For whatever reason, the NBA decided to put New York-Indiana and Oklahoma City-Memphis on ice for a few days as the two series Game 2’s were played on Tuesday but the basketball betting series’ were on hiatus until Saturday. Both are tied at one game apiece, so Game 3 will be critical.
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Memphis Grizzlies
Odds: Grizzlies -5
The Grizzlies came on strong in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Thunder 30-19 over the final 12 minutes of a 99-93 win to knot this Western Conference semifinal at one game apiece, and Mike Conley stepped up huge, putting up 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Kevin Durant also came up just short of a triple-double with 36 points, 11 boards and nine dimes for the Thunder, who had 19 turnovers and there is a lot of pressure on the OKC star without Russell Westbrook, and even though he put up big numbers, Memphis’ Tony Allen harassed him all over the court and it’s not going to get any easier.
Memphis has won nine of their last 10 at FedEx Forum and it is known as one of the toughest places to play in the entire NBA, although the Thunder have won three of their last five in Memphis and managed to win two of three road games in Houston, including the series clincher in Game 6. The Thunder desperately need players, particularly Serge Ibaka, to help out Durant, who is doing everything he can to carry the team, but Memphis can wear you down.
New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers
Odds: Pacers -4
The Knicks rebounded from a poor Game 1 to romp over the Pacers by a score of 105-79, running away with it in the fourth quarter where they outscored Indiana 33-13. Sports betting fans saw Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who looked like a much more active team, beating the Pacers 13-7 on the offensive glass and outside of Anthony’s play, they got solid efforts from their supporting players. Paul George led the Pacers with 20 points, but David West managed just seven shots and had 13 points. Indiana also shot themselves in the foot with 21 turnovers, which led to 32 points for the Knicks, who had six turnovers of their own (Indiana scored just seven points on those turnovers).
Indiana has won their last three meetings with the Knicks at home and six of their last 10 overall, and they’ve won seven of their last 10 home games, but New York has won seven of their last 10 away from Madison Square Garden. The tempo of the game is important as the Pacers want to play a little slower while the Knicks would like to speed it up, and whoever does this will win the series. The Pacers also can’t afford to turn the ball over 21 times again; cutting that in half would go a long way towards their goal. However, New York is solid on the road and they’ll go up 201 in this East semi.
Pick: Knicks +4