My Weekend NBA Best Bets ultimately churned out a winning mark with a 3-2 ATS tally the first weekend of the playoffs. That moves us to 19-16 ATS heading into this weekend’s action. Here’s to cashing some more tickets at online sportsbooks!
My Weekend NBA Best Bets ultimately churned out a winning mark with a 3-2 ATS tally the first weekend of the playoffs. There were some very disappointing end results though. It’s shocking to look back at how the Heat/Bucks series has played out since after laying the points with Milwaukee in the series opener and failing to cash a ticket. Giannis and company went on to depants Miami by an average of 32 points in the next two games! Our first win of the weekend was tallied when the Mavericks and Clippers just barely combined to go under the number. Unfortunately, Saturday closed out with another loser after Denver had no answer for Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers. While Saturday’s 1-2 ATS showing sucked, we made it all back and some on Sunday with a pair of ticket cashes on the Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks. That moves us to 19-16 ATS heading into this weekend’s action. Here’s to cashing some more tickets at online sportsbooks!
Saturday NBA Best Bets
Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards
The Sixers have flat-out owned the Wizards. You have to go back to December 5 of the 2019-20 season to find the last time Washington got in the win column against Philadelphia; a span of seven games. The opener saw Joel Embiid win but fail to cover the closing NBA odds. Game 2 was a romp from the opening tip that resulted in a 25-point Philly victory. But with the series now shifted to the Capital One Arena where Washington already stands 1-0 SU and ATS in the playoffs after destroying the Indiana Pacers, I’m expecting a more consistent brand of ball to be exhibited by the 1-2 punch of Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal. A huge disparity at the free throw line allowed Philadelphia to win Game 1. Then the Wizz went cold from the field in Game 2. If Washington continues to compete on the glass like it did in both games, the 76ers won’t have it so easy. Maybe Washington will get some calls this time around as well – gimme the points!
Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizz stole Game 1 from the Jazz hours after it was shockingly announced Donovan Mitchell would be held out of the contest. They pulled off the feat by shooting for a decent clip from the field and limiting turnovers. Neither scenario occurred in Game 2 and Utah going off from the field didn’t help matters either. Still, Memphis got to the charity stripe a whopping 38 times in hostile territory. However, it only converted 29 of those shots for a 76 percent success rate. Back in the comforts of their own gym, I expect Ja Morant and company to be on the attack once again. Memphis got Rudy Gobert to foul out in the series opener and got him whistled for four more fouls in Game 2. The Grizz will likely make it a priority to keep him marred in foul trouble over the course of the next two games as well. Should that occur in Game 3, Utah will have a tough time winning the game let alone covering the 5-point spread – gimme the points!
Sunday NBA Best Bets
New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks
After talking all kinds of trash to the Madison Square Garden crowd after hitting the game winner in the series opener and following it up by going HAM throughout the first half of Game 2, Trae Young was forced to eat some crow over the game’s final 24 minutes after the Hawks went on to blow a 13 point halftime lead and allow the Knicks to tie the series up. Even so, New York only ended up shooting 38 percent from the field in the 101-92 win and cover as possession favorites. That’s simply not going to get the job done the remainder of the series; especially not on Young’s home hardwood! Atlanta remains the series favorite heading back home, and I highly recommend hitting them on the series price now since I don’t expect it to get any shorter in the coming days. Atlanta is the better of these two teams regardless of NY winning four of the five 2021 meetings. As crazy as that sounds, it’s true. Lay the chalk!
Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks
For the life of me I can’t comprehend how linemakers have the Clippers installed favorites to win Game 3 on the Mavericks home floor. Even before taking the first two games of the series in a commanding fashion on the Staples Center hardwood, Big D had already given Los Angeles problems in the regular season. They went 2-1 SU and ATS in those matchups with both wins amounting to two of LA’s worst defeats in the regular season. Honestly, I’m hoping Kawhi Leonard and company figure it out on Friday night to get back in the series. Should that occur, it will create even more line value to work with in Game 4 since I don’t foresee Luka Doncic allowing LA to hand him two straight defeats after what he and his teammates just pulled off in Tinseltown. Dare I say Doncic will be the best player on the hardwood throughout the remainder of this series?! Well, I did and I fully believe it. If Dallas is getting points once again, take them and laugh yourself all the way back to the betting window and cash that ticket!
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