According to an ESPN report on May 10, 2014, the second and final NBA playoff contest on tonight’s slate features the San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers battling it out in the third game of their best-of-seven series. Moda Center at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Ore., will host tonight’s ESPN free live streaming game, which has a TV start time of 10:40 p.m. EST (9:30 p.m. CST/7:40 p.m. PST).
The top-seeded Spurs come into this game leading the series 2-0 and trying to keep the Trail Blazers from gaining any momentum. After struggling in the first round versus the Mavericks, San Antonio has finally hit its stride, winning the first two games of this series by an average of 21 points.
As reported by CBS Sports on Saturday May 10, there are four factors for San Antonio to consider heading for this pivotal Game 3. First, the balanced and efficient offensive attack this team has displayed through two games. While Duncan is averaging 11 points and Many Ginobili nine per game, there are five Spurs in total shooting 50 percent of better from the field.
As a matter of fact, four of those five have actually converted on a whopping 75 percent of their shots. Needless to say, when a team has that many players playing at such a high level, it is seemingly impossible to beat.
On the fifth-seeded Trail Blazers’ side, as Anne Peterson of AP Sports reports, Portland returns home in an 0-2 hole and desperate for any positives for what could be a decisive Game 3. In NBA playoff history, only 16 teams have come back after falling 0-2 in a best-of-seven series.
However, according to Blazers head coach Terry Stotts, this team will not be number 17 unless it starts rebounding and playing defense. Back at the venue in which they posted a 31-10 record, is there any chance that Portland crawls back into this Western Conference Semifinals series?
According to NBA playoffs oddsmakers at ESPN, tonight’s Game 3 between the San Antonio and Portland might as well be a pick ‘em one. The latest point spreads show that the Spurs [+1] are slight underdogs by a free throw when they visit the Trail Blazers [-1] for the first time.
In addition, the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 209 points, and alternate betting (straight-up) lines go as follows: San Antonio [-110] vs. Portland [-110]. In order to get a sense for how the betting population foresees this one playing one, here are some interesting statistics to keep in mind for tonight’s Game 3:
ATS Action Prior to ESPN TV Start Time Schedule
San Antonio spread: 917 wagers (53 percent).
Portland spread: 822 wagers (47 percent).
OVER bets: 69 percent (972 units).
UNDER bets: 31 percent (432 units).
Betting Trends Prior to ESPN-GO’s Live Stream Free Online Feed
Spurs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Western Conference Semifinal games.
Spurs are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games following an ATS win.
Spurs are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a S.U. win of more than 10 points.
Trail Blazers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games.
Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games against teams with road winning percentages of greater than .600.
Trail Blazers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss of more than 10 points.
2014 NBA Playoffs: Buzzer-Beating Stats Prior to Game 3
San Antonio is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
OVER is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Portland.
OVER is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
Home team is 20-9 ATS in the last 29 meetings.
San Antonio is 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Portland.