2017-NBA-Play Offs-Battle for the East continues in Boston,key game 5 on track tonight

Eastern Conference First RoundNo. 4 Washington at No. 1 Boston (TNT, 8:00 p.m. ET) After letting leads slip away in each of the first two games of the series, the Wizards showed some mental toughness in holding serve at home to even things back up. Although that keeps this from being a must-win situation, Washington wants no part of falling behind and putting itself in a situation where one more loss would deliver its demise. The Wizards won Game 5 in the first round against Atlanta with the series tied at 2-2, but that contest was played in D.C.’s Verizon Center, where they’re a perfect 5-0 this postseason. This one will come inside Boston’s TD Garden, where the Celtics have won four straight after losing to Chicago twice there to open the playoffs. Washington is just 1-4 SU/ATS and is the only team that remains alive despite a losing record Read More

2017-NBA-Play Offs-Sunday night- Cavs sweep Raptors,battles at DC and Texas continue

Eastern Conference First RoundNo. 1 Boston at No. 4 Washington (TNT, 6:30 p.m. ET) You’ll get little resistance saying that this has been the liveliest second-round playoff series to date. Not only did a fight almost break out in Game 3, but the first two games were among the most exciting we’ve seen in these entire playoffs. Considering the teams have a history dating back a few seasons, making no secret of their dislike for one another, we’ve got a budding rivalry developing as the Wizards look to utilize their homecourt advantage to even things up 2-2. The Celtics won’t have to deal with Washington backup wing Kelly Oubre, arguably its top on-ball defender, following his one-game suspension for his running shove of Kelly Olynyk in retaliation for what he felt was a dirty elbow thrown at his face. Oubre was ejected for Game 3 and disciplined again here, likely Read More

2017-NBA-Play Offs- Wednesday night- Cleveland seek another final via Toronto,Spurs to survive ???

Eastern Conference SemifinalsNo. 3 Toronto at No. 2 Cleveland (TNT, 7:05 p.m. ET) 2016-17 Regular Season (Cavaliers 3-1)Oct. 28 Cavaliers (-2.5) at Raptors 94-91 (Under 206)Nov. 15 Raptors at Cavaliers (-5.5) 121-117 (Over 209)Dec. 5 Cavaliers (+2) at Raptors 116-112 (Over 214.5)Apr. 12 Raptors (-3) at Cavaliers 98-83 (Under 201) 2017 Posteason (Cavaliers 1-0)May 1 Raptors at Cavaliers (-7) 116-105 (Over 211) The Raptors have been no match for the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena in the playoffs since last season’s Eastern Conference Finals. Cleveland picked up its four consecutive home playoff blowout of Toronto in Monday’s 116-105 victory in the conference semifinals opener as seven-point favorites. Although winning by 11 points may not seem like a blowout, the Cavaliers built a 22-point advantage after three quarters before the Raptors outscored Cleveland, 31-20 over the final 12 minutes. LeBron James continued his domination of Toronto with a 35-point, 10 rebound Read More

2017-NBA-Play Offs-Monday night- Semi Finals begin, battle for the North and battle for Texas on track

Eastern Conference SemifinalsNo. 3 Toronto at No. 2 Cleveland (TNT, 7:05 p.m. ET) 2016-17 Regular Season (Cavaliers 3-1)Oct. 28 Cavaliers (-2.5) at Toronto 94-91 (Under 206)Nov. 15 Raptors at Cavaliers (-5.5) 121-117 (Over 209)Dec. 5 Cavaliers (+2) at Toronto 116-112 (Over 214.5)Apr 12 Raptors (-3) at Toronto 98-83 (Under 201) The Cavaliers knocked out the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals in six games last season as the two teams meet again in postseason. Cleveland pulled off a four-game sweep of Indiana even though the Cavaliers won those contests by a total of 16 points. The most memorable victory in that series came in Game 3 when the Cavaliers erased a 25-point halftime deficit to stun the Pacers, 119-114, while covering as two-point favorites. LeBron James put up three double-doubles in the series, while compiling a triple-double in the Game 3 comeback with 41 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. Read More

2017-NBA-Play Offs-Thursday night win or go home for two teams

Western Conference First RoundNo. 2 San Antonio at No. 7 Memphis (TNT, 9:35 p.m. ET) FedEx Forum has been wonderful to the Grizzlies thus far in the series, producing both victories and offering up a legitimate shot to stay alive here. Despite a 116-103 loss in San Antonio on Tuesday, head coach David Fizdale felt correctable defensive miscues contributed to their demise so he’s expecting his team to be sharper here. The Grizzlies held the Spurs to their lowest point total of the series in Game 3 and then survived a 43-point night from Kawhi Leonard last Saturday night when Marc Gasol drained an awkward buzzer-beater at the end of OT, evening things up 2-2 in unlikely fashion. Memphis hung around in San Antonio for the better part of the first half in Game 5 and has proven capable of making the Spurs work for everything they get. The Griz Read More

2017-NBA-Sunday night- Boston and Utah want to even the series and stay alive … ?

