Dallas Mavericks (2.75) vs Los Angeles Clippers (1.50)
The Mavs had a horrible first quarter against the Clippers in game one and that was what ultimately led them to lose the game.
However, they bounced back in game 2 and came out firing, taking the first quarter 29-25. Luka Doncic was the orchestrator for the first period but tapered off as the game went on.
There were other players turning up for Dallas and this brought things together for them, Hardaway Jr., Boban, Kristaps, to name a few.
Last seasons’ MVP Kawhi Leonard once again had an excellent game. But, Paul George and Montrezl Harrell never really got going. They will be hoping to right that wrong this weekend.
Take Dallas to win the game.
To beat the Los Angeles Clippers
Milwaukee Bucks (1.09) vs Orlando Magic (8.00)
A shock upset in game one of the series saw Orlando Magic go 1-0, with the Swiss Nikola Vucevic putting up a staggering 35 points and 14 boards.
At the other end, NBA MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo managed a team-high 31 points, but he wasn’t enough to drag the team over the line.
The NBA betting odds still have the Bucks as one of the favourites to win the title this year, alongside the Los Angeles teams the Lakers and Clippers.
The Milwaukee Bucks will have their work cut out, but expect them to bounce back in this one. They are too strong and have too much quality, as is evidenced by the favourable odds for the Bucks from all the top-rated NBA betting sites.
Pick the Bucks to win.
To beat the Orlando Magic
Utah Jazz (2.05) vs Denver Nuggets (1.80)
The Nuggets won the first game in the series in a fiercely fought affair 135-125, with Jamal Murray putting up the big points (36p/9a/5r).
But it wasn’t just Murray, starman Nikola Jokic also turned up and grabbed 29 points and Grant did well with his contribution of 19.
For Utah, it was more of a one-man show. Donovan Mitchell was a dominant force and scored a staggering 57 points. While none of his teammates managed to get above 20.
It was a different story in game 2, with the Jazz winning 124-105. Again Mitchell was the top-scorer, but this time he had help from his team. The Nuggets had a terrible third quarter and will need to improve on that in game 3 of the NBA Playoffs.
Take the Nuggets to win.
To beat the Utah Jazz