NBA tip-off: Top playoff picks for Wednesday and Thursday night
The Cavaliers have dominated in Cleveland all season, and they head our best midweek bets...
Toronto Raptors @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Despite having 10 days off between rounds one and two, the Cavaliers showed absolutely no signs of rust in their 11-point win over the Raptors on Monday night.
They should extend their lead on this series in game two, given that they have now won four of five meetings with Toronto this season and had a regular-season home record of 31 wins and 10 defeats.
The Raptors won just five games more than they lost on their travels in the regular season, so it is worth backing them to lose by over 7.5 points at .
Considering 10 of Cleveland’s last 12 games have seen at least 214 total points scored, betting on over 213.5 in this game – priced at – is sensible.
Houston Rockets @ San Antonio Spurs
The Rockets have been excellent in the postseason so far, with just one defeat in six.
It is hard to back them to beat San Antonio for the second consecutive game here, however.
The Spurs have won 34 games and lost just 11 at home this season, and beat Houston in three of their four regular-season meetings.
But this one should be close, given how well the Rockets are playing and the fact that three of those four regular-season games were decided by exactly two points.
The handicap line of Houston +5.5 is certainly worth a bet at , as are the Spurs to win by 1-2 ( ) and 3-6 ( ) points.
Boston Celtics @ Washington Wizards
Boston hold a commanding 2-0 lead in this series after triumphing in what was arguably the best postseason game so far.
That advantage is likely to be cut in half when they travel to the capital on Thursday night, however.
The Wizards won 30 of their 41 regular-season games at home, beat Boston on both of their previous meetings in Washington and are unbeaten there in this year’s playoffs.
Back them to win ( ), and to win big.
None of the six meetings between these sides have been decided by a margin of fewer than eight points, so Washington -5 is a good bet at .