NBA tip-off: Best midweek bets for Wednesday’s first-round playoff games
The free-scoring Warriors and Wizards are among our top selections as the postseason continues...
Atlanta Hawks @ Washington Wizards
Washington’s 114-107 win in the first game of this series was their fourth win over the Hawks in a row.
They should make it five on Monday night.
The Wizards have a phenomenal record at home, winning 30 of 41 in the regular season, while Atlanta won just 20 of their 41 games on the road.
It’s worth adding a Washington win at to any coupon, then.
The handicap line of Wizards -5 should be avoided, however, given that their two regular-season wins over Atlanta at home both came by a margin of four points or fewer.
Instead, back Washington to win by one to two points at , and three to six points at .
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets
The Thunder were embarrassed in the first game of this series as James Harden’s 37 points powered the Rockets to a 118-87 rout.
Considering the hosts’ regular-season record of 30 wins and just 11 defeats in Houston, it is hard to see OKC levelling it up.
Another blowout would be a surprise, though.
Of these sides’ four meetings in the regular season, three were decided by fewer than three points.
The generous handicap spread of Oklahoma City +8 at is a sensible one to take, and there is also great value in the adjusted line of the Thunder +5.5 at .
For a longer shot, backing the Rockets to win by three to six points at is another attractive option.
Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are going to win this game.
With a 1-0 lead in the series, a 4-0 advantage over the Trail Blazers in the regular season and a 36-5 home record, it’s no surprise that they are to triumph.
Betting on the total number of points, then, is where the value lies.
Pace means points, and Golden State played faster than all but three teams in the NBA during the regular season.
They were the league’s highest scorers with 115.9 per game, and have scored 120 or more in four of their five games against Portland.
The Blazers had the league’s 11th-best offense this season and should break the 100 mark against the Warriors, as they have on four out of five occasions this season.
But they have no real means of stopping Golden State from scoring, even if Kevin Durant is missing for the reigning Western Conference champions.
Backing the Warriors to win and over 219.5 total points is a sensible shout at .