Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE NBA PLAYOFF WEEKEND UPDATE -
BOTH WARRIORS, BUCKS ARE SHOOTIN' TO GO UP THREE GAMES-TO-NONE IN THEIR CONFERENCE FINALS
Here's a little statistical ditty we'll be happy to lay on you: Since 2003, there's only been three sweeps in NBA Conference Finals - that's three broom jobs in 32 conference finals overall - and yet we enter this May weekend with both the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks seeking three-games-to-none leads in their respective Western /Eastern Conference Finals?
Will they be needing their dust pans in a couple of days?
Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers get you all the NBA Playoff Conference Finals winners (that's the Sides & Totals, folks) plus there's Major-League Baseball winners all weekend at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453. Stay hot with the pro hoops this weekend with Game 3 of the NBA's Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors versus the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday and then it's Game 3 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks at the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Jim Hurley's clients cashed with the Bucks (- 6) in rocking-chair win / cover on Friday night after snagging the "over" in Game 2 of the Western Finals on Thursday. Cha-ching!
On Saturday, it's ...WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
GOLDEN STATE at PORTLAND - 9 p.m. ET, ESPN / Warriors lead series 2-0
It's time for the Portland Trail Blazers to "man up" here in this Game 3 bash ... or else. Okay, so blowing a 17-point lead the other night in Oakland could leave scar tissue throughout this series but it might help if coach Terry Stotts' crew played a little defense - both in the paint and on the perimeter - as Golden State's Stephen Curry poured in a game-high 37 points and the Dubs backdoored and alley-ooped the T-Blazers to death ... or weren't you watching!
If Portland - a 2.5-point home favorite here - is gonna slip back into this series than that tag-team duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum must be volume scorers as long as they're being volume shooters (see 15-of-39 FG shooting in Game 2).
P.S., no Kevin Durant for the Warriors till further notice.
Here's the NBA Western Conference Finals game-by-game results between the Warriors and the Trail Blazers. Note home teams are in CAPS below:
|5-14||GOLDEN ST||- 7||Portland||116-94|
|5-16||GOLDEN ST||- 7||Portland||114-111|
On Sunday, it's ...EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
MILWAUKEE at TORONTO - 7 p.m. ET, TNT / Bucks lead series 2-0
Didn't you just know that when the Toronto Raptors spit the bit in the fourth quarter of Game 1 - a 108-100 Milwaukee win /cover - that the North-of-the-Border crew was gonna be sagging their shoulders at the start of Game 2 ... we did!
The Bucks roared out to a 35-21 lead after one quarter of play in Friday's easy-as-pie 125-103 win / cover - plenty of dunks also delivered some major messages - and so now Toronto's pressed to climb back into this series and heaven knows this can't be a one-man show as Kawhi Leonard (31 points in 37 minutes in Game 2) needs likely Comeback Player of the Year candidate Pascal Siakam (a minus 21 in Game 2) to show up here.
Hey, Milwaukee's now 10-1 ATS (against the spread) this post-season and Giannis Antetokounmpo (see 30 points / 17 rebs in Game 2) has not even played at his peak performance yet.
Here's the NBA Eastern Conference Finals game-by-game results between the Bucks and the Raptors. Note home teams are in CAPS below:
NOTE: More NBA Conference Finals News & Notes in the next edition of Jim Sez, so don't miss out!