Golden State Warriors 2.08 – Los Angeles Clippers 1.75 (Clippers lead 2-1)
In the heat of their most ambitious NBA title challenge ever, the LA Clippers have hit the headlines for matters off the court rather than on it. Yet will the opprobrium garnered by the team’s owner Donald Sterling affect their mindset on Sunday in Game 4 of their first round Playoff series with Golden State?
With audio revealed of a man said to be Sterling making racist comments, the Clips did consider a boycott as a protest against their employer but instead, according to Chris Paul, they will keep up their championship quest with the All Star confirming: “We're not going to let anything get in the way of those dreams.”
The hubris might even bring LA together but after just squeezing out a 98-96 win in Game 3, the Clips need all the focus available – as well as the continued of Paul.
Despite being a gametime decision, he had 15 points and 10 and has been part of a collective effort to nullify Stephen Curry who has notched only 18 points per night in the series to date.
In what looks a probable close call, the Clippers are 1.96 on a handicap of -2.5 with the Warriors great value at 2.40 on the same margin. And with the sides frequently cancelling each other out, heading under 201.5 total points at 3.00 is certainly worth a punt.
Portland Trail Blazers 1.73 – Houston Rockets 2.14 (Blazers lead 2-1)
The Rockets got out of jail thanks to an overtime cameo from Troy Daniels in Game 3, avoiding the certain death of a 3-0 hole. But they’ll need to dig deep again to reclaim homecourt in Sunday’s re-match in Portland, especially by slowing LaMarcus Aldridge.
The forward is putting up 37.3 points per game in this series but found it a little tougher when Houston threw Omer Asik and Dwight Howard in a tandem. If they can’t repeat those shackles, Daniels might not be enough – with the Blazers at -2.5 on the handicap at 1.96 and now available at 3.25 to advance 4-2.
Washington Wizards 1.78 – Chicago Bulls 2.04 (Wizards lead series 2-1)
Despite coughing up Game 3, Washington are 3.10 to see off Chicago 4-2 and 1.78 to come up trumps in Game 4 in D.C. Yet they’ll have to do it without Nene, who has been suspended for his ejection on Friday.
His physical presence at both ends has helped limit Joakim Noah to 12 points per game as well as giving an offensive boost. Chicago, at 2.04 for the win, may sniff an opening if they can get more production. Have a look at going over the total points line of 194.5 at 3.90 – which has been achieved in all three games so far.
Brooklyn Nets 1.50 – Toronto Raptors 2.60 (Nets lead 2-1)
The Nets have played it simple so far: challenge Kyle Lowry and force the rest of the Raptors to deliver. It’s worked well although Toronto, who are +2.5 on the handicap at 2.20, still have the speed to keep Brooklyn on their toes and steal one on the road.
Best bet: Go under 201.5 total points in Golden State – LA Clippers at 3.00