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THE NBA WEEKEND UPDATE:

WE TRACK ALL FOUR PLAYOFF SERIES

AND TOSS SOME KEY NUMBERS YOUR WAY …

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In case you were wondering, here’s the pointspread skinny:

The NBA Playoffs exited Friday night’s games in Toronto and Houston with Betting Favorites sporting a 28-25-1 ATS (against the spread) mark with one pick ‘em game tossed into the mix … hey, that’s quite a turnabout from the early going of this here-and-now post-season when chalk sides were 4-9 ATS following the first dozen-plus affairs. Hmmm.

And how about the fact that NBA Playoff Home Teams entered Saturday’s game action with a 22-32-1 spread log … that’s a shoddy .407 winning spread rate for the host teams and you surely would have thought that would have been reversed, right?

Okay, so enough of those numbers – let’s get you all up to speed with the four alive playoff series that roll on this Saturday/Sunday:

 

NBA PLAYOFFS – EASTERN CONFERENCE

On Sunday, it’s …

CLEVELAND at TORONTO – Cavaliers lead series 3-0; Game 4 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC

It could be game/set/match here North of the Border where the home-town Raptors and their head coach Dwane Casey are talking about “pride” … if PG Kyle Lowry (out Game 3 with bad ankle) doesn’t suit up here and Toronto shoots another 2-of-18 from beyond the three-point stripe than LeBron James and friends will be in a “broom” mood once again.

 

(Note all home teams are in CAPS below:)

DATE    WINNER     SPREAD      LOSER         SCORE

5-1             CLEVELAND               - 6.5           Toronto             116-105

5-3             CLEVELAND               - 7              Toronto             125-103

5-5             Cleveland                            - 3.5           TORONTO         115-94

BOSTON at WASHINGTON – Celtics lead series 2-1; Game 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET on TNT

This series has been played with the intensity volume dialed up – the skirmishes that broke out in Washington’s Game 3 blowout win the other night may be forgotten by now but it’s plain to see this series is getting more-and-more physical and who’s gonna keep their cool is key here in this pivotal Game 4 (remember there were eight technical fouls called in a brutally officiated Game 3).

No secret that Boston’s lead dog Isaiah Thomas (just 13 points in only 29 minutes in a garbage-time filled Game 3) was not the factor he was in those first two tilts in Beantown – tell us he’s gets off 25-or-so field-goal attempts here and that Washington’s bench isn’t such a key factor and the C’s could indeed get their split in D.C.

 

DATE    WINNER     SPREAD      LOSER         SCORE

4-30        BOSTON         - 4.5                        Washington  123-111

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

5-4          WASHGTON  - 5.5                Boston           116-89

 

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NBA PLAYOFFS – WESTERN CONFERENCE

On Saturday, it’s …

GOLDEN STATE at UTAH – Warriors lead series 2-0; Game 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC

Funny thing how the G-State Warriors have not nearly been threatened in either one of the first two games in this best-of-seven series and yet Utah’s covered both games – and the Jazz are encouraged by the fact that G George Hill (out for Game 2) is expected to play here after suffering toe issues.

On the flip side, Golden State is keeping fingers crossed that F Draymond Green (knee) is fine after a Game 2 scare that still didn’t keep ‘em from a 21-point/7-rebound/6-assist showing.

Green and mates Stephen Curry/Kevin Durant/Klay Thompson (a combined 62 points in Game 2) are feeling no threat driving to the hoop where Utah C Rudy Gobert has not been a major shot-blocker despite otherwise solid stats (16 points/16 rebs in Game 2).

 

DATE    WINNER     SPREAD      LOSER         SCORE

5-2          GOLDEN ST           - 13.5      Utah               106-94

5-4          GOLDEN ST           - 14         Utah               115-104

 

On Sunday, it’s …

SAN ANTONIO at HOUSTON – Spurs lead series 2-1; Game 4 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT

Gotta say that the “body language” exhibited by the Houston Rockets towards the end of Friday’s 103-92 loss against San Antonio was not good at all! Hey, no major shame that a Tony Parker-less Spurs team beat you down behind the star-studded 26-point/7-rebound game from oft-missing F LaMarcus Aldridge but if you’re gonna sit there and tell us Houston’s gonna get another combined THREE POINTS from the trio of Ryan Anderson, Nene and Lou Williams then the guys in black-and-silver figure to be heading home for Game 5 up three-games-to-one. Any life, Rockets?

 

DATE    WINNER     SPREAD      LOSER         SCORE

5-1             Houston                      + 6             SAN ANT           126-99

5-3             SAN ANT                     - 5.5           Houston            121-96

5-5             San Antonio              + 5.5          HOUSTON         103-92

 

THE MLB REPORT

The first month-plus of this here-and-now Major-League Baseball season has produced plenty of great pitching performances but a few folks have slid below the proverbial radar. Here’s some names:

 

Andrew Triggs, Oakland – The A’s righty entered his Friday night start against Detroit with some sizzling stats including a 4-1 record with a 1.84 ERA with 22 Ks and 6 BBs. P.S., Triggs entered that latest start having allowed just one home run in 29.1 innings.

 

Kyle Freeland, Colorado – The Denver native son has been brilliant thus far in his rookie season as the lefthander is 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA in his six starts and he’s allowed just 31 hits in 34 innings. Not bad for a chap making his home starts at Coors Field!

 

Brandon McCarthy, Los Angeles Dodgers – Everyone’s fussing over who is the Dodgers” “#2 starter” behind LHP Clayton Kershaw but might the answer be right in front of ‘em? This journeyman is off to a terrific start with a 3-0 won/loss mark with a 3.10 ERA in five starts.

 

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

 

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