Just two games on the NBA playoff schedule on Monday night and both are Game 2s: Indiana at Cleveland and Memphis at San Antonio as the Cavs and Spurs look to hold serve at home as solid betting favorites.
Cleveland took Game 1 against the Pacers 109-108 as a 9-point favorite in Game 1 on Saturday. CJ Miles could have won it at the buzzer for the Pacers but missed a 14-footer. Indiana star Paul George said after that he needs to be the one taking that shot. He’s right. Playing in his 200th playoff game, LeBron James had 32 points, 13 assists and six rebounds while winning his 18th consecutive first-round game. It was the 12th straight win for a LeBron-led team in his team’s first playoff game, tying a record held by Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal. Only twice has a James-led team lost a playoff series after winning Game 1, out of 23 times to date. It was also LeBron’s 13th playoff game with at least 30 points and 10 assists. That’s two shy of the league record held by some guy named Michael Jordan. It’s fair to say, however, the Cleveland’s regular-season defensive struggles clearly were not fixed in the series opener. George led Indiana with 29 points. The Cavs are currently -7.5 on SBR’s NBA odds for Game 2. Check out Jordan Sharp’s pick here at SBR.
Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs, 9:30 p.m. ET
San Antonio was -9.5 for Game 1 and easily covered against Memphis with a 111-82 victory on Saturday. Kawhi Leonard tied his playoff career high with 32 points. The game went over the closing total of 190.5 in garbage time on Andrew Harrison's meaningless 27-foot 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left. The Grizzlies were outscored by 34 points over the final three quarters in dropping their ninth straight postseason game to San Antonio. Memphis point guard Mike Conley didn’t score after midway through the second quarter and was outplayed by Tony Parker. The Grizzlies clearly missed guard Tony Allen, one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA . He’s out indefinitely with a calf injury. The Spurs have won 29 of 34 playoff series under Gregg Popovich in which they won Game 1. They are -10.5 on Sportsbook Review’s top-rated sites, but handicapper Swinging Johnson recommends taking the points on Memphis.Bet On NBA Futures At SBR's Top Sportsbooks