NBA Playoffs Betting: April 30

NBA Playoffs Betting: April 30

A trio of critical Game 5 matchups fills the Wednesday night NBA Playoffs schedule. Both the Spurs and Raptors will look to gain series’ leads in front of their respective home crowds, while the Rockets return home in hopes of avoiding elimination against a Trail Blazers team that has already beaten them twice in Houston. Don’t be surprised if one of the games goes into overtime, either; it’s happened nine times in the first round, including three times in the Rockets-Blazers series. Here’s a breakdown of the action with the latest point spreads.

DALLAS AT SAN ANTONIO -6.5

If not for a dominating second quarter in Game 4, the Spurs would be staring down elimination tonight. The Mavs outscored them by 15 in the other three quarters and still look like the better team. It was San Antonio’s bench that sealed the win, scoring 50 of their 93 points, led by Manu Ginobili’s game-high 23. Superior depth is one of their strengths, but Tim Duncan and Tony Parker must come up huge if the holders of the league’s best record are to advance. Bad news for Dallas: they will be without backup center DeJuan Blair, who is suspended after kicking Tiago Splitter in the head. Blair played well in Games 2 and 4, so his absence in the paint could be a factor. The Spurs tried to deliver a knockout blow in Game 4, but Dallas responded and almost turned the tables. Too many points here.

Bet Dallas +6.5

BROOKLYN AT TORONTO -3

Can one of these teams win two games in a row? Neither the Nets or Raptors have looked overly impressive in the series, but the key to each team’s success is their backcourts. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have been better than Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, especially in Game 4 where they won the scoring battle 46-17. On the plus side for Brooklyn, Paul Pierce had his best outing in the loss, and he’ll be needed for them to advance. If Toronto doesn’t turn the ball over and hits from beyond the arc, they should come out on top. However, the Nets’ grinding style is conducive to playoff basketball, despite an aging lineup. The Raptors are 0-3-2 ATS in their last five home games. Brooklyn is 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine overall. Flip a coin in this one.

Bet Brooklyn +3

PORTLAND AT HOUSTON -5.5

Three of four games have been decided by less than 5 points and all three went into overtime. The Rockets aren’t playing awful, but the Blazers are clearly the more physical and confident team. LaMarcus Aldridge is playing on another level right now; unless Houston conjures a solution to solve him, their season is in dire straits. James Harden will probably need to deliver another 30-plus point performance to extend the series, because the Rockets’ defense is nowhere to be found. Home court hasn’t meant much thus far, so don’t expect a hyped crowd to suddenly shift the momentum Houston’s way. They might manage to pull out a victory, but Portland should cover, if not outright win. Like the Spur-Mavs, this is just too many points.

Bet Portland +5.5