NBA Playoff Betting Odds — Spurs Need Monday’s Game to Avoid 3-1 Hole

The San Antonio Spurs did not come back with a vengeance as some people thought they might in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series they are playing against the Dallas Mavericks, after being blown out by a 113-92 margin at home in Game 2. Instead, they got engaged in a thriller that literally went down to the final shot, and they wound up losing their second straight game to a team they have defeated in the previous ten meetings. When Game 4 in NBA playoff betting action gets underway at 9:35 PM ET on Monday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, they are trying to avoid going down 3-1, which would position them one loss away from being a #1 seed suffering one of the bigger post-season upsets in league annals.

On Saturday night the Mavs got scoring contributions from a number of different spots, and shot 51% overall, which they really had to do, considering the Spurs were even better from the field, at 54%. And even through the San Antonio defensive scheme has been successful in slowing down one old pro, they were beaten by another old pro who came through with one of the clutch shots in franchise history.

In the NBA playoff betting odds that have been posted on this game by the people at BetDSI, the Spurs are laying points on the road:

San Antonio Spurs -4
Dallas Mavericks +4

Over 201.5 points -110
Under 201.5 points -110
In a wild game with a flurry of late scoring, Dallas got a buzzer-beating triple from Vince Carter to win Game 3, with his shot constituting the 18th and final lead change in the contest. Reserve guard Devin Harris scored 37 points over the first two games of this series, but Carter is the guy who has been first off the bench with “instant offense” this season, and he gave the Mavs what they needed late.

As BetDSI customers know, the objective for San Antonio was to put the brakes on former MVP Dirk Nowitzki and force the Mavericks to look elsewhere for reliable scoring options. This is where some players, such as James Harden and Russell Westbrook, have faltered, as they have forced their shots up no matter what. But as NBA playoff bettors have seen, Nowitzki, who has been held below 20 points in each of the three games so far, has been giving up the ball for teammates who have made the Spurs pay for what the have done. So while Dirk might be struggling to find good shots, his teammates aren’t.

While the “Big Three” for the Spurs was able to combine for 53 points on Saturday, there are other players who are struggling, namely Danny Green, who made just one field goal for three points. Green has the capability of busting a game open all by himself, but he needs confidence, as he has hit just six of his last 25 field goal attempts.

Certainly the betting public does not lack for confidence, as despite the deficit and a Game 4 appointment on the opponent’s home floor, are still-190 favorites to win this series in the NBA playoff betting odds. One thing anyone betting the price on this series knows is that the Spurs are never going to be out of this thing until they are literally OUT of it.

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