Previews of Two of Four NBA Playoff Games on Sunday

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The NBA playoffs continue on Sunday with the possibility of the broom coming out as three teams look to sweep their series. Three of the four games played on Sunday could end with sweeps and in the other. San Antonio took a 2-1 lead on Friday over the Clippers. Here is a look at two of the four games.
Cavaliers vs. Celtics

Cleveland leads the series 3-0. The current line has Cleveland favored by 7.5 points with the point total sitting on 203. Even though the Celtics do not have any wins so far for their effort, the team has played well in this series.

Cleveland wants to win to get additional rest before the next series begins.

If Cleveland is able to bottle up guard Isaiah Thomas in this game as they did in Game 3, the Cavaliers will likely win and cover the 7.5-point spread. Thomas only hit 2 of his 9 shots in the game and scored only 5 points. After Thomas shot 18 times from the free throw in Games 1 and 2, he only attempted two free throws in Game 3.

After a game that was high scoring in Game 1, the past two games have cashed on the UNDER, with both games staying under 200.

Despite the Celtics being all but eliminated, Boston will continue fighting to the end. The line opened at Cleveland -5 and is up to -7.5 making it a tough call. However, the play here is the UNDER.

Clippers vs. San Antonio

The Spurs lead the series 2-1. The current line has San Antonio favored by 6.5 points with the point total on 200.

The best series thus far in the first round has been this one between the Spurs and Clippers. On Friday, the Spurs behind Kawhi Leonard routed the Clippers 100-73. Leonard scored 32 points on the night.

The Clippers scored their fewest points for the entire season and a record low for the franchise in the postseason. The series has cashed on the UNDER in 2 of 3 games. The OVER was in Game 2, which went to overtime.

The 6.5-point chalk for San Antonio is the biggest spread of this series. Los Angeles on the season was 22-19 against the spread on the road, but is now 0-1 in the postseason.

With a win, San Antonio would be on the verge of elimination the Clippers. However, the Clippers are a very talented team under the leadership of Doc Rivers.

The play her is Clippers +6.5. Off course, my thought is San Antonio will win straight up.

In the other two games, Washington can close out its series against Toronto. The Wizards lead the series 3-0. In the fourth game of the day, the Houston Rockets can eliminate the Dallas Mavericks.

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Monday Night NBA Card Has Two Games

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Monday night the NBA playoffs continue with a pair of Game 2s on the calendar. The first game features the Milwaukee Bucks versus the Chicago Bulls, while the late game out west pits the Golden State Warriors at home versus the New Orleans Pelicans.

Chicago is at -7.5 for this game while the point total sits at 188. Milwaukee plays very good defense but the Bucks gave up 103 points to Chicago in Game 1. Chicago was able to hand out 30 assists in its 38 baskets.

Each of the four meetings during the regular season ended UNDER, but Game 1 on Saturday cashed over.

The Bulls were able to cover as 8-point favorites winning by 12 points.

Chicago played superb as Derrick Rose played his first playoff game in three seasons and scored 26 points. Jimmy Butler added 25 and the two combined for 13 assists. Up front, Pau Gasol hit just 5 of his 17 shots but he, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah each grabbed double digits rebounds.

Both teams were weak from the foul line with both shooting less than 70%. Milwaukee should improve upon its poor 39% shooting from the floor, in Game 2. The Bulls rolled in Game 1 despite turning the ball over 19 times.

Chicago owned the boards with an 11-rebound advantage.

The play here is UNDER and Chicago.

For Game 2 of the series between the Pelicans and Warriors, Golden State is favored by 11.5 points, with the point total sitting at 205.

When often times, is just as important as what. Two free throws that were completely meaningless in the final second of Game 1 pushed the point total to 205 from 203. The total prior to the game was between 203 and 207 so there were bettors who won or lost on the two shots that meant next to nothing in the game’s outcome.

New Orleans entered Game 1 as a 13-point road dog but easily covered losing by just 7 points. However, early on the Pelicans were behind and by the third quarter trailed by 25 points. The Warriors defense kept Anthony Davis neutralized until the fourth when he scored 20 points to end the game with 35.

