Oklahoma City Thunder 1.40 – Los Angeles Clippers 3.00 (Clippers lead series 1-0)
Kevin Durant is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player but on the evidence of Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals, the value of Oklahoma City is on the slump.
The LA Clippers delivered a 122-105 drubbing that was every bit as brutal as the scoreline suggests with Chris Paul dominating Russell Westbrook and DeAndre Jordan looking more like namesake Michael in the middle.
The Clips profited from 15 for 29 three-point shooting – those nights, fortunately for the Thunder, don’t come along all the time. However OKC – who are now out to 8.00 for the title - need to be much more aggressive defensively and find a more coherent approach to put some pressure on their foes.
LA are a huge 4.30 on a handicap of just -4.5, immense value following their previous outing. The hosts are good enough to bounce back but for those still on the Durant bandwagon, look under the points line of 209.5 at 2.50 because if their defence doesn’t kick in, they’ll be on target to flame out.
Indiana Pacers 1.55 – Washington Wizards 2.45 (Wizards lead 1-0)
Roy Hibbert has promised to be a little better in Game 2 as Indiana try to rebound from a hideous outing on Monday. Let’s be honest, he could hardly be any worse.
The centre is setting new benchmarks in falls from grace from All Star to All Chump inside three months and it was no shock that his team-mates took him aside this week and demanded more help in their bid to oust Washington.
Pointless, literally and figuratively, in the 102-96 roasting by the Wizards in Game 1, Hibbert’s disappearing act leaves the Pacers massively vulnerable to their rival’s size and strength inside.
And even with Paul George stepping up, look at Washington on a handicap of +2.5 at 2.15 or go over the total points mark 189.5 at a great value 2.55.
Best bet: Go with the Clippers on the handicap of +3.5 against the Thunder at 2.25