Thursday, May 21, 2015

NBA Conference Finals Predictions - Game 2

  My Game one NBA conference finals predictions had an auspicious debut to say the least. After climbing out of a 16 point first half hole, the Warriors were poised to cover the 10 point spread with a 11 point lead heading at the two minute mark. Unfortunately, the Rockets scored the next 8 points and only lost by four to cost me the bet. The Cavaliers-Hawks game was close until the third quarter when Atlanta got cold and fell into a hole they couldn't climb out of. My Two losses turned my $90 mythical surplus to $125 mythical loss. I'll attempt to make up my losses in my game two predictions once again using the lines for entertainment purposes only.

Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors – Game 2 Thursday
The Warriors are favored by 10.5 points heading into game two of the series, up from game one's ten point spread. I think this is in response to Rocket center Dwight Howard's apparent knee injury. I think the Rockets played over their heads in the first half of the game and the Warriors were uncharacteristically nervous. I doubt these two occurrences will happen two games in a row. I am counting on the Warriors to make the better adjustments and will give the 10.5 points on a $110 wager to make $100.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks – Game 2 Friday
As I expected, Cavalier guard Kyrie Irving is still bothered by his leg injuries and Jeff Teague was nearly unstoppable for the Hawks. I didn't expect the Cavaliers J.R. Smith to go off for 28 points (the only bench scoring the team had) in the Cavaliers' eight point win. The Cavaliers are favored by a point and with the knee injury to DeMarre Carroll the line will likely increase. I expect the Hawks to play desperately in what is almost an elimination game for them and I will shy away from picking a team, instead betting $110 to win $100 that the score will be below the over/under of 198 points.