Road Dogs in the Spotlight Today in the NBA

Tim Duncan and the Spurs host the Chicago Bulls today in the Lone Star State.

I’m looking at three games in the National Basketball Association that have playoff and playoff positioning at stake. Let’s take a look.

Chicago (+9.5) at San Antonio – Despite the loss of both Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose, the Bulls have been able to hang tough by winning six of their last ten but Chicago finds themselves in a battle with the Cavs and Raptors for that second seed behind the Atlanta Hawks.

The defending champion Spurs have won four in a row and six of their last ten games. They are now securely in the seventh seed ahead of eighth place OKC. I don’t believe Gregg Popovich and the Spurs are content with the seventh spot though. Right now, they are less then two games out of the fifth spot and are looking to advance.

Chicago has a very good 19-11 road record while the Spurs are 22-7 at home. I see no reason for this game not to be physical and highly competitive.

Trends: Chicago is 9-4 straight up in their last 13 games…San Antonio is 4-1 SU in their last five games… The Bulls are 4-11 SU in their last 15 games against the Spurs in San Antonio… The Spurs are 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight games.

The Pick: Take the Spurs to win but I like the Bulls getting the points.

Steve Clifford and the Hornets come to Detroit looking to stay hot.

Charlotte (+1) at Detroit – When Brandon Jennings went down with a torn Achilles’ tendon, most figured the Pistons playoff chances were over. Despite a brief flirtation, this appears to be the case. Detroit has fallen to four and a half games behind the eighth and final playoff spot. With about 20 games to go, there is time but they must win games like this one today.

The Hornets are among the teams the Pistons have to jump and they’re in no hurry to allow that to happen. Charlotte is actually tied for the seventh and eighth spots right now but based on tie-breakers is the odd team out. Both teams are headed in opposite directions as the Hornets have won four straight and the Pistons have dropped five in a row.

Trends: Charlotte is 5-1 straight up in their last six games… Detroit is 2-4 SU in their last six homes games… The Hornets are 8-16 against the spread in their last 24 games at Detroit… The Pistons are 12-6 SU in their last 18 games at home versus the Hornets.

The Pick: Detroit ends the skid today Take them to cover.

Toronto (+7) at Oklahoma City – The Raptors enter the Sooner State having lost seven of their last ten and they’ve dropped from the second seed in the East to the fourth as both Chicago and Cleveland have leaped them for the time being.

Meanwhile, the Thunder have won seven of ten and have ridden Russell Westbrook’s hot-hand. With Kevin Durant still recovering from foot surgery, Westbrook’s heroics of late have been needed. OKC has climbed into the eighth spot in the Western Conference but only has a one half game lead over New Orleans who has Anthony Davis back on the floor.

Trends: Toronto is 1-7 straight up in their last eight games… The Thunder is 5-0 SU in their last five home games… The Raptors are 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games on the road in Oklahoma City… The Thunder is 10-3 SU against the Raptors in their last 13 games games in OKC.

The Pick: Take the Thunder to cover today.

Four Really Good NBA Games for Sunday

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Chris Paul and Blake Griffin need to right the ship after the Clips have drooped three straight.

I’m sure if I really sat down and looked it over I could probably find another Sunday with four better match-ups in the National Basketball Association but the ones I have for you today are pretty darn good.

LA Clippers (+3) at Oklahoma City (O/U 209) – The Thunder are three games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and have gone just 5-5 over their last ten games. The Clippers come to town having lost three straight and are dealing with Chris Paul’s comments about a female official.

I don’t think that will linger much longer now that he’s been fined $25,000 but LA needs to be careful. They are after all a half game from slipping into the seventh spot in the West.

Trends: The Clippers are 1-4 straight up in their last five games… The total has gone UNDER in six of Oklahoma City’s last eight games… LAC are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games against the Thunder… OKC is 7-3 straight up in their last 10 games at home against the Clippers.

The Pick: I like the Thunder today and the UNDER.

Atlanta (+3.5) at Memphis (O/U 196.5) – The Hawks have won nine of their last ten games and are coming off a defining win over Golden State. They’ve stretched their lead in the Eastern Conference to eight games over second-seeded Toronto.

