Major Injury For The Spurs Plus Tonight’s Tilts in D.C. and Oakland

 

THE NBA PLAYOFFS –

SPURS GET EVEN BUT TONY PARKER’S HURT

PLUS HERE’S THE THURSDAY GAMES AND

THE UP-TO-THE-MINUTE

POINTSPREAD BREAKDOWN CHART

 

Quick question: What NBA team(s) have been the “best bets” so far in these here-and-now playoffs?

Ahh, if you said tonight’s two road squads – the Boston Celtics and the Utah Jazz – you win the door prize as both clubs are a nifty 6-2 ATS (against the spread).

Fact of the matter is the Celtics have covered their last four consecutive games in this post-season – granted, that last one on Tuesday night at home versus the Washington Wizards in overtime was no “sure thing” – while the Jazz has been brilliant in the road dog role with a perfect 5-and-oh pointspread mark en route to playing at a .750 winning rate this “second season”

Now, on this first Thursday in May, the Celtics and Jazz attempt to gobble up more cash – both are road pups – and the $64,000 question, naturally, is will either or both cover the Las Vegas number this evening?

 

Just remember …

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have been bashing the books right from the start of this year’s NBA Playoffs and nothing’s gonna change here as we dig deeper and deeper into Round II.

We’ll continue to rock-n-roll our way through the NBA post-season – and so just go online right here at www.jimhurley.com or call our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 each/every day and be sure that we’ll send you straight into the winner’s circle.

Plus, there’s Major-League Baseball on tap every day and so the time is just right to cash in big this spring!

 

Key Injury Notes: Hey, this NBA Playoff season is becoming a hazard to the health of many star players – the latest being San Antonio Spurs’ veteran PG Tony Parker who last night suffered a serious knee injury in his team’s 121-96 win/cover against the Houston Rockets. The Spurs informed the media it was a “lower leg injury” but anyone watching that Game 2 clash knew Parker was hurtin’ badly and likely out for the remainder of this post-season.

The playoffs already claimed the likes of LA Clippers’ star Blake Griffin, Chicago PG Rajon Rondo and Utah C Rudy Gobert (the latter for just a pair of games). Now, the Spurs have been bitten by the injury bug … ugh!

 

Before we get you our Thursday night NBA Playoff previews, check out the up-to-the-moment Pointspread Breakdown Chart below:

 

NBA PLAYOFFS POINTSPREAD CHART

(thru games of Tuesday, May 2)

 

TEAM             WON      LOST       TIE           PCT

 

Boston                   6              2      0              .750

Utah                       6              2      0              .750

Indiana                   2              1      1              .667

San Antonio          5              3      0              .625

Golden St.             3              2      0              .600

Cleveland               3              2      1              .600

Houston                 4              3      0              .571

Atlanta                   3              3      0              .500

Milwaukee            3              3      0              .500

Okla City                2              3      0              .400

Toronto                  3              5      0              .375

Washington          3              5      0              .375

Chicago                  2              4      0              .333

Memphis               2              4      0              .333

LA Clippers            2              5      0              .286

Portland                 1              3      0              .250

 

Tonight, it’s …

EASTERN CONFERENCE

BOSTON at WASHINGTON – Celtics lead series 2-0; Game 3 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

Maybe it’s time everyone just re-named Celtics’ G Isaiah Thomas the “Man of Steel”:

After all, the death of his younger sister on the very eve of these NBA Playoffs didn’t sap his on-court strength and now there he was pouring in 53 points the other night in that thrill-a-minute overtime home win/cover against the Wizards with a brand-new front tooth after getting that knocked out back in Game 1.

What’s next … scanning the game tickets at the turnstiles when fans flock into this Game 3 in D.C.?

The crazy thing is Thomas scored 29 points in the fourth quarter/overtime to derail the Wizards’ upset hopes in Game 2 and he played a team-high 44 minutes after spending hours in a dentist’s chair. The thing is if Thomas and his dental work are A-OK here, the Celtics could really rip the heart from the Wizards with one more bombshell game and do keep in mind Washington lost that last tilt despite a 40-point showing from G John Wall … what, you think he has another 40-plus point game in his knapsack?

 

Note all home teams are in CAPS below:

DATE    WINNER     SPREAD      LOSER         SCORE

4-30        BOSTON         - 4.5                        Washington  123-111

5-2          BOSTON         - 5     (ot)        Washington  129-119

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

UTAH at GOLDEN STATE – Warriors lead series 1-0; Game 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Hey, the biggest thing to come out of the Warriors’ Game 1 non-cover win on Tuesday night past was the slightly tweaked left ankle suffered by G Stephen Curry – the two-time league MVP sat out practice on Wednesday but the word is he’s “good to go” for Game 2 but you might want to consider his health ain’t 100 percent no matter what acting head coach Mike Brown told the media seals.

Curry came down funny early in the third quarter after a made layup – two of his game-high 22 points in Game 1 – as Golden State played around for much of the time with Curry dazzling folks with his head-spinning moves against Utah’s seven-footer Rudy Gobert and F Kevin Durant (17 points, 5 rebs, 5 assists) continuing to shake off some rust.

Still, you get the sense that the Warriors – even though they failed to cover the 13.5-point price tag – could have named the score once they got rollin’ in the series opener as Draymond Green (17 points/8 rebounds/6 assists/2 blocks) was his stat-sheet stuffing self while the Jazz wondered what happened to star Gordon Hayward (4-of-15 FG shooting for 12 points) … and how about the fact Utah was a minus 17 points with key reserve Derrick Favors on the floor? Oops.

 

DATE    WINNER     SPREAD      LOSER         SCORE

5-2          GOLDEN ST           - 13.5      Utah               106-94

 

 

Note: Catch more NBA Playoff Previews/Recaps in the next edition of Jim Sez plus more MLB News & Notes.

 

 

 

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