NBA Playoffs Betting: April 24

NBA Playoffs Betting: April 24

All three of the series in NBA playoff action on Thursday night are knotted up 1-1 as home court shifts to the lower seeds. Both Indiana and the Clippers awoke from their Game 1 slumbers by shredding the Hawks and Warriors, respectively, in Game 2. Meanwhile, the Thunder were unable to put away the ferocious Grizzlies and now must travel to Memphis for a critical Game 3 showdown with the same team that eliminated them in the 2013 postseason. Here’s a breakdown of the night’s matchups, including the latest point spreads.

INDIANA AT ATLANTA +2.5

Is it too soon to trust the Pacers after one impressive outing? Probably, but the way they played in Game 2 was a major reminder of how good this Indiana team can be when they defend the entire court and get contributions from someone other than Paul George. Luis Scola and C.J. Watson chipped in 30 points off the bench and point guard George Hill added 15. It was the Millsap/Teague show once again for Atlanta, but the rest of the starters were non-factors. Pacers still need more from Roy Hibbert and David West to become legit title threats. Plus, they were a pathetic 17-24 ATS on the road during the regular season. Makes sense to steer clear, but it might be time to start backing the East’s top seed.

Bet Indiana -2.5

OK CITY AT MEMPHIS +2

The Thunder delivered a TKO in Game 1, only to see the Grizz respond with an overtime decision in Game 2. Memphis still has no answer for Kevin Durant, but then again who does? For Memphis to grab a 2-1 lead, they will need guys like Courtney Lee and Mike Miller (yes, he’s still alive) to keep hitting three-pointers. Getting into a track meet with OK City is not a recipe for success, although to be fair, they are essentially a three-man team with an underachieving bench. The good news for Durant and Co. is the Grizzlies were a woeful 17-23-1 ATS at home in the regular season. Of course, that doesn’t mean much in the playoffs, especially the way the so-called “favorites” have looked thus far. Tough call here.

Bet OK City -2

LA CLIPPERS AT GOLDEN STATE +2

The Clippers clearly took out their frustrations on Golden State in Game 2, hammering them by 40. Are they that much better than the Warriors? No, but they are the deeper, more talented roster. Steph Curry has been quiet thus far, but the inconsistency of Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes is the bigger problem; each needs to knock down shots for the tean to have any chance in the series. The combination of rebounding from an embarrassing loss and playing in front of a hyped home crowd should provide plenty of motivation for Golden State to at least keep the score close. Forget about defense in this one, because neither team is fond of slowing the pace. It’s hard not to be swayed toward the Clippers after the dismantling they perpetrated in Game 2. That said, the Warriors have won four straight at home versus the Clipps and are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 Quarterfinals games.

Bet Golden State +2