NBA Playoffs 4-19-17 – Free Picks

We are back with some NBA action after some time off from the hardwood. We have three games tonight as some of these first-round matchups are shaping up to be quite interesting. Boston and Chicago are off this evening, but the 8th seeded Bulls have a 2-0 lead over the top-seeded Celtics in the East.

The odds listed below are courtesy of Bovada Sportsbook (Full Review) and are accurate at the time of posting. However, be sure to line shop for the best price before placing your bet.

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Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets -7.5 Total: 223

The Rockets took care of business in Game 1 against the Thunder, cruising to an 118-87 victory. Oklahoma City didn’t compete for much of this contest. Russell Westbrook, the current front-runner for league MVP, had an awful game, scoring just 22 points on 6-23 from the field.

On the other hand, James Harden, his main competition for MVP, looked great. Harden powered the Rockets to a victory with 37 points, seven boards, and nine assists. Houston pulled away in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Betting Odds

The Rockets opened this game as a -7.5 favorite. That is where the odds stand now at many sportsbooks, but some have already moved the line to -8. Betting action has been heavy on Houston so far, with over 70 percent of wagers coming in on the home team.

Prediction

The Thunder are simply outclassed in this series. I do think there is a chance that OKC wins a game or at least covers, but I doubt that comes until Game 3. Houston should dominate this matchup once again.

I don’t love taking big public sides, but jumping on this one at -7.5 before the odds likely move seems like one of the best plays today. We may have an excellent opportunity to take the Thunder when they return home to the Chesapeake Energy Arena down 0-2 and getting points.

Pick: Rockets -7.5

Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors -13.5 Total: 219.5

Portland’s stars in Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum will need to step up in a big way if they want to make this a series. The Blazers haven’t beaten the Warriors a single time this season, including four regular season appearances and Game 1.

Golden State didn’t run away with a victory on Sunday, but they were able to pull ahead in the final quarter to win 121-109 after the Trail Blazers had the game tied at 89 through three-quarters. Power forward, Draymond Green, had a career day. He scored 19 points, grabbed 12 boards, dished out nine assists, blocked five shots, and had three steals.

Betting Action

The current favorites for the NBA Title opened as -13.5 favorite. Betting action has been split between the two teams, with a slight edge in tickets going to Portland. The total started at 221.5 and has bounced around a bit. Currently, at most books, it’s at 219.5.

Prediction

Points won’t be hard to come by in this one. Both Golden State and Portland aren’t exactly defensive stalwarts and considering the pace that both of teams run – I would not be shocked to see this one soar over the total.

Let’s remember, last game had nearly 230 points and it wasn’t even competitive in the final minutes. Golden State could end up building a large lead, but their second unit is so weak defensively that the Trail Blazers may still be able to put up over 100 points, setting this one up to go over.

Pick: Over 219.5

Joseph Falchetti

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