How much trouble are the San Antonio Spurs in?
Their Western Conference semi-final series with the Golden State Warriors was supposed to be a cakewalk. Instead, the Texans go into Tuesday night’s Game 5 a little lucky to have a split at 2-2 as their inexperienced rivals refuse to back down.
The Spurs only had themselves to blame on Monday when coughing up a late lead before losing to the Warriors in overtime. Andrew Bogut stepped up to spark a comeback that now effectively turns this into a best-of-three series.
Bogut has been a huge defensive presence - a major factor in Golden State winning the battle of the boards by dominating Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw in the middle.
San Antonio are still favoured by -7 on the handicap at 1.91 to take a 3-2 lead with their rivals at 3.40 for the win.
The Spurs' shooting has been uncharacteristically poor and the odds suggest that has to change at some point, while Stephen Curry’s problematic ankle seems to be worsening by the day.
It’s worth looking under the high scoring line of 202 at 1.42 but with home advantage, back San Antonio to gain some breathing room.
The Indiana Pacers have a glorious opportunity to go 3-1 up in their Eastern semi series with the New York Knicks tonight on their home floor. With bad blood appearing to spill out of the Big Apple, they might never get a better shot.
Tyson Chandler made public his disaffection with what he termed the Knicks’ selfish play. Add to that the doubts over the availability of Iman Shumpert, JR Smith and Kenyon Martin, and New York don’t have their troubles to seek.
Chandler, however, has been less than impressive of late, allowing Roy Hibbert and Paul George to boss in the paint - contributing just 5.8 points and 7.1 rebounds in this post-season – and just four boards per game in this series.
With Indiana yet to lose at home in these NBA Playoffs, back them at 1.48 for the win and go under the total points line of 179.5, available at 1.91.
Best Bet: Take San Antonio to beat Golden State on the handicap of -7 at 1.91
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