From start to finish, the veteran team San Antonio Spurs played with the confidence to search of its fifth NBA championship. The Spurs finished off the series this Monday night against the Memphis Grizzlies with a 93-86 victory. Parker scored 37 points in his best game this postseason, and San Antonio got its fifth Western Conference title.
Anthony Parker was basically the best player in the game and throughout the all series. The French got into the lane whenever he wanted, hit jumpers and always had a response for Memphis’ defense. The Spurs’ start point guard scored 23 of his 37 in the second half, comprising 11 points in the final quarter.
Tim Duncan helped with defense and adds it up 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. The Spurs had given the forwards Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol trouble all series, and Game 4 was no different. As well, the Spurs held the Grizzlies to 37% shooting Monday night. It was the third straight game they maintained the Grizzlies under 40% shooting.
The Grizzlies got a 5-0 scoring and cut the advantage to 89-86 with 48.7 seconds left in the game. But Parker ceased the Grizzlies with a couple of free throws with 29.7 seconds to go. The Grizzlies failed to score at the end and the Spurs attained the victory with a 93-86 final score.
The Spurs now will await the champ of the Eastern Conference finals between Miami and Indiana as they prepare to make their first trip to the NBA Finals since winning their last championship in 2007.
On the other hand, despite the Heat victory against the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 is expected that this series will be really tied and is a possibility that it can go all the way to a Game 7. Game 4 between Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers is scheduled to take place at Indiana this Tuesday night.
The Heat will now have the advantage on the series and if they can just claim another win tonight then they will have one foot in the NBA Championship Finals.
Meanwhile, the Pacers will know nothing less to get the triumph tonight. If they lose they will be on the edge at 3-1, and will have to win three straight games to turn the series around and claim the Eastern Conference title. Though not many teams have the ability to win three straight games against the Heat, but the Pacers are undoubtedly one of the few teams capable of doing that.
However, they have to do an important effort to detain LeBron James on the paint. Simply going back on the road to face Miami with a 3-1 down in the series is not an option for Indiana. If they want a chance to attain the conference title, they need to win tonight.
For this Game 4, Miami is favorite with at -3 with a money line of -150 and a total of 185. The bettors have to be supremely confident in the Heat to bet with a three-point favorite on the road after the Pacers have already proven that they can hang with the team.
On the NBA Finals there are several predictions if Miami wins the Eastern Conference, bettors opened with Heat as -270 favorites over the Spurs (+230). In the other hand, if Pacers wins the Eastern Conference, San Antonio opened as a -250 favorite over the Pacers (+210).
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