NBA Playoff Round 1 Game 2 Best BetsJosh Bailey
What a wild NBA Playoff Round 1 Game 1 weekend. No time for me to rest on my laurels, though. There are some dynamite Game 2 match ups. I’ve gone ahead and chosen the 3 games that present the best opportunity to win.
— FOX Sports: NBA (@HoopsOnFOX) April 17, 2017
On Tuesday, can Toronto bounce back from their Game 1 loss to Milwaukee in Ontario, Canada? Then, on Wednesday, can Atlanta prevent from going 0-2 versus home team Washington? Also on Wednesday, will NBA Championship favorite Golden State drive to a commanding 2 to 0 lead over tough Portland?
2017 NBA Playoff Round 1 Game 2 Best Bets
Milwaukee at Toronto -7.5
When: Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Air Canada Center, Toronto, ON
TV: NBA TV
Analysis: Milwaukee was terrific versus the Toronto Raptors in Game 1. The Bucks outscored the Raptors 51 to 32 in the second half. Giannis Antetonkounmpo was great when scoring 28 points, but the other Bucks also stepped it up.
Matthew Dellavedova scored 11. Greg Monroe dropped 14. Khris Middleton had 10. Tony Snell scored 11, and Malcolm Brogdon dropped 16. The Bucks played as a team. That’s why they beat Toronto 97 to 83.
It’s tough for me to see Milwaukee playing the same way on Tuesday night. The Bucks can fall apart at times. Plus, Milwaukee got lucky when holding Toronto PG Kyle Lowry to only 4 points. Lowry figures to be much more aggressive versus the Bucks on Tuesday night.
I believe that Toronto beats Milwaukee by at least 10 points. I think Milwaukee bounces while Toronto picks it up on the offensive end.
Pick: Toronto -7.5
Atlanta at Washington -5.5
When: Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
TV: NBA TV
Analysis: Washington finally got their offense going. The Wizards entered the NBA Playoffs on a 4-game losing streak. They turned it around big time versus Atlanta in Game 1.
The Wizards had 6 players score in double-figures. John Wall dished 14 assists and scored 32 points. Bradley Beal scored 22. Markieff Morris scored 21.
What’s more important is that the Wizards held Atlanta center Dwight Howard to only 7 points. Howard grabbed 14 boards, but Atlanta needs Dwight to dominate inside. He didn’t in Game 1 on either side of the court because Washington’s Marcin Gortat grabbed 10 boards and scored 14 points.
Although Washington looked good covering the spread, I believe Atlanta bounces back in Game 2. A few adjustments could give Atlanta the straight up win.
Portland at Golden State -15.5
When: Wednesday, April 19 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Analysis: The Portland Trailblazers hung with Golden State up until the 4th quarter. That’s when things imploded for Portland. The Warriors outscored Portland 33 to 21 in the 4th.
But, Golden State didn’t cover a -15-point spread in their 121 to 109 Game 1 win. In fact, the Warriors are 2 and 3 ATS versus Portland this season. They’ve gone 0-3 versus the Blazers the last 3 times that they’ve faced Portland.
I believe in Rip City. I’m siding with the Trailblazers to cover the spread.
Pick: Portland +15.5