<![CDATA[NBA RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks - 4/28/17 NBA Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/04/28/washington-wizards-at-atlanta-hawks-4/28/17-nba-playoffs-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks meet in game six of the NBA first round playoffs Friday at the Philips Arena.

The Washington Wizards can advance to the second round by winning this game. The Washington Wizards are averaging 105 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 27 points and 10.8 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 24.8 points and four rebounds. Otto Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Markieff Morris is grabbing five rebounds. The Washington Wizards…

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The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks meet in game six of the NBA first round playoffs Friday at the Philips Arena.

The Washington Wizards can advance to the second round by winning this game. The Washington Wizards are averaging 105 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 27 points and 10.8 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 24.8 points and four rebounds. Otto Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Markieff Morris is grabbing five rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 29.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have lost six of their last eight road games.

The Atlanta Hawks need a victory here to force a game seven on Sunday. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 106.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 105 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Dennis Schroder is averaging 24.4 points and 7.2 assists Paul Millsap is averaging 23 points and 9.2 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Taurean Prince is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 29.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.2 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have won six straight home games.

The Wizards are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings.

I've been taking the Washington Wizards all series and while it hasn't worked much, there's still no denying that they're the better team in this series. Overall, this series has been so weird that it's hard to get a good feel for either side and the Hawks may very well shoot out of their mind again and pull off the win. However, I don't turn down free points with the better team often, and I'm not doing it here. Give me the Wizards and my free bucket in a series they should finally close out. 

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Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84249
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz - 4/28/17 NBA Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/04/28/los-angeles-clippers-at-utah-jazz-4/28/17-nba-playoffs-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz meet in game six of the NBA first round playoffs Friday at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Los Angeles Clippers need a victory here in order to force a game seven on Sunday. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 99 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 99 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Chris Paul is averaging 27 points and 10.4 assists while DeAndre Jordan is averaging 14.2 points and 13 rebounds. JJ Redick is the third double-digit scorer and Jamal Crawford is dishing 1.4 assists. The Los Angeles…

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The Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz meet in game six of the NBA first round playoffs Friday at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Los Angeles Clippers need a victory here in order to force a game seven on Sunday. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 99 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 99 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Chris Paul is averaging 27 points and 10.4 assists while DeAndre Jordan is averaging 14.2 points and 13 rebounds. JJ Redick is the third double-digit scorer and Jamal Crawford is dishing 1.4 assists. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 40.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have split their last eight road games.

The Utah Jazz can advance to the second round to play the Golden State Warriors with a victory. The Utah Jazz are averaging 99 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 99 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 21.8 points and seven rebounds while Joe Johnson is averaging 18.2 points and 2.6 assists. George Hill is the third double-digit scorer and Rodney Hood is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 40.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won 10 of their last 11 home games.

The Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Clippers are 6-16-1 ATS in the last 23 meetings in Utah, 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Utah.

I'm not sure how much the Clippers have left in the tank, as they've been badly outplayed the last couple of games and a lot of the players are looking deflated like they know this is probably an end of an era. The only person who still has that fire in their eye is Chris Paul, and he simply can't do everything to keep this ship from sinking. The Utah Jazz are playing with confidence, getting solid play from their bench and have a big advantage in the post. Add the fact this game is at home and the Jazz have a chance to get to the second round for the first time since 2009-10, and this is a game Utah could run away with in the second half. 

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Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84252
<![CDATA[Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics - 4/28/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/04/28/chicago-bulls-vs-boston-celtics-4/28/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls meet in game six of the NBA first round playoffs Friday at the United Center.

The Boston Celtics can advance to the second round of the playoffs with a fourth straight victory here. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 99.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 25.2 points and 5.6 assists while Al Horford is averaging 16 points and nine rebounds. Avery Bradley is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Boston…

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The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls meet in game six of the NBA first round playoffs Friday at the United Center.