Memphis has won eight of their last ten games and is in second out West just three games behind the Warriors. The Grizzlies have also been very good at home where they’ve gone 21-5 this season.

Trends: The total has gone OVER in six of the Hawks last seven games… Memphis is 8-1 straight up in their last nine games… Atlanta is 5-2 SU in their last seven games on the road in Memphis… The Grizzlies are 4-11-1 against the spread in their last 16 games against the Hawks.

The Pick: Don’t be surprised if the Grizzlies win but I like the Hawks getting the points and I like the OVER.

Gregg Popovich's Spurs aren't likely to be a top seed but they will be a tough out for any opponent.

San Antonio (+1.5) at Toronto (O/U 201.5) – The Spurs come to Canada having had some good recent success over the Raptors and they’ve won eight of their last ten games which puts them in the eighth spot in the very competitive Western Conference.

Toronto has had a very nice stretch of 7-3 in their last ten contests but seven of their 17 losses have come against the West. I have no doubts that they’d like to get some quality wins over the better Western teams.

Trends: The Spurs are 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven games… The total has gone OVER in six of Toronto’s last eight games… San Antonio is 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games against Toronto… The Raptors are 0-5 straight up in their last five games against the Spurs.

The Pick: Take the Spurs getting the point and a half take the OVER.

Portland (+4) at Houston (O/U 204) – These two teams have combined to win 15 of their last 20 games and are separated by a mere game in the Western Conference. It’s difficult to ignore the success Houston has had against the Blazers in Clutch City.

Trends: Portland is 0-4-1 against the spread in their last five games versus Houston… The Rockets are 6-1 straight up in their last seven games… The total has gone OVER in six of the Blazers last seven games when on the road against the Rockets… Houston has won 20 of their last 25 games straight up against the Blazers at home.

The Pick: I like the Rockets to cover at home and I like the OVER as well.

Latest Odds to Win the 2015 NBA Title

Steve Kerr has done a wonderful job with the Warriors but can he get them to the NBA Finals?

It’s really amazing how things can change over the course of a season in the National Basketball Association. Injuries, coaching changes and just getting hot at the right time can all play a part in the rise and/or fall of fortunes of these teams.

Odds to win 2015 NBA Championship

Golden State Warriors 7/2

Cleveland Cavaliers 15/4

San Antonio Spurs 7/1

Atlanta Hawks 15/2

Chicago Bulls 17/2

Among these top five favorites, I honestly can’t say there’s a sure thing here. We’ve seen the Cavaliers bounce back from a losing streak and right into a nice long winning streak which stands at 11 heading into last night. The Atlanta Hawks just had a 19-game winning streak and had all five starters named “player of the week.”

The Bulls will go only as far as Derrick Rose’s health can take them and the Spurs will have to be healthy as well in order to repeat. Obviously Golden State is the favorite because they are undeniably the best team in the league right now. What worries me is the amount of three-point shots they rely on each night. Will that come back to haunt them in the playoffs when teams start to pick up the defense?

Dallas Mavericks 12/1

Los Angeles Clippers 12/1

Memphis Grizzlies 12/1

Oklahoma City Thunder 16/1

Houston Rockets 18/1

Toronto Raptors 20/1

When you look at the group above, I think the team that stands out is Oklahoma City. I say that because they are one team of this group with two guys that can carry a team for certain periods of time. That said, the Thunder are still on the outside looking in on the playoffs right now.

I can’t see Houston being a legitimate threat if Dwight Howard keeps battling health issues and I’m not sure how serious to take the Clippers. They obviously have loads of talent, but can they make it out of the difficult Western Conference? Dallas is a team that makes me think a little too. Don’t be surprised to see them hanging tough in the end.

The hopes of the Blazers rest on the health of LaMarcus Aldridge.

Portland Trailblazers 25/1

Washington Wizards 28/1

Miami Heat 100/1

Detroit Pistons 150/1

Milwaukee Bucks 150/1

I really liked what Detroit was doing until guard Brandon Jennings went down with a torn achilles. They had been playing extremely well in the wake of releasing Josh Smith but now they are likely looking at a lottery position again unless they can get needed help at guard.

