Where the action is: Money on Pacers with Smith questionable
A pair of Game 3's on the board Saturday as the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies in their Western Conference matchup while over in the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks are in Indiana to battle the Pacers.
We talk to oddsmaker Ed Salmons at the LVH Superbook about the flow of action coming in on Saturday's NBA games.
Oklahoma City at Memphis Grizzlies - Open: -4.5, Move: -5
The Grizzlies notched a huge 99-93 victory in Oklahoma City in Game 2 and go into OKC with momentum. Even though the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings in Memphis, action is coming in on the Grizz. The Thunder have scored 93 points in both games on 42 percent shooting thus far in the series.
"We had the line open at Grizzlies -4.5 and its moved to -5," Salmons told Covers
When asked what a healthy Russell Westbrook would mean to the Thunder if he were available, Salmons stated, "With the series 1-1, and a healthy Russell Westbrook in the lineup, I think we'd see Memphis -1."New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers - Open -4, Move: -4.5
The Knicks are coming off a convincing 105-79 victory in Game 2 at Madison Square Garden to even the series at one game apiece. Some markets had the Pacers as low as -3.5, but the availability of J.R. Smith being in question has created a slight lean towards the Pacers.
"We've had the line move from -4 to -4.5 with J.R. Smith being questionable," Salmons notes.
When asked if the return of Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire would have any effect on line movement, Salmons said, "Nothing. If anything, it'd be negative."