The game on Monday will determine the rest of the series as Golden State is a better team that showed its ability to dominate, but will they be able to close games out for bettors that take them as favs by double digits.

Despite a Game 1 loss, New Orleans will have momentum entering Game 2 and could cover another spread of double digits. They were down big in Game 1 and rallied, never really threatening, but putting a scare into the Warriors fans.

The play here is New Orleans and the points.

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Favorites to Win NBA Eastern Conference Title

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The NBA postseason has arrived. After 82 regular season games, eight teams remain in each conference to battle for their conference title and represent their conference in the NBA Finals.

Reaching to the finals is no easy task. San Antonio the defending NBA Champions needed seven games to defeat the Dallas Mavericks in just the first round last season.

Two seasons ago, Miami went seven games with Indiana to reach the NBA finals, and then pulled off a miracle to win the finals over San Antonio.

Three seasons ago, San Antonio the top seed in the NBA was 2-0 in front of Oklahoma City. The Thunder then won 4 straight to eliminate the Spurs and went up 1-0 on Miami in the finals. Miami turned around and won 4 straight to win the title.

Here is a look at the top three Eastern Conference contenders as we head to the postseason.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers started their season slow with so many new pieces to put together. However, with the talent of LeBron James the team came together and has played better than any team in the East since the All-Star break. With their trio of superstars – James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love – the Cavaliers might not be the No. 1 seed, but are the odds on favorite to win the conference title.

Atlanta Hawks

Just last season the Hawks were 38-44. The backcourt is the leader with Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague. Add to the mix Paul Milsap and Al Horford and you have four players averaging between 15 and 17 points per game.

The team has remained healthy up front during the season, which has helped, as Horford was out injured most of last season. The bench has also been outstanding. Prior to the All-Star break, they were 36-5 but have not played near that since.

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls are a tough team to figure out. If they could all get healthy at the same time, they would be a big force in the East. With newcomers Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, the Bulls offense has improved this season. However, their defense remains their biggest strength and the team’s heart and soul.

With Derrick Rose back and Joakim Noah and the rest of the frontcourt playing physical, the Bulls could go deep in the postseason because defense is so important.

2015 Eastern Conference Odds

 

Cleveland Cavaliers 1 to 3

Atlanta Hawks 7 to 2

Chicago Bulls 8 to 1

Toronto Raptors 30 to 1

Washington Wizards 30 to 1

Indiana Pacers 50 to 1

Boston Celtics 75 to 1

Brooklyn Nets 100 to 1

Milwaukee Bucks 100 to 1

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Updated and Final Regular Season NBA Championship Futures

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The NBA has just two days left on its regular season schedule and odds makers have released an updated NBA Championship Futures board, the last one before the postseason begins.

In both the Eastern and Western Conference, two teams are battling for the eighth and final playoff berth. In the East, the Brooklyn Nets are battling in the Indiana Pacers and out West, the Oklahoma City Thunder are battling the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Nets own the tiebreaker if they tie with the Pacers, while the Pelicans own the tiebreaker if they were to end the season tied with the Thunder.

On the latest NBA Championships futures board, the Cleveland Cavaliers are at the top with the shortest odds at 2 to 1, while the Golden State Warriors are sitting at 5 to 2 to win the title. San Antonio now has the third shortest odds to win the NBA championship at 3 to 1.

San Antonio has been ripping up the league having won 11 straight games and climbing from a playoff seed of No. 6 all the way to No. 2.

The Los Angeles Clippers are also playing well of late winning 12 of their last 13 games and lowering their odds to win the title to 16 to 1.

In the Eastern Conference, two teams are battling to earn the eighth and final playoff spot. The Indiana Pacers own a half-game lead over the Brooklyn Nets. The Pacers have two games left on the schedule and the Nets have just one. If the season were to end with the Pacers and Nets tied, Brooklyn would win the tiebreaker having won the season head-to-head series.

