Game-2 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Finals Picks, and Odds For Friday. May 19, 2017: Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics.

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The (60-31) and Two Seed Cleveland Cavaliers of the Eastern Conference Central Division are staying in the “BAY STATE” for game two of their best of seven Eastern Conference Finals Playoff series.

Cleveland takes on the (61-35) and Number-Two Seed Boston Celtics of the Eastern Conference Atlantic.

Tip-off is 8:30 PM EST on the TNT Television Network. The game is on Wednesday. May 17, 2017.

The teams will play at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

The best sports handicapper believes the Cleveland Cavaliers “FLEXED THEIR MUSCLE” in game one of the series. Cleveland has yet to lose in the 2017 NBA postseason and are on course to face Golden State in the NBA Finals.

Boston must regroup after being dominated in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals. The could not match the energy of Cleveland at either end of the floor in Wednesday’s loss.

The Opening Betting line has Cleveland as a Five And A Half Point Road Favorite Against The Point Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 218 And A Half Points for Friday’s Eastern Conference Finals Playoff Game 2 contest.

 

The 2017 Cleveland Cavaliers never trailed in their 117-104 road win in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Cleveland took a twenty-two point lead into the half, before calling off the dogs in the second half.

Forwards LeBron James and Kevin Love combined for seventy of the team’s 117-points. Cleveland is a covering machine and friendly to Point Spread Bettors going 6-2-1 nine games in the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

Center Tristan Thompson also put his stamp on the match with twenty points, and as usual, the team fed off of his energy.

Head Coach Tyronn Lue must keep his team in focus and not become lethargic in game two of the series.

The key to a Cavaliers victory in game two play with the same kind of intensity on both offense and defense.

The team is so talented they have a tendency to lose focus and play down to the competition.

Bovada.Lv lists the Cleveland Cavaliers at -550 to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2017 NBA Finals.

 

The Boston Celtics seemed out of rhythm in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals in front of the home crowd.

Boston did not have any energy and looked flat in the first game of the series.

All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas had trouble with the length of Cleveland at both ends of the court.

Boston shot poorly from the three-point line in the first half and had trouble rebounding on offense and defense.

Head Coach Brad Stevens and his staff must devise a scheme to combat the multi-talented Cavaliers.

Kelly Olynyk, who came off of the bench to become the hero in game seven against Washington had little success against Cleveland.

Seldom used Gerald Green will probably get more playing time the remainder of the series, he has intangibles to at least compete.

Bovada.Lv lists the 2017 Boston Celtics at +375 to advance to the NBA Finals against the Western Conference.

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Free 2017 NBA Picks and, Odds: Oklahoma City Thunder at Minnesota Timberwolves.

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The (46-34) Oklahoma City Thunder of the Western Conference Northwest Division are in the “TWIN CITIES” for a Divisional matchup. Oklahoma City takes on the (31-49) Minnesota Timberwolves also of the Western Conference Northwest.

Tip-off is 8:00 PM EST. The game is on Tuesday. April 11, 2017. The teams will play at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The best Sports Handicapper believes the Oklahoma City Thunder will probably play reserve as they will rest starters for the postseason.

Oklahoma City finished second in the Division and will get a six-seed. The Minnesota Timberwolves are knocking on the door with a young lineup.

The organization must hit a homerun in the 2017 NBA draft and lure a quality free agent in the offseason.

The Opening Betting Line has the Oklahoma City Thunder as a Two-Point Road Underdog Against The Point Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 216 Points for Tuesday’s contest.

 

The Oklahoma City Thunder are 3-1 both straight up and against the number their last four basketball contests.

Oklahoma City will finish second in the Northwest division, and there is little hope for them to go far in the 2017 playoffs.

The loss of Kevin Durant is starting to rear it’s ugly head and will show even more in the postseason. The Thunder will face the Houston Rockets in the first round; it could be a favorable matchup for Oklahoma City.

Head Coach Billy Donovan must rest starter and begin to prepare for the Rockets.

All-Everything guard Russell Westbrook will probably be named the league Most Valuable Player.

The Former UCLA Bruins alumni give 100% each and every night.

The key to an Oklahoma City victory on Tuesday is to play their style of basketball and focus on defense.

Bovada.Lv lists the Oklahoma City Thunder at +50,000 to win the 2017 Western Conference Crown.

The 2017 Minnesota Timberwolves are on a four-game losing streak and are 1-2-1 Against The Point Spread in the span.

Owner Glen Taylor can’t seem to find the right combination of personnel to get the franchise over the hump.

At the conclusion of last season, the team hired former Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau to run the show.

However it’s still the same story, the Timberwolves will again finish last in the division.

