NBA Betting: Three Teams On The Brink Friday
This weekend in the NBA playoffs begins with three teams facing elimination as their first-round series reach Game 6 on Friday night.
First on the docket is Game 6 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers. The Cavaliers took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-95 win in Game 5 as a 6.5-point home favorite. After dropping that game against the spread, the Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in the series. At home in Game 6, the Pacers are a slim 1-point favorite at Bovada Sportsbook. Totals bettors riding the UNDER have been paid in this series, as all five games so far have gone UNDER.
Staying in the Eastern Conference, the Washington Wizards have their backs against the wall at home to the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Toronto took a 3-2 series lead with a 108-98 win in Game 5 as a 7-point home favorite. The home team has won and covered the spread in every game in this series so far. Overall the Wizards are 5-1 SU and ATS in their last six at home and they’re a 1.5-point favorite in Game 6.
The other Game 6 on Friday is the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Utah Jazz. The Thunder avoided elimination with a 107-99 win in Game 5 as a 2.5-point favorite. Game 6 moves to Utah where the Jazz have won six straight at 4-2 ATS. In Friday’s game, the Jazz are a 5.5-point favorite.
On Saturday, Round 2 gets underway even though Round 1 may not be over yet. Getting the second round started is Game 1 between the New Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warriors.
Golden State rolled past the San Antonio Spurs 4-1 in the first round, while going 3-2 ATS. The Pelicans surprised the Portland Trail Blazers with a four-game sweep that included a 4-0 ATS record and two SU wins as an underdog. Following the series sweep, the Pelicans enter their series with the Warriors having won nine straight games SU and ATS.
The Warriors and Pelicans met up four times during the regular season with Golden State going 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS. In Friday’s series opener, the Warriors are a 7.5-point home favorite at Bovada Sportsbook. At home in the playoffs, the Warriors have won 12 straight, but it hasn’t meant a windfall for bettors, as they were only 6-5-1 ATS.