WE’VE entered the second round of the NBA playoffs, and while one series has gone to plan thus far, another has left many pundits scratching their heads.
The Cavaliers hammered the Raptors in their opening two matches to extend their unbeaten post-season run to six games, but the Rockets and the Spurs are throwing up what could be one of the most unusual playoff matchups we have ever seen.
The opening two games – which both sides have split – the smallest margin has been 25 points.
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NBA multi selections for Friday, May 5 games:
Cleveland Cavaliers to defeat the Toronto Raptors (-155)
San Antonio Spurs to beat the Houston Rockets (+165)
Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Friday, May 5 from 9 pm Pacific Time, Air Canada Center, Toronto, Canada
The Cavs travel north to face the Raptors in the first leg of our playoff parlay, and we are backing LeBron and the gang to extend their incredible post-season run.
Cleveland has won six straight post-season games in 2017, and have hammered the Raptors in the opening two games this series.
Can Toronto turn things around on their home court? To do so they will need to clamp down on the Cavs’ myriad of attacking options. Players like Iman Shumptert (14 points, six rebounds) and Channing Frye (18 points and five rebounds) have made the most of limited minutes off the bench.
We think the Cavs are looking to end this series as soon as possible. They should have no problem sweeping aside the Raptors to kick us off.
Cleveland Cavaliers to win – -155
Houston Rockets vs. San Antonino Spurs
Friday, May 5 from 9.30 pm Pacific Time, Toyota Centre, Houston
In what has been one of the most peculiar playoff series in recent memory, the Spurs and the Rockets clash in Houston, looking to break the 1-1 deadlock.
The closest margin between the two sides thus far is 25 points which would be worrying for both coaches, but the duo have offensive weapons that can go toe-to-toe with any team in the league.
The plus side for the Spurs is the defensive prowess of Kawhi Leonard, who has the ability to shut down any range of opponents from James Harden all the way to Nene.
It is not often the Spurs get blown out in similar fashion and we think they will make a statement in the first game on the road at decent odds.
San Antonino Spurs to win – +165