CrownBet’s NBA Best Bets – 29/4/2017

WASHINGTON WIZARDS @ ATLANTA HAWKS

Washington go into Game 6 leading 3-2, with neither team dropping a game at home. The Hawks will host this game, and despite being seeded below the Wizards they’ve been a lot more convincing at home than Washington. 18 and 10 point wins in Game 3 and 4 put pressure on the Wizards to deliver in Game 5, who snuck away with a four-point win. Dwight Howard hasn’t produced much for the Hawks, but it’s been a breakout series for German guard Dennis Schroder. He’s had over 20 points in four of the five games, his worst output being 18 points in their Game 4 win. Veteran Paul Millsap continues to come up big in the playoffs averaging 23 points and 9.2 rebounds, but the Hawks need more help. For the Wizards Bradley Beal has come up big in their three wins, but shooting at only 39% in their two losses. In Game 3 he went 6/20 from the field, resulting in a heavy loss to the Wizards. It’s been a great series between these two teams, and expect Atlanta to force a Game 7 and head back to Washington.

Best Bets
Atlanta @ $1.62
Bradley Beal under 24.5 points @ $.188
Most Points with Handicap – Paul Millsap (+5.5) @ $5.50


 

BOSTON CELTICS @ CHICAGO BULLS

The Celtics have recovered from a shaky start to the Bulls, and head back to Chicago to try and close the series. The Bulls dropped both of their home games to Boston, in correlation with the absence of Point Guard Rajon Rondo. The improved form of the Boston role players since Game 2 has also played a significant impact. Al Horford has averaged 18 points a game in their last three wins, and Avery Bradley’s shooting percentages have improved significantly. Without Rondo, Jimmy Butler’s numbers have taken a hit as well shooting the ball at 38% in the last three losses, and going from 26 points per game in their first two wins down to 20 a game. Expect the Celtics continue their good form with a big win over the Bulls, where they’ll await the winner of the Wizards and Hawks series.

Best Bets
Boston @ $1.73
Al Horford Points, Rebounds, Assists Over 29 @ $1.88
Most Points with Handicap – Al Horford (+14.5) @ $6.50


 

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS @ UTAH JAZZ

The best first round series of the lot. There’s been big storylines with the injury to Rudy Gobert in Game 1, followed by Blake Griffin’s Game 3 injury. The loss of Griffin is huge for the Clippers, but not as big as Utah getting Gobert back on the floor. He’s the Jazz’s most important player, and despite only playing 17 seconds in Game 1 Utah haven’t lost a game this series when Gobert has played. Chris Paul has clicked into gear for the Clippers since Griffin has gone down, averaging 27 points and 11 assists but he needs help. DeAndre Jordan doesn’t have the offensive repertoire to make big enough impact, and the array of role players on their roster aren’t good enough to step in and make an impact. In Game 5 only Paul, Jordan and JJ Redick scored in double figures for the Clippers – they’re going to need Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford or Raymond Felton to step up if they stand a chance.

Best Bets
Utah @ $1.39
Gordon Hayward Points, Rebounds, Assists Over 32.5 @ $1.88
Most Points with Handicap – JJ Redick (+13.5) @ $7.50

 

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