We all know the age-old saying, “defense wins championships.” Well, it appears to be true this postseason, as every single one of the NBA games this weekend finished under their respective point totals. There are two games on tonight, as we diagnose the best bets in those matchups. Check out our April 15th betting rundown for insights and information on tonight’s playoff games.
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Brooklyn Nets To COVER (+9) @ Philadelphia 76ers
We picked the Nets to COVER in game one against Philly, but they did much more than that, as they took down the Sixers 111-102 to steal home-court advantage away from one of the favorites out East. Brooklyn utilized their depth by playing four reserves more than 20 minutes on Saturday. On the flip side, Philadelphia played only one reserve more than 20 minutes. Of course, it didn’t help that J.J. Redick, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris combined for just 18 points on 8-of-23 shooting. In addition, a banged-up Joel Embiid was noticeably frustrated, as he missed 10-of-15 shots on the night. 76ers coach Brett Brown will need more from his role players, as the Nets’ bench outscored Philly’s bench 59-26, including 23 points from key reserve Caris LaVert. The biggest key to the game will be Embiid’s health status. The Sixers big man missed 14 of the last 24 regular season games with left knee tendinitis, and although he will suit up for Philadelphia tonight, he will need to deal with Brooklyn’s elite defender, Jarrett Allen. The Nets are 7-5 against the spread versus Philadelphia over the last three seasons. In addition, Brooklyn is 55.4 percent ATS this season, while the Sixers are just 45.8 percent ATS. The Nets also have the second-best COVER percentage on the road this season at 61.9 percent. The https://sportsbook.fanduel.com/sports/navigation/830.1/8047.176ers are just 45.8 percent ATS as the favorite. Coming off an upset loss at home, a nine-point spread at FanDuel might be a bit much for the Sixers tonight.
Golden State Warriors To COVER (-13.5) vs. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have massively overachieved this season, winning 48 games and clinching the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. With that being said, it has become clear that they are no match for the defending champions. Golden State blew out Los Angeles by 17 points in Game 1. And that came just six days after the Warriors dominated the Clips 131-104 in one of the final regular season games of the year. In fact, Golden State won three of four games versus LAC this season, and two of those wins came by at least 18 points. Combine that with the 17-point win in Game 1, and these two teams really haven’t been very close this season. Dive even deeper, and you’ll see that the Warriors overcame 21 turnovers and a Kevin Durant-ejection to close out that first game of the series. Imagine what the final could have been if GSW played a complete game against the superstar-less Clippers. The Warriors are 8-5 ATS versus the Clippers over the last three seasons. FanDuel has Golden State favored by 13.5 points, but with former MVP Steph Curry having officially entered playoff mode, consider wagering on the Warriors to COVER this evening.