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NBA Playoffs best bets and prop predictions: Desperate Denver to start fast

Three postseason games tip off across the Association tonight with the Nuggets looking to get off to their typical fast starts at home as they try to even their series with the Spurs. We’re here to bring you the must-read notes from around the Association to help you make the best wagers.

ORLANDO MAGIC AT TORONTO RAPTORS

Spread:Toronto Raptors -10.5.

Over/Under: 211.5 points

Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET, Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada

Their Game 1 loss is no surprise to Raptors fans as they are now 2-14 all time in the opening game of the postseason. With this loss, the Raptors move to 32-10 on their home court this season and 1-5-1 ATS versus the Magic.

Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic shot poorly in game one, connecting on only three of 14 shots, but he still contributed to the offensive game with eight boards and three dimes. In two of the four regular season meetings between these two, Vucevic shot 12 of 17 from the floor for 30 points with 19 boards in the first meeting and 10 of 17 for 23 points and 12 rebounds in the second. Look for a big bounce back game for Vucevic and bet Over his points, rebounds, assists total of 34.5.

SAN ANTONIO SPURS AT DENVER NUGGETS

Spread:Denver Nuggets -7

Over/Under: 208.5 points

Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET, Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

The Spurs were locked in defensively, holding Denver to 96 points to pull off the upset in Game 1 on the road. This loss pushed the Nuggets home record to 34-8 on the season, but just 5-18 in the head-to-head versus the Spurs over the last 23 games.

Look for the Nuggets to come out with urgency and show off why they have the third-best shooting percentage in the NBA at home. An early start will be crucial for the Nuggets who rank sixth in first quarter scoring at home with 29.6 ppg. Back the Nuggets on the 3-way moneyline (bet outcomes: win, lose, tie) for better odds to win the first quarter.

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER AT PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

Spread:Portland Trail Blazers -1

Over/Under: 223 points

Start Time: 10:30 p.m. ET, Moda Center, Portland, Oregon

The poor 3-point shooting from the Thunder made a difference in Game 1, as Oklahoma City were held to 15.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc. This loss is the Thunder’s first in six games, but ninth loss over their last 11 on the road in Portland.

Jerami Grant needs to be better if the Thunder want to pull off the upset tonight. In the previous game he only attempted eight field goals and was held to 0-3 shooting beyond the arc. This is uncommon for a player shooting just shy of 50 percent from the floor, and just under 40 percent from beyond the arc. Look for Grant to be more involved offensively in Game 2 and bet Over his points total of 12.5.

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