Brooklyn Nets 1.47 – Toronto Raptors 2.75 (Toronto lead series 3-2)
$180 million is supposed to buy a NBA title, not a first round playoff exit.
However Brooklyn must claim victory on Friday just to force a deciding seventh game in their series with Toronto, not the kind of returns their huge investment was intended for.
The Nets are 3.70 to win two in a row and advance into the Eastern Conference semi-finals but there are signs that the post-season grind is testing their veterans with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce both benched in the fourth quarter of the Raptors’ frenetic 115-113 triumph in Game 5.
It took a huge fourth quarter rally (or, if you prefer, a collapse) to give Brooklyn a late shot yet Toronto’s energy is compelling.
And with Kyle Lowry averaging 21.8 points in this series, Canada’s finest have a glorious chance to progress from what is likely to be another scrap to the finish.
Dallas Mavericks 2.35 – San Antonio Spurs 1.60 (San Antonio lead 3-2)
Make no mistake, the Spurs want this done and dusted as soon as possible. Dallas will be happy to take it to a Game 7.
After claiming two in a row, San Antonio look a little healthier with Tony Parker finding his groove but the Mavs will be fortified by the return of DeJuan Blair after suspension and the rejuvenation of Vince Carter who has gone back in time to make a sizeable contribution.
Should the Spurs play a complete game, which they have yet to do, and get their three-point shooting going, they can wrap things up. If Dallas keep the total points under 193.5, available at 2.55, the hosts will surely be in contention to stay alive.
Portland Trail Blazers 1.57 – Houston Rockets 2.45 (Portland lead 3-2)
While the Spurs and Raptors try to close out on the road, Portland have the massive advantage of home advantage as they bid to seal a 4-2 series win on their own floor.
James Harden broke out as Houston survived elimination with a 108-98 win in Game 5, fuelled significantly by holding LaMarcus Aldridge to just eight points. And the Rockets are available at 4.25 to repeat that feat and force a decider by a -6.5 margin.
Yet if the Blazers can get Aldridge rolling as they did before, they’ve a great opportunity to complete the upset.
Best bet: Go under 185.5 total points in Brooklyn-Toronto at 2.55