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The Jazz won't be an easy layup for the Warriors

Back the under in both of Tuesday's games

By Eric Uribe

All odds courtesy of BetOnline.

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Over/under 218.5 points: Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics (-5.5)

Simply put, when Isaiah Thomas goes nuclear, there's almost no chance of the Celtics losing. One day after burying his sister, Thomas lit up the Wizards to the tune of 33 points and nine assists. It felt like the entire team was feeding off Thomas' gritty play. Boston hit a whopping 19 three-pointers in a 123-111 victory in Game 1.

Washington got off to a blazing 16-0 start and even led at halftime. However, the Celtics adjusted at intermission, inserting Marcus Smart in the lineup instead of Gerald Green. It worked as Boston outscored Washington 36-16 in the third quarter.

It was a physical battle despite the team's combined 233 combined points. It got chippy, magnified by Thomas losing a tooth midgame and Markieff Morris leaving the game with an ankle injury.

The early injury to Morris appeared to get the Wizards out of their ryhthm. However, he did walk back to the locker room on his own power, which is a positive sign for his Game 2 status.

Monitor his health closely, because quite frankly, Washington is not equipped to overcome an injury to a starter. This team has little to no depth and they were noticeably sluggish playing with unfamiliar lineups once Morris exited.  

Still, there's reason for optimism going forward if you're Washington. There's almost no chance the Celtics drain 19 shots from downtown again, or even come close to that.

Moreover, John Wall was mostly pedestrian in Game 1. He went 9-of-20 from the field for 20 points. Solid game, but after the series he had against Atlanta, we know Wall has a lot more to offer.

If Morris comes back to the lineup and Wall reverts to his superstar ways, Washington is a good pick for Game 2.

Pick: Washington (+5.5)

Total: Under

Over/under 208 points: Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors (-13)

It took everything they had, but the Jazz overcame the Clippers in seven games — and won three times on the road — to earn this matchup against the overwhelming NBA champion favorites. One problem: Golden State had a full week to rest before this. Utah had one day. 

The Dubs are red hot. They swept Portland in the first round and since March 11 have lost just one game. But guess what? That loss came at the hands of the Jazz 105-99. 

This series is the classic best offense vs. best defense. No one averaged more points per game during the season than Golden State at 115.9. However, no defense was more stingy than Utah, allowing 96.8 points a game.

These teams met three times this year and the Jazz proved they could at least contain the Warriors death lineup. The Dubs averaged 103 points in the three tilts, ultimately winning two. The question in Game 1 and going forward is do the Jazz have enough offensive firepower to at least keep up?

We think so. No, we're not saying the Jazz are going to steal a win at Oracle. But 13-point underdogs? That's pure value for a gritty team like Utah. 

Between Gordon Hayward and Joe Johnson, the Jazz have the wings to create some offense, especially considering Kevin Durant isn't 100 percent healthy. He missed two games last series and guarding Hayward or Johnson is far from an easy comeback.

Between the Dubs rust and Jazz's fatigue, Game 1 will be a sloppy, defensive battle with Utah hanging around. 

Pick: Jazz (+13)

Total: Under

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