The Boston Celtics can advance to the second round of the playoffs with a fourth straight victory here. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 99.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 25.2 points and 5.6 assists while Al Horford is averaging 16 points and nine rebounds. Avery Bradley is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won six of their last nine road games.

The Chicago Bulls need a victory here in order to force a game seven on Sunday. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 99.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 103 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 22.6 points and 7.4 rebounds while Dwyane Wade is averaging 17.6 points and 4.2 assists. Robin Lopez is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Canaan is dishing 1.5 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 84.3 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have won six of their last nine home games.

The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 17-8-2 ATS in their last 27 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Bulls are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 Friday games, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. The favorite is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago.

I'm pretty confident Rondo won't be able to play in this game and even if he does, it's hard seeing him be effective. We're talking about a point guard who has a thumb injury on his shooting hand. Either way, the Boston Celtics are the better team here and are playing with confidence now that Thomas is back to being Thomas with that swagger in his step. The Celtics also know the last thing they want is to head back to Boston to play a game seven where anything can happen. Rest is important before the next round. Without a true point guard running the show, the Bulls offense is in full struggle mode. I'll take the Celtics to wrap this thing up.

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:40:11 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84184
<![CDATA[Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 4/28/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/04/28/utah-jazz-vs-los-angeles-clippers-4/28/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Utah Jazz play host to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 6 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday.

The Los Angeles Clippers will be aiming to stave off elimination after losing home-court advantage in a 96-92 loss to the Jazz in Game 5. Chris Paul led the way with 28 points and nine assists, JJ Redick had his best game of the series, scoring 26 points on seven of 12 shooting while DeAndre Jordan chipped in with 14 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Clippers shot just 42 percent from the field and 10 of 23 from the three-point line and they were ice-cold in the third quarter…

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The Utah Jazz play host to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 6 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday.

The Los Angeles Clippers will be aiming to stave off elimination after losing home-court advantage in a 96-92 loss to the Jazz in Game 5. Chris Paul led the way with 28 points and nine assists, JJ Redick had his best game of the series, scoring 26 points on seven of 12 shooting while DeAndre Jordan chipped in with 14 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Clippers shot just 42 percent from the field and 10 of 23 from the three-point line and they were ice-cold in the third quarter where they scored just 15 points. Defensively, the Clippers were poor in the fourth quarter as the Jazz drained five treys and once again they had no answer for Joe Johnson who delivered for the Jazz in the clutch.

Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz were led by Gordon Hayward who scored 27 points despite battling food poisoning. Rodney Hood contributed 16 points off the bench, Rudy Gobert had 11 points with 11 rebounds and five blocks while Joe Johnson scored 14 points. As a team, the Jazz shot just 43 percent from the field and 13 of 36 from the three-point line as they surrendered an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter before turning to Johnson who delivered big time with two crucial baskets late in the game.

Looking at the betting trends, the Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600 and 1-4 ATS in their last five Conference Quarterfinals games. Meanwhile, the Jazz are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games overall, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games playing on two days’ rest and 5-1 ATS in their last six Conference Quarterfinals games.

Head to head, the Clippers are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 6-16-1 ATS in the last 23 meetings in Utah. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Utah.

With the season now on the line for the Clippers, you just know Chris Paul will come out aggressive and have a big scoring night of 30 points or so, but I don’t see that being enough for the shorthanded Clippers. The Jazz have all the momentum in this series and seem to have the Clippers’ kryptonite in Johnson, so I’m taking them to clinch the series with a win and cover in front of a packed house.

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:35:59 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84166
<![CDATA[Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards - 4/28/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/04/28/atlanta-hawks-vs-washington-wizards-4/28/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks do battle in Game 6 at the Philips Arena on Friday night.

The Washington Wizards will be looking to book their tickets to the second round after beating the Hawks by 103-99 to take a 3-2 series lead in Game 5. John Wall steered the offense with 20 points and 14 assists, Bradley Beal led the scoring with 27 points while Otto Porter Jr. chipped in with 17 points. Markieff Morris scored just eight points as he couldn’t avoid foul trouble while Marcin Gortat scored just five points as he struggled against the Hawks’ Dwight Howard. As a team, the…

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The Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks do battle in Game 6 at the Philips Arena on Friday night.