If there is a silver lining in the equation in Minnesota is the talent is very young. Stars Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, and Karl-Anthony Towns are just 12-years of age.

It is up to Taylor and Tom Thibodeau to keep the trio in a Timberwolves uniform. Point Guard Ricky Rubio could get shopped in the offseason.

The key to a Minnesota victory is to play with enthusiasm in front of the home crowd, give them hope for next season.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are out of playoff contention.

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Basketball Predictions and, Odds: Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The (19-39) Los Angeles Lakers of the Western Conference Pacific Division will be in “TORNADO ALLEY” for a Conference matchup. The Lakers play the (32-25) Oklahoma City Thunder of the Western Conference Northwest in 2017 NBA action.

Tip-off is 8:00 PM EST. The game is on Friday. February 24, 2017. The teams will play at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The best Sports Handicapper believes Los Angeles Lakers are on the way up after cleaning house in the front office. Can Earvin “Magic” Johnson bring the franchise back to prominence?

The Oklahoma City Thunder need a few more parts to become competitive in the Western Conference. General Manager Sam Presti lost James Harden and Kevin Durant in the past four years.

The Opening Betting Line has the Los Angeles Lakers as a Ten Point Road Underdog Against The Point Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 221-Points for Friday’s contest.

The 2017 Los Angeles Lakers will miss the postseason again in 2017. Managing partner Jeanie Buss fired Mitch Kupchak and her brother recently, making room for Johnson.

Head Coach Luke Walton is an up and coming leader in the ranks. Johnson and Walton are both former players who understand players.

The two also understands what it takes to win at the professional level. The Lakers are twenty-three games out of first place and will not catch Golden State.

Los Angeles is 9-25 vs. Western Conference opposition and just 7-25 on the road this season. Los Angeles broke a nine-game losing streak vs. The Thunder in November of 2016.

The Lakers are just 1-3 their last for both straight up and to the point spread. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom of the NBA in scoring offense and points allowed by opponents.

Johnson recently traded away the teams leading scorer, Lou Williams in now a member of the Houston Rockets. The key to a Laker’s victory os to play aggressively at both ends of the court.

Bovada.Lv, list the Los Angeles Lakers at +20,000 to win the 2017 NBA Western Conference Pacific Division Title.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been the class of the Northwest Division over the past six years.

However, the loss of Kevin Durant to Golden State is showing, and fans want a quick fix.

Oklahoma City is now behind the Utah Jazz in the division and Portland is also looming.

Oklahoma City is 4-6 their last ten overall, they have also been a disappointment to point spread bettors over the span.

All Star Point Guard Russell Westbrook is still one of the premier players in the league, but he needs help.

The inside combination of Steven Adams and Enes Kanter is one of the strongest in the west, but something is missing.

Second-Year Head Coach Billy Donovan will figure out how the Thunder can make a run in the postseason.

The front office must help, and Presti should pull the string on a few trades before the deadline.

The key to a Thunder victory is to play their style of basketball. Bovada.Lv, list the 2017 Oklahoma City Thunder at +250 to win the Northwest Division Crown.

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Free 2017 NBA Picks and, Odds: Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans.

Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes.

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The (40-18) Houston Rockets of the Western Conference Southwest Division are in the “BIG EASY” for a Divisional matchup. Houston takes on the (23-34) New Orleans Pelicans also of the Western Conference Southwest in 2017 NBA action.

Tip-off is 8:05 PM EST. The game is on Thursday. February 23, 2017. The teams will play at the Smoothie King Center in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana.

The best Sports Handicapper believes the Houston Rockets overachieved in the first half of the season. Can the Rockets continue their winning ways as the second half begins?

The New Orleans Pelicans acquired another force in the post. DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins is now playing for his home state team.

The Opening Betting Line has the New Orleans Pelicans as a Three Point Home Favorite Against The Point Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 227-Points for Thursday’s contest.

The Houston Rockets lost to the Miami Heat in front of their home crowd before the 2017 NBA ALL Star break.

Houston still has the third-best record in the Western Conference and are second in the Southwest division. Houston is 7-4 vs. Divisional opponents this season and 19-11 on the road.

The Rockets own a three-game winning streak over Thursday’s opponent.

First Year Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is doing a masterful job with “SUPERSTAR” James Harden moving him to the Point Guard position.

The Arizona State University Alumni are the front runner for the league Most Valuable Players this season.

Also two-guard, Eric Gordon, who won the 3-Point contest is having his best year as a pro.

Houston is the second highest scoring team in the NBA and acquired another scoring threat, Lou Williams comes to the team from the Los Angeles Lakers.

The key to a Houston victory is to make open shots from the perimeter and defend the post.

