After the very wild and – at least to fans in L.A. – tragic finish to Tuesday night’s Game 5, the Los Angeles Clippers really have to gather themselves psychologically to come back and perform with enough intensity to even up their best-of-seven Western Conference semi-final series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. It promises to provide some interesting NBA betting action, as things will get underway at 10:35 PM ET at the Staples Center.
The Indiana Pacers have to think they can’t do any worse than they did on Tuesday night, when the roof fell in on them at the Banker Life Fieldhouse. The Washington Wizards are not the kind of team you want to take lightly on the road, and they demonstrated that once again when they throttled the #1 seeded Pacers 102-79 behind the game of a lifetime by their center.
LeBron James may not have been voted the Most Valuable Player in the NBA this season, but he certainly played like it on Monday night as theMiamI Heat held off the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final series. Now the two-time defending champions have a chance to close out the series on their own home floor. NBA playoff betting action gets underway at 7:05 PM ET in Game 5 at the American Airlines Arena, where Brooklyn has won twice during the regular season.
When the San Antonio Spurs take to the floor for Game 5 of their Western Conference playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, scheduled for Wednesday night, it is quite likely that it will be with a much more serious attitude then they took in Monday night’s Game 4, when they allowed the Blazers to continue breathing, so to speak, with a win at Portland. NBA betting action gets underway at 9:35 PM Eastern time at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, and the Spurs should be refreshed and ready to pick up where they left off after they had taken a 3-0 lead in this best-of-seven series.
It may be tough for the Los Angeles Clippers to duplicate the heroics they got out of at least one member of their backcourt in Game 5 of their Western Conference playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but what they got in Game 4 was good enough for them to even the series up.
The great news for the Indiana Pacers on Sunday was not just that they got another solid game out of center Roy Hibbert, who had become the biggest enigma in the league in the latter stages of the season and into the playoffs. No, what NBA playoff bettors who are backing Indiana really got a charge out of was that Paul George emerged to play like the superstar everyone says he is. In a Game 4 victory in which the Pacers came from way back, George played 46 minutes and scored 39 points, spearheading an Indiana quasi-miracle that, frankly, left the Washington Wizards bewildered.
The San Antonio Spurs have had a relatively easy time of it with the Portland Trail Blazers this far, and they have the chance to put the Blazers out of their misery if they can pick up a win in Monday night’s game, which is scheduled for 10:35 PM ET at the Moda Center.
Pro basketball teams rarely get hot under pressurized circumstances to the degree that the Brooklyn Nets did against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference playoff series. Now they are going to try and keep the good times going as they attempt to draw even in the series, as NBA playoff betting action continues with Game 4 at the Barclays Center, scheduled to tip off at 8 PM ET.
No one will argue about the fact that the Los Angeles Clippers are one of the more electrifying offensive teams in the league. But this is a team that has some discernible weaknesses on the defensive end, and those weaknesses are being exploited by the dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, as the Oklahoma City Thunder have rolled to a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference semi-final series.
The Washington Wizards hope that they can succeed in solving a puzzle on Sunday; a puzzle that has very severely inhibited their ability to score points, and threatens to take them out of this Eastern Conference playoff series quicker than most people anticipated. After scoring just 63 points on Friday, the Wizards will look to even up the series with the Indiana Pacers as NBA betting action tips off at 8:00 PM ET at the Verizon Center in Washington.
The San Antonio Spurs have thus far left very little doubt as to who the superior team is, judging from their first two playoff victories over thePortland Trail Blazers. The #1 seed in the West has taken the Blazers to school en route to capturing a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, and they are threatening to blow the whole thing wide open on Saturday night in Game 3 as NBA playoff betting action gets underway at 10:35 PM ET at the Moda Center in Portland.
On Thursday night at the American Airlines Arena, the Miami Heat once again teased the Brooklyn Nets by letting them stay close for while, only to pull away for both a straight-up win and a cover against the NBA betting odds. With a little less than seven minutes left, the Nets were within a single basket. But the Heat simply left them in the dust, rolling to a 94-82 victory that spoiled the hopes for a split on the part of Brooklyn, which beat Miami all four times they met in the regular season but is finding that the post-season is a whole different story.
Kevin Durrant came out with a very impassioned speech while accepting is league MVP award on Wednesday night before the home crowd of the Oklahoma City Thunder. And it appeared as if Durant and his teammates took all of that passion into the game with them.