Portland’s fate will ride with LaMarcus Aldridge and his hand. If he can play through the pain and prove to be as effective as always then they have a shot with he and Damian Lillard. Washington will be a really interesting team to watch. They’ve lost seven of ten and their last five games so perhaps the shine on them is wearing off.

New Orleans Pelicans 150/1

Phoenix Suns 150/1

If one player could get his team to the NBA Finals it’s Anthony Davis who has been outstanding in 2014-2015. This will definitely not be his year, but if the Pelicans get some pieces around him then look out in the future.

Boston Celtics 500/1

Brooklyn Nets 500/1

Charlotte Hornets 500/1

Indiana Pacers 500/1

Remember when the Indiana Pacers were on the verge of knocking off the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference? Ya, things have changed that much in Indianapolis. They’ll be more looking for a lucky bouncing ping pong ball come summertime.

Sacramento Kings 1000/1

Utah Jazz 1000/1

Denver Nuggets 2000/1

Orlando Magic 2000/1

Sometimes the sports books in Vegas are just trying to be nice. This is the case here as none of these teams has chance in Hades of winning the NBA Title. The Kings, Jazz and Nuggets would need miracles at this point just to get into the playoffs.

Who I Like?

Atlanta, Golden State, Memphis and Cleveland.

Saturday Sports’ Bullets for You to Ponder

Madison Bumgarner and the Giants have achieved dynasty status in my opinion.

There are s many things going on this time of year in the sports’ world that I just can’t find one to focus on so why not give you my thoughts and the latest news in the form we all appreciate? Let the bullets fly!

-One of the more hotly debated subjects this past summer was whether or not we should consider the San Antonio Spurs a dynasty. First of all, that term is thrown out way to often and while the Spurs under Gregg Popovich have been consistently good, I don’t view them as a dynasty.

-What does constitute a dynasty is the San Francisco Giants who have now won three World Series titles in the last five seasons. Some will make the argument that a dynastic team needs to at least have back-to-back titles somewhere in their championship run. I don’t see it that way. Bruce Bochy and company are a dynasty in my mind.

LeBron has to be glad to have that first home game out of the way.

-I really don’t blame LeBron James for that rock concert turned basketball game the other night in Cleveland. I mean, yes, he’s to blame for some of the craziness that has followed him from Cleveland to Miami and back to Cleveland but what about these fans? Aren’t these the same ones who burned his jersey and took to social media with hate-filled rants? Apparently everything is OK as long as we return home.

-It may have been a surprise to some on the outside but the resignation of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon wasn’t that shocking at all to those in the know around Ann Arbor. The Michigan fan site came into the possession of emails between Brandon and disgruntled fans. For a savvy businessman like Brandon to even reply to these was bad enough but his communications were immature and unwarranted.

-As for Michigan going forward, look for a permanent AD to be in place in the next six weeks and a new head coach in place in time for the recruiting push in January.

-I have a feeling Ole Miss goes down for the second week in a row today. Their defense hasn’t given up more than 20 points yet this season but Auburn hasn’t scored less than 20 points since Gus Malzahn took over as head coach. Factor in the loss of linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche and the diverse and up tempo Tigers’ offense and I just have a feeling the Rebels go down.

-Tomorrow of course brings us Brady vs Manning XVI and with both players shining brightly right now with their play it will be very interesting to see who blinks first. My gut tells me that Manning will put up better numbers but look for the Patriots to get the running game going early which will keep Denver’s pass rushers on their heels. Tom Brady just doesn’t lose at home either.

-If Kobe Bryant isn’t suspended for his use of the ‘N-word’ directed at Dwight Howard then all of the goodwill that Commissioner Adam Silver has built up will have been for nothing. The argument will be made that black players use that word as a “term of endearment” with fellow black players. Let’s be clear; that was not Bryant’s intent when he caught on camera. Let also not forget that Bryant has been fined in the past for gay slurs as well. Silver simply can’t tolerate this behavior from any player let alone his stars.

Futures for 2014-15 NBA Season Released

The 2013-14 NBA season concluded on Sunday night when the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat to win the NBA Finals in 5 games.

The Spurs avenged their near miss of last season when they lost a lead in Game 6 with just 5 second left that could have earned them the championship.