Eastern Conference First RoundNo. 8 Chicago at No. 1 Boston (TNT, 6:30 p.m. ET) 2016-17 Regular Season (Tied 2-2)Oct. 27 Celtics at Bulls (-1) 105-99 (Under 209)Nov. 2 Bulls at Celtics (-3) 107-100 (Under 207.5)Feb. 16 Celtics at Bulls (+1) 104-103 (Under 214)Mar. 12 Bulls at Celtics (-7.5) 100-80 (Under 208) 2016-17 Postseason (Bulls 2-1)Apr. 16 Bulls (+7.5) at Celtics 106-102 (Over 207)Apr. 18 Bulls (+7) at Celtics 111-97 (Over 206.5)Apr. 21 Celtics (-2.5) at Bulls 104-87 (Under 206)**Game 5 will take place from Boston’s TD Garden on Wednesday. The Bulls announced point guard Rajon Rondo fractured his thumb in Game 2 on Friday morning, ruling him out until he’s re-evaluated in 7-to-10 days. Unless there’s a Game 7 in this series, a strong possibility given the remaining series layout, he’s played his last game against the Celtics this season. It now remains to be seen whether Chicago can survive Read More

2017-NBA-Play offs- “Take this for data” , looking to save the season…

Western Conference First RoundNo. 2 San Antonio at No. 7 Memphis (TNT, 9:30 p.m. ET) 2016-17 Regular Season (Tied 2-2)Feb. 6 Spurs at Grizzlies (-1) 89-74 (Under 200.5)Mar. 18 Spurs at Grizzlies (+4) 104-96 (Over 196)Mar. 23 Grizzlies at Spurs (-8) 97-90 (Under 197.5)Apr. 4 Grizzlies at Spurs (-9) 95-89 (OT) (Over 195.5) 2016-17 Postseason (Spurs 2-0)Apr. 15 Grizzlies at Spurs (-9.5) 111-82 (Over 190)Apr. 17 Grizzlies at Spurs (-10.5) 96-82 (Under 189)**Game 4 will take place from Memphis’ FedEx Forum on Saturday. After a pair of games where they failed to really challenge the Spurs, head coach David Fizdale struck the stiffest blow his team managed to land in San Antonio, questioning the officiating in an effort to try and get a few more calls for his team as they return home to Memphis to try and make a series out of this. Pointing out that Zach Randolph shot Read More

2017-NBA-Tuesday night-Play Offs- Boston,Clippers and Raptors all looking to even the series after opening defeats

Eastern Conference First Round – Game 2 – Bucks lead 1-0Milwaukee at Toronto (NBATV, 7:05 p.m. ET) The Bucks put forth a full 48-minute effort on Saturday as they captured a 97-83 win over the Raptors in Game 1 as eight-point underdogs. Bettors feeling confident with Milwaukee could have taken advantage of a generous money-line payout as high as 3/1 odds (Bet $100 to win $300). Toronto actually led this contest 51-45 despite falling behind 30-22 after the first quarter. Then, things unraveled for the Raptors in the second-half as they couldn’t buy a shot. Toronto was 7-of-35 (20%) in the final two quarters and 27-of-75 (36%) for the game. The Bucks didn’t have a great night shooting (44.7%) as a team but Giannis Antetokounmpo certainly stood out as the best player on the floor. The All-Star finished with 28 points and eight rebounds while the Raptors top pair of Read More

2017-NBA-Saturday-Play Offs-The battle for the ring begins…Its SHOWTIME!!!

Eastern Conference First RoundNo. 7 Indiana at No. 2 Cleveland (ABC, 3:00 p.m. ET) 2016-17 Regular Season (Cavaliers 3-1)Nov. 16 Cavaliers at Pacers (-2.5) 103-93 (Under 208.5)Feb. 8 Cavaliers (+3.5) at Pacers 132-117 (Over 216)Feb. 5 Pacers at Cavaliers (-6) 113-104 (Under 219)Apr. 2 Pacers at Cavaliers (-8) 135-130 (2OT) (Over 214) Oddsmakers at opened Cleveland as a healthy minus-1100 favorite (Bet $100 to win $9) to win their opening round series against the Pacers, who are plus-700 underdogs. The line seems a little out of whack when you consider the form for both clubs. Cleveland closed the final quarter of the season with a losing record (9-13) and they enter the playoffs with a four-game losing streak. Meanwhile, Indiana enters the postseason with five consecutive wins. Despite the struggles for Cleveland and its inability to earn the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, it still has LeBron Read More

2017-NBA-Wednesday night- Regular season ends tonight,battle for the ring begins soon

By beating the Hornets on Tuesday in a game that was never in doubt, the Hawks sapped a lot of the drama out of tonight’s festivities. Atlanta will be the No. 5 seed, which means they’re likely to rest regulars on the second night of a back-to-back in Indiana. The problem with that is Chicago and Miami would both really appreciate a Pacers loss. In a three-way tie breaker, between those teams, Indiana would be eliminated. The Bulls could be the No. 7 seed if they end up even with the Pacers, while the Heat need either of those teams to lose and a home victory over Washington to get in at 41-41. Paul Millsap has played only four games since missing eight with a knee injury that nearly sabotaged the team’s season, helping the Hawks to a 3-1 record. He sat on the second night of the only back-to-back Read More