The ever important game 2’s continue tonight, we’ve already made our pick for the Mavericks – Clippers game and now we turn our focus to the remaining two games being played tonight.
The picks tonight are playoffs picks in every sense of the word and we expect an intense night with teams looking to perform their very best for them to have the best chance of moving on to the second round of the NBA playoffs.
Should any of the numbers confuse you, have a look at our guide on how to read and understand betting odds here!
Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns Betting Odds
Los Angeles Lakers -135
Phoenix Suns +114
Los Angeles Lakers -2
Phoenix Suns +2
210 total points
Lakers moneyline favorites for game 2
The first game of the series was very interesting, Chris Paul came back from hurting his shoulder but didn’t look fully like himself. While the Suns managed to hold on for a win and Chris Paul is expected to play in tonight’s game, the Lakers are now moneyline favorites at around -135. It’s not too often you see a 7th seed lose the first game of series and be favorites for the next one, but here we are.
For tonight’s pick in this series though, we’re going to look at the O/U line of 210. It’s the playoffs and both teams have veterans in Lebron and Paul who’s been known to slow the game down in important games, so we expect a relatively low scoring game.
Pick: Under 210 points
Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Betting Odds
Boston Celtics +340
Brooklyn Nets -450
Boston Celtics +9
Brooklyn Nets -9
227.5 total points
Celtics looks to keep game 2 close for a potential upset
Brooklyn pulled out an expected and relatively safe 11 point win behind their big three scorers who proved too much for the Celtics to handle. Kevin Durant scored 32 points while Kyrie Irving and James Harden poured in 29 and 21 points respectively.
The Celtics were up by half though and kept it close until the middle of the third quarter. They did it while shooting awful 8-34 from 3, well below their regular season mark. This is not likely to happen again and we think there’s a good chance they perform a bit better than in game 1.
The Nets will most likely win, but the spread line at +9 looks worth it, and if I had a welcome bonus as a risk free bet or similar, I might have put down just a little bit on the Celtics win.
Pick: Celtics +9
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