Warriors Have the Blazers on the Ropes

Stephen Curry CJ McCollum

The Portland Trail Blazers’ odds to win their second-round series with the Golden State Warriors were stacked against them even without Stephen Curry in the fold, but now that the sharpshooter is back it may take a miracle for them to overcome the 3-1 series deficit they’re facing. Game 5 gets underway in California tonight.

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  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Warriors' last seven games with one day off between games.
  • The Warriors are 7-0 SU and ATS in their last seven games at home.
  • The Trail Blazers are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games with one day off between games.

Curry returned in Game 4 and didn’t miss a beat, erupting for a game-high 40 points including an NBA-record 17 in overtime to rally the Dubs to a 132-125 victory. Portland led 16-2 before Curry entered with six minutes remaining in the first quarter and led 71-59 in the third before Golden State mounted their comeback.

Only nine teams in NBA history have ever overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series, but Houston did so against the L.A. Clippers in last year’s West semifinals. The Blazers also won four straight against the Clips in the opening round after dropping the first two.

When Portland is coming off a loss, the UNDER is trending. The Trail Blazers have gone UNDER in seven of their last eight after a loss.

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Raptors Rarely Lose Two Straight

Dwyane Wade Kyle Lowry

At this point in the NBA postseason, it’s hard to tell which Toronto Raptors team you’re going to see when they take the floor. But as the series with Miami shifts back north of the border, trends are working in Toronto’s favor. The Raptors are 8-0 SU in their last eight games after a loss.

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  • The total has gone UNDER in nine of the Heat' last 12 games after a win.
  • The Raptors are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of the Raptors' last 11 games with one day off between games.

Injuries to star big men Jonas Valanciunas and Hassan Whiteside have given this series a different look. Valanciunas has been ruled out for the remainder of the series with an ankle injury, while Whiteside is day-to-day with a sprained ligament in his right knee. Head head coach Erik Spoelstra has announced the center will not play in Game 5.

If the Raps are going to win tonight, they’ll need far better production from their backcourt. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were a combined 6 of 28 from the floor in Game 4 and totalled 19 points, with Lowry going 0 for 6 from downtown. DeRozan has shot 33 percent in the postseason, and Lowry is at 33 percent.

Miami has opened as 4.5-point underdogs for the affair, but they’ve been far from a safe play in this spot. The Heat are 3-9 Su in their last 12 games as dogs and 2-8 SU and 3-7 ATS in their previous 10 when labeled as pups.

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Atlanta Hawks Betting Prediction and Odds

The Cleveland Cavaliers will hit the floor running against the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, looking to bolster their record and bolster betting bankrolls in the process.

The Cleveland Cavaliers sport a record of 65-25 and 42-46-2 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Atlanta Hawks sit at 52-40 and 45-45-2 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 44-45-1 for the Cleveland Cavaliers and 40-50-2 for the Atlanta Hawks.

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Spurs Have a Habit of Bouncing Back

Russell Westbrook Tim Duncan

Many pundits around the NBA have labeled Oklahoma City’s playoff run as a vital one due to the looming free agency of Kevin Durant. OKC showed they weren’t dead yet in their Game 4 victory over the Spurs, as Durant finished with 41 points en route to a pivotal 111-97 result to knot the series at two.

Shark Bites
  • The Spurs are 3-1 ATS in their last four games at home.
  • The visiting team is 2-6 SU in its last eight games in this matchup.
  • The Thunder are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games on Tuesday.

The good news for Spurs backers is they have a penchant for bouncing back. In San Antonio’s last 16 games after a loss, they’ve gone 14-2 SU. The Thunder, who opened as 7-point underdogs, have not been reliable in this spot. Russell Westbrook and company is 1-11 SU and 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 when tabbed as underdogs of seven points or less.

A big reason for the Spurs’ recent slide has resulted from some major stagnation in ball movement. San Antonio had an incredible 39 assists in a Game 1 rout, but have collected 19 assists in Games 2 and 3 and 12 in the Game 4 setback.

UNDER bettors would be wise to consider the total in this game, which opened at 199.5. The UNDER is 4-1 in the Spurs’ last five with a closing total of 199.5 or more.

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Knicks, Rockets & Pacers Coaching Odds

Stan Van Gundy Mark Jackson

The NBA coaching carousel took another turn last week, as the old adage “coaches are hired to be fired” proved to be true once again. As of May 9, the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks were in the market for head coaches, which has kept oddsmakers busy.


