Cavaliers and Clippers on verge of NBA Conference Final berths
Cleveland Cavaliers can clinch a spot in the NBA’s Eastern Conference final with a win on Thursday, when they take on Chicago Bulls in Game 6 of their series as slim two-point underdogs in basketball betting at Coral.
The Cavaliers took their first lead of the series on Tuesday night, topping the Bulls in a 106-101 win at Quicken Loans Arena, but failed to cover the spread for the fourth time in five games.
Despite their struggles to pay loyal sports betting fans, who have now seen the Cavs go 5-10 ATS in their last 15 contests, Cleveland continue to maintain strong NBA championship odds. They are listed at 5/2 and only trail Golden State Warriors, who remain even-money favourites.
Conversely, the Bulls have seen their betting odds tumble to 20/1 following a pair of heartbreaking losses that put them on the brink of elimination.
But, while Cleveland now holds the upper hand in the series, Chicago have proven very effective at times at containing the Cavs’ potent offense, holding them to just over 97 points per game, after finishing second in the Eastern Conference in the regular season with an average of 103.1.
Despite the low-scoring affairs, the point total has played OVER in three of the last four games in the series, and is set at just 192.0 for Game 6.
Houston Rockets @ Los Angeles Clippers (-8)
LA Clippers can punch their ticket to a Western Conference final match-up with a SU win when they meet Houston Rockets on Thursday as eight-point favourites.
Unlike the close-fought Bulls/Cavs series, this series has been marked by blowout victories, with four of the five contests settled by an average margin of 23.5 points.
In Game 5, it was the Rockets’ turn to record the big win, routing the Clippers by a 124-103 score, covering as three-point underdogs and ending the team’s four-game ATS losing streak.
But, despite the win, Houston continue to sit near the bottom of Coral’s NBA championship betting odds (at 40/1), and are 5/1 series betting underdogs to bounce back from their current 3-2 series deficit and knock off the Clippers.
Los Angeles continue to be a futures betting darling. After opening the post-season with distant 18/1 odds, the Clippers now only trail the Warriors and Cavaliers, with strong 4/1 odds and are heavy 1/4 favourites to end the series at home on Thursday night.