Out west, the New Orleans Pelicans are battling with the Oklahoma City Thunder for that conference’s eighth and final playoff spot. The teams have identical records of 44-37 with one game left on the schedule. However, if they both win or both lose, New Orleans owns the tiebreaker and will advance. The Thunder must defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Pelicans must lose to the San Antonio Spurs for the Thunder to advance.

San Antonio moved from No. 6 to No. 2 in the West during its current 11-game winning streak and will open the playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks if they hold the No. 2 spot, with a win on Wednesday versus New Orleans.

2014-2015 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

Cleveland Cavaliers 2 to 1
Golden State Warriors 5 to 2
San Antonio Spurs 3 to 1
Atlanta Hawks 14 to 1
Los Angeles Clippers 16 to 1
Houston Rockets 18 to 1
Chicago Bulls 20 to 1
Memphis Grizzlies 30 to 1
Portland Trail Blazers 50 to 1
Toronto Raptors 50 to 1

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Pair of NBA Games with Playoffs Implications

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Friday night’s NBA calendar has a pair of important games with playoff implications. The Boston Celtics visit the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Phoenix Suns travel to play the New Orleans Pelicans.

Celtics vs. Cavaliers

Cleveland has clinched the Eastern Conference second seed and the title of the Central Division. Thus, Cleveland does not have much to play for over its final four games of the season. LeBron James is expected to sit out the first game of this home and home series with Boston. His status is unknown for Saturday’s game in Boston. On Wednesday, Cleveland defeated Milwaukee 104-99 to win the division, but did not cover as a road favorite of 6.5 points.

The Cavaliers are 1-4 against the number over their past five games. The last time James sat out, Kyrie Irving scored 55 points versus Portland.

Boston has won five straight on the road following its 113-103 win at Detroit on Wednesday. Boston is currently in the No. 7 spot in the East tied with Brooklyn, but owns the tiebreaker against the Nets. Since the NBA All-Star break, Boston had covered 10 of the 14 games it has been the dog, but one of those four games they did not cover was a blowout loss to Cleveland 110-79 as an 11-point dog.

Phoenix Suns vs. New Orleans Pelicans

The slim hopes for the playoffs for Phoenix evaporated on Wednesday when they lost at Dallas 107-104. The Suns covered as an underdog of 8.5 points but have lost 7 of their past 8 games overall. Phoenix has won six of its past seven games versus New Orleans.

New Orleans won on Tuesday against the Golden State Warriors as the home dog 103-100. However, they were defeated the next night by Memphis 110-74 against a tough defense that shut the Pelicans offense completely down.

New Orleans is 9-3 SU in its past 12 games at home, but 3-5 ATS as a favorite at home during that stretch. New Orleans starts the day on Friday tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder in eighth place in the Western Conference playoff race, but holds the tiebreaker as they defeated the Thunder in three of the four head-to-head games this season.

The season has less than a full week before the playoffs start, but teams are still battling for the postseason, which makes games such as these easier to wager on. Other games played between teams with no hope of making the playoffs or teams that have clinched and are resting players, makes is more difficult to wager on.

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Need to Laugh? Here are My April Fools Jokes for the Rest …

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My April Fools Day Jokes begin with Justin Verlander and his main squeeze Kate Upton.

As “The Joker” once said, “Why so serious?”

I think it’s time to have a little fun on this April Fools Day and I’m the one providing all of the jokes. Therefore, here’s my list of “April Fools Gags” you know you want to see.

Major League Baseball

Justin Verlander finally kicks Kate Upton to the curb. He goes 35-2, wins the Cy Young, AL MVP and pitches all four games in a World Series sweep over the LA Dodgers.

Clayton Kershaw takes another line drive to the jaw. This time all of his teeth are knocked out and he returns to the dugout looking like “Jaws” from the James Bond movies.

The Chicago Cubs steamroll the competition and take the National League Central by 18 games. They go undefeated through the divisional round and NLCS and lead the Red Sox 3-0 in the World Series when Boston decides to just give up giving the Cubs the title.

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Roger Goodell resigns? Don't I wish?

National Football League

The New England Patriots are stripped of their Super Bowl XLIX title after the NFL finds Tom Brady deflated all of the balls personally.

