NBA Playoff Predictions, Warriors Vs Thunder Game 3 Betting Lines

NBA Betting: Warriors at Thunder Game 3 Odds

Written by Mike Rose of North Shore Sports, INC

As the leader in the sports betting industry, BookMaker is the premier sportsbook to find NBA spreads, totals and moneylines every night. Sign up at BookMaker to access the earliest NBA online odds that will help cash your basketball bets. The Game 3 matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder will come off the board at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Catch the action live nationally on TNT.

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It’ll be interesting to see how both the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder take to the floor on Sunday night after having three-plus days to rest up and get back to it. Will rust set in, or will it be just the perfect amount of time off for both teams to play to the high scorer oddsmakers have expected with sky high totals the first two games?

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ODDS ANALYSIS

The Warriors have been the decided favorite in all five of their match-ups with the Thunder this season, and they’re 3-1-1 ATS to show for their work. After shockingly getting upset in Game 1 as 7.5-point chalk, oddsmakers laid a trap in Game 2 boosting the pointspread up a point and a half.

Golden State had absolutely no issue disposing of the Thunder Wednesday night en route to securing the 118-91 home win and cover to move to 7-1 SU and ATS when in the comforts of their own arena this postseason.
The road has been where the defending champs have been most susceptible in these playoffs however with Coach Kerr’s squad dropping a game in both Houston and Portland and getting pushed to the brink once again in Game 4 versus the Blazers.

Oklahoma City has been defeated on its own floor twice in the second season, but it’s road prowess got it to this point. The Thunder pushed and covered the two times they hosted the Dubs in the regular season.

SERIES RECAP

The stars have come out to play for the winning team in the first two games of this series.
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for 53 of the Thunder’s 108 points scored in Game 1, but the duo also got solid contributions from Serge Ibaka, Steven Adams and Deion Waiters both offensively and defensively to steal home court advantage.
It was the Steph Curry show in Game 2 as he put the Dubs on his back en route to logging 28 points on 9-of-15 shooting which included a 5-of-8 showing from downtown that for all intents and purposes crushed the Thunder’s will to fight.

LIVE BETTING

Though Kevin Durant went for a game-high 29 points in Game 2 following his 26 point performance in the series opener, he looked tired out there. The proof was in the pudding as the All-Star forward tallied a team-high eight turnovers and was sloppy throughout.

With 72 hours to rest up for this one, make it a point to see what his shooting stroke looks like in this one. Golden State allowed the Trail Blazers to go bonkers from long range in Games 3 & 4 in Portland last round, and if the time off gives KD the time he needs to have the energy for one of those 40+ point performances, there likely won’t be a total set high enough on the live betting lines not to continue hitting the over.

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The under cashed in two of these rival’s three regular season meetings. However, the lone over occurred in the “Thunderdome” where the Warriors escaped with a 121-118 win and push on the closing pointspread. The combined total soared past the closing number of 233.5 to move it to 4-0-1 the last five times these teams squared off in Oklahoma City.

For all intents and purposes, this series has grossly failed to live up to oddsmakers expectations with both games combining to go under the closing total by an average of 14.5 points per game. The total will likely be suppressed a bit because of it adding more value to the line for over bettors chasing losses in the first two games.

NBA Odds: Warriors 120, Thunder 118

Pittsburgh Penguins Vs Washington Capitals Picks, NHL Betting Lines

NHL Betting: Penguins at Capitals Game 5 Odds

Written by Mike Rose of North Shore Sports, INC

If your favorite hockey team didn’t make the playoffs this season, make the games more interesting by betting on the NHL odds at BookMaker Sportsbook! This is the only online wagering outlet that offers early NHL spreads and totals. The matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals will start at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Verizon Center. Game 5 of this series will be televised live on NBC.

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The President’s Trophy winners are down 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins and now need three straight wins in order to move to the Eastern Conference Finals. It’s a tall order for any team, but if there is a team that can do it in the East, it’s the Washington Capitals.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

Washington will be favored in this game since it is back in DC and because it’s do or die.
The Capitals don’t want to join the list of teams that posted the top regular season record only to completely fizzle out in the playoffs. Every game so far has been decided by just one goal which highlights how close these two teams are in terms of overall skill.

