NBA Basketball Picks - Daily ATS Predictions
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The Blazers are facing a game in which could almost be said a must win. The Nuggets are a really good team, and it would be tough to win four of six against the second seed in the Western Conference. I think that this is going to be a tighter game than many think and the Blazers will be able to contain Jokic. Look for the Blazers to escape Denver with a big, big win.
A day after Houston provided data to the league about how they were screwed out of a finals berth last year, watch for the refs to play a more prominent role in this game. I expect that Houston will be getting a few more favorable calls that go their way and allow them to score a bit more at the line. Both teams were high scoring in the regular season, but they have really settled into playing defense in this series. Take the Warriors in a defensive battle that will see the teams hit the under once again.
Was Game One's result a fluke? On some levels, it wouldn't be crazy to argue it. Boston hit a high percentage of field goals that is unsustainable long-term and likely very hard to repeat in a follow-up. Moreover, the Celtics were dazzling from downtown which also suggests that Boston could be in line for attrition in Game Two. On the year Boston hits 46.5% of their field goals while also finding success on 36.5% of their three-point attempts. Very simply, Boston was firing on all cylinders while Milwaukee had a bad game. I expect the Bucks to shake it off and respond here with a win and a cover to let any nay-sayers know why they finished with the best record in the league.
After the Blazers had more rest than the inexperienced Nuggets you would have expected a little closer line than just -4. The Blazers are coming in with a ton of momentum, and the Nuggets just ended up escaping the Spurs in their first-round series. I think that the Blazers will end up winning the series, but this first game will go to the Nuggets.
There is a zig-zag aspect to siding with the Raptors in this match in addition to a breakdown of the X's and O's. In Game One, much of the public liked the Sixers with the points, but now we have seen takers head in the opposite direction. If at nothing else, it always a profitable strategy to be on the opposite end of this phenomenon. However, I am of the belief that Philadelphia's star-power will find a way to generate an effective response to their lackluster Game One performance. I am taking the points but if anyone out there is thinking about playing this one on the Money Line, don't be shy to take the Sixers outright.
There is an excellent chance that the Bucks were waiting all year for another crack at the Celtics in the Playoffs. By pure motivation alone, I expect Milwaukee to come out swinging in Game One and catch Boston off guard as a result. This series may indeed go the distance, but in Game One it will be all Bucks. Swallow the points.
I expect the Raptors to open up a can here and take it to the Sixers to set the tone in this series. Last year's devolution in this very stage of the playoffs at the hands of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers led to all forms of discord in the ranks as the Raptors were swept out of the playoff bracket. This game has special meaning to We The North as they will be looking to atone for the ills of the past.
The Nuggets are small underdogs in this game because they are on the road, but they are going to win this game. Denver finishes the job and moves to round 2 with a win on the road.
Sorry Clippers, but this series is over. The Warriors are too good for the Clippers, and they are going to end this series. We are betting the Golden State Warriors to win this game with ease on Wednesday.
11 points may seem like a long swim back, but in this instance, it is a good price to lay here given the fact the Raptors have won two of the games in this series by a minimum of 19 points. I expect the Raptors to pour it on here and never take their foot off the gas. This game will very well likely be over by halftime, and I can see Toronto winning this game by perhaps the most significant margin of this entire series.
The Denver Nuggets are going to win this game at home, and win it by a big margin. Denver has warmed up, and are the better team. Take the Nuggets by 6 Tuesday over the Spurs.
The Pistons are not going to win this game, but they will go off with style. Instead of losing the game by a double-digit margin like they have all throughout this series, the Pistons will keep this one closer and come in under the number as a result.
Look for the Jazz to start quick, as they are not wanting to go home quite yet. But, when push comes to shove, the Rockets are the better team and will finish this series.
For anyone getting their brooms ready, I advise you to hold off. The Pacers will steal a win here and send the series back to Boston where they will “live to fight another day”. I’ll toss away the bucket here and take the Pacers outright.
Houston beat Utah twice in Salt Lake City in the Western Conference semifinals a year ago. The Jazz averaged just 89.5 points per game in those contests. We look for more of the same. Houston wins again on the road.
Quite frankly I am a bit puzzled here that the Sixers are offered at around the same price that they were in Game Three, but I'll take advantage regardless. Philadelphia has shown in the last two games that they are a force to be reckoned with and the superior outfit compared to their counterparts. Sixers win this one again perhaps by maybe a bit of a closer margin, but nonetheless, we are only asked to lay one basket. I don't think Philly will have trouble holding up its end of the deal there. Spot the points.
The Thunder are in a must-win situation. Oklahoma City has too much talent to go down this easy in the first round. Look for Oklahoma City to get in the win column with a 10+ point win. Bet the Thunder on Friday night.
It's "do or die" time now for the Pacers as they simply cannot afford to go down 3-0 and have any hopes of coming from behind to win this series. I expect the Pacers to play with a sense of urgency and hone their home court advantage to get the win. Since we are only asked to lay a basket, the Pacers are a real bargain play as they could build another significant lead and this time they won’t relinquish it.
I can trust the Sixers laying a bucket and getting a cover. The Nets will be seeing a lot of Money Line action here, but I must remind takers that Brooklyn is 15-26 SU against teams with a winning record this season. They are not a good outright choice here, and for that reason alone I'll take the Sixers.
We like the Nuggets to grab this win, despite being on the road. We are going to bet the Nuggets +3.5 in this game.