The Washington Wizards will be looking to book their tickets to the second round after beating the Hawks by 103-99 to take a 3-2 series lead in Game 5. John Wall steered the offense with 20 points and 14 assists, Bradley Beal led the scoring with 27 points while Otto Porter Jr. chipped in with 17 points. Markieff Morris scored just eight points as he couldn’t avoid foul trouble while Marcin Gortat scored just five points as he struggled against the Hawks’ Dwight Howard. As a team, the Wizards shot 45 percent from the field and just seven of 24 from the three-point line, but they did just enough to hang on for the win despite missing out on numerous chances to close the game out earlier.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks led in the early stages of the game thanks to a hot start from Dennis Schroder who finished with 29 points and 11 assists. Paul Millsap scored a double-double of 21 points with 11 rebounds while Rim Hardaway Jr. added 15 points on six of 18 shooting. As a team, the Hawks shot 40 percent from the field and nine of 31 from the three-point line. The Hawks will be disappointed that they didn’t capitalize on their quick start as they led by 34-27 midway through the second quarter before the Wizards took the lead and stayed in front for the rest of the game. To the Hawks’ credit, it looked as though they were going to get blown out a couple times late in the fourth but they showed their resiliency and really weren’t that far from taking Game 5.

Looking at the betting trends, the Wizards are 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games. Meanwhile, the Hawks are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Conference Quarterfinals games.

Head to head, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall, the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the over is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Atlanta.

The Wizards’ backcourt duo of Wall and Beal really delivered in the pivotal win in Game 5 so now they have a chance to close it out on the road. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening as the home team has won in every game this series and I think that trend will continue given that both of the Hawks’ wins in this series have been by double-digits at home. Give me the Hawks to get the win and cover as this series is going the distance.

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:04:52 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84163
<![CDATA[Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks - 4/27/17 NBA Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/04/27/toronto-raptors-at-milwaukee-bucks-4/27/17-nba-playoffs-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks meet in game six of the NBA first round playoffs Thursday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Toronto Raptors win the series with a victory that would put them against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 94.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 94 points on 44.9 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 21.8 points and 5.8 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 14.6 points and 5.4 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Norman Powell…

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The Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks meet in game six of the NBA first round playoffs Thursday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Toronto Raptors win the series with a victory that would put them against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 94.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 94 points on 44.9 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 21.8 points and 5.8 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 14.6 points and 5.4 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Norman Powell is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 42 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won seven of their last nine road games.

The Milwaukee Bucks need a victory here in order to force a game seven on Saturday. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 94 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 94.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 23 points and 9.6 rebounds while Greg Monroe is averaging 14.6 points and 7.4 rebounds. Khris Middleton is the third double-digit scorer and Tony Snell is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won nine of their last 12 home games.

The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 2 days rest and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Bucks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Atlantic and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Milwaukee, the favorite is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the under is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.

I still like the Raptors to win this series and you have to like the way they're playing, coming off their best performance yet in which they torched the Bucks defense. However, the Milwaukee Bucks are very tough to play at home and are still a great defensive team that's going to force a lot of tough shots and make Toronto earn everything it gets. This game could certainly go either way, but I give the edge to the Bucks defense and the home crowd. I think we get a game seven for the first time these playoffs. 

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84154
<![CDATA[San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies - 4/27/17 NBA Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/04/27/san-antonio-spurs-at-memphis-grizzlies-4/27/17-nba-playoffs-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies meet in game six of the NBA first round playoffs Thursday at the FedExForum.

The San Antonio Spurs can advance to the second round and meet the Houston Rockets with a victory here. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 105 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 96.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 31.6 points and 3.8 assists while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 14.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. Tony Parker is the third double-digit scorer and Patty Mills is dishing 1.8 assists.…

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The San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies meet in game six of the NBA first round playoffs Thursday at the FedExForum.

