Today's NBA Picks 8/26/20 - Odds Analysis & Predictions

Three first-round series are in the books, and two more could join them Wednesday, as the NBA offers up three Game 5's for our betting pleasure. Who do we like for our free NBA playoffs picks?

Bucks -14/227.5 vs. Magic, 4 pm ET, NBATV

Milwaukee leads this series 3-1 after taking Game 4 Monday 121-106. The Bucks only led that game by three points through three quarters but used a 20-5 run to begin the fourth to take control. In the end, Milwaukee finished the game with a 12-4 run to secure the cover as a 13-point favorite.

So since losing the opener of this series, the Bucks are 3-0 both SU and ATS.

Milwaukee is also now 7-1 SU, 6-2 ATS vs. Orlando this season.

Free NBA Pick: We're 3-1 versus the spread on this season, betting the Bucks every game. Milwaukee surely would like to close this series out Wednesday, to keep pace with its next opponent, Miami, as far as rest goes. And while the line on this game seems a bit high, the Bucks' three victories in this series have come by 15, 14, and 15 points. We'll stick with Milwaukee here.

Rockets -3/225 vs. Thunder, 6:30 pm ET, TNT

This series is tied at 2-2 following Oklahoma City's 117-114 Game 4 victory Monday. The Thunder actually trailed Houston by 15 points midway through the third quarter and by one point with a minute and a half to go but used a 10-3 spurt to steal the outright win as three-point dogs.

So the underdog is now 3-1 both SU and ATS in this series.

OKC is now 4-3 SU, 5-2 ATS vs. Houston this season.

The Rockets are still playing without G Russell Westbrook.

Free NBA Pick: We're 2-2 ATS on this series, backing the Thunder all four games. Our take is Oklahoma City plays the better defense and does a better job on the boards, and now it's got Big Mo on its side. We'll stick with the Thunder here for this Game 5.

Lakers -13/223 vs. Trailblazers, 9 pm ET, TNT

Los Angeles leads this series 3-1 after taking Game 4 Monday 135-115. The Lakers jumped out to a 15-0 lead Monday, pushed that advantage to 29 at the half, and later led by 38, cruising to the victory and the easy money as favorites of 7.5 points.

So since losing the opener of this series Los Angeles is 3-0, both SU and ATS, winning Games 2, 3, and 4 by 23, 8, and 20 points.

LA is also now 5-2 both SU and ATS vs. Portland this season.

The Blazers will play this game without G Damian Lillard, who sprained a knee Monday on the injury front.

Free NBA Pick: We're 2-2 against the line in this series, backing Portland three times, the Lakers once. But following a promising start to this series for the underdog Blazers, it looks like it's over. And the Lakers, like the Bucks, want it over, quickly. LA might not lead this one by 38, but its difficult to see how a shorthanded Portland keeps things close. We'll give the points here with the Lakers.

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