Wednesday night NBA playoff action tops the sports betting calendar. Houston looks to salvage a split at home, while Miami looks to take 2-0 lead in its series.
Charlotte vs. Miami
Odds makers have Miami at -10.5, with the point total on 186. On Monday, Al Jefferson a starting forward for Charlotte was wearing a walking boot on his injured foot. He has said he will suit up and play Game 2, but how effective he will be remains to be seen.
According to data taken from Bovada, sportsbooks.com and topbet, Charlotte has lost 17 straight games to Miami. The current line reflects that as it has increased from Game 1’s line of -9.5 for Miami.
Game 1 ended with a Miami 11-point victory, but was closer than the score of 99-88 indicates. The Bobcats trailed by just five during the final quarter, while Jefferson had to play through pain to score 18 points and grab 10 boards. The Bobcats outrebounded Miami by 6 on the night.
Betonline data shows that Charlotte has covered the spread in just 2 of its past 10 games versus Miami.
Miami in game one was led by LeBron James with 27 and Dwayne Wade with 23. The Heat hit 10 more free throws than Charlotte on the night.
Miami cruised through the majority of the regular season. However, the Heat has turned it up near the end especially at the defensive end.
The rest Wade received sitting out 28 games seems to have rejuvenated the veteran. Miami once again is playing like the best team in the East and possibly the entire league.
One observer says the best bet on this matchup is the UNDER as 186 is exceptionally high. He calls the UNDER play on this game, one of the best of any of the offerings for the three Game 2’s tonight.
Portland vs. Houston
The Houston Rockets are favored -6 over the Portland Trail Blazers with the point total on 214.5 for Game 2 of their best of seven first round series in the Western Conference.
Portland received 46 points from LaMarcus Aldridge to defeat Houston in overtime in Game 122-120. According to Bovada, home teams that come off a loss in the playoffs are 103-75 ATS since 2005.
The past 8 head-to-head games between the Blazers and Rockets have all ended OVER, with an average of 227 points scored.
In Game 1, overtime was needed to push the total over, but triple digits have been reached by both teams in each of the past eight games between the two.
In Game 1, Aldridge did damage from everywhere on the court, including going 2-for-2 in three point shots.
Houston managed to hit just 8 of its 35 shots from three-point range but missed 14 of its 40 free throws.
Houston has covered the spread in just 3 of its past 12 games played.
The OVER is a definite play in this matchup and I like Houston as well less the 6 points.