05/29/2008 NBA Playoffs Public Betting Trends, Spurs at Lakers Game 5 Print
Written by Anthony Rome   
Thursday, 29 May 2008 07:18

 The San Antonio Spurs are in trouble. On the brink of elimination in the Western Conference Finals, the Spurs will travel to Los Angeles Thursday night to take on the red hot Lakers. Check out some top trends below and get live odds from sportsbook Bodog.

Bet the NBA Playoffs

Western Conference Finals
Game Five
Lakers Lead, 3-1
San Antonio at LA Lakers, 8:35 ET

San Antonio:
2-10 ATS Away off BB home games
11-3 Under vs. Lakers

LA Lakers:
21-9 Under off a road win
15-4 Under after a win by 6 points or less

San Antonio is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Antonio's last 7 games when playing LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games
LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games

Lakers grabbed control of series when Fisher's bump of Barry on last play of game went uncalled, much like Horry's hipcheck of Nash wasn't called vs Suns last year. Now Spurs have need two wins on Staples court where Lakers are 7-0 at home so far in playoffs. Weird thing about this series? Bryant is 48-90 from floor in series, 5-6 from line; he averaged double digit attempts from charity stripe in Utah series. Lakers held Spurs under 41% from floor in three of four games, including both at Staples.

Tips and Trends

San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers [ESPN | 8:30 PM]

Spurs: San Antonio seems to be on the verge of losing the Western Conference Finals after Tuesday's disappointing 93-91 home loss in Game 4. Whether or not the Spurs can play with the hearts of a champion in Game 5 remains to be seen after what happened at the end of Game 4 when referee Joey Crawford failed to call a foul on a potential game-winning 3-pointer by Brent Barry in the final seconds. Still, San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich took the blown call in stride and believes his team should not have let the game come down to that. "If I was the official, I wouldn?t have called that a foul," Popovich said. It has been an uphill battle for the defending NBA champs in this series since they blew a 20-point lead in Game 1 at the same place their season may end on Thursday - Staples Center.

Spurs are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games.
The UNDER is 11-5 in San Antonio's last 16 Thursday games.

Key Injuries - NONE

Lakers (-8, O/U 193.5): LA head coach Phil Jackson is very confident that his team will close out the Spurs at home in Game 5 after how well they played on the road in Game 4. But he also said the Lakers will need to play with the same sense of urgency in trying to end the series in their first attempt. ?They certainly can?t rely on home court,? Jackson said of the Spurs. "They?re going to have to go out and play a ballgame. It?s important we come out there and play a similar type of game that we played (Tuesday night in Game 4), with the kind of energy that we had. That will win the ballgame for us."

Lakers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.
Lakers are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall.

Key Injuries - NONE



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