GOALIE REPORT

Matt Murray has been absolutely phenomenal in net for Pittsburgh this series and his play this postseason has kept the highly compensated Marc-Andre Fleury on the bench. Although he’s just a rookie, he hasn’t shown any of the jitters one might expect from a young player in the playoffs.

After giving up four goals in the series opener, Murray bounced back to suffocate the high-powered Capitals offense in the next three. Murray is 6-1 with a .944 save percentage in the playoffs and his play has been fabulous backstopping a Pens team that allows numerous shots on net.

Braden Holtby dominated against the toothless Philadelphia Flyers in the first round, allowing just six goals in the series’ six games. However, the script has been flipped in the first four games against the Penguins. Holtby has let in 11 goals heading into Game 5 and although he hasn’t made any boneheaded decisions that have led to goals, Pittsburgh’s aggressive style has gotten to him.

The Penguins are putting pucks on net at a rate Philadelphia couldn’t and now Holtby looks much more beatable because of it.

LIVE BETTING

Pittsburgh and Washington have played each other extremely close thus far this series with one goal deciding every game to this point. All of those but Game 3 saw a game that was tied for the most part, but one team scored late to win it.

Betting on the over in the first period is probably a good move. Capitals’ head coach Barry Trotz will likely shake things up a bit and have Washington playing an ultra-aggressive style to try to jump out to an early lead on the Pens. For their part, with Kris Letang back in the line-up, Pittsburgh’s offense and power play will get a kick and will have more chances.

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This has been the physical, fast paced series that the NHL wants in order to expand its audience. However that physicality led to two crucial suspensions, one of which has been killing the Capitals. Brooks Orpik’s hit on Olli Maatta led to a three game suspension for Orpik and Washington has been greatly missing his absence. Orpik is a big physical defender that knows how to use his body to ride wings into the boards and is capable of bone-crushing checks, but his head shot on Maatta that was completely outside the area of play was uncalled for.

Pittsburgh had a somewhat similar situation happen in Game 3 with Kris Letang, but Letang’s hit was much more in the line of play and led to just a one game suspension. Now Letang is back for Game 5 and ready to lead the Pens to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Without Orpik, Washington has been struggling to stop the Pens but he’ll be unavailable in Game 5 due to the suspension. Many will expect the Caps to come back in Game 5 and send the series back to Pittsburgh, but without Orpik they might not be able to do that.

Grab the Pens on the moneyline here.

NHL Odds: Penguins 3, Capitals 1

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Portland Trail Blazers Game 6 Odds, NBA Picks

NBA Betting: Clippers at Trail Blazers Game 6 Odds

Written by Mike Rose of North Shore Sports, INC

If you’re not wagering with BookMaker Sportsbook then you’re just another square bettor. Shop for NBA spreads where the pros do so register for your own betting account at BookMaker now! Game 6 between the Los AngelesClippers and PortlandTrail Blazers will take place Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Moda Center. The contest will be broadcast nationally on TNT.

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Like many of the other series so far this postseason, home court advantage was of the utmost importance through the first four games. However, the Trail Blazers got a big win in Game 5 against a Clippers team that is now without its two best players. Can the Trail Blazers take advantage and close the series out in Portland on Friday night?

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INJURIES

Game 4 went the worst possible way for the Clippers. Chris Paul broke his hand late in the game and he is expected to miss the rest of the postseason as a result. CP3 had scored at least 25 points in the first three games of the series and was having his way with Portland’s backcourt.
To make matters worse, Blake Griffin got hurt yet again in Game 4 and has since been ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs as well with a quad injury. Griffin had just started to play himself back into shape and the Clips had a legitimate shot at knocking off the Warriors without Stephen Curry. Now the Clippers will likely see their postseason end much sooner than it would with Paul and Griffin healthy.
Where the Clippers are rocked by injuries, the Trail Blazers are injury free at this point.

KEY MATCHUP

C.J.McCollum shined in Game 5, while his backcourt mate Damian Lillard struggled. McCollum went 9-18 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line for a game high 27 points. McCollum has been amazing this season en route to being named the NBA’s Most Improved Player and his emergence was a big reason why Portland coach Terry Stotts finished second in Coach of the Year voting.

Without Paul to harass him, he should continue to have big games.
Lillard wasn’t great for the Blazers, but he did play a big part in putting the game away for Portland in the fourth. Lillard hit his first six shots of the quarter and ended up sinking five threes allowing Portland to put the game away. Now Lillard and the Blazers are on the cusp of reaching the conference semi-finals.

