Indiana Pacers 1.72 – Atlanta Hawks 2.15 (series tied 1-1)
Was the Indiana Pacers’ Game 2 win over the Atlanta Hawks a blip or the start of a revival? We’ll find out on Thursday when the first round NBA Playoff series switches to the ATL with the foes locked up at 1-1.
On the plus side, Indiana showed some of their defensive potency of old in holding the Hawks to 85 points but it took until the second quarter, after they had trailed by 11, before they came good.
With head coach Frank Vogel’s job reportedly under threat, and Roy Hibbert still playing like a man who’s left his mojo on the team bus, the pressure remains on the Pacers to rebound to their best. That their chemistry issues have led to practice scraps is no shock. Theirs has been a visible falling apart.
Atlanta can take confidence from the way they’ve fought, plus a 1-1 home record in the regular season series, and if they can get Jeff Teague or Kyle Korver more open looks, then they represent great value on the handicap of -2.5 at 2.40.
Indiana’s best strategy will be to shut down the perimeter and look for Paul George to pick up even more scoring slack yet on present form, have a punt on a total points of under 178.5, available at 2.95.
Memphis Grizzlies 2.06 – Oklahoma City Thunder 1.78 (series tied 1-1)
The Grizzlies stole one away in OKC when they ground out a 111-105 overtime win on Monday. Now they get to go back to Memphis, where they haven’t lost since February 5, to try and heap more pressure on the Thunder.
Zach Randolph, averaging 23 so far in this series, can again be key if he comes out on top in his duel with Serge Ibaka. And while Kevin Durant is notching 34.5 in the series, Memphis – who are a tempting -3.5 on the handicap at 2.50 – have enough momentum to put Oklahoma City on the back foot.
Golden State Warriors 2.08 – Los Angeles Clippers 1.77 (series tied 1-1)
After stealing Game 1, Golden State lost their lustre in the second instalment, crashing 138-98 in a humbling reverse on Monday as the Clippers ensured they would at least leave LA on level terms.
Blake Griffin scored 35, probed the Warriors’ soft interior, and got the rewards. The Warriors were 2-0 at home in the regular season with the Californian cousins and Oracle Arena is among the NBA’s most intimidating.
However with Los Angeles seemingly solving their puzzle, look at the Clips at -5.5 at 2.45.
Best bet: Go under 178.5 total points in Indiana - Atlanta at 2.95