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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10:35 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFF REPORT: CAVALIERS' COMEBACK GETS 'EM GAME 4 WIN PLUS ALL HAIL THE "PERFECT" WARRIORS AS WE BREAK DOWN THE 12-AND-OH RUN THIS POST-SEASON IN POINTSPREAD STYLE

BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

If the Cleveland Cavaliers are gonna look back at a second consecutive NBA championship - we said "if" - then they'll happily look back at last night's 112-99 come-from-behind win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Boston Celtics were up 16 points; the Cavs were without star LeBron James for the final 6:45 of the first half because of four fouls; and all seemed doom-and-gloom inside "The Q".

But James came alive to score what TNT's Charles Barkley said was the "quietest 34 points anyone ever scored" and - let's not bury the lead - G Kyrie Irving was simply spectacular with his game-high 42 points and so it's back to Beantown for a Game 5 on Thursday night and, quite possibly, the last NBA game till the first of June.

A full-blown preview of Cavs-Celtics/Game 5 comes your way right here in the next edition of Jim Sez, so don't miss out!

Meanwhile, want to know what dominance looks like?

Cue the here-and-now Golden State Warriors:

Okay, so it's well-documented that the NBA Finals-bound club is a perfect 12-and-oh SU (straight-up) this post-season with series sweeps versus Portland, Utah and the short-handed San Antonio Spurs but did you realize that the average margin of victory in these dozen playoff games is a whopping 16.3 points per game?

Yikes!

In fact, the Warriors have won only two of their 12 playoff games by single-digit margins (see our chart below) and there's been four wins by 20+ points just to give you a little taste of how mighty Golden State's been this post-season.

So, here's a playoff game-by-game/series-by-series look at how the G-State Warriors arrived at its third consecutive NBA Finals - the championship round begins Thursday, June 1st no matter when this current Boston versus Cleveland series in the East ends - and please note the following:

Golden State is actually 2-4 ATS (against the spread) at home while laying some monstrous prices while the Warriors are a brilliant 6-0 spreadwise away this post-season for a cumulative pointspread record of 8-4 during these playoffs.

GOLDEN STATE POST-SEASON -
Note all home teams are in CAPS below:

DATE WINNERSPREADLOSERSCORE
4-16GOLDEN ST- 15.5Portland 121-109
4-19GOLDEN ST- 12Portland   110-81
4-22Golden St- 5PORTLAND119-113
4-24Golden St- 9PORTLAND 128-103
     
5-2GOLDEN ST-13.5Utah106-94
5-4GOLDEN ST- 14Utah115-104
5-6Golden St- 6.5UTAH102-91
5-8Golden St- 8.5UTAH121-95
     
5-14GOLDEN ST- 10San Antonio113-111
5-16GOLDEN ST- 13.5San Antonio136-100
5-20Golden St- 9.5SAN ANT120-108
5-22Golden St- 11.5SAN ANT129-115

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers continue to rake in the profits in this year's NBA Playoffs and we'll continue to rock-n-roll through the post-season all week long and right through the NBA Finals next month. Plus call our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or go online right here each/every day and cash in with all the NBA Playoff and Major-League Baseball too!

In other NBA Playoff News/Notes ...
We'll have lots to report in tomorrow's jam-packed edition of Jim Sez regarding Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Cavaliers but let's get you the NBA Playoffs Pointspread Breakdown chart with just the still-alive teams (following the games of May 23)

TEAMWONLOSTTIEPCT
Boston1150.688
Golden St.840.667
Cleveland542.556

THE BASEBALL REPORT
We'll ask you: When is it officially time to believe that a star/veteran player has reason to worry after not getting out of the gate quickly this year?

There's a few guys we have in mind such as the New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson who entered Tuesday night's home game against San Diego batting just .169 with 4 home runs and 15 RBI. Will Granderson be the "odd man out" when OF Yoenis Cespedes gets back into the lineup after his prolonged sideline stint (see hamstring)?

And what about Seattle 3B Kyle Seager who was supposed to be a cornerstone player for the Mariners this year and instead entered this series at Washington with a mere four home runs and 22 RBI in 152 at-bats (and don't forget the shabby .243 batting average/.330 on-base percentage). The M's hope Seager's recent mini-surge after a downright rotten April is a sign of what's to come but shouldn't this fading-fast American League West team has reason to fret?

On the flip side, there's some real feel-good stories as we inch our way towards Memorial Day Weekend:

Feast your orbs on Boston Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez who exited last Sunday's 12-3 win in Oakland - a game that prevented the Sox from being swept in a four-game series versus the A's - with a 3-1 mark with a 3.10 ERA while allowing just 36 hits in 49.1 innings.

Then there's Washington Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman who happens to be entertaining early-season thoughts of a Triple Crown with his .362 batting average with 13 home runs and 38 runs batted in - and to think the Nats brought in lefty hitter Adam Lind to possibly replace Zimmerman at first base. Talk about a career revival! How about a .724 slugging percentage some 152 at-bats into the current campaign?

NOTE: More NBA Playoffs News & Notes in the next Jim Sez and stay tuned for MLB, NFL and NCAA Football goodies too in the days ahead!

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