The topsy turvy world of the NBA’s Conference Finals has seen outsiders become favourites in the blink of an eye. A week ago, the idea of a Boston v Oklahoma City Final seemed far fetched. Inside the next 48 hours, the improbable could become reality if both capitalise on their 3-2 series leads.
OKC have the first shot at clinching their berth when they take on San Antonio tonight, and after three consecutive victories they’ll have home advantage in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. Critically, momentum has swung behind the Thunder who looked down and out of contention after losing the opening two matches of this series before dramatically rallying back.
It’s the first time all season the Spurs have lost three straight but despite adjustments in the line-up, they’ve lost the last two games by an average of only 5.5 points. They’re underdogs by 4.5 this time at 1.91 and just 2.80 to force a decisive Game 7.
Overall, however, it’s still a toss-up between the two best teams left standing. It surely can’t be anything except a shoot-out so go over the total points of 202.0 at 1.91. But the Spurs are utterly capable of bouncing back. There’s still good value on the Texans to hold ‘em and squeeze into the Finals at 3.85.
Elsewhere in Europe, Spain’s Liga ACB Finals start tonight with FC Barcelona up against Real Madrid. Barca, who won the regular season title, are 1.35 favourites with their great rivals at 3.00. Real had a great semi-final series against Caja Laboral and they shouldn’t be discounted. In the regular season, the sides split the series at 1-1 by an average of 3.5 points with Barcelona winning 86-83 late in the season to average an earlier 78-74 loss. There’s plenty of good betting options with Real to lead Game 1 at half-time at 2.75 the pick of the bunch.
Bet of the Day: Go over 202 total points in Spurs – Thunder at 1.91.