The final game on tonight’s 2014 NBA playoffs schedule will be televised on TNT and streaming live on TNT Overtime (free online) beginning at 10:40 p.m. ET (7:40 p.m. PT) from Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Game 5 of this best-of-seven series features the Warriors and Clippers in a clash filled with controversy and outside disturbances, reports CNN on April 29, 2014.
With so much speculation regarding a potential boycott, and with tipoff fast approaching, Adam Silver made the toughest decision in his young stint at the helm of the National Basketball Association. In true David Stern fashion, the NBA’s fifth commissioner issued a lifetime ban on Clippers owner Donald Sterling and hit him with the league-maximum $2.5 million fine for his alleged racist comments.
During a Tuesday press conference in New York City, Silver categorized Sterling’s remarks as “deeply offensive and harmful,” admitting that the fact “that they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage”. The decision was made after the longtime NBA owner confirmed (in an interview) that the comments made on the TMZ recording were in fact his.
“I fully expect to get the support I need to remove him,” Silver added.
As far as the actual 2014 NBA playoffs game is concerned, the Clippers and the Warriors are in the midst of a heated dogfight. With the series knotted up at two games apiece, Game 5 could determine which team advances to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.
In most NBA oddsmakers’ opinion, as noted by ESPN.com, Los Angeles will find a way to pull through tonight at home. Las Vegas latest points spreads have the Clippers [-7] beating the Warriors [+7] by three possessions in the ATS department, while the OVER/UNDER tallies 209 points.
ATS Betting Action Prior to TV Scheduled Start Time
Golden State’s spread: 64 percent.
Los Angeles’ spread: 36 percent.
OVER wagers: 1102 units.
UNDER wagers: 457 units.
Trends to Consider Prior to TNT Overtime Free Live Stream
Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win.
Warriors are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 Tuesday games.
Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Clippers are 8-22 ATS in their last 30 Tuesday games.
Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight-up loss of more than 10 points.
NBA Playoffs 2014 Key Stats for Tonight’s Game 5
OVER is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles.
Home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
OVER is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings.
Golden State is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.