Nevertheless, the Spurs after a year’s wait were able to return with nearly the same roster of players and defeat Miami.

The title is the fifth in the Spurs franchise history all under the tutelage of head coach Gregg Popovich and all with Tim Duncan in the lineup.

The Spurs first title was in Duncan’s second season in 1999 and that was followed by titles in 2003, ’05, ’07 and now ’14.

However, the NBA never stops and the betting world is always looking for updated stats and new props.

The NBA championship trophy was engraved with the name of the San Antonio Spurs as the 2013-14 Champions and just hours later the NBA futures line came out with the odds for winning the NBA championship in the 2014-15 season.

That is right, Bovada, topbet, betonline and all now have the NBA futures for next season.

Topping the list is the Miami Heat. Even though the Heat could lose all, one or two of their “Big Three” to free agency, Miami has been put at 5 to 2 to win the NBA title in 2014-15. If the Heat is able to re-sign LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, they will have to add some new talent around them if they want to reach the finals for the fifth straight season.

Coming in at second in the futures list was the San Antonio Spurs at 8 to 1 tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The question mark in San Antonio is if their “Big Three” of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili can get enough out of their aging legs to win another title.

The Oklahoma City Thunder must find a shooting guard to go with their superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook if they hope to win the championship next season.

The Los Angeles Clippers are at 10 to 1 and in fourth on the list. The Clippers have a strong nucleus with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and one of the best coaches in the league in Doc Rivers.

Rounding out the top five on the list was the Indiana Pacers are 15 to 1. With the best defensive team in the league, Indiana must shore up its offense to be a title contender.

Off course, these odds will change as the NBA draft takes place, high-profile free agents sign with new teams and trades are made.

Nevertheless, the NBA championship trophy is in San Antonio for less than 24 hours and thoughts are already on next season.


Heat are 6-point road ‘dogs in First Elimination Game

The 2013-14 NBA season could come to an end tonight when the San Antonio Spurs host the Miami Heat. The Spurs lead the best of seven NBA Finals 3-1 and could close out the series with a win tonight in Game 5.

A win would give the Spurs their fifth NBA title as a franchise and their first since 2007.

Miami finds themselves up against history. No team in the NBA has come back from a deficit of 3-1 in the NBA finals to win.

Miami is a road dog of 6 points in Games 5. The point total opened at 195, but has been bet up to 196 on Bovada and

The series odds on betonline and topbet now have San Antonio at -2000 and Miami at +1000.

San Antonio took control of the best of seven series with two blowout wins on the road in Games 3 and 4 winning 111-92 and 107-86 respectively.

The Spurs have used excellent ball movement on offense that has been helped by the Miami defense not showing up to play in either of the past two games.

The OVER has cashed in 2 of the 4 games, with the Spurs averaging 106 points per game and Miami only 93.

The Spurs are 12-4 SU as well as ATS over their past 16 games after beginning the postseason 3-3 straight up and 0-6 against the number.

Miami over its past six games is 2-4 SU as well as ATS. The Heat started its postseason 11-2 straight up and 9-4 against the spread.

Miami will use the age-old adage one game at a time for Sunday’s game, hoping to win and force a home game on Tuesday in Game 6.

Miami looks like it is running on an empty tank and the extra day of rest could help the club.

LeBron James could and likely will face criticism if the Heat loses the series. However, he has scored 27 points per game and has been asked to put the team on his shoulders again as the other two in the Big Three Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade have lacked consistency.

Prior to losing Game 2 to Miami, the Spurs were 8-0 SU as well as ATS at home in the postseason.

Boris Diaw has been a key for San Antonio in this series. The move by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to start Diaw in Game 3 has changed the entire series. Diaw is a great passer on the inside.

The Heat has never been a ‘dog by 6 points this entire season.

Miami is looking for answers to their best player rotation and changes in their starting lineup and substitutes are likely in Game 5.

This game could be slowed down by the Heat with physical play coming into play, as Miami will look to rattle the Spurs and upset them, as they have not been successful in playing them straight up.

I like the Spurs to win their fifth title tonight.

Spurs and Heat Reduced to Best of Five with Series Even at 1-1

The NBA Finals are tied at 1-1 after the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night in a thriller 98-96.

