NBA Picks: Friday NBA Playoffs Odds & Predictions

Joe Freda

Friday, April 26, 2013 12:02 PM GMT

Friday, Apr. 26, 2013 12:02 PM GMT

Friday’s NBA Playoffs has a slate of three matchups, with a shift of venue in each series giving lower-seeded teams their first chance as hosts. Where do the night’s best wagers lie as these conference rivals square off in pivotal affairs?

New York Knicks at Boston Celtics

New York heads to “Beantown” with a 2-0 series lead, while splitting the first pair of matchups ATS. Tuesday’s latest victory saw the Knicks notch an 87-71 triumph, collecting as 6 ½-point home ‘chalk.’

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony piled in 34 points, following up his 36-point night from Game 1. New York held the Celtics to 37.1 percent shooting, with the matchup’s combined 158 points plunging below the ‘total’ of 185 ½.

Celtics mates Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass united for 21 boards, while guard Paul Pierce logged a team-high six assists. Boston’s Jason Terry drained 3-of-7 buckets beyond the arc, while the Celtics edged the Knicks in fast break points, 17-2. 

NBA odds opened Boston as a 2 ½-point favorite for Friday’s affair, with early wagers on Pierce and Co. lifting the number a ‘hook’ to three. I am tailing the early ‘steam’ here, backing Boston as short ‘chalk.’ 

The Celtics are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 home dates, while logging a 4-1 spread record in their last five games overall that came after a defeat. Doc Rivers’ club should find the rims at a higher clip at TD Garden, shooting a stellar 47.7 percent from its floor during the regular season.

NBA Pick:  Boston Celtics -3 at Bookmaker.eu

[gameodds]5/226791/43/us[/gameodds]

San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers

San Antonio cashed with a 2-0 spread record at NBA betting windows in its first two duels with the Los Angeles Lakers, including Wednesday’s 102-91 win as a nine-point home favorite. Spurs guard Tony Parker notched team-highs of 28 points and seven assists, while his squad connected from the field at a 51.2 percent clip. 

Lakers big men Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol grabbed nine rebounds each, while uniting for 29 points. Los Angeles trailed by as many as 17 points, while logging a 9-for-13 night at the foul line. 

5Dimes.eu first listed San Antonio as 3 ½-point road ‘chalk’ in Game 3, while opening the ‘total’ at 189 ½. Early wagers on the Spurs and UNDER moved the numbers to five and 188, respectively. 

I am agreeing with initial ‘total’ backers here, adding the UNDER to my NBA picks tonight. The last five matchups between these foes have seen the UNDER collect at 4-1, while going 9-2 in the last 11 meetings hosted by Los Angeles. 

San Antonio should see its octane drop away from home, held to 85 PPG and below 39 percent field shooting in both of its road matchups with the Lakers. Los Angeles has had the UNDER cash at 11-1 in its last 12 home dates against clubs with winning road records, with another tight affair looming here.

NBA Pick:  UNDER 188 at 5Dimes

[gameodds]5/226792/43/us[/gameodds]

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