Hello again, team! It’s been a while since we have given out some picks, but after a 4-1 stretch during these playoffs and I am officially declaring my cold streak dead. Let’s keep that momentum going and win some cash as we finally start to get back to normal.
Bucks (-1.5) vs Heat
For some reason, this just feels like it is silently the Bucks year. For the first time since they became legitimate championship contenders, no one is talking about them. This is probably a result of the Nets superteam and the emergence of the 76ers. However, we saw the Bucks respond to a hard-fought game one victory with a complete ass-kicking in Game 2. Even though the Bucks are on a 2-7 run ATS in their last nine, you have to think the Bucks should be able to pull out a two-point victory. Lay the points.
Suns (+7) vs Lakers
The Lakers come into this game with all the momentum and they will be playing at the Staples Center, but this is a massive overreaction to the Lakers’ Game 2 victory. I do believe that the Lakers will find a way to win this series, but this Suns team is legit. They have been one of the more profitable teams ATS at 43-29-2 while the Lakers are only 33-41-1 and a surprising 14-23 record at home ATS. The health of Chris Paul may come into play here, but we are comfortable with the rest of the Suns’ young core to pick up the slack and keep it a close game.
Nuggets vs Trailblazers O/227
Both teams are on a bit of an overs run coming into this game. The over has hit in six out of the Nuggets last eight games and four out of the Blazers last six. Both teams are also in the top-10 in PPG and the Nuggets are top-10 in all offensive categories. As always, you should always expect an avalanche of points when Damian Lillard and future MVP Nikola Jokic are on the court. This is such a tightly contested series, that I am not comfortable making a pick ATS. Let’s just sit back, relax, and enjoy some points.
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