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NBA Betting News: Referee Assignments

Long before the Tim Donaghy scandal, handicapping games based on referees and umpires was commonplace. Handicappers continue to find trends and tendencies based on who is officiating, especially in the NBA where a ref who loves to call lots of fouls can impact the final score. Ditto one who likes to keep his whistle in his pocket.

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After Huge ATS Win GSW Set for Sweep

After rolling to an emphatic SU victory and an easy ATS win last time out the Golden State Warriors will get a chance to close out the Western Conference Finals on Monday night when they play host to the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of the set.

Golden State extended their series lead to 3-0 on Saturday with an easy 115-80 road victory as a 1.5-point underdog on the NBA betting lines at the sportsbooks. The UNDER has paid off on the totals in all three games so far in the series.

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701862
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Cavaliers Seeking a Payout in Cleveland

The Cleveland Cavaliers have managed to pick up just three ATS victories in their past nine games at home as they get set to play host to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday in Game 3 of the NBA's Western Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cavaliers, however, went 2-0 both SU and ATS in the first two games of this series on the road in Atlanta, winning 97-89 as a 2-point road underdog in Game 1 and then 94-82 as a 3.5-point road underdog in Game 2 on Friday night.

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701806
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NBA Draft Props: Towns Atop Odds List

The Minnesota Timberwolves won the lottery and will have the top pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, and the online sportsbooks have Kentucky freshman center Karl-Anthony Towns as the favorite to be selected first overall.

At Bovada NBA Draft props released on Wednesday have Towns set as the -200 favorite on the odds to be the first overall pick on June 25, with Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor at +175, and Any Other Player at +500.

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WCF: Warriors Winless ATS vs Rockets

The Golden State Warriors have won but failed to cover the spread at the sportsbooks in each of the first two games of the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets as those teams meet in Game 3 of the set on Saturday night.

Golden State beat Houston 110-106 as a 10.5-point home favorite in Game 1 of the series, then topped the Rockets 99-98 as a 9.5-point home favorite in Game 2 on Thursday night. Both of those contests turned out as UNDER results.

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701861
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Cavs vs Hawks: Game 2 Odds Matchup

Having won as a road underdog in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals the Cleveland Cavaliers will be gunning for a 2-0 series lead on Friday night as they take on the Hawks in Atlanta in the second game of the best-of-seven set.

Cleveland got past Atlanta 97-89 as a 2-point road underdog on the NBA odds at the sportsbooks in Game 1 of the series on Wednesday in an UNDER result. The Cavaliers are 2-3 SU and 3-2 ATS in their past five games against the Hawks.

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701805
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Warriors a Big Favorite Again vs Rockets

The Golden State Warriors failed to cover a double-digit spread in Game 1 against the Houston Rockets, but they'll get another chance on Thursday night when the teams hit the hardwood in Game 2 of the NBA's Western Conference Finals.

Golden State took a 1-0 series lead on Tuesday night with a 110-106 home win over Houston as a 10.5-point favorite on the NBA betting lines at the online sportsbooks. That was Golden State's eighth UNDER result in their last 10 games.

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701860
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Cavaliers Struggling SU & ATS vs Hawks

The Cleveland Cavaliers went just 1-3 SU and 2-2 ATS in their four games against the Atlanta Hawks during the regular season as those teams clash on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals.

The Cavaliers topped the Hawks 127-94 in their first meeting of the season back in November, but since then Atlanta has managed to beat Cleveland three straight times while covering the spread twice. The OVER went 3-1 in those games.

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701804
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Washington Wizards Face the Atlanta Hawks: NBA Odds and Pick

Philips Arena features an NBA battle between the host Atlanta Hawks and the visiting Washington Wizards in basketball betting action on Monday.

The Washington Wizards will try to spoil the party on Monday; they are 40-50-2 ATS against the betting spread this NBA season, while the Atlanta Hawks are 54-39-1 ATS. Washington is 44-46-2 vs the betting total points scored; Atlanta is 47-47.

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701522
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NBA Championship Betting Odds Update

With the conference finals tipping off this week it's the Golden State Warriors that sit as the favorites on the updated odds to win the 2015 NBA Championship at the online sportsbooks, with the Cleveland Cavaliers trailing them on that futures list.

At Bovada the Warriors sit as the 4/7 favorites on the 2015 NBA Championship odds, with the Cavaliers second at 13/5 odds. Golden State will take on the Houston Rockets in the Western Finals, while Cleveland meets the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Finals.

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