Two big games are on tap Monday in the Eastern Conference playoffs with the Miami Heat visiting the Charlotte Bobcats in Game 4 of their best of seven series and the Indiana Pacers hosting the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 of their best of seven series.
Miami is favored by 7.5 points on Bovada and betonline in their matchup on the road in Charlotte. The point total on topbet and sportsbook.com is sitting on 187.
A win tonight for Miami would complete a series sweep against, advance the Heat to the next round and give them some rest.
In Game 3, LeBron James scored 30 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out six assists for the Heat. After three quarters, the Heat led by 21 points.
James is 18-0 versus Charlotte since 2010 when he joined Miami.
Miami is 2-1 ATS through the first three games of the series, but on Saturday were favorites on Bovada by only 4.5 points. Tonight’s game has been adjusted up by 3 points on most betting sites.
The season likely will end tonight for the Bobcats. With Al Jefferson still hobbled by injury and a prospect of near impossibility of winning four straight against the two-time defending NBA champions, Charlotte will fold tonight.
That could be seen in the latter stages of Game 3 as the players slumped their shoulders heading to time outs and resigned themselves to the fact they had probably just one game left in their 2013-14 season.
The game likely will be fast paced due to the situation in the series. Many are looking at the OVER on 187 as the play in this matchup, with the 7.5 spread inflated for Miami.
The Atlanta Hawks are tied 2-2 in their series against the top seeded Indiana Pacers. In Game 5, Indiana is favored by 7 points while the point total is sitting on 186.5.
It seems just a couple of weeks ago that Atlanta was not going to make the postseason. Then with a strong finish, they qualified but many considered Indiana would advance into the second round in just 5 games.
However, Atlanta has played well and Indiana as equally bad at times. The first two games in Indiana were split 1-1 SU, ATS and in the OVER/UNDER.
In the four games played thus far, each team is 2-2 SU and ATS, while the UNDER has cashed in 3 of the 4 games.
While the Pacers would not surprise anyone with a double-digit win on Monday, but laying that number is not an easy thing to do.
However, taking the UNDER could be the easiest option in this matchup. Three of four games have gone under thus far and the Pacers must look to slow things down and create their best opportunity each time down the court.
That translates to longer possessions and a lower score. Nine of the past 12 games played by Atlanta have cashed UNDER and the 186.5 UNDER could be the best option in the contest.