NBA Handicap Betting Preview – Thursday 19th May by @DavAulak

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Golden State Warriors – Game 2

Not many would have picked the Oklahoma City Thunder to beat the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Semi Finals, but even fewer would have predicted a win over the Golden State Warriors in the Conference Finals.

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Those views may have changed after their second half comeback in Game 1 to take a 1-0 lead in this series and take away home court advantage in the Conference Finals.

There has to be a reaction from the Golden State Warriors who have yet to be beaten in two straight games through the length of the season. They will be disappointed with the way they played the second half of Game 1 having been held to just 14 points in the Fourth Quarter, while Golden State struggled from the three point range in a manner they don’t usually.

Of course the other side of the coin is the Thunder will know they can play a lot better than they did in Game 1 despite stealing home court. The combination of using Steven Adams and Enes Kanter against the small ball line up of the Warriors was very effective in Game 1, but it is a big ask to get the same production out of them in Game 2 with a desperate Golden State team taking to the court.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook played some big minutes in Game 1 too and with only a day of rest between that one and this one, I can see Golden State perhaps being able to hold onto a big lead through the game. It was a poor second half that cost them but the Warriors are 4-1 against the spread in the last five at home against Oklahoma City.

Desperation should see the Warriors produce their best and I like them to cover the spread in Game 2 and set up two big games in Oklahoma City in the coming days.

HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Golden State Warriors – 8.5 Points @ 1.97 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @DavAulak.

 

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NBA Handicap Betting Preview – Wednesday 18th May by @DavAulak

Toronto Raptors @ Cleveland Cavaliers – Game 1

The Cleveland Cavaliers have looked the team to beat in the NBA during the post-season as they are on the right side of injuries and look well-rested for a deep run. Last season both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving missed extended time in the Play Offs, but both are playing well this time around and helping LeBron James, while the role players are battering down the doors from the three point arc.

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The Cavaliers are looking very good and have won all eight post-season games played while seeing off Detroit and Atlanta. Of course the Toronto Raptors look their toughest challenge to date, but the Raptors have to show more than they have in their tight wins over Indiana and Miami.

 

James, Love & Irving

James, Love & Irving

The latter were banged up which meant the Raptors were expected to come through easier than they did and although winning Game 7’s can build character, it also means they are going to be a little fatigued when taking on the best team in their Conference.

Toronto did win two of their three games with Cleveland, but the sole visit to Cleveland ended in defeat. The lay off may have cooled the three point shooting the Cavaliers have displayed, but I am not sure that is the case and I think Game 1 could be a high-scoring one.

The Raptors finally got something consistent going in their last game with Miami and Cleveland have been lights out from three point range while the over is 4-1 in the last five in the series. There does look to be enough scoring in both teams to help this one go over the 201.5 Total Points being asked and that is what I am backing to happen.

HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Over 201.5 Total Points @ 1.90 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @DavAulak.

 

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NBA Handicap Betting Preview – Thursday 28th April by @DavAulak

Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors – Game 5

They might have won 73 games this season, but it will meaning nothing to the Golden State Warriors unless they win the NBA Championship. When Steph Curry slipped on a wet patch during the Game 4 win over the Houston Rockets, it looked like the Warriors might be losing Curry for a prolonged period.

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The MRI has come back and it looks like Curry is out for the next two weeks which could see him back for the Eastern Conference Finals. With the Clippers losing two key players for the rest of the post-season, the Warriors might be feeling confident they can handle the load in the absence of Curry until he returns and the key is to finish off the Houston Rockets who they have in a 3-1 hole.

 

James Harden

James Harden

Golden State are 1-1 without Curry in this First Round series, but only lost a game where James Harden should have been called for an Offensive foul. They effectively crushed Houston without Curry in the Game 4 win on the road and I think the Rockets don’t have the same sense of belief as they did when coming back to beat the Clippers from 1-3 down in the Play Offs last season.

The Warriors have won each of their last four home games against Houston by double digits which includes a win without Curry in Game 2. I think the Rockets are looking at a roster that doesn’t have the same belief and I believe Golden State go on and win this one to move into the Conference Semi Finals with a victory by ten points or more.

HANDICAP BETTING PICK: Golden State Warriors -9 Points @ 1.97 with Matchbook

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @DavAulak.

 

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