The San Antonio Spurs can advance to the second round and meet the Houston Rockets with a victory here. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 105 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 96.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 31.6 points and 3.8 assists while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 14.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. Tony Parker is the third double-digit scorer and Patty Mills is dishing 1.8 assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 41.9 percent from beyond the arc and 81.5 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.8 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have lost four straight road games.

The Memphis Grizzlies need a victory here in order to force a game seven on Saturday. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 96.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 105 points on 48.2 percent shooting. Mike Conley is averaging 24.4 points and 7.4 assists while Marc Gasol is averaging 19.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. Zach Randolph is the third double-digit scorer and Vince Carter is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 87.8 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 41.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Memphis Grizzlies have won seven of their last 10 home games.

The Spurs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 Thursday games. The Grizzlies are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spurs are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Memphis, the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Spurs and low lines are always hard to pass up, but I like what I've seen from the Memphis Grizzlies, as they haven't backed down, winning both games at home and giving themselves a chance in game five before San Antonio pulled away. The Grizzlies have more than held their own and should be rather confident they can force a game seven with help from that nasty home crowd. It's also important to note that the Spurs are 0-4 SU this season playing in Memphis. This Grizz team has a lot of pride and won't go down easily. So, I'm going to take my free buckets in a game I think Memphis wins outright. 

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84157
<![CDATA[Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs - 4/27/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/04/27/memphis-grizzlies-vs-san-antonio-spurs-4/27/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Memphis Grizzlies play host to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 at the FedExForum on Thursday night.

The San Antonio Spurs will be aiming to close out the series after taking a 3-2 series lead with a 116-103 win in Game 5. Kawhi Leonard led from the front with 28 points and six assists, Tony Parker contributed 16 points with six assists while LaMarcus Aldridge added 12 points with nine rebounds, but the real spark plug for the Spurs was Patty Mills who drained five treys on his way to 20 points in just 22 minutes of action. Manu Ginobili has been struggling mightily in this series…

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The Memphis Grizzlies play host to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 at the FedExForum on Thursday night.

The San Antonio Spurs will be aiming to close out the series after taking a 3-2 series lead with a 116-103 win in Game 5. Kawhi Leonard led from the front with 28 points and six assists, Tony Parker contributed 16 points with six assists while LaMarcus Aldridge added 12 points with nine rebounds, but the real spark plug for the Spurs was Patty Mills who drained five treys on his way to 20 points in just 22 minutes of action. Manu Ginobili has been struggling mightily in this series but broke out of that slump with 10 points and three assists off the bench which is a great sign moving forward. As a team, the Spurs shot 52 percent from the field and 14 of 28 from the three-point line.

Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies were led by Mike Conley who scored 26 points with six assists and four steals, Marc Gasol added 17 points with seven assists while James Ennis and JaMychal Green scored 11 points each. As a team, the Grizzlies shot 51 percent from the field, nine of 22 from three-point line but they just didn’t have the firepower to stay with the Spurs as no one could really get going offensively other than Conley. Zach Randolph scored just nine points while their bench was outscored by the Spurs’ bench by 45-30.

Looking at the betting trends, the Spurs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games, 0-3-1 ATS in their last four road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games, 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the Spurs are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Memphis, the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Memphis.

It’s hard to back against the Spurs in a closeout game, but the Grizzlies are playing for their season at home where they’ve already won twice in this series. Give me the Grizzlies to grind their way to a narrow win behind a big night from Gasol and Conley.

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:54:07 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84103
<![CDATA[Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors - 4/27/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/04/27/milwaukee-bucks-vs-toronto-raptors-4/27/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Milwaukee Bucks play host to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 at the Bradley Center on Thursday.

