Free NBA Playoffs Picks: First-Round, Game 5 Best Lines
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Over/under 204.5 points: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics
Immediately, that point total jumps out as low. After all, this is a series that’s averaging 215 points per game, with all four matchups going over 204.5 points. There’s little reason to believe another over isn’t imminent.
For one, Boston seems to have finally figured out Milwaukee’s defense, at least if the final 18 minutes of Game 4 are any indication. During that stretch, the Celtics erased a 20-point deficit with a barrage of three-pointers and layups. Their offense should continue to roll, especially being back home — where they averaged 116.5 points during the first two games.
While the Celtics found answers on offense, they’re still clueless to slowing down Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. The two are averaging 27.8 and 25.5 points, respectively.
Be smart and ride the trends on Tuesday.
Pick: Over 204.5 points
Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers (-10)
The tension in this series can be cut with a knife. Between the trash-talking and layups in garbage team, it’s clear these two teams want to embarrass one another.
That’s why Philadelphia’s double-digit spread is very likable. It’s not so much the Sixers want to win their first playoff series since 2012, they want to blow out the Heat while doing so. After winning two games in Miami, they’re more than equipped to do just that in Game 5.
Joel Embiid said it best, “we’re not here to make friends.” This one is going to get ugly in a hurry.
Pick: Philadelphia (-10)
San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors (-11)
Gregg Popovich will again miss Game 5 after the death of his wife. The precarious situation makes matter worse for a Spurs team facing elimination. During the course of its 21-year playoff streak, San Antonio is 4-18 in such games.
With all due respect to Popovich, this feels like the end for this great franchise, one currently at odds with its cornerstone player Kawhi Leonard. Tony Parker will be 36 next month, while Manu Ginobili turns 41 in July. Who knows about the 69-year-old Popovich’s future. Tuesday night could be a symbolic finale for San Antonio.
Pick: Golden State (-11)
Over/under 214.5 points: Washingtonton Wizards at Toronto Raptors
Forget about picking a winner in this one. Despite the one and eight seeding, the talent level is near identical between both teams hence why this series is deadlocked at two games apiece.
You’re better off wagering on the point total. Akin to the Bucks-Celtics over/under, the current 214.5 total skews well below the series average of 224.5 points a game.
While the two totaled a meager 204 points in Game 4, that’s more of an anomaly than anything. Bradley Beal fouled out after logging 32 minutes and Toronto was off rhythm all-game long. A return to Canada should restore order, especially on offense.
Pick: Over 214.5 points
Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers (-6.5)
Make no mistake about it, the Pacers should have a 3-1 series lead if not for Kyle Korver’s hot-hand and Indiana going cold late — they missed six of their last eight shots — in Game 4. If the gut-wrenching loss feels like a giant missed an opportunity for the Pacers, that’s because it is.
They had the three-time reigning Eastern Conference champions on the ropes. This is the type of defeat that snowballs for a young, inexperienced bunch like the Pacers. The frustration from giving away the game will seep into Game 5.
Beyond that, LeBron James is playing like a man possessed. This is the stiffest competition he’s ever faced in the first round and it’s brought out the King’s best. James averages through four games is 32.5 points, 11.8 rebounds, and eight assists per game. Don’t expect James to take his foot off the gas pedal on Tuesday.
As for Indiana’s own superstar, Victor Oladipo, his production has surprisingly fallen off after a hot start. In two games at home, Oladipo never topped 20 points scoring and shot a combined 10-of-35 from the field.
A late-game collapse and Oladipo’s disappearing act spells trouble for Indiana in Game 5 as Cleveland will get back on track with a convincing victory.
Pick: Cleveland (-6.5)
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