Friday night’s NBA playoff schedule features three Game 6 matchups. The San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers can all advance to the second round with wins tonight.
The Houston Rockets backs are against the wall trailing to Portland Trail Blazers 3-2 in their best of seven series. On Bovada and topbet, the Trail Blazers are favorites by 3.5 points at home.
Houston won game 5 in Houston after holding LaMarcus Aldridge to just 8 points. He was double teamed early and often, as Dwight Howard would help Omer Asik as soon as Aldridge touched the ball.
Houston controlled the boards, received another solid game from Howard and Jeremy Lin filled in at the point and scored 21 points.
Pick: Houston 104-99
The Toronto Raptors visit the Brooklyn Nets in a game 6 matchup. The Nets at home are a 5-point favorite on betonline and sportsbook.com.
Both teams have complained about the officiating in the series. The Raptors hold a 3-2 edge in the series but Nets head coach Jason Kidd complained during a call on Thursday about his team’s loss on Wednesday 115-113. He said his team might have to start flopping more to get more calls from the officials.
In this series according to data from Bovada, the dogs have covered the spread in 4 of the 5 games. As a favorite at home, Brooklyn is 0-2. If the Nets are to win and force a seventh game, they will need better play from veterans Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
Pick: Toronto 97-91
The San Antonio Spurs visit the Dallas Mavericks and are favored to win on the road. A win for San Antonio will close out the series. The Spurs said Tony Parker their star point guard sprained an ankle in Game 5 but played through the pain. He is scheduled to play tonight. The Spurs won Game 5 at home 109-103 to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
On many books, such as topbet and betonline the Mavericks were able to cover for the fifth consecutive game versus San Antonio.
Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter led Dallas on offense once again.
While Dallas has kept games close and won two of the first five games, the Spurs seem to be getting their swagger back as before this series, San Antonio had defeated Dallas eight consecutive times.
Dallas just does not have the guns to stay with the Spurs. The Spurs have three veterans in their 30s – Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and the ageless Tim Duncan. Those three along with the recent fine play of big man Thiago Splitter has helped the Spurs.
Pick: San Antonio 109-98.