Bovada.Lv, list the Houston Rockets at +700 to win the 2017 NBA Western Conference Championship.

The 2017 New Orleans Pelicans have won three of their last four both straight up and to the Number.

New Orleans is next to last in the Southwest Division and will probably miss the postseason.

Things are looking up for basketball in the “BIG EASY” with DeMarcus Cousins wearing a Pelicans uniform.

Head Coach Alvin Gentry must communicate with the former Sacramento Kings All-Star.

Cousins, labeled as uncoachable, and Gentry can become a hero by finding common ground with the talented big man.

Former Kentucky Wildcats star Anthony Davis won the MVP of the All-Star game and can also become a fixture by working with his former UK alumni.

The Pelicans are going to be tough to defend in the post wit the two seven footers who can put the basketball on the floor and dominate inside.

Coaches in the Western Conference are probably pulling their hair out. The key to a New Orleans victory is to play inside out basketball and feed the post.

Bovada.Lv, list the 2017 New Orleans Pelicans at +35,000 to win the Western Conference Southwest Division Title.

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Free 2017 Basketball Predictions and, Odds: Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls.

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The (36-19) Boston Celtics of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division will travel to the “WINDY CITY” for a conference matchup.

Boston play’s the (27-29) Chicago Bulls of the Eastern Conference Central in 2017 NBA action. Tip off is 8:00 PM EST on the ESPN Television Network.

The game is on Thursday. February 16, 2017. The teams will play at the United Center on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois.

The best Sports Handicapper believes the Boston Celtic are the fifth best team in the Eastern Conference.

The Boston organization will be the “BEATS OF THE EAST” in the next three years.

Management in Chicago made some bad offseason acqusitions, and it is coming back to haunt the team. Native son Dwyane Wade is over paid and getting old.

The addition of former Celtics star Rajon Rondo is not paying dividends.

The Opening Betting Line has the Boston Celtics as a one point Road Underdog Against The Point Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 212-Points for Thursday’s contest.

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The Boston Celtics like the rest of the team’s in the NBA are looking forward to the 2017 NBA All Star break.

Boston is one of the hottest team in the league and has won nine of their last ten. Boston is 5-5 their last five to the number.

The Celtic are also on top of the standing in the Atlantic division, four and a half in front of second place Toronto.

Boston has a winning record at home, and on the road, they also perform well vs. The Eastern Conference.

Head Coach Brad Stevens is one of the brightest young minds in basketball. The Boston offense ranks in the top ten league wide scoring the basketball.

Defensively the Celtics allow opponents 105.6 ppg. The first time All Star Point Guard Isaiah Thomas is playing the best basketball of his career and is a fan favorite in “BEANTOWN.”

The former University of Washington star has found a home in Boston. Backcourt mate Avery Bradley is unavailable with an Achilles injury, and his return is unknown.

The key to a Celtic victory is to force Chicago into a shootout.

Bovada.Lv list the Boston Celtic at Over 52 and a half wins for the 2016-17 NBA Season.

The Chicago Bulls are 4-6 their last ten straight up and 5-5 in the span vs. The Point Spread.

Chicago is third in the Central division behind Cleveland and Indiana.

If the regular season were to end today, the Chicago Bulls would be the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago also has a winning record at home and against Eastern Conference foes.

Head Coach Fred Hoiberg has his work cut out with managing “EGO’S.” Wade is the main culprit and knows better; he should have stayed in Miami instead of seeking greener pastures.

Wade is not an All-Star for the first time in nearly a decade; maybe the snub will propel him in the second half of the season.

Fellow Guard Jimmy Butler got voted into the annual midseason classic. Defense is the calling card for Chicago; they rank seventh in the NBA. F

our players on the team average double digits on offense, led by Butler and Wade.

The key to a Chicago win Thursday is to come with enthusiasm and play well at both ends of the floor.

Bovada.Lv, list the 2017 Chicago Bulls Over and Under at 38′ games.

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NCAA Basketball Picks, and Odds For Thursday. February 2, 2017: Utah Utes at California Golden Bears.

Written and authored by College Basketball Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Basketball Betting news and notes.

NCAA Basketball Predictions are tops in the industry and will continue through the NCAA Basketball March Madness Finals in April of 2017. The (15-6) Utah Utes of the PAC-Twelve Conference will travel to the “BAY AREA” for a Conference matchup.

Utah will take on the (15-6) Cal Golden Bears also of the PAC-12 in 2017 College Basketball action. Tip-off is 9:00 PM EST on the PAC-12 Network.

The game is on Thursday. February 2, 2017. The teams will play at Haas Pavilion on campus in Berkeley, California.

The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Utah Utes are a solid basketball team but not as good as the past two seasons.

