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2014 NBA Betting – Picks For Games On Wednesday, May 14

Posted by Craig Parsons on 5/13/2014 9:38:24 PM

There’s not a lot of drama surrounding the second-round NBA playoff series between the San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers. There could be some intrigue in the Brooklyn-Miami series on Wednesday.

Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 5:
Brooklyn Nets @ Miami Heat – Wednesday, May 14

The Miami Heat ran into a buzzsaw on Saturday in Game 3 of this series, as the Brooklyn Nets got off the mat and used 15 three-pointers to cool off the two-time defending NBA champions. Brooklyn got Joe Johnson free. He consistently managed to get open against a Miami defense that lost its intensity and did not compete with the same dogged tenacity it showed in the first two games of this series in South Florida. Mirza Teletovic also hit a stack of threes in the second half to not only build a lead for the Nets, but also spread the floor so that Brooklyn could attack from other angles against the Heat. Brooklyn showed the kinds of skills that give the Nets a chance in this series.

However, when you look at this game, which will be played in Miami, the Heat have to be seen as the favorite. The Heat definitely used Games 1 and 2 of this series to establish a different kind of identity compared to the regular season, when Brooklyn won twice on Miami’s home floor. The playoffs are a different thing, and with the Nets being old and slow at multiple positions (Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in particular), it’s hard to see how Miami’s Chris Bosh won’t play well. When Bosh plays well and provides a substantial amount of production to complement LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the Heat are really hard to beat. Miami should be ready for Game 5 on Wednesday, and the Heat should be fine as long as no one gets suspended for this game (due to a Game 4 incident). As long as nothing overly bad happens in Game 4 for Miami, take the Heat in Game 5.

NBA Betting Pick: Miami

Western Conference Semifinals, Game 5:
Portland Trail Blazers @ San Antonio Spurs Wednesday, May 14

When this series began, it felt like a seven-game battle royale. Portland had all the shooters the Dallas Mavericks had. The Trail Blazers had the kind of quick and resourceful point guard Dallas had. The Blazers figured to be able to get to the basket and force San Antonio’s defense to scramble to make plays. Portland seemed to have the ingredients necessary to score 115 points per game against the Spurs, making the top seed in the Western Conference sweat a little more after dealing with a nerve-wracking seven-game struggle against Dallas in the first round.

Yet, none of those problems have surfaced for San Antonio. What has happened in this series is that Portland’s Damian Lillard has been taken to school by Tony Parker, the Spurs’ ageless and relentless point guard. That matchup has spilled into the rest of the action on the floor. The Spurs’ role players are hitting shots because Parker is putting them in good positions on a regular basis. San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard is playing much better than he did against Dallas, and that kind of energy at both ends of the court has been more than Portland can handle. If Portland does force a Game 5 by winning Game 4, take the Spurs on Wednesday night.

NBA Betting Pick: San Antonio

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