Washington Wizards 1.68 – Chicago Bulls 2.20 (Wizards lead series 2-0)
How quickly things change. From being the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, Washington have emerged as a dark horse to go all the way to the NBA Finals.
Two wins over the Chicago Bulls have shortened their odds of 16.00 and with the Indiana Pacers splintering and the Miami Heat unconvincing, there is a sense they could spark some further upsets.
The Bulls – now 4.50 to advance - will not simply roll over and die but considering the next two games in D.C, the Wizards are 3.00 to complete the sweep. With Nene and John Wall forming a dynamic outside-inside combo, they are well-placed to maintain their run.
Over-confidence shouldn’t be an issue. Head coach Randy Wittman has taken time to stress to an inexperienced group that there is still plenty of work ahead. You still sense prideful Chicago will find a way to steal one, with the best value on a Wizards 4-1 victory at 4.50.
But with momentum on their side, have a punt on Washington on the match handicap of -3.5 in Friday’s Game 3 at 1.96 or look further ahead.
Portland Trail Blazers 1.70 – Houston Rockets 2.18 (Blazers lead 2-0)
The Blazers are now 1.18 to progress into the West semi-finals and with LaMarcus Aldridge bullying the Rockets into submission, Portland will hope for a sweep when the series switches to Rip City.
Houston have been shambolic at times with James Harden’s shooting all over the shop. Yet if he finds his groove, don’t be shocked if this series ignites again with the visitors excellent value on the handicap of -4.5 at 3.05 to make it 2-1.
Brooklyn Nets 1.45 – Toronto Raptors 2.75 (tied 1-1)
Who will blink first? Toronto or Brooklyn? The sides are NYC-bound for what could be a pivotal Game 3 with the Raptors at 2.75 to reclaim home advantage.
The Nets, however, are 15-2 over their last 17 at the Barclays Center and even though Toronto have improved on the road, the hosts will like their hopes in a clash which should be a battle of offense.
Look at a total point line of over 193.5 at 2.15.
Best bet: Back Washington on the match handicap of -3.5 against Chicago at 1.96