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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Tips, Trends and Plays for Saturday Late Starts in NBA …

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Day one of the NBA Playoffs ends with two evening matchups as the Milwaukee Bucks visit the Chicago Bulls and the Dallas Mavericks take on intrastate rival the Houston Rockets.

Bucks vs. Bulls

Milwaukee this season was 41-41 SU straight up and 45-35-2 against the spread. Chicago was 50-32 SU and 39-43 ATS.

The line on the series has Chicago -700 and the Bucks +525.

The Game 1 line has Chicago -7.5 with the point total at 185.5.

Chicago has a number of players on its injury report, but all of them are expected to play. Milwaukee is one of the league’s best teams against the spread on the road. The Bucks are 26-14-1 against the number as a visitor and a solid 29-20-1 ATS when an underdog.

Chicago was 3-1 SU as well as ATS against Milwaukee this season. All four games cashed UNDER. The Bucks on the season were 45-37 on the UNDER.

While the point total is making an adjustment downward thanks to four straight UNDERs from the two teams head to head, if it stays at 180 or higher there is good value going UNDER. The play is Bulls and UNDER here.

Mavericks vs. Rockets

This season Dallas was 50-32 SU and 35-44-3 ATS and Houston was 56-26 SU and 48-43 ATS.

The odds for the series have Houston -270 and Dallas +230.

The line for Game 1 is Houston -5.5 and the point total 209.5.

Houston was a one of the top three teams against the number this season. As a favorite the Rockets were 34-22 ATS and at home 26-15 ATS. Dallas was just 8-16 ATS as a dog and on the road 15-23-3 ATS. Chandler Parsons is questionable for Dallas due to a knee injury that has sidelined him for six straight games.

This season Houston was 3-1 SU as well as ATS versus Dallas and each of the four games cashed to the UNDER.

However, do not count the Mavs out just yet, as they have played well all season against talented competition.

Houston covered 11 of its final 17 games of the season. The Rockets have not played that well of late. Dwight Howard has returned and is now in playing shape and that should help Houston defensively.

Each of the four head-to-head games between the two cashed UNDER, but that is against the trend for both teams. Houston will set the pace of the game and Dallas does not have the talent on defense to stop them. The Rockets and the OVER are the way to play.

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New NBA Championship Futures See Thunder Rise and Heat …

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Odds makers have released the latest futures for the NBA Championship. The Oklahoma City Thunder are playing so well the team has moved into third on the odds board, while teams such as the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns are rapidly going in the other direction.

Only a week ago, the Thunder was sitting in seventh place on the odds board, but has seen their odds shortened to 60 to 1, which is down from last week’s 12 to 1.

The odds makers are showing a great deal of respect to the Thunder, despite the team holding down only the eighth and final postseason spot in the NBA Western Conference. However, the Thunder has won 7 straight games including wins over the Grizzlies, Mavericks and Clippers last week and picked up three players on the trade deadline to add to their roster.

The futures odds shortened for the Thunder even despite the lingering concerns over the health of Kevin Durant who had what was described as a minor procedure to ease some discomfort on his right foot. The soreness has come from surgery Durant had on his foot in October. It is thought Durant will return prior to the end of the regular season.

Amongst the teams in a free fall of sorts this week on the boards is the Heat. After receiving Goran Dragic in a trade last week, the starting five for Miami looked strong. However, the next day, Chris Bosh was lost for the season with blood clots. Without the best player on the Heat, their odds of winning the NBA title fell to 300 to 1 from last week’s 100 to 1. The Phoenix Suns have lost five straight games and 8 of their past 10 to fall out of the eighth spot in the West and into 10th. The Suns also dropped to 300 to 1 from 100 to 1 last week.

NBA CHAMPIONSHIP FUTURES
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 3 to 1
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 4 to 1
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 6 to 1
ATLANTA HAWKS 7 to 1
SAN ANTONIO SPURS 8 to 1
CHICAGO BULLS 8 to 1
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 12 to 1
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 12 to 1
TORONTO RAPTORS 20 to 1
HOUSTON ROCKETS 30 to 1

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2015 NBA All-Star Game Today From the Big Apple

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The NBA All-Star game will be played today in the Big Apple at Madison Square Garden. The 64th annual All-Star game will have the West looking to avenge last year’s 8-point loss.

This game is all entertainment. While players are clearly competitive and want to be victorious, there are some that go well above and beyond for these types of games.

Last season, it was the Eastern Conference team led by LeBron James that ended a losing streak of three years with a 163-155 win.

