The NBA playoffs dial it down a bit tonight, with just two games on the docket - one in the East, one in the West. Covers checks in on where the action is with Jeff Stoneback, sportsbook manager at The Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip, and Scott Kaminsky, director for offshore sportsbook TheGreek.com.
No. 7 Indiana Pacers at No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers - Open: -8; Move: -8.5
Indiana had an excellent chance to steal Game 1 in Cleveland, but C.J. Myles missed a jumper in the final seconds. That allowed the Cavaliers to escape with a 109-108 victory Saturday, though they fell well short as a 9-point favorite in the best-of-7 series opener.
Cleveland (52-31 SU, 36-44-3 ATS) is 1-4 SU and ATS in its last five games, heading into tonight's 7 p.m. ET tipoff for Game 2. Meanwhile, the Pacers (42-41 SU, 40-42-1 ATS) had their five-game SU win streak halted in the Game 1 loss, but they've cashed seven in a row.
"The number opened 8, we moved to 8.5 with nothing, just because we lean a little bit higher," Kaminsky said of line movement at The Greek. "It is quiet. None of this stuff is really moving."
However, the total did draw some interest this afternoon.
"We got some smart action on the over, at 208.5 and 209," Kaminsky said, noting that pushed The Greek to 209.5.
The Mirage opened the Cavs -7.5 and bumped up to 8 this morning.
"We took some sharp money on the Cavaliers, they laid the 7.5," Stoneback said. "We also took some sharp money on the under. It's pretty quiet, other than that."
The total opened at 209.5 and went down to 208.5 on that sharp play at The Mirage.
No. 7 Memphis Grizzlies at No. 2 San Antonio Spurs - Open: -10.5; Move: -11; Move: 10.5
Unlike Cleveland, San Antonio showed no intention of messing around in Game 1 of its Western Conference playoff series. The Spurs (62-21 SU, 42-39-2 ATS) boatraced Memphis 111-82 Saturday, easily covering as a 9.5-point home favorite.
The Grizzlies (43-40 SU, 41-42 ATS) trailed 52-49 at halftime, then mustered just 33 second-half points. The blowout led to a double-digit spread for tonight's 9:30 p.m. tipoff, and the line took another tick up at The Mirage.
"Public money pushed it to 11," Stoneback said, although the line went back down to 10.5 this afternoon. "There's almost a 2/1 ticket count on the Spurs, and money is almost 3/1 on the Spurs. But both games tonight are lightly bet."
TheGreek.com opened the Spurs -11.
"This morning, a smart guy took +11 on Memphis, so we're at 10.5," Kaminsky said.
Patrick Everson is a Las Vegas-based senior writer for Covers. Follow him on Twitter: @Covers_Vegas.