Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 1:43 AM
THE NBA WEEKEND REPORT - PELICANS-WARRIORS, JAZZ-ROCKETS OPEN UP ROUND II PLAY, PLUS THERE'S A PAIR OF GAME 7'S TOO
Just call it a case of NBA "seventh heaven" ... times two!
But there's even more: This end-of-April, wall-to-wall pro hoops card features a pair of Game 7 duels with Milwaukee at 4.5-point favorite Boston (that's Saturday at 8:05 p.m. Eastern time) and Indiana at 5.5-point fav Cleveland (Sunday at 1 p.m. ET) in a couple of gritty survive-and-advance battles and we also have Western Conference series openers between New Orleans at Golden State (Saturday at 10:35 p.m.) and then it's Utah at Houston (Sunday at 3:30 p.m.) and so we pretty much believe your sports weekend is all planned out.
Meanwhile - in case you had not noticed - these here-and-now NBA Playoffs have been a veritable gold mine for Betting Favorites who exited Friday's busy post-season menu with a snazzy 27-14-1 ATS (against the spread) mark with one Pick 'Em game tossed into the mix. Folks, that means chalk sides have been covering at a .659 winning rate, so should the Celtics and Cavaliers be "comforted" in their respective Game 7's by recent hoops history?
How about Golden State and Houston in their series-opening home tilts?
Gonna be a great b-ball weekend as we close out a couple of first-round series in the and crank up a couple of second-round series in the West. Do stay tuned.
NBA PLAYOFF REPORT
Let's get you jump-started on the NBA's Western Conference semifinal rounds beginning with Saturday where it's ...
NEW ORLEANS at GOLDEN STATE - 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Strange but true that the heavy underdog N'Orleans Pelicans - note that Golden State's a 9-to-1 betting favorite in this best-of-seven series at last check - actually have had more idle time than the Warriors while heading into this Game 1 as Anthony Davis and mates wrapped up that sweep over Portland last Saturday. No doubt if Davis - who poured in 28 points in that clincher against the T-Blazers - piles up the stat here than maybe the Pels can be competitive against a Golden State squad that says G Stephen Curry still is "questionable" here for Game 1 but as long as Kevin Durant/Klay Thompson are "going off" from deep, this has the scent of a five-game series. Can you prove us wrong, Pelicans?
Here's the 2017-18 regular-season matchups between the Pelicans and the Warriors (all home teams in CAPS):
|10-20||GOLDEN ST||- 9||New Orleans||128-120|
|11-25||GOLDEN ST||- 10.5||New Orleans||110-95|
|12-4||Golden St||- 9.5||NEW ORLEANS||125-115|
|4-7||New Orleans||+ 6.5||GOLDEN ST||126-120|
On Sunday, it's ...
UTAH at HOUSTON - 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Hats off to the Utah Jazz for that six-game series win against Oklahoma City - but, boy, did the zebras really have it in for the Thunder late in Friday's Game 6! Still, hard to ignore the fact that Utah rookie G Donovan Mitchell has been - get this - the best player in this year's post-season (he scored 38 points in that Game 6 clincher) but the $64,000 question now is can Quin Snyder's crew pull a monumental upset here in Round II?
After all, the West's top-seeded Houston Rockets won a league-best 65 regular-season games and just dismantled Minnesota in a short/sweet five-game set in which MVP-to-be James Harden averaged 29 points per game but it was a real rise-up-in-play by PG Chris Paul (19 ppg and 6.6 assists per game) that really perked up the Rockets who did happen to sweep the regular-season series against Utah four games-to-none while winning by an average of 17.5 points a game.
Hmm, we'd call that dominance!
Here's the 2017-18 regular-season matchups between the Jazz and the Rockets (all home teams in CAPS):
NOTE: Catch all our NBA previews in the next Jim Sez.