We only have two games on this evening, but I’m seeing come value in both of them. The NBA odds are out and ripe for the taking, so let’s see if we can cash two winners tonight on a short playoff card.
The Nets blasted Chicago in Game 1, and now they are trying to even up the series this evening. Chicago is weak and injured while the Nets look fresh, and the playoff odds for this game favor the Nets at -4 ½ with a total of 183 points.
With Joakim Noah banged up, the Bulls had no answer for Brook Lopez, and I don’t see that improving any in this game. I’m on the Nets in this one. Even if they don’t shoot 56% from the floor or play as well as they did on defense in Game 2, I still think the Nets will cover.
Chicago is awful at scoring the ball on the road, and the Nets know this. In their last six games against the Nets (including the one they played on Saturday) the Bulls have averaged only 89 points per game against Brooklyn. So for the first of my free picks, I am going to take the points and back a Nets cover.
My NBA Pick: Nets -4 ½
The Grizzlies are another team that got worked over in Game 1, and now face a win or go home down 0-2. The NBA Odds favor the Clippers in this one at -5 ½, with a total of 182 points. Despite the total flying over in Game 1, I think the under is where we need to put our NBA Picks tonight.
There is no way the Clippers outrebound the Grizzlies 47-23 again in this game, and I think this one will be a lot closer. Even though the Clippers have covered in six of their last seven against the Grizzlies, the under is good value this evening.
In their last ten games, even including the last one where they gave up 112 points, in their last ten games, the Grizzlies are giving up an average of 83 points per game. I think we see defense rule the day in this one. Adjustments will be made, so take the 'Under'.
My NBA Pick: UNDER 182[gameodds]5/226781/43/us[/gameodds]