Last season the Spurs missed a few free throws that likely cost them the NBA title. Déjà vu reared its ugly head on Sunday when a few more misses from the free throw line by two of their top players likely was the difference from being up 2-0 to the reality of being tied 1-1 heading to Miami for Games 3 and 4.

The Spurs had good games from their top players with Tony Parker scoring 21 and Tim Duncan hitting for 18, but the two missed all four of their attempts from the charity stripe in a critical period during the final quarter.

LeBron James recovered from his leg cramps to score 35 for the Heat.

The two teams play Game 3 on Tuesday at American Airlines Arena in south Florida.

Last season Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili missed some costly shots in Game 6 of the NBA Finals that allowed Miami to overcome a 5-point deficit with just 28 second left to send the game to overtime and then win it.

This 0 for 4 at the free throw line did not take place in such a dramatic fashion but the outcome was as costly.

The early line on Bovada and for Game 3 in Miami has the Heat favored by 4.5. On topbet and betonline, the point total for the overall under opened at 198.5.

Prior to the loss on Sunday, the Spurs had won 8 consecutive home games during the playoffs, with all coming by 15 points or more, but everything comes to an end.

Without much time to regroup or to practice foul shots, the Spurs will head to Miami on Monday for Tuesday’s game.

Do not expect the air conditioning to go out in Miami or any other strange phenomenon taking place. What you can expect is some of the best, intense back and forth play from what are arguably the two best teams in the NBA.

James was able to show all basketball fans and in particular the ones at the AT&T Center in San Antonio why he is the best player in the NBA.

In a short span of three straight Miami possessions during the third quarter on Sunday, James by himself reduced a six-point Spurs lead to a Heat 2-point advantage.

James started the offensive display with a 3-pointer from the left side of the foul line, followed a San Antonio miss with a jumper over Boris Diaw and  followed a second San Antonio miss with another 3-pointer in transition. The result was an 8-0 Miami run and a two-point Heat lead.

Now the series is the best of five with Miami holding the home court advantage, let’s see how San Antonio reacts on Tuesday.

Odds Makers Open NBA Finals Line as Pick ’em

The NBA Finals begin on June 5 in San Antonio between the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat and the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs.

The two teams battled last season for the NBA Title with Miami winning their second straight title. This year odds makers at Bovada and betonline have opened the line as a pick ‘em at -110, for both teams.

The Spurs hold home court advantage thanks the best regular season record in the league, but Miami did not have home court advantage in the Eastern Conference finals against Indiana and won in six games.

On topbet, the Spurs have opened as a favorite of 3 points in Game 1, while other sites have had the spread as high as -4 with many on -3.5.

The spread is similar to those for the two games the teams played head to head this season. Both teams covered their home game favored by 3.5 points. The Spurs routed Miami 111-86 in San Antonio and Miami defeated the Spurs in Miami 113-101.

The point total on for Game 1 opened on 198.5, which is much lower than for the two meetings the teams had during the regular season, which were 205 when they played in Miami and 206 in the game in San Antonio. Last season the finals totals ranged from 187.5 to as high as 192.

With four days rest before the start of the Finals, Tony Parker will have time to recover from an ankle injury, which he suffered in Game 4 of the conference finals.

Parker did not play in the second half of the Spurs’ win to clinch the West at Oklahoma City.

Last season in the Finals, San Antonio had Miami on the brink of elimination 3-2. In Game 6, the Spurs were up by 13 points during the third quarter, but Miami rallied behind Ray Allen and LeBron James and forced overtime. The Heat won in overtime and then defeated San Antonio in Game 7 to take the title.

A revenge factor exists, as Tim Duncan said they were hoping to face Miami in the finals. He said the Spurs, as a team, still has the bad taste of losing Games 6 and 7 in their mouths and is looking forward to the rematch.

Duncan has played very well during the postseason as has teammates Parker, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard, who will be tasked with shutting down James.

Both teams have had relatively easy roads to the Finals, but all that can be tossed aside as all that matters now are the key matchups head to head and the final score at the end of each game.

