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NBA Playoff Betting: Pacers, Heat, Clippers on Hot Seat on Friday

The Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Clippers will all be fighting for their playoff lives on Friday night as the NBA postseason enters the weekend.

The Pacers play host to the Toronto Raptors on Friday night in Game 6 of their opening-round series. Toronto took a 3-2 series lead with a 102-99 win in Game 5 as a 7.5-point favorite at top sportsbook Bovada. The Raptors are a -800 series favorite now as they try to win their first playoff set since 2001.

The Heat travel to Charlotte to face the Hornets in Game 6 of their series. After falling behind 2-0 originally the Hornets have taken control of the series and have reeled off three straight wins. Charlotte also covered the spread in all three wins, including a 90-88 win as a 5.5-point road underdog in Game 5. Despite holding a 3-2 series lead and playing Game 6 at home the Hornets are still only a -225 favorite to win the series at Bovada.

The Clippers are walking wounded and another loss might simply put them out of their misery. They’ll take on Portland in Game 6 on Sunday trailing 3-2 in the series. With Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both sidelined the Clippers lost Game 5 108-98 as a 2.5-point home underdog. The Blazers have won and covered the last three games in the series and at Bovada they’re a massive -1200 favorite to win the series.

If the Pacers, Heat, or Clippers can survive Game 6 on Friday they’ll return to the court on Sunday for a winner-take-all Game 7.

Before that the second round of the NBA playoffs will officially tip off on Saturday with Game 1 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder and Spurs met up four times during the regular season, splitting the season series with two wins apiece. The home team won every game, but the Thunder were a perfect 4-0 against the spread.

The Thunder and Spurs last met in the playoffs in 2014. San Antonio won the series 4-2, which included winning three games at home and one in Oklahoma City. The Spurs were also 4-2 ATS in the series, covering the spread in all four of their wins.