It’s no surprise that the Clippers found offense hard to come by in Game 5 without Paul and Griffin. LA was hoping to get big games from Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick but while Redick delivered, Crawford came up short.
Redick went 7-17 from the floor and was the only Clipper to consistently hit three pointers all night long. He hit 50 percent of his shots from deep and the Clippers hope is that he can keep hitting three pointers at that clip.
Crawford is usually a super sub off the bench, but in 44 minutes of action his efficacy was put to the test. Crawford kept chucking up shots, but wasn’t able to hit anything and made just over a quarter of his field goal attempts. The Clippers aren’t in a great position, but Crawford needs to shoot better for LA to win.

LIVE BETTING

The Clippers are stretched thin already and when the bench takes the floor, some of these players are now guys that never would have seen the floor when Blake and CP3 were healthy. Jump on Portland when the benches take the court late in the first and early in the second.

QUICK PICK

LA put up a valiant effort on Wednesday and was tied with Portland heading into the fourth quarter before Lillard and the Blazers ran away. It’s really hard to see a way that the Clippers can win this game being so shorthanded though.

Grab Portland and lay the points.

NBA Odds: Portland 102, Los Angeles 94

Chicago Bulls Vs Houston Rockets Picks, NBA Betting Odds

NBA Odds – Chicago Bulls at Houston Rockets Live Betting Preview

By FairwayJay of North Shore Sports, INC

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A pair of teams battling for the final playoff spot in each conference will meet Thursday when the Rockets host the Bulls. BookMaker is the place to be for live betting with back-and-forth action and plenty of opportunities to wager and win.
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WHEN THE CHICAGO BULLS HAVE THE BALL
The Bulls are 36-37 following their home loss to Atlanta Tuesday in a game they shot just 38 percent from the floor. Chicago sits 2.5 games behind Detroit for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with nine games remaining, and Chicago hosts Detroit April 2nd.
The Bulls season has been a disappointment under first year coach Fred Hoiberg, as the offense has not been consistent or healthy. Recent losses to the Knicks twice, a 22-point defeat at Orlando and then the home loss to Atlanta tells us the Bulls are going backwards towards the finish.
The locker room comments are negative and six of their next seven games are against probable playoff teams.
Jimmy Butler has scored less than 20 points in six straight games, and the back court with Derrick Rose is struggling with their shooting and scoring production. Aaron Brooks can add some pop from the perimeter, but the Bulls have been without guard E’Twaun Moore for the last six games due to a hamstring injury.
Center Pau Gasol has been limited some in the last five games with an ankle injury after missing four previous games. They’ll need him against Dwight Howard inside if they plan on snapping their four-game losing streak.
WHEN THE HOUSTON ROCKETS HAVE THE BALL
The Rockets are 36-38 and holding onto the final playoff spot in the West by a half game over Dallas. James Harden should go off in this match-up against a Bulls defense that has allowed an average of 108 points per game per 100 possessions over their last 17 contests. Only three teams have a worse net scoring margin over that time than the Bulls minus-7.
Houston is No. 4 in league scoring at 106 points per game and the Rockets lead the league with over 10 steals per game and opponent turnovers per game at more than 16 per contest. The Rockets are No. 2 in the league in 3-pointers attempted per game at 30 and their 10 made three-pointers per contest are also No. 2 in the league.
The Bulls defend the 3-ball well ranking No. 6 in the league, but the Rockets can also go strong inside with Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza along with newly acquired Michael Beasley who is scoring 14 points per game in 12 contests since suiting up for the Rockets.
Howard’s near 12 rebounds per game and the Rockets ability to go small with more versatility makes them a preferred play in live betting.

LIVE BETTING SCENARIO
This could turn into a high-paced back and forth game with lots of live betting opportunities in adjusted prices and totals. The fast pace and transition basketball could potentially produce plenty of scoring, but the posted total will be fairly high along with adjusted prices in live betting.
Perimeter play will be highlighted with Jimmy Butler and James Harden providing the outside sharp shooting.
Houston ranks top-10 in offensive efficiency, but its defense remains an issue and the Bulls may be willing to play at the Rockets preferred pace. But it’s tough to trust the Bulls in this live betting match-up and the Rockets at home should provide live betting interest despite their own inconsistency while losing four of their last five games.
With a Tuesday game at Cleveland and game against Oklahoma City and Dallas following this contest, the Rockets should bring full focus and max energy against the Bulls making them a live betting preference as they extend the margin.

