Picks of the Day, April 22nd

Saturday, April 22, 2017 5:07 PM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017 5:07 PM UTC

We nailed two more picks on Friday night and we are now 4-1 in our last five tips over the last two days. I can feel the momentum shifting back in our favor, so let’s take advantage of it with two more winning NBA Picks tonight!

Raptors vs. Bucks

Other than their Game 2 win, the Raptors have shot horribly over their two losses in this series. The Bucks’ defense is long, they are athletic and they are giving the Raptors a ton of problems. That includes their two star guards and with not much on the inside to counter the Bucks’ length in their backcourt, the Raptors’ counter-punching has been minimal in this series.

One has to expect them to come out with a sense of urgency today as they try to win back home court advantage, but in this afternoon start on Saturday with the Bucks still playing at home, I like laying the points with the home team yet again.

With the defensive options the Bucks have, they can keep an above average or elite defender on Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan at all times. There is no way the Raptors can rely on those two to carry the load and even with a ton of other options at their disposal, none of them seem to be worth a damn in this series.

Serge Ibaka’s scoring has gone down with every passing game of this series, while Jonas Valanciunas has barely done anything, shooting just 37.5% from the floor in the series. With no way of stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Raptors have little chance tonight. I see Antetokounmpo causing havoc once again to the Raptors defense and at home, the Bucks role players should continue to make shots tonight in route to a win.

Free NBA Pick: Bucks -2Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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Wizards vs. Hawks

Both of the first two games of this series have been pretty high scoring for two Eastern Conference teams and while the under and over have both cashed once, it might be time for the over to make a comeback in Game 3.

Even though the shooting percentages for both teams have been pretty poor to start the series, the pace these two teams are playing at has been nothing short of blazing. They rank behind only the Blazers and Warriors in pace so far in the playoffs, but both teams have offensive ratings of less than 90 points per 100 possessions.

However, the move to Atlanta should help their offense and overall things should start to improve for both clubs’ offense. Both teams own effective field goal percentages of 40.3 or less in this series, but I also think both teams will continue to play fast and after some adjustments from Game 2, I see both teams knocking down some more shots.

This can’t be truer for the first half of this game. The Hawks are going to come out desperate and in this series, these two teams are averaging a pace of 106.3 in the first halves of their first two games. If they just knock down some shots, while continuing at that pace, the first half total is a steal for the over.

Free NBA Pick: OVER 107 1HBest Line Offered: at BetOnline

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