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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 12:00 AM

THE NBA PLAYOFFS

WARRIORS STUN ROCKETS 118-113 TO WRAP UP WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI SERIES IN 6 …

PLUS, THERE’S A PAIR OF GAME 7’s ON SUNDAY FROM DENVER & TORONTO

Go ahead and say it …

The Golden State Warriors are one bad-ass team, right?

In Friday night’s epic 118-113 outright upset win at 7.5-point favorite Houston – a monster winner by Jim Hurley’s Network!!! -- not only did the Warriors charge back from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to get “mission accomplished” but they did so without injured megastar Kevin Durant who has averaged a rollicking 34.2 points per game this post-season (that’s in 11 games).

The Golden State motto here … just let Steph do it!

And guard Stephen Curry sported a Hall of Fame second half when he scored all of his Game 6 points – yes, all 33 of ‘em – and that included 16 points in the game’s final five-plus minutes. Curry’s MIA act in the first half – see zero points on 0-of-5 field-goal shooting – won’t be remembered by those that write the accounts of this Game 6 as G-State became the first road team in this best-of-seven series to snag a SU (straight-up) winner while pushing the underdogs in this set to four covers in six tries.

Glad you were on the right side!

Here’s the game-by-game Western Conference Semifinal Round playoff results 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

5-6                          HOUSTON             + 1                   Golden St               112-108

5-8                          GOLDEN ST            - 6                   Houston                 104-99

5-10                        Golden St               + 7.5               HOUSTON             118-113

 

And now hear this …

Jim Hurley’s Network of Handicappers and Bloggers get you all the NBA Playoff winners (that includes Sides & Totals) plus there’s Major-League Baseball winners too this weekend at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453. Get both Game 7’s this Sunday – that’s Portland at Denver (a 3:30 p.m. ET tipoff) followed by Philadelphia at Toronto (7 p.m. ET) and remember the Western Conference Finals starring those Golden State Warriors swing into action on Tuesday, May 14th.

 

On Sunday, it’s …

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PORTLAND at DENVER – 3:30 p.m. ESPN / Series tied 3-3

Let’s cut right to the chase with this decisive Game 7 from the Mile High City:

The odds are the showdown between Trail Blazers’ superstars Damian Lillard (32 points scored in last Thursday’s 119-108 win/cover in Game 6) and CJ McCollum (30 points in Game 6) versus Nuggets’ stars Nikola Jokic (see 29 points /12 rebounds in Game 6) and Jamal Murray (24 points / 10 rebs in that last game) will be a veritable wash statistically, so ask yourself what 3-4-5 starters and what bench do you “trust” more here in this winner-take-all battle?

If Portland’s Rodney Hood plays the way he did in Game 3 and in Game 6 (the lefty scored 25 points in that last game), then the 5.5-point T-Blazers could be uber-dangerous here while Denver’s G Will Barton must pick up the beat after being a minus 25 in that last tilt. Ugh!

Here’s the game-by-game playoff series 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

5-7                          DENVER                 - 5.5                Portland                 124-98

5-9                          PORTLAND            - 4                   Denver                   119-108

               

EASTERN CONFERENCE

PHILADELPHIA at TORONTO – 7 p.m., TNT / Series tied 3-3

First off, note that the underdog sides have covered four of the first six games in this series with the 76ers and Raptors splitting the six pointspread verdicts overall: Toronto bounced back from that first twin-figure loss in this series to win/cover in Game 4 but gotta believe a depth-shy Raptors’ unit could be wearing a bit thin these days … does that mean Kawhi Leonard (39 minutes played in Thursday’s lopsided 112-101 loss in Philly) and Pascal Siakam (33 minutes played on sore knees in that Game 6 setback) will have to assume 40-plus minute roles here? Could be. The Sixers were pumped by the fact PG Ben Simmons didn’t commit a single turnover in that last game while Jimmy Butler was chipping in 25 points / 8 assists / 6 rebounds.     

P.S., funny that Warriors vs. Rockets marked the first time in league playoff history that each game in a six-game set was decided by 6-or-less points (go look for yourself!) while here 76ers vs. Raptors have seen games decided by 13, 21, 36 and 11 points. So, maybe we’re due for a buzzer-beater? The Raptors are a 6-point home fav.

 

Here’s the game-by-game playoff series update between the 76ers and 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

5-7                          TORONTO             - 6                   Philadelphia          125-89

5-9                          PHILADELPHIA     + 1                   Toronto                  112-101

 

NOTE: Catch all our NBA Conference Finals News/Notes next week in Jim Sez.

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