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Golden State Warriors Picks, NBA Betting Odds

NBA Odds – Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors Live Betting Preview

By Steven Wisner of North Shore Sports, INC

With the earliest spreads, totals and moneylines for every NBA game there is no reason to not join BookMaker Sportsbook! Our writers provide all the injuries, line movements and analysis to handicap every NBA odds matchup. Bet on the NBA today as the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors square off Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 10:30 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

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With 12 games remaining, the Warriors need 10 wins to best the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls’ record for best in NBA history. Golden State’s quest for history continues when it returns home on Wednesday to host the Clippers.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

Golden State is undefeated at home and, surprisingly for a team that’s played with such large spreads, they’re above .500 at home ATS, going 18-14. Overall, they’re 39-29-2 ATS.

On the other hand, the Clippers are just 1-6 ATS in their last seven games and just 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 against the best of the best – teams with a .600 or better winning percentage.

WHEN THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS ARE ON OFFENSE

Cleveland and San Antonio slowed down the Clippers’ offense last week, but games against Houston, Memphis and New Orleans saw Los Angeles’s point total bounce back into triple-digits, even on the road. The Clippers average 104.6 PPG and a 46.2 percent shooting mark on field goals.

Playing against the Warriors could lead to that percentage taking a dip as Golden State ranks No. 3 allowing a 43.4 field goal percentage. On the other hand, Golden State’s fast-pace game allows for points to be scored at both ends of the court.

Blake Griffin is still on the sidelines so DeAndre Jordan will be the primary force inside. Watch to see how he handles Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes. If he can control the inside, that’ll open things up for Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford on the perimeter.

On the season, Jordan is averaging just 12.7 PPG as one of five active players scoring at least 10 PPG, but it’s his defense that’s key. He’s recording 2.3 BPG and has 13.9 RPG, as the nation’s second most prolific rebounder.

Paul is the leading scorer amongst active players with 20 PPG while Redick and Crawford provide 16.8 and 13.6 PPG respectively. Paul also has 9.9 APG, fourth most in the NBA.

WHEN THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS ARE ON OFFENSE

Saturday was a tough day for the Warriors, losing to San Antonio in a un-Warriors-like fashion, scoring 79-points. Outside of that game, Golden State was only held below 90-points once, scoring 89 against Cleveland on Christmas Day.

The Warriors were able to rebound from the loss to beat Minnesota on the road on Monday, 109-104. Still, they failed to cover the spread in that game, winning by only five against a team with a .314 winning percentage.

The 109 points was also still below their 115.3 point average for the year. That figure, of course, ranks first in the NBA; as does Golden State’s 48.8 field goal percentage and its 41.4 percent mark behind the arc.

Typically, this team is dominated on the outside by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Curry is a king of the outside shot and is leading the league with 30.1 PPG, though has failed to break 20-points in back-to-back games. He did, however, have 11 assists against Minnesota.

Against the Timberwolves, Draymond Green was the team’s scoring leader with 24-points. The forward took care of business inside, shooting 10-for-13 from the floor to lead Golden State to a 49.4 percent shooting mark.

It’s not often you can refer to 19-points and 11-assists as a down game, but for Curry it was—at least on the scoring end. Thompson, too, hasn’t broken 20-points in his last two games despite averaging over 22 for the year.

You can count on Curry and Thompson to get back to their torrid pace, but watch to see if Green can maintain his high-level of performance. If so, back Golden State and the over as the Warriors offense returns to its otherworldly levels.

BETTING TRENDS AND MATCHUPS

One important thing to watch is who pulls down the boards.

Don’t let Jordan’s rebounding dominance fool you, the Clippers aren’t a great rebounding team overall, instead, they look to Jordan to collect most of the boards. Golden State, meanwhile, spreads the love and ranks No. 3 in the NBA in RPG with 46.2.

Watch to see how Jordan is able to perform on the glass. If he’s unable to pull down the big rebounds early, the Clippers don’t stand a chance.

