NBA Playoffs Betting – Thunder Finish off Nuggets

May 30, 2011 NBA Basketball

The Oklahoma City Thunder are into the second round of NBA Playoffs betting after getting past the Denver Nuggets in five games.

The Thunder rode Kevin Durant to a Game 5 win and now they will await the winner between Memphis and San Antonio.  Make your NBA playoffs bet right now at Sbgglobal.

Durant Scores 41 in Game 5 Win
When the Thunder needed him most, Kevin Durant delivered. He poured in 41 points as the Thunder got past Denver 100-97 to win Game 5 on Wednesday night and close out the Denver Nuggets. Oklahoma City was down nine points with just about four minutes left when Durant took over.  He was simply unstoppable down the stretch and willed the Thunder to the victory.  He outscored Denver 14-6 by himself in the final three and a half minutes.

Denver Missed Opportunities
The Nuggets easily could have won Game 1 and they could have won Game 5 but they didn’t win either and are now done for the year. Denver was in good shape on Wednesday night as they led 91-82 with just over four minutes left.  The Nuggets just couldn’t stop Durant and they didn’t match his offense. Durant made six of seven shots down the stretch.  The Thunder didn’t get much out of Russell Westbrook who had just 14 points on 3 for 15 shooting. The Thunder stayed close thanks to Durant and because they were 34 of 42 from the foul line.  Denver simply didn’t have the scorer to count in and it cost them in the series against the Thunder.

Thunder vs. Grizzlies or Spurs
Even if San Antonio comes back to beat Memphis there is a good chance that the Thunder are going to be favored in that series.  They will definitely be favored in NBA playoffs betting against the Grizzlies.  Oklahoma City has the better offense than either the Spurs or the Grizzlies and they look like a team that is going to be playing in the Western Conference finals. Whether they can get past the Lakers or not is in question but they are definitely a team that is fun to watch and make an NBA playoffs bet on and they are a team that continues to get better.