The long-time NBA title favourites are down on the canvas. Are they about to take another blow?
Trailing 2-1 in their Eastern Conference semi-final series with Indiana, the Miami Heat look like a team in disarray. They’ve been beset by let-downs on the court and meltdowns off it, such as the ugly sideline spat between Dwyane Wade and coach Eric Spoelstra during Friday’s 94-75 rout at the hands of the Pacers.
Make no mistake, Indiana aren’t counting their chickens just yet. But the Heat’s lack of depth could be coming painfully home to roost if LeBron James is again left without any major help while Wade is again kept under control.
"We're a confident bunch," James declared, and Indiana, despite their formidable performances in the last two games, are still in the familiar position of being underdogs for Game 4 on Sunday. At 2.06 to win in regulation, it’s worth a flutter on the Pacers or go under the total points of 177.5 at 1.91.
It’s a question of when, not if, San Antonio will book their spot in the Western Conference finals. Up 3-0 against the Los Angeles Clippers after Saturday’s 96-86 win, history gives them a guarantee of progress. And the Spurs were supreme in coming from 22 points behind in the first quarter to leave the Clippers on the brink of an exit.
Perfect in the play-offs so far, it’s hard to see San Antonio blowing the chance to complete the sweep. The Clippers are 3.82 to secure even an overtime win. And even with a handicap of 7.5 points, take the Spurs at 1.91 to roll onwards.
Bet of the Day: Go under 190.5 total points in Spurs-Clippers at 1.91.