The 2013-14 NBA season is reaching its climax, with the eight teams remaining set to begin their series this week. With some of the very best players in the business set to go head to head in some extremely intriguing matchups, it may prove difficult to pick the winners. The latest odds at bettingsports.com will keep you up to date on the odds for every match, so you can pick your winners.
Los Angeles Clippers v Oklahoma City Thunder
In perhaps the most exciting matchup of the round, the two star-studded teams face off against each other. The Clippers will be trying not to let the scandal involving ex-owner Donald Sterling affect their game, with leading talent such as Blake Griffin and Chris Paul set to lead the charge. The team has never reached the conference final round, and will be looking to make history in this series.
The Thunder, however, has a star duo of their own in Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, and on top of that, a much better defense than the Clippers. Oklahoma City will look to make the 4 home game advantage count and defeat the Clippers.
Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets
After seeing off the Charlotte Bobcats in just four games in the previous round, the Heat will have the fresher legs going into this series. As well as that, Miami has the best player on the planet in Lebron James, along with other star players such as Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. The Heat will be looking to defeat Brooklyn and go on to win a successive NBA title.
However, the fact that the Nets swept the Heat in the regular season is no fluke, and with experience on their side and questions over Wade’s injury status, the Nets will be quietly confident of springing a surprise.
Indiana Pacers v Washington Wizards
The first and second picks in the 2010 draft face off in this matchup, with Washington’s John Wall and the Pacers’ Evan Turner matching up respectively. The strides that the Wizards made in their 4-1 series win over Chicago in the previous round could see them in good form, however, the Pacers’ roster is genuinely championship class when it is clicking. The pure ability of John Wall may be enough to see the Wizards advance in this one.
San Antonio Spurs v Portland Trail Blazers
Experience may be key in this matchup, and the Spurs have it in abundance. Players such as Tony Parker and Tim Duncan know exactly how to handle the pressure of the playoffs and the Spurs have an extremely good defense. On the other hand, the Blazers played extremely well in their first round matchup with the Rockets, and their outstanding pick and roll duo of Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge will cause the Spurs problems.
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