NBA playoff tips: Back our Friday first-round treble
Make the most of Friday night's playoff games with our treble, which is boosted to 5/1.
Indiana Pacers to beat Cleveland Cavaliers –
The Cavaliers scraped through Game 2 with a 100-97 win on Wednesday night, narrowly avoiding a 2-0 deficit in the series as they head to Indiana for the next two games.
Cleveland needed a 46-point masterclass from LeBron James and a missed three-pointer from the usually clutch Victor Oladipo to get that win, and it’s hard to see them pulling off a repeat performance in Game 3.
Indiana posted a 27-14 record on their own court in the regular season, while the Cavs went 21-20 on the road.
The Pacers have been the better team in this series so far – they won Game 1 in Cleveland by 18 points – and they should take the lead at home on Friday night.
Toronto Raptors to beat Washington Wizards –
The Raptors have dominated the Wizards so far in this series, winning by 12 in Game 1 and 11 in Game 2.
Toronto are on fire offensively, dropping 44 points in the first quarter on the way to a total of 130 on Tuesday night, and they would have won by much more had they not eased up as the game went on.
Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points in 37 minutes in Game 3, and is clearly the best player in this series.
The Wizards don’t seem to have any way of stopping the 28-year-old, and he should lead his team to another win on Friday.
Milwaukee Bucks to beat Boston Celtics –
The Celtics are 2-0 up after winning both of their home games in this series, mainly due to the play of point guard Terry Rozier.
The 24-year-old – who is playing in the absence of injured starter Kyrie Irving – has torched the Bucks for 46 points so far, but it’s unlikely he can maintain that level of play throughout the series.
It’ll get much harder for Rozier and the Celtics on Friday night in Milwaukee, where they lost 106-102 when these teams last met in the regular season on 3 April.
Boston lost their last three away games of the regular season, and it’s worth backing the Bucks to get back into the series by winning this one.
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