NBA First-Round Game 6 Free Betting Picks
Below odds courtesy of BetOnline.
Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards (-2)
This peculiar situation, facing elimination at home, is nothing new for Washington. Matter of fact, it’s the fourth straight time it’s happened. Once they forced a Game 7, the other two times they were eliminated in front of the home crowd. Our money is on the Wizards extending the series one more game.
This team has a new life at home, where they have won eight playoff games in a row. Going on the road is another story. After a 108-98 Game 5 loss, Washington has now dropped 11 of its last 12 playoff games away from the confines of Capital One Arena.
Through five games, there’s little doubt in our mind that the Wizards backcourt is more dynamic than the Raptors. Bradley Beal and John Wall are combining for 48 points and 15.4 assists per game this series. Both numbers trump the combined averages of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, 44.6 points and 13.8 assists.
The problem is Washington doesn’t have the depth to make up for a cold night from Bradley Beal or John Wall, Toronto does. However, role players tend to perform better at home, boding well for the Wizards chances.
No game has been decided by less than eight points this series. That continues as the Wizards runaway with Game 6.
Pick: Washington (-2)
Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers (-118)
These two teams have gone down to the wire the past four games — all of which were decided by four points or less — so it’s better just to wager moneyline here. Game 6 is a virtual toss-up with Cleveland pegged at -102 and Indiana at -118 to force Game 7.
Just when you thought LeBron James couldn’t put Cleveland on his back anymore, he somehow did in Game 5. James uncorked a 44-point, 10-rebound, and eight-assist performance, highlighted by a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.
Top to bottom, the Pacers are more talented and hungrier than the Cavs. However, LeBron makes up for that and more. A 33-year-old man, after playing in 82 regular season games, is somehow averaging 34.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, and eight assists this series. Even by LeBron’s standards, that’s unprecedented.
The deciding factor on Friday will be Cleveland’s biggest star will shine bright and Indiana’s will dim. Of course, we’re talking about Victor Oladipo, who has gone ghost as of late.
In Game 4, Oladipo shot 5-of-20 from the floor. He fared even worse last time out, going 2-of-15. Last two games combined, he’s totaled just 29 points — a far cry from his 32-point outburst in Game 1.
That steep dropoff in production begs the question, has Oladipo ran out of gas? Is his confidence shot? Or has the Cavs’ lackluster defense figured him out?
Whatever it is, none of those questions apply to James. At this point, his endurance belongs in the newest Avengers movie. James will put on the superhero cape again on Friday to finish off Indiana.
Pick: Cleveland (-102)
Over/under 206 points: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz
For a pair of teams that pride themselves on the defensive end, this series has trended more toward offense than expected. Through five games, the point total average is 210.6 per game.
Utah’s defense in Game 5 was especially stunning. The Jazz led by as many as 25 points only to lose 107-99. Now the pressure is on them to close out the pesky Thunder on their home floor.
Russell Westbrook finally found his groove in the midst of the comeback win, scoring 33 of his 45 points in the second half. In the four games before, the reigning MVP was averaging just 21.3 points per game to the delight of his very vocal critics.
Perhaps the best explanation for the Jazz’s collapse — or Oklahoma City’s rally, depending on your perspective — was foul trouble. Both Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors racked up minutes on the bench with five fouls apiece, which the Thunder took advantage of inside the post with easy baskets.
Barring any more foul trouble from Gobert, business should be back to usual in Game 6. Gobert is the prime reason why Utah was second in defensive rating this season.
This has been a chippy series and with pressure mounting on both teams, this one will be the chippiest yet. Expect a defensive slugfest and an under in this one.
Pick: Under 206 points
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