It’s a Super Sunday in the NBA, with potential previews of the Eastern and Western Conference finals.
The Los Angeles Clippers can make a statement of intent when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder, with both teams just 3 games behind San Antonio at the head of the West standings. Following a mid-season blip, the Clips have won eight of their last nine since Chris Paul returned from injury, with their sole slip-up coming against the Spurs. Their bench continues to be spectacular, bringing on over 40 points per game, and that’s one reason it’s worth a look at Los Angeles for the Conference crown at 4.10.
The Thunder are still 2.15 favourites for that title but they’re a miserable 5-8 on the road against opponents with winning records. They also come off a loss at Denver. Although they’ve twice beaten the Clippers this season, back LA at -2.5 on the handicap in a game that’s likely to head above the total points line of 203.5.
The Miami Heat will bid to equal their franchise record of 14 consecutive victories but to accomplish that, they’ll need to break a run of losses against the New York Knicks. The reigning champions sustained defeat by an average of 15 points in the previous two meetings between the Eastern rivals this season and they’ll be wary of their hosts’ resurgence over the last week.
None of New York's three wins have been against powerhouse opponents, but the Knicks are still 21-8 at home with Carmelo Anthony averaging 28.8 points at Madison Square Garden. As ever, it should bring up a fascinating duel with his fellow All Star LeBron James, who is notching 27.0 points per night on the road. Miami are favoured by -4.5 on the handicap but it’s a safer bet that these teams will combine for over 198 total points, available at 1.91.
Bet of the day: Take the LA Clippers on the handicap over Oklahoma City at 1.91