Raptors Performing Terribly Without JV

The Toronto Raptors-Miami Heat semifinal series was originally an intriguing battle of dominant big men, but the tone has changed significantly thanks to injuries to Jonas Valanciunas and Hassan Whiteside. Valanciunas suffered a sprained ankle in Game 3 and will miss the rest of the series, while Whiteside is day-to-day with a sprained medical collateral ligament in his right knee.

Shark Bites
  • The Raptors are 6-0 SU in their last six games with a closing total of 190.0 or less.
  • The Heat are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games with a closing total of 190.0 or less.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Raptors' last 10 games with one day off between games.

Whiteside is listed as questionable for Monday night’s Game 4. Toronto leads 2-1 after coming out on top 95-91 on Saturday. The re-emergence of Kyle Lowry fuelled the Raptors’ win, going 11-for-19 from the field en route to a 33-point performance. Before the game, Lowry was making history for his poor shooting percentage in the postseason.

The loss of Valanciunas is a significant one for Toronto. The Raps outscored Miami by 41 points when the Lithuanian was on the floor in the first three games of the series, but the Heat have outscored the Dinos by 39 when he’s been on the bench.

The Raptors, who opened as 5.5-point underdogs, have been a fantastic play in this spot. Toronto is 8-1 in its last nine when tabbed as dogs of 5.5 points or more.

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Dubs Haven't Lost Two Straight All Year

It’s rare to see losing streaks happen to the Golden State Warriors. The Dubs are 10-0 in games coming off losses in the season, winning by an average of 15.8 points. We’ll see if that trend continues tonight when the Warriors take on the Trail Blazers in Game 4 of their second-round series Monday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Warriors are 13-0 SU in their last 13 games on Monday.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Trail Blazers' last eight games with a closing total of 214.0 or more.
  • The visiting team is 0-6 SU and ATS in its last six games in this matchup.

Portland took Game 3 by a score of 120-108 on Saturday, and the absence of superstar point guard Stephen Curry is starting to show. The reigning MVP has missed six of Golden State’s eight postseason games, including the last four after suffering a sprained knee ligament Game 4 against the Houston Rockets in the first round.

Draymond Green finished with 37 points, nine rebounds and eight assists while Klay Thompson had 35 points, but only one other player (Leandro Barbosa) finished was the only other Warrior in double-figures.

When the Warriors hit the road, low-scoring games tend to follow. The UNDER is 7-1 in the Warriors' last eight away from California.

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Thunder Have Had Spurs’ Number in OKC

Despite losing Game 3 of their playoff series in Oklahoma City, the Thunder still enter their next contest going 11-3 SU and ATS in their past 13 games hosting the San Antonio Spurs. Game 3 was the first time this season that the Spurs won or covered at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

With the multitude of offensive superstars in this series, it has been LaMarcus Aldridge that has reigned supreme. Aldridge is averaging 34.3 points per game while shooting over 62 percent from the floor.

If the Thunder want to even up the series they will need to see Russell Westbrook either pass the ball or start draining shots. Westbrook took 21 shots in Game 3 without passing the ball and went just 5-for-21 in those instances.

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Can ATL Ever Beat CLE In Playoffs?

The Atlanta Hawks have been on the wrong side of history in their series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Hawks are getting decimated in this series, but it has sadly – for Atlanta supporters – just part of their embarrassing history against the Cavs in the playoffs. The Hawks are winless in 11 franchise playoff games against the Cavaliers and have only covered once in that span.

The Cavs have averaged 108.9 points per game in the playoffs – nearly five points more than their season average – while only allowing their opponents to hit triple-digits twice in seven games.

The Hawks defense was one of the best in the NBA through the regular season, but has been steamrolled by the ridiculous Cavs’ scorers. Atlanta is allowing 116 per game in this series compared to their season average of 99.2.

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Warriors Dominating Blazers SU and ATS

There has been little parity when the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers clash, as the Warriors have dominated the matchup. The Warriors are 8-2 SU and 9-1 ATS in the past 10 games against the Blazers, which obviously includes the first two games of their playoff series.

No Steph Curry? No problem. In the first two games of the series the Warriors have averaged 114 points and a +11.5 point scoring margin. Though Klay Thompson has been leading the way in scoring, it has been Draymond Green that has been the unstoppable utility knife for Golden State. Green has averaged 20 points, 13.5 rebounds and nine assists per game this series.

Damian Lillard has paced the Blazers through the first two games of the series, but he has been more of a volume shooter than anything else. Lillard is shooting just 33.3 percent from the floor the past two games, but has yet to miss a free throw.

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