1st Round Basketball Playoff Picks of the Day: Saturday April 15th

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Jordan Sharp

Saturday, April 15, 2017 5:40 PM GMT

Welcome to the playoffs! It’s a glorious day to get some extra cash and our handicappers are back and refreshed with some valuable NBA Picks.

  Grizzlies vs. Spurs

 

The last time these two squared off the in the playoffs, the Grizzlies were without both Marc Gasol and Mike Conley and they were promptly swept by the Spurs in four games. San Antonio won those four games by an average of 22.5 points and while Memphis is relatively healthy coming into this series, the Spurs have improved from last year too and won their last eight playoff games against the Grizzlies.

There is also the issue of the injury to Tony Allen, who looks like he might miss Game 1 of this series and potentially more. Allen is their best defender and his absence is going to put a lot of pressure on the 40-year-old Vince Carter to stop the MVP-candidate Kawhi Leonard.

As you can probably guess, that likely won’t go very well and neither will the Grizzlies’ inside presence. Marc Gasol had a ton of problems with San Antonio this season and with Dewayne Dedmon and Gasol’s older brother Pau, the Grizzlies will have a hard time getting easy buckets.

Along with Memphis’ collapse in the second half on defense and the general lack of depth for the Grizzlies, I am teasing this one for my NBA pick in favor of the Spurs and looking for a lower scoring game to go with it.

 

Free NBA Pick: Teaser: Spurs -9½ & Under 195 Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

  Jazz vs. Clippers

 

This series could be a very interesting series and while a lot of people are saying that this may be the Clippers’ year, I’m not buying it yet. Utah could push this series to six or seven games and they may even be able to win it. However, for tonight with both teams healthy and their past matches as evidence, the under looks like a strong play.

Even though the number has dropped from 202 to 198, there is still a bit of value left in the number. These two teams are two of the top defenses in the NBA and if they would have both been healthy this season it would not have surprised me to see both teams finish in the top five in that category.

With 5Dimes sportsbook still hanging around 198 for this one even though their last two meetings went over, this playoff game will get money with the under.

 

Free NBA Pick: Under 198Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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