Pick 'n' roll: Thursday's best NBA bet

All odds courtesy of Logans.com

 

San Antonio vs. Lakers (-8, 193 ½)

 

The Lakers have a simple plan when it comes to winning in these playoffs and it’s all about the fundamentals.

 

Box out. Play tough defense.

 

And pass it to Kobe.  

 

The reigning league MVP was sensational again in Game 4 when Bryant poured in 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 93-91 Lakers win. Los Angeles now leads the series 3-1 as it heads back to the Staples Center, where the Lakers are 50-10 at home since moving there in the 1999-2000 season.

 

Stopping Bryant, or at least slowing him a little, will be a huge key for the Spurs in Game 5. Twenty-two points is the lowest total he’s had through four games and that came when the Lakers didn’t really need him to light it up in a 30-point victory in Game 2.

 

Other than Bryant, the other major story in this series is defense. All four games have fallen under the posted total and there has been a measly average of 179.2 points per game.

 

The Spurs always play defensive ball, but it’s the other end of the floor where they’re having trouble. They’ve seen the under in their last eight games and they’ve managed to score at least 90 points only three times during that span.

 

San Antonio’s top starters Tim Duncan and Tony Parker have been doing the job, but it’s the other players who need to start chipping in. Starters Fabricio Oberto and Michael Finley were held pointless last game.

 

That will need to change in a hurry if the Spurs want to avoid elimination. San Antonio couldn’t score more than 85 points in its three most recent trips to the Staples Center and it's likely going to take more than that to beat Los Angeles on its home court.

 

Despite the low-scoring trends, oddsmakers still have this total posted at a relatively high 193 ½.

 

Pick: under

 

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Posted by rjasmic
6 years ago

i dunno if u guys care, but the reason why vujacik shot the last 3 was to score 100 pts which means free tacos for the arena. so while we are pissed at sasha for making a push, he is praised by the whole arena for giving them free food.
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Posted by NBA-Caller
6 years ago

congrat the LAKERS! Tonight game? HMMM...............the Big D shift Celtics back on Sunday night.
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Posted by Rvrshark
6 years ago

I THINK I HAD A MILD STROKE WHEN THAT LAST SHOT WENT IN. GOOD THING THE UNDER PAID OFF NICELY, I MIGHT BE DEAD. LOL THE NBA NEEDS TO FIX THE CURTAIN WE CAN SEE THE MAN PULLING THE STRINGS BACK THERE.
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Posted by fasttrain
6 years ago

ARENA FOOTBALL GRAB COLUMBUS +7.5
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Posted by fasttrain
6 years ago

FRIDAY PLAY IS THE CELTICS AT +5.5 DO NOT GET FOOLED WITH THE PISTONS. HAMILTON INJURY IS VERY SERIOUS. GUYS AND GALS THE PLAY MAJOR CASH PLAY IS THE CELTICS.
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Posted by shirazzi
6 years ago

sometimes its better to be lucky than good! GO LAKERS!
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Posted by Brocknroll
6 years ago

WoW. I am so glad I laid off tonight.
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Posted by NORCALPLAYA
6 years ago

That freakin' cigarette smelling, cologne wearer, medallion sporting, disciple of Peja crushed alot of people with that Tre! The sportsbook I was in was going ape-garbage for the last play of that game. It looked like 97-92, then CRUSH! Angry gamblers united and Laker fans cheering. Oh yeah, Pro Sports aren't fixed or anything.... I'll admit that I am damn pissed about the "push" That line was never in jeapordy the whole game until Borat rises up and drains the so called "meaningless 3" Congrats to the Lakers fans though!
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Posted by Megamaniak
6 years ago

person = bastardo He probably seen some sick shite in the Mother Country. He's a bast ard. Push baby.
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Posted by Megamaniak
6 years ago

Heh man, he doesn't care, that's what I like about him. He's a prick person but he is really come on this last year. I used talk shite about him for years but he is proven me wrong on several occasions. You're just bitter about the push, c'mon let's be real. BTW: Sasha is from Slovenia, so yea... he's a Eastern Bloc type guy.
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Posted by shirazzi
6 years ago

MR.PRO IS OFFICIALLY 6-0-1 SO HES STILL THE MAN! GREAT PICK DUDE, HOPE YOU HIT YOUR FIRST HALF PLAY, I ENDED UP WAITING FOR THE LINE TO DROP TO 7.5 AND BOUGHT THE HALF POINT, AND I HAMMERED SECOND HALF PARLAY LAKERS -8.5/OVER 97!!! SPURS PUT UP A GOOD EFFORT BUT MANU WASNT HIS REGULAR MANU AND THATS WHAT KILLED THEM.
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Posted by kid-DYNOMITE
6 years ago

post of the night goes to nicoalvarez. You must be breathing a sigh of relief my brother. You called it....the line was too sharp.
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Posted by kid-DYNOMITE
6 years ago

Sasha is young, stupid, and classless. A true champion doesn't rub the losers face in it like that. Even Kobe was shaking his head in disbelief. He's trash.
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Posted by JD01
6 years ago

MEGA how you like our boy mvp i can't wait to see he get final mvp.that day im more happy ,have agood night bro and anyone. JD
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Posted by Megamaniak
6 years ago

Catch me rollin' down the 405 with my LAKERS flags Bring on the Finals now its time to brag Roll up the blunt and I take a drag Championship up for grabs no time to lag
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Posted by rzamo4
6 years ago

darn sasha that piece of monkey garbage
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Posted by JD01
6 years ago

MEGA and anyone in here love the lakers all we cheers .and i have 2st h lakers - 9 money in the bank. a lost big boy to day covers haved ton money to night. JD
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Posted by Captain408
6 years ago

omg. worst f in player ever! son of beeetch!
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Posted by nbafan88
6 years ago

he should be suspended for game 1 of the finals
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Posted by Captain408
6 years ago

darn
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Posted by DavidBanter
6 years ago

Barglefickle!
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Posted by nbafan88
6 years ago

did that just happen? seriously? wow fckin vujacic or whatever his name is
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Posted by DavidBanter
6 years ago

What's this censorship?!!!!
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Posted by DavidBanter
6 years ago

F U Sasha I'mabitch!!!!!!!!!! friggin piece of garbage serb doesn't know the etiquitte of the game. What kind of name is Sasha anyway? darn!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by bettiNhavocs
6 years ago

f**iN spurs...
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Posted by games1
6 years ago

"spurs+ the points!!!"

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