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2014 NBA Betting – Picks For Games On Tuesday, May 13

Posted by Craig Parsons on 5/12/2014 10:12:55 PM

Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 5:
Washington Wizards @ Indiana Pacers – Tuesday, May 13

The Indiana Pacers might not be playing complete games. They might not be at their very best. However, they’ve been good enough to deal with a series in which they seemed to be headed for disaster. It feels like a month ago that Indiana lost Game 1 of this series by a comfortable margin on its home floor. The Pacers remained listless and disorganized in Game 1, picking up where they left off against the Atlanta Hawks. Indiana showed no signs of emerging from its funk, something that had persisted for more than a full month.

However, before Game 2 of the series, the Pacers booted backup center Andrew Bynum off the team. The move seemed desperate at the time and an indication of inner turmoil on the team, but over the past several days, the move has become an inspired and necessary one. Plenty of people have been speculating about the true cause of the decision by the Pacers’ executives, but it’s pretty much impossible to argue with the results of the move. Ever since Bynum was removed from the picture, Roy Hibbert, the player Indiana needed to play at a high level, has been much more like himself. Hibbert didn’t score a point or grab a rebound in Game 1. In Game 2, he scored 28 points. In Game 3, he provided a strong defensive presence in the lane and helped Indiana win by 22 points. In Game 4, he scored 17 points and hit a big running hook shot late in the fourth quarter to push the Pacers to a huge win and a 3-1 series lead. Is Hibbert’s emergence a pure coincidence, or is the All-Star now a different player with Bynum out of the locker room? Does the answer to that question even matter? Hibbert has regained form, and with Washington point guard John Wall being contained in this series by Indiana guard George Hill, the Wizards are not getting the production they need to overcome the Pacers. Wall was supposed to run wild in this series after Atlanta guard Jeff Teague scorched the Pacers in the first round. Wall is a better player than Teague, but he has not been able to get to the rim at will. Hibbert is a part of that, but Wall is not holding onto the ball when he gets into the paint. Everything in this series points to an Indiana win in Game 5.

NBA Betting Pick: Indiana

Western Conference Semifinals, Game 5:
Los Angeles Clippers @ Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday, May 13

When this series moved to Los Angeles over the weekend, the Thunder played two strong games and should have had a 3-1 series lead. However, the Clippers overcame a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to steal Game 4 and tie the series at 2-2. Will Los Angeles become a completely different team now? Will the Clippers be able to play a complete game, similar to what they did in Game 1 of this series? Will Los Angeles be able to hit perimeter shots after going 3-of-21 from three-point range in Game 4? Maybe the Clippers got the wake-up call they needed, and maybe they’ll be a much different team in Game 5.

However, Los Angeles has been a step behind Oklahoma City for most of this series. The Thunder can get great shots on demand. Russell Westbrook is too much for the Clippers’ perimeter defense, and Los Angeles shooting guard J.J. Redick just isn’t establishing the kind of flow or consistency the Clippers need at this point. Oklahoma City has more players playing well right now, and that’s the kind of thing which should influence a bettor at this point in time.

NBA Betting Pick: Oklahoma City


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