Wed 19/04/2017 - 15:08 EDT

Wednesday NBA Playoff Best Value Bets

Wednesday NBA Playoff Best Value Bets
The first round continues on Tuesday with the three favorites attempting to take a 2-0 lead. Before making any bets, read our preview of the day's games and our predictions!

Hard Court Betting Predictions

By Eric Uribe

Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards (-5)

John Wall flexed his muscles, as he crawled Washington out of a halftime deficit to win game one 114-107. Wall finished the game with 32 points and 14 assists. It was a superstar performance that masked some of the Wizards issues.

For one, Atlanta won the game on the glass, outrebounding Washington 48-42. Moreover, the Hawks went to the foul line a whopping 39 times to the Wizards 17. Lastly, Washington’s second unit gave up a double-digit first quarter lead. Those three glaring issues give the Hawks hope of tying the series.

While Wall will get his points, Atlanta has to contain Markieff Morris better if they want to change their fortunes. The big man torched the Hawks down low to the tune of 21 points and four blocks. Paul Millsap was tasked with guarding Morris most the game and it quickly became chippy. Millsap quipped after game one that Washington was “playing MMA.”

The Hawks couldn’t stop the pick and roll in the first matchup and until they find a way to slow down Wall, we’re betting against them.  

Pick: Washington (-5)

Over/under 223 points: Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets

Harden

Lets call it like is, Houston’s 118-87 Game One victory was an absolute beatdown. For a series with so much hype, it was a disappointing start.

Thunder head coach Billy Donovan is no slouch and adjustments will be made. Most importantly, Oklahoma City can’t be pushed around inside anymore. In the first game, the Rockets scored 62 points in the paint and 31 second-chance points. It was stunning turn of events considering the Thunder’s size down low was suppose to be their advantage in this duel. 

The defensive lapses down low were a result of Oklahoma City’s scheme. They tried to take away the three-point shot with consistent pressure on the perimeter. It worked, as Houston went 10-of-33 from beyond the arc, but to the Rocket’s credit, they took what the defense gave them and punished the Thunder in the paint. Houston has to be licking their chops as they have a counter for whatever defense Oklahoma City throws at them.

Furthermore, Russell Westbrook is due for a bounce-back game. The MVP front-runner committed nine turnovers and shot 6-of-23 from the field last time around. You know Westbrook is just plotting his revenge in Game Two. That, along with the Rockets prolific offense, points toward an over in this one. 

Pick: Over

Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors (-13.5)

While the final score of 121-109 may have not showed it, Portland gave Golden State every ounce of fight they had in them. After three quarters, this game was deadlocked before the deeper Warriors pulled away.

Still, the Trail Blazers were far from roll overs. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum put on a scoring clinic, as they went off for 34 and 41 points, respectively. However, that’s the problem. Both played as well as they could have, combining for 75 points, as they still lost by double digits.

Nine players not named Lillard or McCollum logged minutes for the Blazers and they tallied 34 total points. The next highest scoring player was Evan Turner at 12 points. The reserves shot 3-of-14. This is a two-man team and you can’t really expect the backcourt duo to have another sensational outing like they did in game one.

Golden State’s defense — not just its offense — really is something special. They way they clamped down in the fourth quarter, stifling Portland to 21 points, was a  thing of beauty. The Warriors roll in this one again. 

Pick: Warriors (-13.5)

Results / FixturesNBA

Category : Sports Betting News

Tag : betting advice , betting predictions , free picks , nba playoffs , NBA postseason

Leave a comment
More articles...
Sports Betting News - 13/12/17
Maybe Next Year: NFL Wild Card Hopefuls Who Won’t Make the 2017 Postseason 
Week 15 of the NFL season is right around the corner, and with it comes clarity on this year's playoff picture. And that doesn't bode well for certain teams. Wild Card races are winding down, and there will inevitably be a handful of squads who get jilted from the postseason bracket. We take a look at the most serious contenders from the AFC and NFC who won't be making the final cut so you don't waste time—or money—on their Super Bowl odds.
Read this article 
Sports Betting News - 12/12/17
Predicting Which NFL Wild Card Hopefuls Will Make Playoffs 
Only three weeks remain in the 2017 NFL regular season. Can you believe it? Plenty of teams sure can't. In fact, some wish they still had more time—a cushion ahead of the final playoff picture taking shape. But they don't have more time. So, as the NFL heads into Week 15, we show you which Wild Card hopefuls who haven't yet clinched a postseason will ultimately get into the winter bracket.
Read this article 
Sports Betting News - 11/12/17
NFL Coaches Most Likely to Get Fired After 2017 Season 
It's that time of year again: Head-coaches-getting-fired season. Sideline dismissals are part and parcel of every NFL offseason. Heck, some teams don't even wait that long. The New York Giants already fired Ben McAdoo, not to mention general manager Jerry Reese. Which sideline-wanderers could be joining the Giants' head honcho in the unemployment line this offseason? Let's find out.
Read this article 
Sports Betting News - 10/12/17
5 NFL Teams With Best Shot at Upsetting Reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots 
Now that we're entering the final weeks of the 2017 NFL regular season, it's important to hammer out your Super Bowl picks before future odds disappear altogether. The New England Patriots are clearly the favorite to win it all, but for variety's sake, here are five alternative contenders with the best chance at upsetting the reigning champs, either during the AFC playoff bracket or in the Super Bowl tilt itself.
Read this article