NBA Betting: It's Win or Bust in the Play-Offs


Heat v Knicks

The Miami Heat have had three days to ponder just how they sustained defeat in New York and allowed the Knicks to extend their series to a Game 5 back in South Beach. Much of that was attributed to Carmelo Anthony grabbing 41 points. But much was self-inflicted with Miami twice holding big leads and then letting their rivals back into contention before losing out on the last play.

New York closed out the 89-87 win with Baron Davis on his way to hospital for the knee surgery that effectively could end his career. In his absence, pulling off another upset on the floor of an affronted opponent will be a even more formidable task which is why Miami are prohibitive 1.10 favourites to seal this series. A better bet is on the Heat to turn the screw and keep the total points line under 183.0, available at 1.91.

If the Knicks lose, it might well be Mike Woodson’s last game in charge. But he’s still favoured to keep the job at 1.90, ahead of John Calipari (2.60) and Phil Jackson (5.50).

Grizzlies v Clippers

The Memphis Grizzlies are also in a 3-1 hole against the Los Angeles Clippers. Regrets? They’ve got more than a few in a series where Chris Paul has been allowed to have his own way too often.

On Monday, the All Star had 27 points in the Clippers 101-97 overtime victory and there’s good odds of 3.50 for his team to win this one in regulation. A safer bet might be to go for the handicap of +6 on the Clips at 1.91 – or to go over the line of 182.0.

Bet of the Day: Take the Clippers at +6 over the Grizzlies at 1.91.