We have betting picks and predictions for the four NBA playoff games this Thursday, including Wizards vs 76ers, Hawks vs Knicks, Grizzlies vs Jazz and Mavericks vs Clippers.
Punters have been loving the playoff action and with three of the four games possibly deciding the series, it should make for exciting play.
NBA Betting Tips
Washington Wizards vs Philadelphia 76ers @ Wells Fargo Center
The Wizards extended the series when beating the 76ers on Tuesday, but they had some help.
Joel Embiid was injured in the first quarter after looking dominant and Ben Simmons played low minutes, which took their two best players off the court.
However, the Wizards did well to pull out the victory and their chances depend on the availability if Embiid. If he plays, we expect the 76ers to be far too good with home court advantage.
If he doesn’t play, the Wizards could cause another upset. They are currently $3.29 in the head-to-head market and +6.5 in the points start, so bookmakers are treating this game with caution.
We will take the risk that Embiid plays and take Philadelphia to score a double-digit victory.
Bet: Philadelphia 76ers –6.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks @ Madison Square Garden
The Hawks have made the Knicks look second-rate during the playoffs. They currently lead 3-1 and are looking to wrap up the series at Madison Square Garden.
Atlanta has one of the best shooting lineups in the NBA and they have more depth that New York, which relied on Julius Randle throughout the season. However, Randle has played terribly in the playoffs and it’s costing his team.
The winner of Most Improved Player has gone missing when they need him most. If Randle doesn’t perform at a high level, the Knicks are deep enough to compete with the Hawks.
We’re not surprised that bookmakers have New York as favorites. It’s a desperate team that couldn’t have played much worse, so improvement is expected. We think Atlanta wins the series, but the Knicks should take Game 5.
$1.82 is worth taking and they should give punters a good sight.
Bet: New York Knicks to win @ $1.82 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Utah looks well-placed to win the series after beating the Grizzlies in Memphis on Tuesday. They should be tough to beat in Game 5 and take the series 4-1.
Donovan Mitchell has been the standout player for the Jazz and his omission in Game 1 was the only reason they haven’t swept the Grizzlies.
He averages 26.4 points per game during the playoffs and along with Rudy Gobert keeping the paint occupied, this Jazz outfit could go a long way in the playoffs.
Memphis needs a big performance from Ja Morant, but he looks tired because he’s not getting help. Expect Utah to double team him and force other players to make shots.
It won’t be an easy cover as bookmakers have the Jazz at –9.5. It’s a big line, but Memphis has struggled on the road and it could be a blowout victory for the home side.
Bet: Utah Jazz –9.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers @ STAPLES Center
The Dallas Mavericks couldn’t have played much worse in Game 4 and we’re not sure they’ll turn it around in time.
Luka Doncic is battling with neck soreness and he’s getting no help from Kristaps Porzingis, who has gone missing in the playoffs. The All-Star needs to regain his confidence and show that he cares about winning.
Doncic is being asked to do everything and it’s taking its toll. He was amazing in winning the first two games of the series, but he looks tired.
Los Angeles started off slowly but it’s warming up. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are getting to the paint with ease and putting pressure on the Mavericks non-existent defence.
The Clippers should score a comfortable victory and cover the 7.5-point spread.
Bet: Los Angeles Clippers –7.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.