Today's NBA ATS Picks - Odds Analysis & Predictions
Underdogs won a pair of NBA playoff games outright Wednesday, bringing their straight-up record to 4-4 over the last two days of this NBA postseason. Thursday brings us four more games to play with, including the rematches of two big upsets from Tuesday. Who do we like for our free NBA picks?
Heat -4/215 vs. Pacers, 1 pm ET, ESPN
Miami leads this series 1-0 after taking the opener Tuesday 113-101. The game was tied at 87 with nine minutes to go, but the Heat pulled away from there from the win and the cover as four-point favorites.
Miami shot 49 percent from the floor Tuesday and won the turnover battle 15-9.
The Heat are now only 4-5 both SU and ATS since the NBA's re-start but 3-2 both SU and ATS when Jimmy Butler plays.
Indiana is now 6-3, both SU and ATS since the re-start.
Miami is also now 4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS this season against the Pacers.
On the injury front, Indiana is already playing without F Domantas Sabonis (19 points, 12 rebounds per game this season), and now G Victor Oladipo (15 PPG) is questionable for Thursday after getting poked in the eye and having to leave Tuesday's game in the first quarter.
Free NBA Pick: Miami is 4-0 SU, 3-1 ATS vs. the Pacers this season when Butler plays. We'll stick with the Heat, minus the points, for Thursday.
Rockets -2/227 vs. Thunder, 3:30 pm ET, ESPN
Houston leads this series 1-0 after winning Game 1 Tuesday 123-108. The Rockets led by eight after one quarter, by 16 at the half and by 21 through three quarters, on their way to an easier-than-expected outright victory as one-point underdogs.
Houston shot 48 percent from the floor Tuesday while holding Oklahoma City to 44 percent shooting.
The Rockets are now 5-4 SU and ATS since the re-start, the Thunder 4-5 SU and ATS.
These teams have now split four meetings this season, although OKC is 3-1 ATS.
Houston is playing without Russell Westbrook, as he recovers from a pulled quad.
Free NBA Pick: We whiffed on our pick on the Thunder Tuesday, but we also believe this series will go seven games. OKC just came out flat in Game 1 but expect a better effort and result Tuesday. We'll ride the Thunder again for Thursday.
Bucks -12.5/228 vs. Magic, 6 pm ET, ESPN
Orlando leads this series 1-0 after pulling off the biggest upset of the re-start so far, winning Game 1 rather easily 122-110. The Magic grabbed a double-digit lead in the first quarter, led by ten at the half, let Milwaukee get within one point early in the third quarter, but pulled away from there and held on for the outright victory as 13-point dogs.
On the afternoon, Orlando shot 49 percent from the floor, hit 16/41 from 3-point land, and made 19/18 free throws.
The Bucks finished 23 games ahead of the Magic in the regular-season standings, but none of that mattered Tuesday.
Milwaukee is now 3-6 SU and ATS since the re-start, the Magic 4-5 SU, 5-4 ATS.
The Bucks are also now 4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS vs. Orlando this season.
Free NBA Pick: Milwaukee should be angry, and Orlando is not going to shoot the ball like it did in Game 1. We're not big believers in the "zig-zag" theory, but we're giving the points here with the Bucks.
Lakers -6.5/229 vs. Blazers, 9 pm ET, ESPN
Portland leads this series 1-0 after taking Game 1 Tuesday 100-93. The Blazers led by 16 early, fell behind by six early in the fourth quarter but finished the game with a 22-9 run for the outright victory as six-point dogs.
For the game, Portland only shot 39 percent from the floor but held LA to just 35 percent shooting.
The Blazers are now 7-2 SU, 5-3-1 ATS since the re-start, while the Lakers are just 3-6 SU, 1-8 ATS.
LA finished 18 games ahead of Portland in the regular-season standings, but none of that mattered Tuesday, and it doesn't matter for Thursday, either.
These teams have now split four meetings this season.
Free NBA Pick: We rode Portland in Game 1 of this series because they've got Big Mo on their side, and while Mo can be fickle, we'll ride the Blazers again for Game 2.