NBA Playoffs 5-11-17 – Free Picks

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We’ve managed to hit our last two picks, with Houston covering on Monday evening and yesterday’s Wizards and Celtics game going way over. The Spurs head to Houston tonight with a 3-2 lead in the series. This Western Conference battle has been my favorite to watch so far in the postseason.

The odds listed below are courtesy of Bovada Sportsbook (Full Review) and are accurate at the time of posting. However, be sure to line shop for the best price before placing your bet.

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San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets -7 Total: 214

nba playoffsAfter much of the first four games being one-sided affairs – Game 5 was full of fireworks. The Rockets led for much of the contest, but the Spurs were able to pull ahead in the overtime period to win by a score of 110-107.

James Harden dominated for much of the game, but he looked drained towards the end of the contest and was held in check late in the fourth quarter and into overtime. The supporting cast stepped up for the Spurs with Kawhi Leonard leaving the game with a leg injury. Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills, and Danny Green led the way in overtime.

Betting Action

The Rockets opened at -6.5. Betting action so far has been even between Houston and San Antonio regarding tickets. However, the odds have moved to -7 at Bovada and -7.5 at some other sportsbooks. The total has come down since opening at 215 points. It’s at 213 at most sportsbooks as of this writing.

Prediction

The Rockets are big favorites in this one because there is a real question about Kawhi Leonard’s availability. He didn’t play the fourth quarter or overtime due to a leg injury in Game 5 and is questionable to suit up tonight.

Based on the initial odds and the line movement so far – I would say there is a high probability that Leonard does not play. Houston is going to be ready to play tonight. If a few calls go their way late in Game 5, they easily could have captured the victory. I look for Houston to dominate tonight.

Pick: Rockets -7

Joseph Falchetti

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