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The Playoffs have arrived….


*Original betting lines and lineups taken game morning, adjust accordingly. 

NBA Playoff Picks

Indiana @ Cleveland

EASTERN CONFERENCE 1ST ROUND – GAME 1

Picks against the spread

Spread O/U Points Result
Cleveland  Cleveland
-8.5  210.0  109-108

Win/Loss

TEAM HOME ROAD
Cleveland 31-10 20-21
Indiana 29-12 13-28

Points +/-

TEAM PPG OPP PPG DIFF
Indiana 105.1 105.3 -0.2
Cleveland 110.3 107.2 +3.2

SEASON SERIES: Cleveland 3 – 1 Indiana 

3.04.17 Cleveland Indiana 135 : 130 (104 : 104)
16.02.17 Cleveland Indiana 113 : 104
09.02.17 Indiana Cleveland 117 : 132
17.11.16 Indiana Cleveland 103 : 93

The Say –

The Cavaliers enter the post season with a 4 game losing streak while surrendering the number 1 seed in the East. Yet with all the warning signs, its hard to bet against LeBron James.

Out of the 4 games played between the Cavs and the Pacers, one was decided in OT, two were high scoring (above the 210.0) and the other, a loss for Cleveland, was a LeBron rest game.

Indiana have the worst road record in comparison to all post season teams (13-28).

Picks –

The People’s Vote: Cleveland -8.5 – LOSS

The Midfield Pick – Total Points Over 210.0 – WIN


 

Milwaukee @ Toronto

EASTERN CONFERENCE 1ST ROUND – GAME 1

Picks against the spread

Spread O/U Points Result
Toronto
-7.0  199.0

Win/Loss

TEAM HOME ROAD
Toronto 28-13 23-18
Milwaukee 23-18 19-22

Points +/-

TEAM PPG OPP PPG DIFF
Toronto 106.9 102.6 +4.3
Milwaukee 103.6 103.8 -0.2

SEASON SERIES: Toronto 3 – 1 Milwaukee

05.03.17 Milwaukee Toronto 101 : 94
28.01.17 Toronto Milwaukee 102 : 86
13.12.16 Toronto Milwaukee 122 : 100
26.11.16 Milwaukee Toronto 99 : 105

The Say –

Since 18/03, the Raptors have won 12 out of their last 14 games – securing the 3rd seed in the East after struggling for the 2nd half of the season sealing with the Lowry injury.

Toronto have a 13-2 record over Milwaukee in the last 4 seasons

DeMar DeRozan averaged 27.3 points per game for the season, career high in scoring and 5th in the League Leaders.

At the young age of 22, Giannis Antetokounmpo could be on his way to an All NBA Selection. Made his playoff debut in 14/15 averaging 11 points per game.

The Raptors head into the post season with trade deadline signing Serge Ibaka, who made the Western Conference Finals for the Thunder.

Picks –

The People’s Vote: Toronto -7.0

The Midfield Pick – Toronto -7.0


 

Memphis @ San Antonio

WESTERN CONFERENCE 1ST ROUND – GAME 1

Picks against the spread

Spread O/U Points Result
San Antonio
-9.5 190.5

Win/Loss

TEAM HOME ROAD
San Antonio 31-10 30-11
Memphis 24-17 19-22

Points +/-

TEAM PPG OPP PPG DIFF
San Antonio 105.3 98.1 +7.2
Memphis 100.5 100.0 +0.5

SEASON SERIES: San Antonio 2-2 Memphis

05.04.17 San Antonio Memphis 95 : 89 (84 : 84)
24.03.17 San Antonio Memphis 97 : 90
19.03.17 Memphis San Antonio 104 : 96
07.02.17 Memphis San Antonio 89 : 74

The Say –

The old dogs do battle once again, renewing what is now a regular post-season sl0g.

Both enter the postseason going 1-4 over their last 5, but that means sweet FA at this point, and if anybody know that it’s Pop.

These 2 have met four previous times in the Western Conference Playoffs, with the Spurs sweeping all but one of the matchups, the one being the time the eighth-seeded Grizzlies upset the top-seeded Spurs in the first round in 2011…. a while back.

With Tony Allen out indefinitely, the Grizzlies lose a valuable vet on both ends of the floor.

This season the Spurs lead the league in 3pt % (.391) and had the best defensive rating. They will win this one at home, and we are game to take the line, with Kawhi free to run without Tony Allen’s shadow defense.

Picks –

The People’s Vote: Total Points Over 190.5

The Midfield Pick – San Antonio -9.5


Utah @ LA Clippers

WESTERN CONFERENCE 1ST ROUND – GAME 1

Picks against the spread

Spread O/U Points Result
LA Clippers
-5.5  200.5

Win/Loss

TEAM HOME ROAD
LA Clippers 29-12 22-19
Utah 29-12 22-19

Points +/-

TEAM PPG OPP PPG DIFF
LA Clippers 108.7 104.4 +4.3
Utah 100.7 96.8 +3.9

SEASON SERIES: LA Clippers 4-2 Utah

26.03.17 Los Angeles Utah 108 : 95
14.03.17 Utah Los Angeles 114 : 108
14.02.17 Utah Los Angeles 72 : 88
31.10.16 Los Angeles Utah 88 : 75
18.10.16 Utah Los Angeles 104 : 78
11.10.16 Los Angeles Utah 94 : 96

The Say –

The Clips have dominated the Jazz in recent times, winning 3 of 4 during this season and 18 of the past 20 games.

LA has won 7 in a row coming into the Playoffs, while the Jazz come in with a 7-3 record over their last 10. But it’s a different game come tonight.

The Clippers were eliminated in 6 games against the Blazers last year after starting the series 2-0 before injuries hit Griffin and CP3.

Utah are entering to the postseason for the first time since being swept by the Spurs in the opening round in 2012.

All this being said, we can’t look past the Clippers at home tonight.. if they stay healthy.

Picks –

The People’s Vote: LA Clippers -5.5

The Midfield Pick – LA Clippers -5.5

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