NBA Picks: Game 3 Playoff Picks of the Day

Joe Freda

Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:54 PM UTC

Saturday, May. 11, 2013 12:54 PM UTC

Saturday’s NBA betting has Memphis returning home in their series with the Oklahoma City Thunder, while the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers head to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Memphis Grizzlies have reeled off a 7-0 spread record in their last seven playoff games, with the OVER cashing at 5-2. 

Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis came away with a 99-93 victory in Game 2, collecting as a 2 ½-point dog. The Grizzlies surged past Oklahoma City with a 30-19 scoring margin in the fourth quarter, while outscoring the Thunder in paint points, 50-30.

Grizzlies guard Mike Conley notched his second double-double in five games, finishing with 26 points and 10 boards. Memphis’ Tony Allen and Marc Gasol united for seven steals, with Gasol logging five assists en route to 24 points.

Thunder forward Kevin Durant put up 36 points, while adding 11 boards and nine assists. Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka recorded three of his side’s seven blocks, while adding five boards.

The battle’s combined 192 points jumped above the NBA odds ‘total’ of 188 ½, ending a 3-0 UNDER stretch in Oklahoma City’s prior trio of matchups. Memphis outrebounded the Thunder, 43-35, while neither squad led by more than nine points.

Memphis opened as a 4 ½-point favorite for Game 3 at, with the ‘total’ first set at 189. Early wagers on the Grizzlies and UNDER moved the numbers to five and 186 ½.

I am taking the points here, backing Oklahoma City as a road dog. The Thunder are 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games, while feeling urgency here after losing home-court advantage with Tuesday’s defeat. 

Memphis has a 1-4 spread record in the last five meetings it has hosted against Oklahoma City, with another overvalued spot looming here.

Free Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder +5


New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers

New York pulled away from the Pacers in Game 2 with a 105-79 triumph as a 5 ½-point home favorite. The Knicks connected from the floor at a 49.4 percent clip, while edging Indiana in boards, 37-35.

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony came away with 32 points,hitting 13-of-26 field buckets in 35 minutes of action. New York’s Pablo Prigioni and Jason Kidd logged four assists each, with Prigioni drilling 2-of-2 shots beyond the arc.

Indiana’s Paul George led his squad’s scoring with 20 points, while logging a sizable seven turnovers. Pacers center Roy Hibbert grabbed a team-high 12 boards, with mate George Hill notching seven assists.

5Dimes opened Indiana as a four-point favorite for Game 3, remaining unchanged in early action. The ‘total’ was first set at 184, with UNDER wagers dropping the digits to 183.

I am adding the OVER to Saturday’s sports picks here, looking for some octane as the series shifts west. The OVER cashed at 3-0 in Indiana’s trio of home dates from its first round of playoff action against the Atlanta Hawks, with the Pacers piling in 108.7 PPG.

New York found its shooting groove in Game 2 and should get some more points on the board than its road games against the Boston Celtics. Indiana has seen the OVER cash at an 11-1 clip following its last 12 defeats and will look to connect its share of buckets again here for today's NBA picks.

Free Pick: OVER 183 at Bet 365


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