NBA Playoffs best bets and prop predictions: Don’t fear the spread in Milwaukee
Three road underdogs won straight up on day one of the NBA playoffs. With every home team favored on today’s slate, it could be another day of big upsets. We’re here to bring you the must-read notes from around the Association to help you make the best wagers.
Spread:Boston Celtics -7
Over/Under: 209.5 points
Start Time: 1:30 p.m. ET, TD Garden, Boston Massachusetts
The Celtics surpassed the Pacers late in the season to take over the fourth seed in the East. This late run included beating Indiana twice. In both games, Gordon Hayward was the difference maker shooting a combined 13 of 16 for 32 points. The Celtics have won 18 of the last 25 home games versus the Pacers.
Boston have averaged a very high 29.3 first-quarter points at home and have a first-quarter margin of +3.2 on their own court. With the Pacers struggling to get out to quick starts averaging only 26.5, take Boston on the first quarter moneyline.
Spread:Portland Trail Blazers -3.5
Over/Under: 225 points
Start Time: 3:30 p.m. ET, Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
The Thunder are 3.5-point underdogs despite sweeping the four game season series versus Portland. Today will be a tough game for the Thunder facing off against one of the best home records in the Association at 32-9. The Blazers will have C.J. McCollum back after missing extended time.
The Thunder come in hot winning four straight and scoring more than 120 points in three of their last four contests. They like to push the pace ranking second in the league in possessions per game. With the Thunder shooting over 47 percent over their most recent three games, and the Blazers shooting 47.9 percent on their home court, back the game total Over 225.
Spread:Milwaukee Bucks -13
Over/Under: 218.5 points
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET, Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Bucks finished with the most regular season wins with 60 and posted a 33-8 record on their home court. The Pistons have struggled away from home with a 15-26 record and have only one win in their last eight tries versus the Bucks.
Detroit’s Blake Griffin has sat out four of the last six for the Pistons with a sore knee and is questionable for today’s contest. Griffin is averaging 24.5 points a game and is their leading scorer by over seven points per game. Look for Milwaukee to take care of business at home and cover the 13-point spread.
Spread:Houston Rockets -6.5
Over/Under: 214 points
Start Time: 9:30 p.m. ET, Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
The Rockets have been the hottest team post All-Star break winning 20 of 25 games while ranking second in both offensive and defensive efficiency. The Jazz have won 13 of their last 16 overall but have struggled versus Houston winning only three of 13 games in the head-to-head.
Utah’s Joe Ingles has logged seven double-doubles this season and five games of 20 or more points. He has been efficient shooting from beyond the arc versus the Rockets, connecting on three or more 3-point shots in three of four meetings. Although he only averages 12.1 points a game he is contributing offensively with 4 boards and 5.7 dimes. Back Over his points, rebounds, assists total of 21.5.
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