Picks of the Day, April 23rd

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Jordan Sharp

Sunday, April 23, 2017 6:24 PM GMT

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017 6:24 PM GMT

Welcome to another edition of our NBA Playoff Picks of the Day! With four games lining Sunday’s slate, there is a ton of room for value and our handicappers have a bevy of picks!

Celtics vs. Bulls

The Bulls may be without Rajon Rondo, but they are going to adjust in Game 4 here at home. They relaxed a bit in Game 3 and could not shoot the ball well, but I think they put the ball in Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade’s hands in this one to ensure that they don’t have a young player handling the ball.

If they can make some shots in this one, which they have struggled to do at times this season, they should beat the Celtics. Boston’s offense hasn’t been that impressive in this series either and I think that Kevin Garnett motivational video has worn off by now.

That being said, the Bulls are the play here as home dogs. The sportsbooks have over-corrected thanks to Game 3 and while Rondo does seem to be an important part of this club, the books are overvaluing his absence.

The Bulls are still the bigger team, they are better on defense and they still have the best player on the court in Butler. As much as Rondo was giving Thomas trouble, I see the Bulls bouncing back in this one to get the win and the commanding 3-1 series lead.

Free NBA Pick: Bulls +2Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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Clippers vs. Jazz

Now that the Clippers have lost Blake Griffin for the playoffs, this series has shifted once again. The Jazz should have won Game 3 but they let the Clippers back into the game in the second half and they probably know they should have won.

That should change here in Game 4. Without Griffin, the Jazz can absolutely throw everything they have at Chris Paul and even if Paul is getting 30-plus points, the Clippers don’t have enough offense to make up for the loss of Griffin.

The Jazz, on the other hand, have been getting nice contributions from Joe Ingles, Joe Johnson and the rest of their role players, so if George Hill comes to play tonight against Paul, this one is over.

At just -3 favorites in the NBA Odds, the Jazz are the play here laying the points. At home this regular season, the Jazz held their opponents to just 95.2 points per game. Even with Rudy Gobert doubtful in this one, the Jazz should be able to get back to their stout home defense in this all-important Game 4.

After blowing Game 3 and knowing they cannot afford to go down 1-3 heading back to LA for Game 5, I think we get peak effort from Utah here. The Clippers have to be still hurting from the loss of Griffin and with all the adversity they have faced over the years, I think they lay down and die now that Griffin aka Mr. Glass is out again.

Free NBA Pick: Jazz -3Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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