Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 12:00 AM
NBA PLAYOFFS –
THE FAVS VS. DOGS UPDATE PLUS
HERE’S A LOOK AHEAD
AT CELTICS-BUCKS, ROCKETS-WARRIORS
IN WEDNESDAY’S GAME 5’s
Have you been paying close attention to the Favorites vs. Underdogs “battle” in this year’s NBA Playoffs?
Well, entering play here on this Tuesday, May 7th, NBA Playoff Betting Favs are 30-26-1 ATS (against the spread) overall for a .536 winning rate … but dig a little bit deeper and you’ll discover that Underdogs are a nifty 11-5 versus the vig in this “second round” of play and that included dog wins in both of Monday night’s games as Milwaukee (+ 1) crushed Boston 113-101 and Houston (+ 1) downed Golden State 112-108.
In fact, since last Wednesday, the pups are on an uber-impressive 8-1 spread roll – and now we’ll see if it continues tonight in Toronto and Denver. Note the Raptors are currently a 6-point fav over Philadelphia this evening while the Nuggets are a 4.5-point choice over Portland. Be aware that dogs have covered five of the first eight games overall in those playoff series with dogs a solid 3-1 ATS in Blazers-Nuggets.
Here’s – in chart form – the Favs vs. Dogs results so far in these NBA Playoffs:
(thru Monday, May 6)
WON LOST TIE
First Round 25 15 1
Second Round 5 11 0
Total 30 26 1
Now hear this …
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Here’s what is on the Wednesday menu in this NBA post-season:
EASTERN CONFERENCE –
BOSTON at MILWAUKEE – 8:00 p.m. ET, TNT / Bucks lead series 3-1
They haven’t had this much fun in Milwaukee since “The Fonz” was zippin’ around town in his motorcycle.
It sure looks like party time now for the Bucks following those Game 3 / Game 4 road wins in Boston and who would have ever predicted that the Celtics would be on the “eve of destruction” after stealing Game 1 all the way back on April 28th? But the truth is Milwaukee – a minus 320 betting favorite to win this series in the first place – has had all the answers including getting all-star play from reserves George Hill and Pat Connaughton as that duo combined for 24 points and 14 points in Monday’s runaway 113-101 win in Beantown. Milwaukee mega-star Giannis Antetokounmpo (39 points and 16 rebounds) was his usual monster self even though he played just 34 minutes because of foul woes but whether or not the Celtics – a bloated 9.5-point underdog here – can stay alive depends on hos they play “D” because Game 4’s effort was an absolute disgrace … and those heart Boston fans let their team know it!
Here’s the game-by-game playoff update between the Celtics and the Bucks. 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
5-6 Milwaukee + 1 BOSTON 113-101
HOUSTON at GOLDEN STATE –10:30 p.m. ET, TNT / Series tied 2-2
Gotta wonder … if the Golden State Warriors wind up losing / blowing this best-of-seven series, then will those “clean look” three-point tries by both Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry at the very end of Game 4 be what haunts the two-time defending NBA champs all summer long?
Hard to believe that both Durant (a team-high 34 points in Game 4) and Curry (30 points) could clang last-second shots that would have forced overtime as Golden State rallied from all the back from down 17 points to put a major scare into the Rockets and their crowd but consider that James Harden (Game 4-high 38 points) and Company actually missed some 33 shots from beyond the three-point arc and still won!
If the Rockets want to steal this pivotal Game 5 in Oakland, then Harden’s gotta get 35-or-so points and the Houston bench – starring G Austin Rivers (10 points / 6 rebs / 3 assists in Game 4) must be a major factor. If the Warriors go all out to start this game and lead by twin figures before the first quarter is done, Houston may never catch up but a keep-it-close mindset is key and count us among the folks that believe there’s a bit of a fatigue factor setting in with the Warriors … hey, this is no way to try and win three straight titles!
Here’s the game-by-game playoff update between the Rockets and the Warriors. 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
5-6 HOUSTON +1 Golden St 112-108
NOTE: Catch all our NBA Playoff News/Notes in the next edition of Jim Sez.