Online users, TV viewers and NBA playoffs 2015 betting odds experts all have something to smile about, as Game 2 between the Pelicans and Warriors will be live streaming and televised courtesy of Turner Sports (NBA on TNT TV schedule) and TNT-Overtime (live stream online) links. The news comes as a pleasant surprise for many basketball fans, because tonight’s early (Bucks vs. Bulls Game 2) matchup was not available online via live stream, online on TNT TV.
As reported by SBNation earlier today, Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, will be filled to capacity to see if the top-seeded (1-0) Golden State Warriors can remain unbeaten in their best-of-seven series with the eighth-ranked team in the Western Conference, the (0-1) New Orleans Pelicans. Opening tipoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET following the conclusion of the aforementioned Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls 2015 NBA playoffs clash.
NBA Playoff 2015 Odds – Double-Digits Point Spread for Warriors: If NBA oddsmakers are correct, Game 2 of this series will become a laugher before the game clock hits triple-zeros. The latest NBA playoff odds show that Golden State will have to satisfy a -13½ spread in order to yield a winning bet, while New Orleans will have a nice cushion of +13½ on the road. The OVER/UNDER tallies 207 points in this one, and as expected based on the ATS figures, straight-up betting on the home team is almost out of the question with these money-lines: NOLA +900 vs. GSW -1500.
Pelicans vs. Warriors Matchup Details – Deceiving Seeding: Considering this is a matchup between the conference’s best versus worst playoff teams, most people would be surprise about the fact that against the spread, these teams are almost identical. ATS statistics show that New Orleans finished the regular season with 46-37-0 record, which is slightly beneath Golden State’s 47-35-1 mark. However, side-by-side, one finds that the Warriors are light-years ahead of their opposition, as they’ll have an edge in the following areas: points per game, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, rebounding, and bench contribution.
ATS General Consensus Heading Into Game 2: Because of the Warriors’ rather lackluster ATS record during the regular season, not too many bettors are chomping at the bit to put their hard-earned money on this team. In fact, action is very tight moments before tipoff, with 52 percent of the action pro-Golden State, and with NOLA claiming 48 percent of all wagers.
New Orleans Pelicans ATS Trends to Consider: For those rooting for the road dogs to cover here are some encouraging ATS statistics: Pelicans are 7-1 in their most recent battles with Pacific Division opponents, sport a 5-2 mark when playing on one-day of rest, and are 17-8 in their last 25 games versus teams with winning percentages above .600.
Golden State Warriors ATS Trends to Consider: Honestly, recent ATS numbers scream for bettors to stay away from a Golden State ATS bet. For those looking for reasons to take the Warriors at -13½ tonight, the only two positive ATS takeaways go as follows: Golden State is 15-3 in its last 18 Conference Quarterfinals games, as well as 21-7 on its last 28 games played Monday night.