Los Angeles Clippers need blowout fourth quarter to rally against New Orleans Hornets
It is never good when you need a comeback against the Hornets. Now consider that the Clippers were at home. Los Angeles came out flat in the third quarter and the New Orleans Hornets took advantage, turning a 5-point deficit into a 10-point lead. With balanced scoring, NOLA seemed to have the edge going into the fourth quarter. However, the Clippers responded with a monster late game effort to nearly save all those who went with the favorite in their online NBA wagering, winning by the score of 107-98.
Yet, despite the fourth quarter collapse, the Hornetsstill managed to hold on to the ATS win, as they entered this game as 10-point underdogs. Every player that saw playing time got in the scoring column for the Hornets, with the starters all scoring in double figures.
However, the NBA is a star dominated league, and the Clippers stars showed up in this one in a big way. Chris Paul nearly had a triple double with steals, recording 8 takeaways to go with his 33 points and 13 assists. Blake Griffin added a double double of his own with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Randy Foye added 6 three-pointers en route to 24 points on the night.
It is a demoralizing loss for the lottery bound Hornets, who truly believed they had a shot at winning this one. However, it may be more telling of the Clippers, who exhibited their tendency to tune out at times. There will be no time for complacency come playoff time, as they figure to match up with a dangerous Memphis Grizzlies team in the first round.
The Hornets ended up as the right selection in your online NBA wagering, though the live lines left it a little too close for comfort there at the end. Just enjoy the new cash in your account and count your blessings.
Miami Heat leap out in fourth to close out Houston Rockets late
Well, the Houston Rockets played it close for a while at least. Heading into Sunday's match up with the Heat in Miami, the live lines had Houston listed as 5-point underdogs. Considering the improved play from Goran Dragic and the lackluster second half of the season exhibited by the Heat, one could justify taking Houston in an ATS bid. For three quarters, you would have been right. However, in the fourth, the Heat took over, busting a 3-point deficit into a 9-point win.
Dragic had a decent game with Kyle Lowry missing yet another game. Dragic scored 16 points on 5 of 12 shooting while dishing out 4 assists. While that would have been a nice surprise at the beginning of the season, it was more ho-hum for a player that has averaged 20 points and 7.5 assists over the month of April.
The real star in this one, not surprisingly, was LeBron James. The King finished with 32 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Heat were without Dwayne Wade after #3 suffered a dislocated finger his last time out. He will be back for the playoffs but will not play the remainder of the regular season.
The Rockets just went cold in the fourth quarter, missing often from deep and allowing the Heat to get out in transition. Houston entered the final quarter shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc. However, after a 1 for 8 showing from downtown, the Rockets found themselves on the losing end.
Houston will end up missing the playoffs this season, so this was one of your last chances to use the live lines at BookMaker to wager on the Rockets. However, the right pick in this one was Miami, as King James dominated in this edition of online NBA wagering.
Oklahoma City Thunder eventually fall to Kobe and Los Angeles Lakers
There is something in the veins of Kobe Bryant that gives him strength when it is most needed. It is venom that strikes out amid the greatest pressure and under the brightest lights. Lights do not get much brighter during the regular season than when the Los Angeles Lakers welcomed the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder to the Staples Center for a match up of title contenders out west. This was the time to use that online NBA wagering at BookMaker, if you didn't know already.
Kobe Bryant was in Black Mamba mode in the fourth quarter, as the Lakers roared back from a 16-point deficit entering the period to tie it up and send it into overtime. Kobe hit two huge threes with under two minutes to go, one as a runner of sorts with two men draped over him and the shot clock winding down.
It was vintage Kobe, and one of the few times the MVP chant was actually warranted from home fans. He finished with 26 points, though it was the timing and manner of his scoring that made those 26 feel like 50.
Kevin Durant came through with several answers, including a few big threes of his own, but his killer instinct was JV to Kobe's Varsity. Russell Westbrook was more of a hindrance than help at times in this game, as his 5 turnovers and his putrid shooting bit the Thunder in the end. Westbrook shot just, wait, you may need to sit down for this. He shot 3 of 22 from the field in this one. Yeah. Then, with time winding down in the second overtime, he got caught in the air and made a terrible pass that was picked off by Devin Ebanks.
In the end, if you supported the Lakers in the live line online NBA wagering, then you have Kobe Bryant to thank for the cash in your account today. Yet, reserve some thanks for Westbrook as well, who had a game to forget in front of a national television audience.
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