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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 12:00 AM








Folks, think back to the first round of this year’s NBA Playoffs … and then remember there was only one best-of-seven series that “went the distance” (see Denver over San Antonio).

Now, if the pro hoops world and its fans get lucky, we might get all four of the on-going playoff series go a full seven games – and wouldn’t that be a blast!

We’ll lay it all out for you in today’s edition of Jim Sez as everyone’s in action either tonight or tomorrow (Tuesday) night but first this quickie reminder:


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Tonight, it’s …


MILWAUKEE at BOSTON – 7:05 p.m. ET, TNT / Bucks lead series 2-1

In last year’s playoff series between these two clubs, the Milwaukee Bucks lost all four of their games played in Beantown. But keep in mind that the Bucks registered a 27-14 SU (straight-up) road mark this past 2018-19 regular season and they’re already 3-0 SU and ATS (against the spread) on the road in this year’s post-season … so are they tempting to take at plus the current 1 ½-point price here? Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo – who filled up the Game 3 stat sheet with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists – has been spending much of his time on the free-throw line (see 50 foul shots this series) and if the host Celtics can’t stop from fouling ‘em here then the Bucks’ winning ways on the road shall continue.


Here’s the game-by-game playoff update between the Bucks and the Celtics. Note home teams are in CAPS below:

DATE                      WINNER                 SPREAD          LOSER                     SCORE

4-28                        Boston                   + 8                   MILWAUKEE         112-90

4-30                        MILWAUKEE         - 8                   Boston                   123-102

5-3                          Milwaukee            + 2                   BOSTON                 123-116


GOLDEN STATE at HOUSTON – 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT / Warriors lead series 2-1

There’s been a whole lot of examination lately when it comes to the dislocated left middle finger and the recently sprained ankle of Golden State G Stephen Curry … but might anyone be interested in checking out the psyches of this Warriors’ club following last Saturday’s painful 126-121 overtime loss in Houston? Sure, G-State still heads into tonight’s tilt in the Space City sporting a two games-to-one series advantage but when your all-world guard is missing layups, botching dunks and not exactly stroking it from deep (see 25 percent from “3” for Curry this series so far) then there’s real reason for concern. Houston’s James Harden netted 41 points in that OT win but it was G Eric Gordon’s 30 points – he drained 7-of-14 triples – that supplied the major lift but the $64,000 question here is will Harden get similar scoring support here?


Here’s the game-by-game playoff update between the Warriors and the Rockets. Note home teams are in CAPS below:

DATE                      WINNER                 SPREAD          LOSER                     SCORE

4-28                        GOLDEN ST            -6.5                 Houston                 104-100

4-30                        GOLDEN ST            - 5                   Houston                 115-109

5-4                          HOUSTON             - 3.5                Golden St        (ot)  126-121


On Tuesday, it’s …

PHILADELPHIA at TORONTO – 8 p.m. ET, TNT / Series tied 2-2

You might have seen where the Sixers went from being a 1.5-point home dog to a 2-point betting favorite for Sunday’s Game 3 clash against Toronto: The reason was the doubtful status of Raptors star Pascal Siakam who played, but not very well while shooting 2-of-10 from the floor for just 9 points in 28 minutes of action. Still, the North of the Border crew overcame that shoddy Siakam showing and squeezed out the 101-96 win thanks to Kawhi Leonard’s “backbreaker” three-point basket late in a five-point road win. Now, the Raptors trust Siakam will be feeling better here in Game 5 – but so will Philly big man Joel Embiid who suffered through some flu-like symptoms en route to a quiet 11-point / 5-foul showing in Game 4. Hey, can Sixers’ star Ben Simmons even think about taking a short-range jumper this series?


Here’s the game-by-game playoff update between the 76ers and the Raptors. Note home teams are in CAPS below:

DATE                      WINNER                 SPREAD          LOSER                     SCORE

4-27                        TORONTO             - 6.5                Philadelphia          108-95

4-29                        Philadelphia          + 7                   TORONTO             94-89

5-2                          PHILADELPHIA     + 1.5               Toronto                  116-95

5-5                          Toronto                  + 2                   PHILADELPHIA        101-96


PORTLAND at DENVER – 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT / Series tied 2-2

Say what you will but this – so far – has been the most electric playoff series of this second-round bunch: A four-OT game last Friday night was followed up by Sunday’s gotta-have-it four-point road win by the Denver Nuggets who showed major heart while evening this best-of-seven set … and hats off to Denver reserve Will Barton who drained a pair of key late-game triples that (somehow didn’t even merit a mention by the due who wrote the Associated Press’ game story … go figure). Okay, so the Nuggets’ tandem of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray combined for 55 points /17 rebs / 15 assists in the Game 4 triumph and it should worry the Blazers that they couldn’t win that one at home even though their reserves kicked in some 27 points. Paging lefty Rodney Hood (16 points in Game 3) to rescue the roadsters here.


Here’s the game-by-game playoff update between the Trail Blazers and the Nuggets. Note home teams are in CAPS below:

DATE                      WINNER                 SPREAD          LOSER                     SCORE

4-29                        DENVER                 - 4                   Portland                 121-113

5-1                          Portland                 + 4                   DENVER                 97-90

5-3                          PORTLAND            - 5                   Denver   (4 ot)        140-137

5-5                          Denver                   + 3                   PORTLAND            116-112



Now, that 1-6 start by this year’s Chicago Cubs seems so long ago, right?

The Cubbies checked out of this past weekend red hot with a Major-League Baseball-best seven-game winning streak that included a clean broom job over archrival St Louis this past weekend – 4-0, 6-5 and 13-5, if you happen to be keeping score at home – and all of a sudden the Cubs’ 19-12 record is the best in the bigs (see .613 winning percentage) while heading into a four-game home series against the woe-be-gone Miami Marlins.

As Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon said on his in-game dugout interview with ESPN, the bottom of the Chitown lineup has been great and the pitching has steadied – especially in the bullpen where the first week of this season was an utter fire hazard. The Cubs enter this Marlins’ set having won 16-of-20 while blazing right past the Cards for first place in the NL Central …and maybe they’ll never look back.



NOTE: More NBA Playoffs and MLB all this week right here at Jim Sez.


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