The Cleveland Cavaliers are enjoying a relaxing time this week but the other teams left in the NBA Playoffs will find that this is a nervous time. There are plenty of big games to look out for in the NBA schedule so be sure to find out what is on and when this week.
- Cleveland Cavaliers 4 v Atlanta Hawks 0
- Toronto Raptors 2 v Miami Heat 1
- Golden State Warriors 2 v Portland Trail Blazers 1
- San Antonio Spurs 2 v Oklahoma City Thunder 2
As you can see, the Cavaliers set an almighty pace and are already in the Western Conference final but all of the three remaining semi-finals are very much in the balance. This means we are all set for some exciting NBA matches this week.
Tuesday 10th May 01:00 BST Tip-off time / 02:00 CEST
- Toronto Raptors @ Miami Heat – Game 4
The Heat are trailing 2-1 in the series going into this game and they’ll be desperate to level the series before heading into the fifth game. The bookmakers believe that they’ll grab the win they need to square everything up before the action heads back to Toronto. The Heat won the opening game in Toronto but have stumbled in their last two games, including a 91-95 loss in their most recent home game. Goran Dragic and Dwayne Wade have been key players so far in the series for the Heat and if they can perform to these high standards again, the Heat will certainly have a chance.
Take the Miami Heat at -5.5 at odds of 1.90. Two of the three games in the series have gone into overtime so look to go OVER 190.0, at odds of 1.90, for the Over/Under market.
Tuesday 10th May 03:30 BST Tip-off time / 04:30 CEST
- Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trail Blazers – Game 4
The Blazers stunned the Warriors in the most recent game of the series but you don’t expect the runaway team in the NBA to lose two games in a row, so the Blazers will have to watch for an all-out attack in this game. Damian Lillard has been the key man for the Blazers in this series, sinking 40 points in the recent win while the Warriors have relied heavily on Klay Thompson.
Look to take Golden State Warriors at -4.5, which you can find at odds of 1.90. Anyone looking to take the Over/Under market will find that going OVER 124.0 at odds of 1.90 is a smart bet.
Wednesday 11th May 01:00 BST Tip-off time / 02:00 CEST
- Oklahoma City Thunder @ San Antonio Spurs – Game 5
This series stands at 2-2 and both teams have managed to grab a win on the road, so the Thunder won’t be feeling overwhelmed about this game in Texas. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have been key players for the Thunder so far in this series while LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard have been strong for the Spurs.
You can take the San Antonio Spurs at -6.5 at odds of 1.90 for this game. If you fancy the Over/Under market, you should look to go OVER 199.5 at odds of 1.90.
Thursday 12th May 01:00 BST Tip-off time / 02:00 CEST
- Miami Heat @ Toronto Raptors – Game 5
If the Raptors take Game 4, this could be a deciding game in the series, but of course, that is a big assumption to make. The Toronto crowd will have a part to play in this game but the Heat have shown that they can stand up to the Toronto side, which means that this game should be an intriguing affair.
Thursday 12th May 03:30 BST Tip-off time / 04:30 CEST
- Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors – Game 5
If Golden State triumphed in Game 4, this could be a deciding match but much like the other Thursday game in the NBA schedule, that is a big assumption to make. The Warriors have found the Playoffs tougher than they found the regular season, which is no surprise, but they remain a top tip of most basketball fans and observers.
Friday 13th May 01:30 BST Tip-off time / 02:30 CEST
- San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder – Game 6
The Spurs and the Thunder are definitely going to Game 6 so this is a game to look forward to in the early hours of Friday morning. There is a lot of basketball to be played by these two teams before then, so it is difficult to say what the mind-set and mood of these teams will be, but you can be confident that it’ll be a huge game.
Friday 13th May – Games to be decided
- Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trail Blazers – If Game 6 is needed
- Toronto Raptors @ Miami Heat – If Game 6 is needed
Sunday 15th May – Games to be decided
- Oklahoma City Thunder @ San Antonio Spurs – If Game 7 is needed
- Miami Heat @ Toronto Raptors – If Game 7 is needed
Tuesday 17th May – Game to be decided
- Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors – If Game 7 is needed
With uncertainty hanging over the games at the tail-end of this week and beginning of next week, basketball fans may not have as busy a schedule as they would like. The Cavaliers are already in their Conference Final but it won’t be long until they are joined by plenty of basketball rivals.