Los Angeles Clippers Vs Houston Rockets Picks, NBA Basketball Lines

NBA Odds – Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets Live Betting Preview

By FairwayJay of North Shore Sports, INC

If you’re not wagering with BookMaker Sportsbook then you’re just another square bettor. Shop for NBA spreads where the pros do so register for your own betting account at BookMaker now! The contest pitting the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets will take place Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at 9:30 p.m. ET at the Toyota Center. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

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A pair of Western Conference rivals will match-up Wednesday when the Los Angeles Clippers travel to Houston to hit the hardwood against the Rockets. Tons of scoring is expected in this anticipated shootout and BookMaker is the place to be with back-and-forth action and plenty of opportunities to wager and win.
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WHEN THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS HAVE THE BALL
The Clippers are 24-9 playing without forward Blake Griffin, who has been out since late December with injury. He continues to be bothered by a partially torn quad and his return is still delayed. Forward Paul Pierce missed his second straight game with a toe injury in LA’s embarrassing 114-90 home loss to Cleveland on Sunday.
Los Angeles is 42-23 but 17-games behind record-setting division leader Golden State. Clippers point guard Chris Paul has carried the team and shined, despite a number of nagging injuries in recent weeks. After facing the Spurs on the road and likely getting slowed Tuesday, the Clippers will find themselves in an up-tempo game Wednesday at Houston.
Paul and sharp shooting guard J.J. Redick will get plenty of shots from the perimeter along with Jamal Crawford while top rebounding center DeAndre Jordan battles Dwight Howard in the post.
Redick had a season-high 40 points and Paul 26 the last time these teams met January 18 in Houston while hitting a combined 14-of-19 shots from beyond the arc. Newly acquired forward Jeff Green gives them more scoring strength, but the Clippers will be asked to score more with Houston pressing and pushing the ball throughout.
Sharp shooting guard J.J. Redick should get his share in this contest while the league’s No. 2 rebounder with 14 per game DeAndre Jordan makes the difference for LA in the interior.
WHEN THE HOUSTON ROCKETS HAVE THE BALL
Rockets 7-footer Donatas Motiejunas is working back into the lineup with more minutes following a lengthy recovery from a re-aggravation of the back injury that sidelined him last postseason and for the first 20 games of this season.
The Rockets were buried at Charlotte Saturday 125-109 in a high-possession game while playing their fifth straight road game and tail end of a back-to-back. James Harden had a rare off night hitting just 2-of-14 shots for 12 points and Terrence Jones was out with an upper respiratory infection.
Dwight Howard pulls down 12 rebounds per game and Houston will need him against DeAndre Jordan inside. But the Rockets will also turn to their small-ball lineup, so watch for that with the pace of play while live betting. Corey Brewer, Michael Beasley and Jason Terry all scored in double-digits off the bench at Charlotte, and the Rockets will be the more rested team and push the ball in this match-up.

LIVE BETTING SCENARIO
This high-paced back and forth game is going to offer lots of live betting opportunities with adjusted prices and totals. The fast pace and transition basketball could potentially produce plenty of scoring, but the posted total will be very high along with adjusted prices in live betting. Perimeter play will be highlighted with Paul pushing the ball and Harden’s sharp shooting.
But the scheduling situation combined with the high total brings caution despite what appears to be a higher-scoring game. Not interested in the Clippers in this spot and certainly not laying points, so the value should lie with the Rockets in live betting and especially at adjusted prices if they fall behind.

Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds, NBA Odds and Lines

NBA Odds – Cleveland Cavaliers at Los Angeles Lakers Game Preview

By Steven Wisner of North Shore Sports, INC

BookMaker is the only online sportsbook where you can get the earliest betting spreads, totals, moneylines and props. If you want to wager on NBA online odds like the pros do, you need to join BookMaker today! The game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers is slated for Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 10:30 p.m. ET at the Staples Center. The contest will be broadcast nationally on TNT.

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Just a few years ago this would’ve been billed as the elite matchup of LeBron versus Kobe. While the names still sell, their respective teams are opposites with the Cavaliers leading the Eastern Conference and the Lakers pulling up the rear in the Western Conference. With LA having topped the Warriors and covered the spread against Cleveland and San Antonio in February, bettors now know not to count out the Lakers at the very least covering the spread in this one.

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LETDOWN

The Lakers have a game between now and when they host the Cavaliers, but they could still be coming off the high of a major upset against the Golden State Warriors. We’ll see how much the Orlando game grounds them.

