NBA Playoffs Betting: April 28

NBA Playoffs Betting: April 28

The triple-header of NBA Playoff action on Monday night has a little bit of everything. First up, the two-time defending champion Heat will look to sweep the Bobcats out of the postseason and enjoy a few extra days rest. Top-seeded Indiana returns home hoping to gain a 3-2 edge on the pesky Hawks. Finally, San Antonio will look to awaken from their slumber to avoid falling behind 3-1 versus the 8th seeded Mavericks. Here’s a breakdown of the action, including the latest point spreads.

MIAMI AT CHARLOTTE +7.5

This series can be best described as anti-climactic. The Heat haven’t been overpowering, but they haven’t been in trouble, either. The ‘Cats have been a great story in 2013-14 and appear headed in the right direction for years to come, due in large part to free-agent acquisition Al Jefferson, who continues to post solid numbers despite enduring a torn plantar fascia in his foot. Charlotte has actually played pretty decent defense, but they simply have no answer for LeBron James. Miami knows that ending the series sooner rather than later is in their best interest. No need to toy around with an inferior opponent. That said, the Bobcats should put forth maximum effort at home to extend their season one more game. Miami is 5-0 ATS in their last five trips to the Queen City.

Bet Miami -7.5

ATLANTA AT INDIANA -6.5

Can the Pacers string together quality back-to-back games? That’s the question every bettor must mull over. Roy Hibbert continues to play terrible, but David West has picked up the slack in the last two games. Paul George has recorded a double-double in all four games and remains the only reliable Pacer. These are the kinds of games where stars like George shine, so expect him to once again deliver the goods. The Hawks are relying on three-pointers to win games and keep the score close; as long as they keep hitting from beyond the arc, they won’t go away. Kyle Korver has knocked down 8-11 from long range in his last two starts. At this point, it’s just not smart to trust Indiana as favorites, because they have covered only one of four games in the series. Could they repeat their Game 2 performance? Sure, but overall they are 3-10 ATS at home in their last 13.

Bet Atlanta +6.5

SAN ANTONIO AT DALLAS +4

Who saw this coming? The normally calm and collected Spurs look lost through three games. They are turning the ball over and playing awful defense, which is not something Gregg Popovich-coached teams do. Meanwhile, the Mavs are in such a zone that Vince Carter is hitting game-winning jumpers. The duo of Dirk and Monta were poor in Game 1, but have been tremendous ever since. That said, it’s fair to wonder how much better Dallas can play. San Antonio knows a 3-1 deficit is near impossible to overcome. Veterans like Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili should have the entire roster motivated to come out swinging from the start. After all, this is the same Spurs team that won 62 regular season games, including 19 in a row during one stretch. It’s risky to back San Antonio ATS, but they are overdue for a big win.

Bet San Antonio -4