How to Bet Tonight's NBA Playoff Games: Wizards, Rockets & Warriors Look For 2-0 Leads

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Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 4:53 PM GMT

Three more NBA playoff first-round games on the board tonight. The Washington Wizards, Houston Rocke, s and Golden State Warriors all won their home openers in fairly comfortable style on Sunday and try for 2-0 series edges Wednesday.
 


 

     
No. 5 Atlanta Hawks at No. 4 Washington Wizards


When previewing this Eastern Conference series late last week here at SBR, we harped on the fact that Atlanta, specifically Dennis Schroder, would have trouble containing Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall. That was the case in Washington’s Game 114-107 victory. Wall had 32 points, including 15 in the third quarter when the game turned. He added 14 assists in the game. The Wizards’ issue is playing without Wall as he can’t go 48 minutes per night. The team was plus-8 with him on the floor and minus-1 in the 11 minutes or so he sat. The Hawks did get to the foul line a whopping 39 times, a large number for a road playoff team, and made 32. But they had more turnovers (19) than assists (18). Coach Mike Budenholzer says his team needs to limit Washington’s points in transition as well. Washington is -5 on SBR NBA odds and handicapper. Ross Benjamin previews Game 2 based on playoffs Zig-Zag theories to find out which way to go with your NBA pick.

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No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 3 Houston Rockets


Tonight's 8-point favorite Rockets, broke every 3-point shooting NBA record this season and one would assume they were great from long distance in Game 1 vs. Oklahoma City considering Houston won easily 118-87. Yet that wasn’t the case with the Rockets going only 10-for-33 from behind the arc. SBR's Jake Walker recaps Game 1 in his betting preview for tonight, make sure to check the read before you visit the virtual window. 

Houston did most other things well, including beating the NBA’s top rebounding team by 15 on the boards and committing four fewer turnovers. Rockets backcourt mates James Harden and Patrick Beverley combined for 58 points, 12 assists, and only four turnovers. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook was 6-for-23 shooting for only 22 points with nine turnovers, and his backcourt partner, Victor Oladipo, was 1-for-12 from the field. Those two were a combined minus-44. 

ForJake Walker Free Pick click HERE.

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No. 8 Portland Trail Blazers at No. 1 Golden State Warriors



Portland’s stellar offensive backcourt of C.J. McCollum (41) and Damian Lillard (34) combined for 75 points in Game 1 vs. Golden State as the Blazers played about as well as possible for three quarters. However, led by do-everything Draymond Green, the Dubs pulled away in the fourth for a 121-109 victory. Green filled the stat sheet with 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five blocked shots and three steals while playing his usual amazing defense. Kevin Durant added 32 points and 10 rebounds and Steph Curry 29 points. The Blazers simply don’t have enough to compete here without the injured Jusuf Nurkic. However, Portland could catch a break in Game 2 as Durant is questionable with a left calf strain. He didn’t practice on Tuesday. The Warriors could choose to play it safe and rest Durant in assuming they can win without him. In addition to Durant, Golden State guard Shaun Livingston (finger) and forward Matt Barnes (ankle sprain) are also listed as questionable. This line opened as high as Warriors -15.5 but is down to 13 at some sportsbooks as of this writing.

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