NBA Picks Of The Day: Sunday's Score Boards Will Light Up

Jordan Sharp

Sunday, May 1, 2016 2:00 PM UTC

Sunday, May. 1, 2016 2:00 PM UTC

It’s a stacked card of NBA playoff action on Sunday afternoon and evening, with two big Game 7s and one huge Game 1 in the Western Conference playoffs. Here are two great NBA Picks!

Hornets vs. Heat
One constant in this series has been high scoring first halves. In the game two nights ago, these two teams got off to very hot starts, and the defense did not show up until the second half. Other than Games 3 and 4 in Charlotte, the over four games of this series have seen some impressive first half scores. Much like last game, where they played faster in the first half before slowing down the offenses in the second, I think tonight will follow a similar path.

The Heat had success in Game 6, and in Games 1 and 2 for that matter by pushing the pace early, and getting out to a lead. Even though Kemba Walker had a huge game in Game 6, the Heat overcame that by clamping down on everyone else defensively. Miami’s game plan worked. Walker went off for 37 points, but the Heat didn’t let anyone else beat them, and I think they follow that same strategy here today.

That being said, even though the game is early in the afternoon, these two teams will be locked in for this Game 7. Considering that, I think the first half total of 95½ could be a very good over play coming into this afternoon’s game. In the four games sandwiched around the first two games in Charlotte, the average first half score was almost 114 points. If the Heat continue pushing the pace like they did in Games 1, 2 and 6, this first half total should go over.

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Free NBA Pick:  1H Over 95½ 
Best Line Offered: at GTbets


Blazers vs. Warriors
Being without Stephen Curry is going to be an adjustment for the Warriors, but luckily for them they basically did it all in the first series against Houston. Their offense is obviously going to take a hit, but the NBA Odds makers still have the Dubs as -9 favorites, with a total of 209 ½. While the spread has been skyrocketing since it opened at -7 ½, the total has been going in the opposite direction. After opening at 211 points, most shops have it to 209½, while BetDSI and Heritage are even down to 209.

Yes, the lack of Curry is going to hurt the Dubs on offense, but not enough to keep them from scoring a ton of points here against Portland, an average defensive team at best. When they were playing the Clippers at full strength, the Blazers had a hard time stopping them, and they are going to have an even harder time with Golden State. I expect another 115-120 point effort from the Dubs, and if that’s the case, the total should easily go over.

During the regular season, these two teams were apart of some very fast and high-scoring games, and while the lack of Curry hurts that some here tonight, all four of those games went over the total, and I expect nothing less from this bargain price we are faced with here. The scores of this series will likely go down as we get further along, and especially once we get to Portland, but in Game 1, and with a total of 209, I’m expecting the over to be the NBA picks to cash here.

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Free NBA Pick:  Over 209
Best Line Offered: at JustBet

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