The four teams left in the NBA playoffs are enjoying some much deserved rest with each having three full days of rest before embarking on Game 3 in their respective conference finals.
Paul George the leading scorer for the Indiana Pacers is questionable for Game 3 in the Eastern Conference finals due to a concussion.
The current line on the Miami vs. Indiana game is now sitting on Miami -7 on Bovada and sportsbook.com.
If that number is able to hold, it will be the biggest spread Miami has had to lay versus Indiana all season. However, the status of George is huge. Last season there were spreads on topbet and betonline as big as 8.5 for the Heat during the conference finals.
During this past regular season, the Heat was 2-0 straight up and 1-1 against the spread at home versus Indiana as a favorite of 4 and 5.5 points.
The scheduling of the playoff series, with the three days off, will be more beneficial to Indiana. The Pacers also have starters David West, Roy Hibbert and Lance Stephenson suffering from injuries.
The point total for Game 3 opened at 182.5 and has stayed there or gone up or down a half point.
With the series tied 1-1 heading to south Florida, bookmakers have released updated prices on the series with Miami at -410 and Indiana +335.
Out west, the Oklahoma City Thunder finds themselves in a big hole. Some handicappers will figure that the Thunder will come back strong from their humiliating 35-point loss in Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Thunder now trail in the series 2-0 and have been dominated by the Spurs in both games.
Nevertheless, line makers have opened with the Thunder -2 as the favorite at home. This past season at home, Oklahoma City covered spreads against the Spurs of -2.5 and -4. However, the 4-game regular season sweep the Thunder enjoyed is long forgotten following the first two games of this series.
Currently San Antonio is sitting on -1200 with Oklahoma City at +750 for the series.
Before writing off the Thunder, one must remember they trailed 0-2 in 2012 to the Spurs and ran off 4 straight wins. However, this season they do not have Serge Ibaka due to injury and James Harden who was traded to Houston last season.
Game 3 was opened with a point total of 208, which is similar to the first two games of the series. Game 1 was OVER and Game 2 was UNDER.
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San Antonio Spurs 4 to 5
Miami Heat 13 to 10
Indiana Pacers 14 to 1
Oklahoma City Thunder 15 to 1