Prediction: Spurs win NBA Finals 4-3

Spurs and Thunder in NBA Western Conference Finals

The NBA postseason has been whittled down to just four teams. The Eastern Conference finals will feature the Indiana Pacers versus the Miami Heat. While out West, the San Antonio Spurs will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In the Western Conference finals, the first game will be played in the best of seven series on Monday May 19 in San Antonio, with the Spurs holding the home court advantage thanks to having the best regular season record in the league this season.

During the regular season, the Thunder swept all four games versus the Spurs. However, that can be deceiving, just ask the Brooklyn Nets.

Brooklyn was 4-0 against the Miami Heat this past regular season, according to data from Bovada and, but lost to Miami in the Eastern Conference semifinals 4-1.

San Antonio beat the Portland Trail Blazers in 5 games in the second round, while eliminating the Dallas Mavericks in 7 games in round one to reach the conference finals.

According to data taken from topbet and betonline, Oklahoma City defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in 6 games in round two and the Memphis Grizzlies in 7 games in round one to reach this point.

The biggest matchups in this series will by Tony Parker the Spurs point guard versus Russell Westbrook the Thunder point guard, as well as Kawhi Leonard the Spurs shooting forward against Kevin Durant the Thunder’s shooting forward.

San Antonio makes very few mistakes in a game and capitalizes on the ones its opponents make. Look for the Spurs to isolate Durant and Westbrook, while attacking the role players for the Thunder who at times can be inconsistent.

The Spurs are never out of a game. San Antonio can rally behind its talented mix of veterans and young blood. With Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Parker having loads of experience, it helps the other younger players like Kawhi Leonard and Thiago Splitter.

After such a difficult offseason following a heartbreaking NBA Finals loss to the Miami Heat, look for the Spurs to do whatever it takes to return to the finals.

Durant and Westbrook are two of the five best players in basketball worldwide. There is no one on San Antonio that can match either one of them individually.

Leonard can stay with one or the other on defense, but not for an entire game. San Antonio has had its struggles with teams that have elite athleticism and the Thunder are all that.

This matchup will favor the Thunder, but the experience and thoughts of their 2012 playoff collapse against Oklahoma City will help the Spurs.

The Spurs have played in 10 of the past 20 Western Conference finals with this appearance and are 5-4.

Pick: Thunder 4-2

NBA: Spurs have Championship Odds Shortened

Less than 10 games remain in the NBA regular season. While some teams in both conferences are battling for position in the playoffs, others are fighting to just make the post season.

In the Western Conference, three teams are within a half game of one another in the 7th, 8th and 9th place. Just 8 teams will qualify in each conference.

The Phoenix Suns are tied with the Memphis Grizzlies in the 7th and 8th place in the conference, while the Dallas Mavericks are just a half game behind both in 9th.

However, the team that has risen above the rest of the league is the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are 58-16 SU and 41-33 ATS. They currently own the best record in the NBA and have won 18 straight games overall.

The Spurs just defeated the top team in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers by 26 points and look ready to take on the Miami Heat in a repeat of last season’s great NBA Finals.

The run of 18 straight games has shortened the odds for the Spurs for the championship to 11 to 4 from 3 to 1 last week on Bovada, topbet, betonline and

One of the criticisms of San Antonio in the early part of the season was they were able to beat up on competition that was inferior and struggled when they played against playoff or title contenders.

According to Bovada, the Spurs lost the first three meetings against Oklahoma City and Houston, which suggested they might not even be good enough to make it beyond their own Western Conference.

However, with their player rotation fully in place, the veteran bunch operated by one of the best tacticians in the game Gregg Popovich is playing different.

They can show how well they have changed when they take on Oklahoma City this week on Thursday and Houston on April 14.

Wednesday night the Spurs will be favored on betonline and when they play at home against the Golden State Warriors.

Indiana in the meantime is amidst a losing streak of three games and is just 4-6 over their past 10 games overall. The loss against San Antonio dropped Indiana out of first place in the Eastern Conference and moved Miami to the top.

The Pacers have four games in a row that they should win which will set up a big late season battle in south Florida versus Miami April 11.

Top 5 Odds for NBA Championship Title 2014

Miami Heat 2-1

San Antonio Spurs 11-4

Indiana Pacers 3-1

Oklahoma City Thunder 7-2

Los Angeles Clippers 12-1