The Warriors went into that game as 17.5-point favorites despite playing on the road. Los Angeles, however, took care of business from the start, holding Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to just 18 and 15 points individually while the rest of the team fell silent.

Meanwhile, on offense, Los Angeles got another 20+ point performance from D’Angelo Russell who’s really found himself of late. Jordan Clarkson added 25-points to help the Lakers win the battle of the backcourts.

INJURIES

Guard Louis Williams has missed three straight games for the Lakers due to a hamstring injury and remains out for the foreseeable future. He’s been a solid performer for Los Angeles this season with 15.3 PPG. When these teams met in February, Williams led the Lakers in scoring with 28-points.

With Williams sidelined, that opens the door for Russell to continue being a major factor in this offense. He was 5-for-11 against Cleveland with 15-points off the bench the last time these teams met. The Lakers also managed to beat an even better team than Cleveland with him on the bench.

KEY MATCHUP

Russell is slowly developing into a star at the NBA level and he’ll be important as he matches up with Kyrie Irving and company in the backcourt. In the Cavs’ 120-111 win over the Lakers back on February 10, it was the guards that led each team. Irving scored 35 for Cleveland while the Lakers got 65 combined from Williams, Russell and Clarkson.

The Lakers’ rookie guard has scored at least 21 in five of his last six games and Los Angeles’s offense has benefited from his drastic improvement. The one exception, however, saw him score just seven against Atlanta and shoot 3-for-16 from the floor.

He rebounded nicely against Golden State, but the Hawks are a strong defensive club and so are the Cavs.

In the game Russell managed just seven points, but the Lakers as a team scored just 77, losing by 29. The Lakers need Russell to be the beast he’s been of late to be the improved offensive team as opposed to the team that’s ranked No. 29 in the NBA with an average of just 97.7 PPG.

While the backcourt is an important battle ground in this game, the Lakers will also need to shutdown LeBron James.

Los Angeles managed to upset another elite team in the Warriors by forcing the team to score outside of Curry and Thompson. Golden State failed to respond. Can Kobe find the fountain of youth for a game and can Julius Randle come up big inside after notching six double-doubles in his last nine games?

ODDS AND PREDICTION

Overall, we’re starting to see the young talent on this Lakers’ team start to grow and combined with veterans Kobe Bryant and Roy Hibbert, the team is coming together before our eyes.

They’re still anything from an elite team, but they’re far more dangerous than their record would indicate; particularly at home where they’ve covered four of their last six games.

Look for the Lakers to hang close with Cleveland as they did in beating Golden State and cover the spread against the Cavs just like they did back in February.

Cleveland 103, Los Angeles 100

SMU Mustangs Vs Cincinnati Bearcats Betting Picks, NCAAB Predictions

College Basketball Odds – SMU Mustangs at Cincinnati Bearcats Game Preview

Written by Adam Markowitz of North Shore Sports, INC

College basketball season is one of the most exciting times in sports, and BookMaker offers the most exciting ways to wager as the world’s leading online sportsbook. If you are betting on the college basketball spreads this week, it only makes sense to be cashing your tickets at BookMaker! The game between the SMU Mustangs and the Cincinnati Bearcats is scheduled for Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. ET at Fifth Third Arena. Catch the game live on CBS.