Kyrie Irving, James’ current teammate, won the MVP award, after shooting 14 for 17 for 31 points and adding 14 assists.

This season five players voted to the team have played in 10 or more All-Star games but two Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade are sidelined with injuries. The other three Tim Duncan is playing his 15th, LeBron James his 11th and Chris Bosh his 10th.

Besides Bryant and Wade, Blake Griffin misses the game due to an injury and was replaced by Portland’s Damian Lillard. Kyle Korver and DeMarcus Cousins replaced Bryant and Wade. This will be the first All-Star appearance for both Korver and Cousins. Anthony Davis is injured and was replaced by Dirk Nowitzki who will be playing the All-Star game for the 13th time.

Stephen Curry who received more than 1 million votes for the Western Conference team has led his Golden State Warriors to the top spot in the conference.

According to Bovada and betonline this year’s favorites for the MVP in the All-Star game are:

Stephen Curry 13 to 4

LeBron James 7 to 2

Kevin Durant 7 to 2

James Harden 11 to 2

Carmelo Anthony 6 to 1

According to topbet and sportsbook.com the favorites for high scorer are:

Stephen Curry 3 to 1
Kevin Durant 3 to 1
LeBron James 3 to 1
James Harden 6 to 1
Carmelo Anthony 7 to 1

The current line has the West favored by 2 points over the east. NBA fans and bettors know the West is far deeper in talent at the individual and team level. However, it is difficult for that to play out in this type of game since the talents levels are so close when only the top 15 from each conference play.

Pick: West 145-138

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NBA Spotlight on Bulls, Cavs Heading into the All-Star Break

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LeBron James and Derrick Rose hook up in Chicago tonight.

The National Basketball Association is a one-man show this evening as all of the focus is on the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. It also happens to be the last game of the “first half” of the season. Friday evening brings a number of events as does Saturday before it all culminates on Sunday in the annual All-Star Game between the Eastern and Western Conferences.

The first portion of the season has brought numerous storylines to the forefront of the league. From Atlanta’s rise in the East to the rise of Golden State and Memphis in the West.

Today I’m looking at the Bulls and Cavs as the two Central Division rivals hook up with momentum for the second half on the line.

Cleveland (-1) at Chicago (O/U 201.5) – The Cavaliers have been as streaky as any team in the National Basketball Association this season and they’re now in the midst of an upswing but that doesn’t mean there aren’t issues. As I wrote in the blog yesterday, LeBron James tweeting an anonymous, motivational message to teammate Kevin Love was not the way I or many others would have done things but if it works then OK.

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Kevin Love responded to LeBron's tweet but will he keep it going?

At 33-20, the Bulls have a solid record and lead the Cavaliers by just a game right now in the Eastern Conference. Chicago is tied with Washington for the third seed but holds the tie-breaker while Cleveland sits in fifth. The fact of the matter is, and this goes for both the Cavs and Bulls, is that they are light years behind conference leader Atlanta who has a lead of 11 and 10 games respectively.

Although the All-Star Game is this weekend, the season is well past the halfway point. What this means for the Cavs and Bulls is that any designs on getting the one seed in the East are futile barring an epic collapse by the Hawks and I don’t see it happening.

If you didn’t think the Bulls and Cavaliers were close enough in just about every way then consider this; they both average exactly 102.0 points per game and defensively Cleveland gives up 99.2 points per game while Chicago gives up 99.1. So far this season, the Cavaliers own a 2-0 record against the Bulls.

Cleveland won the first match-up with Chicago in the Windy City in overtime and then defeated the Bulls in Cleveland by 14.

The Pick: If Kevin Love continues to play inspired and LeBron keeps on being LeBron then the Cavs are going to be difficult on anyone they play. While the Bulls have the advantage of being at home this evening, they also played Miami last evening while Cleveland had an off night. Keep in ind too that the Bulls have better on the road than at home. Take the Cavs to cover and take the UNDER tonight as well.

Trends: Cleveland has won nine of their last ten games (written before conclusion of last night’s game)… Chicago has won three straight games and six of their last ten games… The Cavs are 12-12 on the road… The Bulls are 14-11 at home.

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The NBA Slate Offers Some Potential Pitfalls

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D.J. Augustin has done his best to replace the injured Brandon Jennings in Detroit.

There are some really interesting lines tonight and just as interesting are some of the trends too. As the Knight of the Templar told Indiana Jones, “Choose wisely.”

Detroit (+2) at Charlotte (O/U 191.5) – The Pistons were playing so well following the dismissal of Josh Smith and then Brandon Jennings went down with his season-ending injury. D.J. Augustin has actually played pretty well in his absence averaging over ten points and almost five assists per game. Still, the Pistons are two games out of the final playoff spot and it’s not going to be easy.