Rodger Goodell resigns citing his total inability to actually make a decision.

Jerry Jones has more plastic surgery. Wait….

Jay Cutler takes his internet image of “Smokin’ Jay Cutler” to a new level when he lights up a Marlboro in the huddle of a four interception first half against the Packers.

Philip Rivers has seven more children bringing his family’s total to 14 kids.

Arizona Head Coach Bruce Arians decides he no longer likes his Kangol and switches to a bucket-style hat.

Marshawn Lynch publishes a book on how to deal with the media in ten words or less. It becomes a best seller and wins numerous awards despite being one page in length.

National Basketball Association

Phil Jackson becomes coach of the Knicks. They go unbeaten in the 2015 calendar year despite only having three players on their roster.

Rajon Rondo and Coach Rick Carlisle spend the summer backpacking across Europe together.

The Lakers re-structure Kobe Bryant’s contract. He will now make $75 million this season.

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili return for another season using walkers with tennis balls on the bottom of them.

Derrick Rose plays all 82 games of the season.

Lance Stephenson blows into the ear of Marcus Smart and gets punch in the groin.

LeBron James takes his talents back to Miami after losing in the Finals again with Cleveland. Cavs’ fans box up jerseys rather than burning them knowing he’ll be back after a couple more titles.

College Football

Michigan will insist that Jim Harbaugh wears Adidas brand khaki pants. Harbaugh refuses instead choosing to stay with $9 Wal-Mart pants as Michigan goes unbeaten.

Nick Saban leaves just prior to the season to take over at Notre Dame after they fire Brian Kelly. Notre Dame pays Saban $15 million per year and tells him most of the players “aren’t catholic.”

Lane Kiffin takes over at Alabama. He’s run out of town after team loses home finale to Charleston Southern.

Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher resigns. Becomes Jameis Winston’s personal man servant in Tampa Bay.

With all three quarterbacks healthy, Urban Meyer decides to go with true freshman equipment manager to play entire Spring game. All three QBs hurt anyway as they trip over their headphone cords.

 

 

 

 

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Odds For Thunder Soar After Durant Announcement

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Despite a record of 5-1 over its past 6 games overall through Sunday’s victory over Miami, the Oklahoma City Thunder had its odds to win the 2015 NBA Championship lengthened from last week’s 8 to 1 to this week’s 30 to 1.

On Friday, it was revealed that scoring machine Kevin Durant stopped all activities related to basketball because of a setback in his recovery from his foot injury.

If Oklahoma City is going to reach the playoffs, they will have to without their best player. Thunder general managers Sam Presti said late last week Durant was out for an indefinite period. That news comes only one day after Durant sat out of practice due to soreness in this foot.

Presti added that Durant was not making progress the way we had hoped and were expecting. Presti did not say the length of time Durant would sit out, but it was not as if they were expecting him back soon.

The goal said Presti is to get him on the court again healthy whenever that happens to be. If that is the rest of this regular season, or the playoffs, that is what it will be.

Durant has not played for the Thunder since February 19. He has averaged 25.4 points a game in his 27 games played this season. The Thunder is 38-30 and in the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference, but by only a single game.

While Cleveland remains at the top of the futures board as the favorite to win an NBA title this season, Golden State has closed the gap between the two teams over last week.

Cleveland has won 9 of 12 games during March and has played better as the season has progressed. Golden State has the NBA’ best overall record and is 10-1 in its past 11 games after defeating Washington on Monday night. The Atlanta Hawks still lead the Eastern Conference by 8 games over Cleveland but have lost three straight games and have cooled off a bit from earlier in the season.

2014-05 NBA Championship Odds

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 7-4
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 3 to 1
SAN ANTONIO SPURS 7 to 1
ATLANTA HAWKS 8 to 1
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 10 to 1
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 12 to 1
HOUSTON ROCKETS 18 to 1
CHICAGO BULLS 18 to 1
DALLAS MAVERICKS 30 to 1
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 30 to 1
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 30 to 1
TORONTO RAPTORS 30 to 1

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