The Toronto Raptors will be aiming to book their tickets to the second round after taking a 3-2 series lead with a 118-93 win in Game 5. Serge Ibaka scored 19 points on eight of 10 shooting, DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points with six assists while Kyle Lowry had a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists, but the real x-factor for the Raptors was Norman Powell who finished with a career-high points on eight of 11 shooting. As a team, the Raptors shot a sizzling 57 percent from the field and…

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The Milwaukee Bucks play host to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 at the Bradley Center on Thursday.

The Toronto Raptors will be aiming to book their tickets to the second round after taking a 3-2 series lead with a 118-93 win in Game 5. Serge Ibaka scored 19 points on eight of 10 shooting, DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points with six assists while Kyle Lowry had a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists, but the real x-factor for the Raptors was Norman Powell who finished with a career-high points on eight of 11 shooting. As a team, the Raptors shot a sizzling 57 percent from the field and 12 of 27 from the three-point line, but it was really about the start of the game as the Raptors shot out to an early double-digit lead in the first quarter which had the Bucks on the back foot until the second half where they dominated by 61-45.

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks will be playing for their playoff lives after their poor showing in Game 5. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a big game of 30 points with nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks, Malcolm Brogdon added 19 points while Greg Monroe chipped in with 11 points off the bench, but no other player finished in double figures despite the Bucks shooting 50 percent from the field as a team. The problems were on the defensive end as they just didn’t respond well to the insertion of Powell into the Raptors starting lineup. The Bucks were left playing from behind after the Raptors went on a 17-0 run in the first quarter.

Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on two days’ rest and 7-18-1 ATS in the last 26 Conference Quarterfinals games. Meanwhile, the Bucks are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a loss of more than 10 points and 4-0 ATS in their last four games playing on two days’ rest.

Head to head, the Raptors are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Milwaukee, the favorite is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the under is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.

The Raptors have now won two straight against the Bucks to move to within one win of clinching the series. The Bucks will surely come out firing with their season on the line, but the Raptors look to have figured out the Bucks unless the Bucks can come up with a plan for Powell who looked amazing in the starting lineup. Antetokounmpo will have a big game but I don’t think he’ll receive enough help in this one, so I’m taking the Raptors to close this one out.

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:38:49 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84100
<![CDATA[Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards - 4/26/17 NBA Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/04/26/atlanta-hawks-at-washington-wizards-4/26/17-nba-playoffs-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards meet in game five of the NBA first round playoffs Wednesday at the Verizon Center.

The Atlanta Hawks have a chance to take control of this series and grab a 3-2 lead before heading back home. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 108.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 23.5 points and 8.8 rebounds Dennis Schroder is averaging 23.3 points and 6.3 assists. Taurean Prince is the third double-digit scorer and Tim Hardaway Jr. is grabbing 2.8…

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The Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards meet in game five of the NBA first round playoffs Wednesday at the Verizon Center.

The Atlanta Hawks have a chance to take control of this series and grab a 3-2 lead before heading back home. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 108.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 23.5 points and 8.8 rebounds Dennis Schroder is averaging 23.3 points and 6.3 assists. Taurean Prince is the third double-digit scorer and Tim Hardaway Jr. is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 29.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost five of their last six road games.

The Washington Wizards hope to take a 3-2 series lead and keep the trend going of the home team winning every game. The Washington Wizards are averaging 105.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 108.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 28.8 points and 10 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 24.3 points and 3.8 rebounds. Markieff Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Bojan Bogdanovic is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 29.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have won six of their last seven home games.

The Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 6-13 ATS in their last 19 vs. NBA Southeast and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Washington, the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Washington.

The home team has won every game in this series and that's really not a surprise considering Washington has been one of the best home teams in the league all season and home is the only place the Hawks play consistent ball. I don't think there's much debate that the Wizards are the better team here, and they could have easily stole game four on the road if they didn't fall apart in the fourth quarter. I expect Wall and others to step up and win this game, as the Wiz can't afford a loss here and expect to still win this series. I'll eat the reasonable chalk.

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84094