NBA Playoffs – Heat and Clippers Try to Get Back on Track
- Updated: May 17, 2012
The sports betting sites had some things they expected in these NBA playoffs, and some things that they did not expect to happen. What most bettors expected was to see the San Antonio Spurs jump out to an early lead in its series with the Los Angeles Clippers. But what the online sports book experts did not expect to see was the injury bug strike yet another top Eastern Conference team and cause chaos in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The degree to which things have been affected has yet to be determined, but the series between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers just got interesting.
Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers – Game Three
Was it the injury to Chris Bosh that cost the Heat game two, or was it LeBron James disappearing yet again in a critical playoff situation? There is a lot of evidence to suggest that it was one or the other, and there is just as much evidence to suggest that it was a little bit of both. The sportsbook experts were wondering how LeBron James would respond as the playoffs entered the second round, and it has been hit and miss. With the injury to Bosh, most of the perimeter shooting duties fall to James as Dwyane Wade spends time in the paint. But that did not work in game two and many people are wondering if it will work in game three as well.
The Indiana Pacers are not going to light up the scoreboard with three-pointers all night long. Many Pacers fans realize that Indiana was the provident recipient of a bad night from LeBron James in game two. But the Pacers now have confidence, which is something that LeBron James is sorely lacking as game three begins. It is not out of the question to see Indiana prolong its momentum into a win on its home court.
Pick: Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers @ San Antonio Spurs – Game Two
It would be a mistake to underestimate the Los Angeles Clippers at any point in the playoffs. The San Antonio Spurs have the experience to know this and that is why the Spurs are playing the Clippers very carefully. Both Los Angeles NBA franchises are in trouble in the second round of the playoffs, but there is at least some feeling that the Clippers can pull out of it and win a game or two in its series with San Antonio.
The best sports betting sites give all of the odds to the Spurs in this series, but the Spurs display a steady confidence that seems to be overridden by the Clippers’ swagger. The fact that the Clippers has been able to maintain its swagger in the face of a 108-92 game one loss is a testament to this team’s confidence. But, at some point, Los Angeles will have to figure out a way to get through the San Antonio defense. The Spurs were able to shut the Clippers down in the fourth quarter of game one and Los Angeles will need to find a way to counteract that if it wants to get back into this series.
Pick: San Antonio Spurs