Game 2 In NBA Playoffs Continue For Some Teams
There are a number of teams looking forward to playing Game 2 in the NBA Playoffs today, but there were some teams playing their second game of the series last night.
Th3e Cavaliers grabbed another home win against the Celtics, winning by a score of 99-91 and the Cleveland side now has a 2-0 lead in the series. The Rockets also grabbed a home win, defeating the Mavericks by a score of 111-99 and this also means that the Houston side hold a 2-0 advantage in the series. The scene in Toronto was bleaker for the home team though as the Washington Wizards grabbed a 106-117 win, and the team from Washington now holds a 2-0 lead in the series, and they are yet to play at home!
The home teams have had the edge in the vast majority of the Playoff games so far this campaign but the Wizards have seriously bucked that trend.
Brooklyn Nets @ Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks had a number of injuries to contend with during the regular season but they are facing big worries over whether Al Horford will be able to live up to expectations after he suffered a dislocated right pinky finger. In the grand scheme of things, this may not seem like the worst injury a basketball player can suffer but when it comes to making plays, taking shots and beating out the opposition, you would be surprised at how important the pinky finger is.
Horford has said that he will be in the team on Wednesday night with the Hawks looking to grab a 2-0 lead in the series against the Brooklyn Nets. On Sunday, Kyle Korver was a key player with 21 points in the 99-92 win and he will be at the forefront of the Hawks team, regardless of how fit Horford is. Another player expected to push himself through the pain barrier is Paul Millsap. He lost five games due to injury in the regular season but he is looking to be more fit and able in this match than he was in his return game at the weekend.
The injuries are piling up for the Hawks and this may provide the Nets with a bit of confidence. They may have lost their last four regular season meetings against the Hawks by a big margin but their performance and the narrow score line of Game 1 has given the Brooklyn side added impetus going into Game 2.
The Nets have a 38-45 record this season, including a 19-23 record on the road and a 5-5 record in their last 10 games. The Hawks currently hold a 61-22 record so far this campaign and this includes a 36-6 record at home. The Hawks are currently 6-4 in their last 10 games. For average points for, the Hawks lead 102.5 to 98.0 and for average points against, the Hawks lead 97.1 to 100.9.
Taking the Nets with a +9.5 handicap, at odds of 1.90, is likely to be a sound bet for this game. Bet Now!
Portland Trail Blazers @ Memphis Grizzlies
This is definitely the time of year when players will push themselves through the pain barrier and work harder than they would during the regular season. Mike Conley should be resting up this midweek, allowing his sprained right foot to get better but you can guarantee that he will be on the court, giving it his all for the Grizzlies who will be keen to build on their win in the opening game of this series. The Grizzlies won 100-86 and Conley was in commanding form, which even allowing for his injury, wasn’t that much of a surprise. His 16 points were a big part in the win and when you take on board the fact that he returned from injury after just 11 days, with an injury that has been known to take 6 weeks to heal, it is clear that Conley is a tough player.
The Trail Blazers are currently 51-32 for the season, including a 19-23 record on the road and a 3-7 record in their last 10 games. The Grizzlies sit with a 56-27 record at the moment, including a 32-10 record at home and a 6-4 record in their last 10 games. For average points for, the Trail Blazers lead 102.6 to 98.3 and for average points against, the Grizzlies lead 95.0 to 98.6.
Taking the Grizzlies at -6, at odds of 1.90, is likely to be a very decent bet for Wednesday night. Bet Now!
San Antonio Spurs @ Los Angeles Clippers
This is the series that looks to be tighter than the read, and many fans have been tipping this to be the tightest but the Los Angeles Clippers ran away with the opening game in their 107-92 win on Sunday. The Spurs are of course the Champions and have plenty of experience, but the starting line-up for the Clippers is immense and they blew their opponents away, giving the Spurs their first Game 1 loss since 2011.
A big concern for the Spurs will be the injury that Tony Parker picked up at the end of Game 1. Parker is expected to play in Game 2 of the series but whether he will be able to influence or impact on the game remains to be seen. It can be difficult when you have an injury but you know that you need to play, and this could be something else that inhibits the way that the Spurs take on this challenge.
The Spurs hold a 55-28 record this season and this contains a 22-20 record on the road and they have an 8-2 record in their last 10 games. The Clippers hold a 57-26 record so far this campaign and this record includes a 31-11 record at home and a formidable 9-1 record in their last 10 games. For average points for, the Clippers lead 106.7 to 103.0 and for average points against, the Spurs lead 97.1 to 100.0.
Taking the Clippers with a -1.5 handicap, at odds of 1.90, is likely to be a decent bet for this game. Bet Now!