NBA Playoffs Betting Tips
Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz Game 7
It all comes down to this for the Nuggets and the Jazz; Game 7 where the winner progresses through to the second round of the playoffs.
After leading 3-1 in the series, the Utah Jazz have lost their last two games to get to this position. Despite high-quality play from Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz haven’t found a way to play defense.
Both teams haven’t found a way to play defense, with Mitchell scoring at will for Utah and Jamal Murray scoring even easier for the Nuggets.
Murray has been incredible throughout the first six games of this series and he can seemingly get any shot he wants. The talented youngster has carried this Nuggets team, with the help of Nikola Jokic, who has played second fiddle.
Jokic was expected to be the difference for Denver, but he has yet Murray do his thing. However, if Denver want to pull off an outstanding comeback, Jokic is an important part.
He will need to defend better than he has been, which includes coming to the front court and applying pressure to the screeners. He has been dropping back in the key, which has allowed Mitchell to get any shot he wants.
Game 7 comes down to which team wants it more. Their offenses offset each other, so whoever plays defense could take it out.
Bookmakers have both teams at $1.90, and that’s what we expected. We thought Denver would win the series before it started, so we’re backing them in on Wednesday.
They have a team that can threaten the top teams in the west, but they must believe in themselves.
Tip: Denver Nuggets to win @ $1.90 – Bet Now
Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors Game 2
The wrong team was favoured in Game 1, as the Boston Celtics made easy work of the defending NBA champions. They were $2.10 to win the game, despite having the better form coming into this series.
Bookmakers have once again installed the Celtics as underdogs for this game, but that should please fans of Boston. They are coming off a 112-94 smashing of the Raptors in Game 1 and we see no reason to jump off their back.
Boston has a complete team that features the likes of Kemba Walker, Jason Taytum and a host of knock-down shooters. Defending this team across the court is tough, because any number of players can get hot at any given time.
For Toronto, it’s not quite the same. They rely on a couple of players to score points, and if they have an off night, they usually struggle.
It was Freddie VanVleet who struggled in Game 1, so he will be needed to improve on his shot. He had an off year when Toronto won the championship last season, but he has been dynamite so far this year.
More is also expected of Pascal Siakam, who went missing on Monday. However, he’s all class, so we are expecting quick improvement.
Toronto are capable of getting this series back to 1-1, but the Celtics have supreme confidence and they’re dangerous on any given day.
Bookmakers have the Celtics at $2 for this game and we suggest taking the value odds once again. They should come out strong and Toronto could start to panic in the second half.
Tip: Boston Celtics to win @ $2 – Bet Now