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 Sportsbook.ag 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.