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2012 NBA Playoffs West Conference 2nd Round Picks

The 2nd round in the East started the other night and now the Western Conference will be getting started tonight. I thought that the teams in the West looked much better for the most part than the teams in the East in the 1st round. What surprises me the most about the 2nd round in the West is that the Spurs are massive favourites to win the series.

Can the Veteran Lakers Upset the Younger Thunder?

• Oklahoma City Thunder -455 vs. Los Angeles Lakers +389

Oklahoma City defeated Dallas 4-0 in their 1st round series while the Lakers took the full 7 games to beat the Nuggets 4-3. I don’t think the odds offer much value on either team for the series and I’ll be looking at point spreads for each game. OKC should win this series, but the Lakers are going to play the talented Thunder team very tough and I’m sure LA will keep the series tight.

During the regular season the Thunder won the 1st two match-ups and covered the spread by 8 points both times. The Lakers did win the final game between these two teams during the regular season, but it took OT. The Thunder have the better guards in this series and will be able to score points over the Lakers defenders.

I think the Lakers will display their dominance in the paint and if they win the points in the paint battle this series will be closer than the current odds. I expect OKC to jump out to a 2-0 series lead at home due to the fact the Lakers have had no rest, but I don’t think we’ll see OKC sweeping the Lakers in this 2nd round series in the West.

My Pick is Oklahoma City Thunder at -455

Will the Spurs Cruise Past the Limping Clippers?

• San Antonio Spurs -2020 vs. Los Angeles Clippers +1220

I honestly can’t believe San Antonio is favoured by this much against any playoff team in a best-of-7-series. The Clippers will be limping into this series after a very physical 7 game series against the Grizzlies in the opening round. The Spurs won their series 4-0 against the Jazz in the opening round, so they’ve been able to rest up their veterans this past week.

Parker, Duncan and Ginobli are going to cause huge issues for the Clippers on defence. I watched a lot of the Clippers against Memphis and the Clippers weren’t great at closing lanes to the rim. You can’t let the Spurs penetrate the rim because if you do they’ll either put it in for the easy basket or dish it off to Duncan for the dunk.

Currently Blake Griffin is questionable for game 1 of the series and it wouldn’t surprise me if he didn’t play the 1st game, which would almost guarantee the Spurs open the series with a win. When Griffin isn’t on the court the entire offence ran through Chris Paul and although he’s very talented he can’t beat the Spurs by himself.

My Pick is San Antonio Spurs at -2020

I’m predicting that both of the favourites advance in the Western Conference, but I wouldn’t bet the series at the current odds because there simply isn’t any value. I’ll be looking for the best mobile NBA playoff odds on my iPhone throughout the series to wager on the favourites ATS when I feel they’ll be able to cover.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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