NBA Playoffs best bets and prop predictions: Early scoring drives Warriors and Clippers
Two games are scheduled for the NBA playoffs today with the 76ers 8-point favorites as they attempt to avenge their upset loss at home against the Nets, and the Warriors listed as 13.5-point favorites after making light work of the Clippers in the first game. We’re here to bring you the must-read notes from around the Association to help you make the best wagers.
Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -8
Over/Under: 226 points
Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Nets were victorious 111-102 in game one, despite a slow performance from D’Angelo Russell who missed 12 of his first 15 shots from the floor, but still finished with 26 points. The difference in the first game was the 3-point shooting of both teams where the Nets shot 11 of 26 for 42 percent from beyond the arc, and the 76ers only managed to connect on three of 25 for 12 percent.
The 76ers will need to be more aggressive and take advantage of a weak Nets team inside the paint where they rank 25th in point allowed with 51.2 ppg. Although he doesn’t shoot a lot, Ben Simmons is efficient when he does. He is shooting just over 56 percent from the field and if he is unable to connect attacking the hoop, being aggressive could at the very least get him visits to the charity. Bet his points, rebounds, assists total Over 29.5.
Spread: Golden State Warriors -13.5
Over/Under: 230.5 points
Start Time: 10:30 p.m. ET, Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
In game one it was the Warriors hot start which helped secure the victory putting up 69 points at halftime. This was the eighth win out of the most recent 10 in the head-to-head versus the Clippers. During that 10 game stretch, the Warriors averaged 63 first half points.
The Warriors and Clippers rank first and third in first-half points per game. The Warriors are second in first-quarter scoring with 30.4 ppg, and the Clippers rank first in second-quarter ppg with 30.1.
The pace of the game should help with cashing on Over bets. The Clippers rank first in the Association in possessions per game over their last three games averaging 113.3. The Warriors rank eighth over their last three averaging 107.1. Look for both teams to start out quick and efficient and back the first half total Over 118.
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