Betting tips – NBA Playoffs 2019 Round 1

NBA Playoffs 2019

NBA Playoffs 2019

 

BK Nets (+7.5) at PHI 76ers (-7.5)

BK NetsBK Nets

Monday 4/15 8:00 PM (ET)
Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia

PHI 76ersPHI 76ers

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Tip – Brooklyn kicked off the NBA playoffs in stellar fashion, knocking off Philadelphia 111-102. Expect the 76ers to bounce back in what could potentially be a must-win game for Brett Brown’s squad. Still, Brooklyn is arguably the best bet amongst all playoff teams. Brooklyn is undefeated ATS in their last four contests, and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games vs. teams with a winning record. Philadelphia has covered the spread just twice over their last seven games.

ORL Magic (+9.5) at TOR Raptors (-9.5)

ORL MagicORL Magic

Tuesday 4/16 8:00 PM (ET)
Scotiabank Arena

TOR RaptorsTOR Raptors

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Tip – DJ Augustine is arguably the least likely player you would have expected to star in the first weekend of the NBA playoffs, yet that’s exactly what occurred. With ice in his veins, Augustine hit a dagger three in the final seconds of regulation to give Orlando a 1-0 lead in the series. The Magic are now undefeated ATS in their last five contests, and 8-2 ATS in their last ten. Toronto should be able to even the series at one a piece, yet covering the spread is a whole other animal. The Raptors are just 1-4 ATS in their last five games vs. teams with a winning SU record.

OKC Thunder at POR Trail Blazers

OKC ThunderOKC Thunder

Tuesday 4/16 7:30 PM (ET)
AmericanAirlines Arena

POR Trail BlazersPOR Trail Blazers

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Tip – As long as Paul George’s shoulder checks out, OKC has a great chance to make a run through the playoffs. The Thunder wouldn’t have to face Houston or Golden State prior to the conference championship round, but they do need to get through Portland first. Thankfully for OKC, their performance has been stellar vs. Portland in the past. They’ve won all four of their most recent head-to-head matchups with the Blazers. OKC has covered all but one of their last five games, and they’ve been a brilliant bet when taking the OVER. This contest should be no different, combining both OKC’s and Portland’s most recent games vs. teams with winning records. The UNDER has yet to be hit in nine consecutive contests.

SA Spurs (+6.5) at DEN Nuggets (-6.5)

SA SpursSA Spurs

Tuesday 4/16 9:00 PM (ET)
Pepsi Center

DEN NuggetsDEN Nuggets

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Tip – The Spurs took game one, despite a triple-double effort by Nikola Jokic. San Antonio is now 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine road games. Speaking of road games, the UNDER has been a reoccurring theme in Spurs road games, as they have hit the mark in eight of their past ten contests. Similar to San Antonio, the UNDER has been the smart bet for Denver. They’ve hit the UNDER in an astonishing 20-6 over the last 26 Denver games. The UNDER is undefeated over the past five head-to-head matchups between the two franchises. If Denver continues to struggle from three (21.4% in game one) it would be hard to envision a scenario where San Antonio doesn’t host game three with a 2-0 lead in the series.

UT Jazz at HOU Rockets

UT JazzUT Jazz

Wednesday 4/17 9:30 PM (ET)
Toyota Center

HOU RocketsHOU Rockets

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Tip – Houston was one of the hottest NBA teams amongst betting sites to close out the regular season, going 7-2 ATS in their final nine games. They are even more impressive when playing in their home arena, going undefeated over their last six games in the Toyota Center. Utah has seen their share of success as well, going 4-1 ATS in their last five games. Yet, their reliance on Donavan Mitchell as their only true option for scoring will likely lead to their demise. Mitchell is the only Jazz player to average more than 15 ppg on the season, while Houston’s roster contains three such players. Yet while the series may be trending in Houston’s favor, the betting odds point heavily in Utah’s direction. The Jazz are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four meetings with the Rockets, while road teams are 6-1-1 in head-to-head matchups.

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