The Hornets are in the seventh seed but have lost two straight despite winning six of their last ten. With Kemba Walker out indefinitely and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist day-to-day, Hornets could be in trouble.

Trends: The total has gone OVER in four of Detroit’s last five games… The total has gone UNDER in six of Charlotte’s last seven games… The Pistons are 5-1 straight up in their last six games at Charlotte… The Hornets are 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games at home versus Detroit.

The Pick: Take Detroit and the OVER.

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David Joerger has the Grizzlies in great shape in the Western Conference.

Brooklyn (+11.5) at Memphis (O/U 190) – The Nets are dead even with the Miami Heat for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but would lose the tie-breaker if the season ended today. Brooklyn has actually been better on the road than they have been at home but I’m not sure that will help here.

Memphis continues to put pressure on Golden State in the West. Right now, the Grizzlies are three games back. What’s gone in Memphis has been impressive and I don’t see this team going away any time soon.

Trends: The Grizzlies have won nine of their last ten games… The Nets have lost six of their last ten games.

The Pick: Take the Nets getting those points and the OVER.

Houston (+2) at Phoenix (O/U 214.5) – The Rockets come to the desert six games out of the first seed in the Western Conference but they have teams breathing down their necks. Portland, Dallas, the LA Clippers and the defending champion Spurs are all within three games of Houston.

The Suns find themselves currently hanging on to the final playoff spot by the skin of their teeth. New Orleans is a game back and Oklahoma City is two games behind. Phoenix must win games at home and needs to try and beat teams ahead of them in the standings.

Trends: The Suns have won four of their last ten games… The Rockets have won seven of their last ten games…

The Pick: Take the Rockets getting the points and the OVER.

Denver (+2) at LA Lakers (O/U 198.5) – These two teams have combined to lose nine straight games and they’ve also combined to win just two games in their last 20. The Nuggets are just 7-19 on the road this season and they are a full eight games out of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. In other words, they aren’t making the playoffs.

The Lakers are a mess on and off the court as disgruntled players have started to speak out a little more than the Lakers’ front office would like. Between injuries and an overall lack of talent, this has just not been a good run for the purple and gold.

Trends:  The Lakers have lost four in a row and nine of their last ten… Denver has lost five straight and has lost nine of their last ten.

The Pick: I’ll take the Nuggets getting the points and the UNDER.

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Hawks host Wizards, Bulls visit Rockets and More…

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The Wednesday night calendar in the NBA has a number of good matchups to choose from and here are three.

Washington at Atlanta

The Atlanta Hawks are looking to start another winning streak after their 19-game streak was snapped by the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.
Atlanta has allowed 100 points or more, only six times over their past 20 games played. However, in its past 5 games played, Atlanta is just 1-4 ATS. The Hawks are 10-0 in their past 10 games played at home including a 31-point rout of Washington in January.

Washington lost two straight at home before hitting the road to Atlanta. The Wizards are 0-7 ATS in their past 7 games overall.

In a 92-88 loss on Monday, the Wizards were only able to score 37 points during the second half against Charlotte. Washington is 1-4 SU over its past 5 games at home.

As a road dog this season, the Wizards are 3-7 ATS, while 1-4 ATS on the road versus teams from the Southeast division.

Chicago at Houston

Chicago has had four days of rest leading up to this game while on a road trip of six games. Chicago will try to break a skid of two games. The road trip started well with an overtime win over Golden State, as 11-point road dogs. However, the Bulls lost consecutive games to the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns. In Phoenix, the Bulls covered the spread as a seven-point dog. The Bulls have yet to lose three straight his season, while going 4-0 SU off two straight losses.

Houston starts a three game stay at home after losing at Detroit 114-101 on Saturday as a favorite by four points. The Rockets loss snapped a winning streak of four games for Houston.

Houston has won six of its past seven home games, while going 6-2 straight up and 4-4 ATS in its past eight home games against opponents from the Eastern Conference.

Oklahoma City at New Orleans

New Orleans is the hottest team against the spread in the NBA at this time covering 6 of its past 7 games. New Orleans ended the 19-game winning streak of Atlanta on Monday with a 15-point victory as a home dog by 3 points.

New Orleans won the first two head-to-head games vs. the Thunder this season, with two underdog outright wins. The teams will conclude a home and home set on Friday in Oklahoma City.

Kevin Durant has a toe injury and is doubtful. The Thunder is 2-4 SU and 0-6 ATS in its past six games.

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