 points on 21% shooting.But Spain's fortunes immediately improved after the halftime break. Show More Summary

2012 Olympics: Semifinals Preview

Below we take a look at Friday's semifinal matchups. Russia meets Spain at 5pm (London time) while Team USA plays Argentina (9pm) for the second time in four days.USA (A-1) vs. ARGENTINA (B-1):These two teams meet again after a chippy contest on Monday. Show More Summary

2012 Olympics: Spain Holds Off France to Advance to the Semis

SPAIN 66, FRANCE 59Low-scoring, competitive game where the defenses dictated the action. Spain pulled out a tough victory on Wednesday but they should be somewhat concerned with their play, particularly offensively.Give credit to France,...Show More Summary

2012 Olympics: Quarterfinals Preview (Part II)

Part II of our Olympic quarterfinal previews will focus on the evening slate of games. Brazil meets Argentina in the battle for South American supremacy at 8pm (London time). At 10:15, Australia faces Team USA and winners of each game meet in the semis on Friday.Check out Part I of our Quarterfinal preview.BRAZIL (B-2) vs. Show More Summary

2012 Olympics: Quarterfinals Preview (Part I)

The knockout phase begins on Wednesday with four quarterfinal games. All the knockout games will be played at the 20,000-seat North Greenwich Arena (aka O2 Arena)Wednesday action starts at 2pm (London time) with Russia vs. Lithuania....Show More Summary

2012 Olympics: Russia Rallies (Twice) to Upend Spain

RUSSIA 77, SPAIN 74Russia continued their strong Olympic play by upsetting Spain and clinching the Group B crown. Would call this as a mild upset as Spain is dealing with Juan Navarro's injury and they seem to be in their preliminary...Show More Summary

2012 Olympics: Russia Edges Brazil

RUSSIA 75, BRAZIL 74We anticipated a competitive game between two closely-matched teams and we got exactly that. Best game of the Olympics so far. Vitaly Fridzon's contorted 3pt. make in the left corner off a flare screen propelled Russia to a 75-74 win. Show More Summary

France's Speed & Depth Shutdown Argentina; Russia vs. Brazil Preview

FRANCE 71, ARGENTINA 64The normally high-functioning Argentine offense was smothered by a terrific French defense. The French utilized their athletic superiority to beat Argentina to spots and disrupt the offensive rhythm that Argentina...Show More Summary

2012 Olympics: Brazil Holds Off Australia & Other Sunday Game Analysis

BRAZIL 75, AUSTRALIA 71:No surprise Australia was able to take Brazil down to the wire. Solid veteran team with a quality frontline that could matchup fairly well with Brazil' size.Both teams did not shoot the ball well, but that was somewhat a byproduct of two quality defensive teams squaring off. Show More Summary

2012 Olympics: Power Rankings & Sunday Games Preview

Group play kicks off on Sunday at 9AM London time (yikes) and runs until August 6th (games every other day). The top four teams in each group advance to the single-elimination playoff phase that starts on Aug. 8th. Semis follow on Friday (Aug. Show More Summary

2012 Olympic Men's Basketball Preview:Group B

We covered Group A on Thursday, so we switch our focus to Group B today. Spain is the lead dog in the group but not an overwhelming favorite because of injuries.Brazil and Russia are closely-matched and legit bronze candidates. Their...Show More Summary

2012 Olympic Men's Basketball Preview:Group A Scouting Reports

The crown jewel of international hoops has arrived, as the Olympic men's basketball tournament tips off Sunday in London. The field of 12 teams is split into two groups of six. Group play consists of five round-robin games. The top four...Show More Summary

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