Washington Wizards 1.60 – Indiana Pacers 2.35 (series tied 1-1)
Game 3 of any NBA Playoffs series is always pivotal and Friday’s two Conference semi-finals are no exception with both the Washington Wizards and LA Clippers looking to build on stealing one on the road as they head back home.
In D.C., it’s all eyes on Roy Hibbert as the Indiana Pacers bid to build on their 86-82 victory on Wednesday that offered some glimpses of the form they showed before their post-All Star collapse.
The centre, a pale imitation of his best for the past two months, had 28 points and nine rebounds after registering neither in the opening gambit and it was his early spark which ignited the Pacers’ revival.
Yet Washington lost only by four, a symptom of missing seven free throws, blowing 16 three-pointers, and moving away from the quicker pace that’s proven so effective in their post-season run to date.
John Wall, who has notched just 16.1 points in the playoffs so far, has promised a little more composure which, if he delivers, make it worth a punt on going over the total points line of 188.5.
The Pacers, available at 3.00 on a handicap of -3.5, will hope the same version of Hibbert shows up.
Los Angeles Clippers 1.60 – Oklahoma City Thunder 2.35 (series tied 1-1)
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were too much for the Clippers to handle in Game 2. Oklahoma City will likely need a little extra help to gain the upper hand when they travel to LA for Game 3.
The dynamic duo combined for 63 of the Thunder’s 112 points in a Game 2 rout that had coach Doc Rivers admitting: “they beat us in every way.”
Limiting the pair, and daring OKC’s supporting cast to come up trumps, must be a priority from here on for the Clippers, who are -5.5 on the handicap at 2.20.
Best bet: Go over 188.5 the total points line in Washington-Indiana at 2.45.