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05/06/2011 10:37 PM
THUNDER: Oklahoma City earned a hard fought victory in Game 2, a game they critically needed. With the Lakers struggling and the Spurs already out, the Thunder are the team many are looking towards as the team to come out of the West. In order for them to advance to the Western Conference Finals, they will have to win at least 1 game in Memphis. The Thunder 26-17 SU and 24-18 ATS in road games this season. Oklahoma City is 16-10 ATS as the listed underdog this season, including 4-4 ATS as a road underdog of 3 points or fewer. F Kevin Durant is simply amazing, as he's averaging a team high 31.6 PPG during the playoffs. PG Russell Westbrook is averaging 24.6 PPG and a team high 6.1 APG during the postseason. The Thunder are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games as a road underdog. Oklahoma City is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games against a team with a winning home record. The Thunder are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. Oklahoma City is 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU win. The Thunder are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the Southwest Division. Oklahoma City is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
Projected Score: 101 (SIDE of the Day)
Thunder are 4-0-1 ATS last 5 road games.
Over is 6-0 last 6 games against a team with a winning SU record.
GRIZZLIES: (-3, O/U 200) The Cinderella season continues, as the Grizzlies step on the court tonight knowing that if they win each of their home games they will make the Western Conference Finals. Memphis is 33-11 SU and 29-14 ATS in home games this season. The Grizzlies are 8-2 ATS as a home favorite of 3 points or fewer this season. F Zach Randolph has been simply stellar all season long, with the playoffs no exception. Randolph is averaging a team high 22.3 PPG, as well as 9.3 RPG during the postseason. The Grizzlies are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games. Memphis is 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games as a home favorite up to 4.5 points. The Grizzlies are 22-5 ATS in their last 27 games following a SU loss. The Grizzlies are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games as a favorite. Memphis is 38-12-2 ATS in their last 52 games against the Western Conference. The Grizzlies are 18-6 ATS in their last 24 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. Memphis is 22-8 ATS in their last 30 home games. The Grizzlies are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games following an ATS loss.
Projected Score: 97
Grizzlies are 11-1 ATS last 12 home games against a team with a winning road record.
Over is 5-0 last 5 games overall.
HEAT: Miami is trying to do what Dallas has done to the Lakers, extend a 2-0 series lead to a commanding 3-0 lead. The Heat are playing poised, especially in the closing minutes of the 4th quarter. Thus far, Miami has simply been too quick and athletic for Boston. Miami is 29-14 SU and 25-17 ATS in road games this season. The Heat are 5-4 ATS as the listed underdog this season, including 2-3 ATS as a road underdog of 3 points or fewer. F LeBron James has been spectacular during the playoffs, averaging team highs of 25.4 PPG and 5.4 APG, along with 9.4 RPG. The Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning SU record. Miami is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win. The Heat are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 Conference Semifinals games. Miami is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against the Atlantic Division. The Heat are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Heat are 9-20 ATS in their last 29 games playing on 3 or more days rest. Miami is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as the listed underdog.
Projected Score: 86
Heat are 6-1 ATS last 7 road games.
Over is 5-1 last 6 games as the listed road underdog.
CELTICS: (-3, O/U 182.5) Boston is one of the most experienced teams of all time. That experience will need to come through if the Celtics are to climb out of their 0-2 series hole to Miami. The Celtics are hoping a change of venue, as well as a healthy roster will get them back into this series. The Celtics are 35-8 SU and 18-21 ATS in home games this season. Boston is 1-2 ATS as a home favorite of 3 points or fewer this year. F Paul Pierce leads Boston in scoring during the playoffs, as he's averaging 20.2 PPG. PG Rajon Rondo is averaging 17.3 PPG and a team high 11.2 APG during the playoffs. The Celtics are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 playoff games as a favorite up to 4.5 points. Boston is 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points. The Celtics are 27-13 ATS in their last 40 games following a SU loss. Boston is 8-17 ATS in their last 25 Conference Semifinals games. The Celtics are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a road winning percentage greater than .600%. Boston is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. Boston is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against the Southeast Division.
Projected Score: 90 (UNDER-Total of the Day)
Celtics are 0-5 ATS last 5 games against a team with a winning SU record.
Under is 13-3 last 16 playoff games as the listed favorite.
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