NBA playoffs: Spurs heavy favourites to eliminate Clippers
Following a thrilling 111-107 win on Tuesday night which gave them a 3-2 first-round playoff lead over LA Clippers, San Antonio Spurs are perched as 5.5-point home favourites to close out their series with the Clippers in NBA betting at Coral.
The Spurs overcame a 13-point first-half deficit in Game 5 at the Staples Center, pulling within one point of the Clippers at recess. These two teams exchanged leads on multiple occasions in the second half, before San Antonio took control in the fourth quarter, fending off a late Clippers rally to claim the outright victory as 2.5-point betting underdogs.
LA’s loss in Game 5 marks the first time they have posted three SU losses over a four-game stretch since losing four straight during an Eastern Conference road swing in early February.
The scene shifts to San Antonio for Game 6 on Thursday night. The Spurs and Clippers split Games 3 and 4 at AT&T Center, with the Spurs routing Los Angeles 100-73 as five-point favourites before dropping 114-105 decision to the Clips in Game 4, losing outright as six-point favourites.
The Clippers were red-hot entering post-season, claiming SU wins in 14 of their last 15 regular season contests, 9-6 ATS, and opened their series against San Antonio with 18/1 odds to win their first-ever NBA title. But, with elimination staring them in the face on Thursday night, the Clippers have tumbled to 33/1 to win the championship.
Conversely, the Spurs have been a juggernaut on home hardwood, going 16-2 SU in their last 18, 13-5 ATS, and are 11-2 SU in their last 13 post-season games at home.
In fact, the Spurs have not lost two home games in an NBA Playoff series since being swept by the Phoenix Suns in the 2010 Western Conference semi-finals, and have dominated the Clippers at home with 25 SU wins in their last 30 meetings.
Chicago Bulls (-3.5) @ Milwaukee Bucks
In other NBA playoffs action on Thursday night, Chicago Bulls will look to knock off the pesky Milwaukee Bucks when the two teams meet in Game 6 of their series, with Chicago pegged as a slim 3.5-point road favourites.
It looked as though the Bulls would quickly dispose of Milwaukee in their first-round match-up, dominating early on to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. But the Bucks have refused to go quietly, escaping the sweep with a game-winning buzzer beater by Jerryd Bayless in Game 4 to claim a 92-90 win as four-point home underdogs, before shocking the Bulls in Game 5, pulling out a 94-88 victory at the United Center as eight-point underdogs in a battle that few observers expected them to win.
There is still a mountain to climb for the Bucks, who have not recorded back-to-back SU home wins over Chicago in over five years, and are a meagre 2-10 SU in their last 12 against the Bulls on the familiar hardwood at Bradley Center.
Milwaukee enter Game 6 as a 6/1 series long shots to complete the comeback and win the series, while the Bulls are odds-on 8/13 favourites to win Game 6.