Utah has a crafty head coach who had a productive NBA career and is a great teacher of young players.

The Cal Golden Bears lost Jaylon Brown to the NBA after his freshman season. Head Coach Cuonzo Martin will have the University of California basketball program at the top of the Conference in a few years.

The Opening Betting line has the California Golden Bears as a one and a half point Home Favorite Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total is unavailable for Thursday’s contest.

The 2017 Utah Utes are 4-2 on the road this season and 6-3 vs. PAC-Twelve opponents.

Utah beat Oregon State at home in their last game but has dropped their last two to the number.

Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak has basketball fans in the “BEEHIVE STATE” excited about the future of their program.

The Utes have been a high seed in the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons. The coaching staff is doing a great job with the talent pool this season.

Kyle Kuzma averages a little more than fifteen points per game and is the team’s best player.

Kuzma can play at the next level but needs more work to become a complete player.

The Utah offense ranks third nationally in shooting the basketball. Utah can also rebound with the best teams in all of College Basketball.

The key to a Utes victory is to play right on the perimeter at both ends of the court.

Bovada.Lv, list the 2017 Utah Utes at 1,500 to win the PAC-Twelve Conference Championship.

 

The California Golden Bears have won five of their last six straight up. The Golden Bears are just 1-4 their last five Against The Point Spread.

Thursday’s contest if the first meeting between the teams this season. California has lost tow of the last three vs. Utah, dating back the 2016 season.

Head Coach Cuonzo Martin spent three seasons at Tennessee before coming to the “EAST BAY.” Martin enters his third season on the bench in Berkeley, California.

Sophomore Forward Ivan Rabb is the team leading scorer and best player.

Rabb is a top twenty draft pick if he decides to go to the NBA. However, he must continue to learn and get stronger.

The Golden Bears strength is defense; they allow opponents just 39.4 percent shooting from the floor.

The key to a Cal win Thursday is to take advantage of the home crowd and defend.

Bovada.Lv lists the California Golden Bears at +1,500 to win the 2017 PAC-12 Conference Title.

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Winning 2017 NBA Picks, and Odds: Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets:

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The (26-19) Utah Jazz of the Western Conference Northwest Division will travel to the “MILE HIGH CITY” for a Divisional matchup.

Utah takes on the (18-25) Denver Nuggets also of the Western Conference Northwest in 2017 NBA action. Tip-off is 9:00 PM EST.

The game is on Tuesday. January 24, 2017. The teams will play at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

The best Sports Handicapper believes the Utah Jazz have what it takes to compete in the Western Conference. The Jazz has a playoff style of play at both ends of the court.

The Denver Nuggets have a good young nucleus of talent. However, they are a “SUPERSTAR” away from being relevant.

The Opening Betting line has the Utah Jazz as a One and a Half Point Road Underdog Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 212 for Tuesday’s contest.

 

The Utah Jazz is on top in the Northwest Division, three and a half games in front of the second-place Oklahoma City Thunder.

Utah is 5-2 vs. Divisional opponents this season and 13-9 on the road.

Head Coach Quin Snyder has the Jazz believing that can compete with any team in the NBA. A strong defense is the signature of the team.

Utah leads the entire National Basketball Association in defense, allowing opponents just 95.3 ppg.

Offensively the Jazz rank near the bottom of the league with a 99.7 per contest average.

Former Butler University standout Gordon Hayward is the team’s leading scorer. Indianapolis native George Hill is also a valuable option on offense.

Rodney Hood can shoot the three point shot with the best in the game. The key to a Utah victory is to take their time on offense.

Utah can’t get caught up in Denver’s run and gun style.

Bovada.Lv, list the 2017 Utah Jazz at -400 to win the NBA Northwest Division title.

The 2017 Denver Nuggets-Jazz have lost nine of ten to Tuesday’s opponent. Denver will have the edge as Utah is playing back to back.

The Jazz host Oklahoma City on Monday. January 23, 2017. Denver has lost two of their last three straight up and is 6-4 their last ten to the number.

Denver is just 4-7 vs. Divisional opponents and 10-11 on the road this season.

Head Coach Mike Malone is in his second season on the bench in the “ROCKY MOUNTAIN STATE” and has the Nuggets playing well.

Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler are the team’s leading scorers. Power Forward Kenneth Faried iso one of the most active players in the game.

Point Guard Emmanuel Mudiay can handle the ball and make crisp passes in the open court but must improve his shooting range.

Former Michigan State standout Garry Harris can shoot the lights out. The Nuggets have scorers but must concentrate on defense.

Bovada.Lv, list the Denver Nuggets at +6,600 to win the 2017 Western Conference Northwest Division crown.

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