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The last day of college basketball’s regular season kicks off at high noon on Sunday, and there isn’t a team which is going to need a big win as the Cincinnati Bearcats. The best news for Mick Cronin’s team? There probably isn’t a team which has a better opportunity to get that big win either. The SMU Mustangs are playing their last game of the season, and their motivation will certainly come into question without a postseason tournament to play in.
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HOW THE SMU MUSTANGS CAN COVER THE SPREAD
SMU really doesn’t match up well in this game against the Bearcats. The Mustangs don’t like to be slowed down or have their possessions limited, but they’re going to end up having to play by that standard in this game.
The Mustangs can say what they want about playing for pride and all of that, but playing this last game on the road is going to be tough, and it’ll take some senior leadership to give them a shot in this one.
That means getting really good games out of Markus Kennedy and Nic Moore. Moore has seemed to trail off of late, scoring just 12 points against Memphis and five against Tulane, and we wonder if he’s checked out. He’s averaging 16.1 points per game, and he’s the man who is often the sparkplug for this offense.
HOW THE CINCINNATI BEARCATS CAN COVER THE SPREAD
It’s pretty clear that Cincinnati just has to keep SMU from going nuts from three-point land to have a really good shot in this one. The Mustangs are awesome shooters from long range, knocking down 42.7 percent from deep this year, but they only went 5-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first clash of the season between these two.
The Bearcats actually have the best defense in the land when it comes to defending against two-point shots. You wouldn’t know that based on the fact that SMU went 17-of-28 on two-point attempts in the first clash, but the simple fact remains that this is the key to covering this game.
With Shaq Thomas and Farad Cobb questionable with injuries, Gary Clark, Jacob Evans and Troy Caupain will have to use their size and length to frustrate the SMU sharpshooters. If the defense feeds everything down to Octavius Ellis, we have confidence that the big man will be able to clean things up.
ANALYSIS AND ODDS PREDICTION
It amazes us how many games Cincinnati wins without getting into the 70s on offense in this day and age of the three-point shot ruling the roost. The Bearcats didn’t win the first duel of the year, but they did give SMU as good of a game as it got on its home floor in a 59-57 defeat.
The Mustangs probably aren’t going to have as much success from inside the arc as they did in that first game, and if they don’t end up shooting the lights out of the gym at Fifth Third Arena from deep in this one, we think they’re going to struggle and finish up their campaign with their fifth loss.
The win should, for all intents and purposes, remove any doubt of Cincinnati being in the field of 68 no matter what happens in the AAC Tournament next week in Orlando.
Cincinnati 62, SMU 59

College Basketball Odds, Mississippi St Bulldogs at Texas A&M Aggies Picks

College Basketball Odds – Mississippi St Bulldogs at Texas A&M Aggies Game Preview

Written by Mike Rose of North Shore Sports, INC

Log on to BookMaker online for all the latest college basketball spreads, totals, moneylines and props. BookMaker Sportsbook provides the earliest college basketball online odds, so beat the squares to the best lines, and cash your bet today! The game between the Mississippi St Bulldogs and the Texas A&M Aggies is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Reed Arena. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

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The No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies got a big win against Kentucky on Saturday to lift their profile for the NCAA tournament. Now the Aggies have to just not slip up the rest of the season against a toothless schedule that starts off with the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who are just 5-9 in SEC play.
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HOW THE MISSISSIPPI ST BULLDOGS CAN COVER THE SPREAD
Mississippi St has won back-to-back games to pull itself out of the cellar in the SEC and in the process seriously harmed the chances of Vanderbilt and Alabama to qualify for March Madness. The Bulldogs would love to play the role of spoiler again, but a win against the Aggies would be their biggest of the season.
Gavin Ware is the playmaker for the Bulldogs and leads the team in both points and rebounding. Ware had solid games in Mississippi State’s wins over Alabama and Vanderbilt, knocking down 62.5 percent of his shots and 12 points against the Crimson Tide and putting up an 18-13 in the win over the Commodores.
He is hitting 63 percent of his shots from the field and his ability to put the ball in the bucket always gives the Bulldogs a fighting chance.
HOW THE TEXAS A&M AGGIES CAN COVER THE SPREAD
The Aggies were fortunate to get the win against Kentucky in part due to a questionable technical foul assessed against the Wildcats, but they’ll take it and are now just a game behind for first place in the SEC.
Texas A&M’s star player this season has been Jalen Jones, but he has been helped immensely by Tyler Davis and Daniel House. Jones and House have very similar stat lines to complement each other very well. Davis meanwhile is one of those big men who doesn’t take many shots, but is extremely effective when he does, hitting 65.6 percent of his field goal attempts on the season.
Against Kentucky, House had a poor game, converting just a pair of his 13 shots from the field, but Jones was there to pick up the slack. He put up 24 points and eight rebounds to help the Aggies take this one, while Davis also had a great game in the paint grabbing nine offensive rebounds.
If Texas A&M’s big three can play at that level again, the Bulldogs will have little to no chance of upsetting the Aggies.
ANALYSIS AND ODDS PREDICTION
Mississippi St. is 14-9 ATS on the season but just 4-4 ATS on the road. The Bulldogs have covered three of their last five though including winning two games outright as underdogs. The over has hit in five of Mississippi State’s eight road tilts on the year.
The Aggies have been a very solid team in College Station. Texas A&M owns a 7-3-1 ATS record as hosts and covered three of its last four at home. During that stretch they beat two Top 25 teams, Kentucky and Iowa State, showing how tough it is to win in Reed Arena. The under has also been a good bet in Aggies’ games with it cashing in 14 of their 22 overall games played.
The Bulldogs may be on a little bit of a run, but it will end when they face the Aggies on Wednesday. Texas A&M is too big, too strong, and has something to play for. The fans have given them a decided home court advantage and between that and the talent gap, the Aggies will win this one decidedly.
Texas A&M 79, Mississippi St. 64

