We brought home a nice winner yesterday here at the Sportsbook Room as the Miami Marlins and Cleveland Indians played well under the total of 8 runs. It was yet another good pitching performance by the Marlins starter Carlos Zambrano as he goes a good seven innings allowing just two earned runs. Justin Masterson went deep enough in his start to preserve the under as the Indians hurler allowed just two earned runs in seven innings with another good outing at home. The weak hitting Marlin lineup aided the cause as well. For Saturday’s best betting pick we select from game four of the best of seven NBA playoff series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and LA Lakers. The Thunder and Lakers will commence from Staples Center at 10:30PM Eastern Time and TNT provides the live national television telecast. With our NBA best bet we will play on the Oklahoma City Thunder +1 point against the LA Lakers. The line from OKC and the LA Lakers comes courtesy of BetOnline sportsbook.
The betting line from game four of this NBA playoff series opened at a pick with the total lined at 188 ½ points. The money has landed early on the side of the LA Lakers as the home team is now a -1 point favorite. The total has moved up in a select few places to as high as 189 ½ points but most sportsbooks are posting 188 ½ points. Money line bettors playing on the LA Lakers will lay -115 odds. Those believing the Oklahoma City Thunder can win game four outright tonight can lay just -105 odds with their money line wager.
The Oklahoma City Thunder should be a bit quicker on the court as the teams play on back to back nights. The Thunder has been playing great defense as in game two they allowed LA just 38.5% shooting and last night the number was just 38.6%. Oklahoma City was a bit unlucky in game three as the Lakers were sent to the free throw line 42 times and converted on 41 of those attempts. You have to believe tonight will be a bit different and a correction towards the team average. Kevin Durant shot the ball very well tonight and even though this is a back to back game there is no travel involved so the All Star should not be impacted by fatigue on the court. Look for OKC to continue to exploit the Lakers by utilizing Russell Westbrook and James Hardens with drives to the basket for high percentage shots or kick outs to wide open shooters. Ramon Sessions and Steve Blake are in difficult spots in this series trying to defend the speed and quickness of the OKC guards.
The Lakers needed a monster game from Kobe Bryant to avoid a 3-0 series deficit as he produced 36 points in the game two win. Question is can his old body perform at this level in back to back games. He drove and earned 18 free throw attempts but one has to wonder if Kobe has the energy for a repeat performance. Oklahoma City utilizes their speed and quickness to cover the spread at best sportsbooks online.