New Orleans Pelicans Vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, NBA Odds

NBA Odds – New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder Game Preview

By Steven Wisner of North Shore Sports, INC

Why spend hours handicapping NBA odds when you can read everything you need to know about every game here at BookMaker Sportsbook. We break down trends, line movements, injuries and more in our betting previews so you can cash your bet! The New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder game is scheduled for Thursday, February 11, 2015, at 8 p.m. ET at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The contest will be broadcast nationally on TNT.

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Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook return home leading the powerful Thunder offense into action against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans looking to close the first half out on a high.

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SCHEDULING

The schedule favors the Thunder on Thursday.

Not only does Oklahoma City get to play at home which is huge for a team that’s just 7-17 ATS on the road, but they’re also coming off plenty of rest with their last game on Monday when they beat Phoenix 122-106.

On the other side of the court, the Pelicans will head to Oklahoma City for Thursday’s game having squared off against Utah in the Big Easy the night before. The last time the Pelicans played without a day off, they lost to the Lakers of all teams at home, and grossly failed to cover the 9.5-point closing pointspread.

INJURIES

Shooting guards Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon are both sidelined as is Quincy Pondexter. New Orleans has been playing without Pondexter all season, but Evans and Gordon are the Pelicans’ top two guards based on PPG. Evans is also the team leader in assists and steals while ranking fourth in rebounds with 5.2 per game.

Against a talented Thunder team, the Pelicans were already undermanned and now they’re even more shorthanded.

The injury report for Oklahoma City is far shorter with just guard Andre Roberson sitting out with a sprained right knee. The team’s won six of the seven games he’s missed as he’s nothing more than a reasonable guard off the bench.

KEY MATCHUP

To keep this game close, the Pelicans will need to find answers for Durant and Westbrook.

Kevin Durant is the team’s leading scorer with 27.8 PPG and is tied with James Harden for second in the NBA in scoring. Westbrook is just behind him, ranked No. 7 in the NBA with 24.1 PPG. No other team in the league can boast two top seven scorers.

As a team, Oklahoma City ranks second on offense with 109.9 PPG as they are shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and are nabbing 47.7 RPG.

While not quite to the level of Durant, Pelicans’ star forward Anthony Davis comes close to his OKC counterpart. He’s ranked No. 8 in the league in scoring with 23.5 PPG and averages 10.2 RPG compared to Durant’s eight.

If the Pelicans are to log this upset—or even cover the spread—their bigger challenge may be finding an answer for containing Westbrook. With Evans and Gordon out, New Orleans is already out their best players in the backcourt. It’ll be up to Jrue Holiday and Norris Cole to pick up the slack.

Cole is averaging only 9.9 PPG, but over his last 10 games, he’s averaging 13.7 PPG and that’s even with a meager two point, 13 minute outing included. With that game removed, the average jumps to 15 PPG.

At 14.7 PPG, Holiday was also a strong scorer, but he’s seen a bump in his production, too. He’s got 5.4 APG this season. Over his last nine games, he’s scoring 19.8 PPG and is coming off a 27-point showing. His assists are up to 7.1 per game in that same span.

ODDS AND PREDICTION

The Pelicans’ offense is pretty strong and they’ve got a handful of quality players, but there’s just not quite enough there after Anthony Davis.

Look for New Orleans to score thanks to an above-average offense; Davis, Holiday and Ryan Anderson combined for 70-points in their last game. Still, look for this to turn into a shootout and it’s hard to beat the Thunder in a shootout.

Oklahoma City’s second best offense should have plenty of success against a Pelicans’ defense allowing 104.9 PPG and a shooting percentage north of 46.0. Add in the stark difference in rebounds—aside from Davis—and it shouldn’t be hard for a well-rested Oklahoma City to tally this win at home.

After all, they’ve already beaten the Pelicans 110-103 earlier this season.

Oklahoma City 117, New Orleans 105