Sunday will feature a ton of games on the NBA betting lines, and we are set to make our NBA playoff picks for the duels on the hardwood that will help determine what teams are going to beat the NBA Finals odds this year!
NBA Playoffs Matchup: Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers Game 4
Date: Sunday, May 6th, 1:00 ET
NBA Playoffs Lines: Philadelphia -2.5 (173.5)
The Bulls are in a heck of a lot of trouble, and they look like a defeated team right now. They are going to be in some big, big trouble if they lose this game, and they are going to really need to figure out how to get some more offense together. The bigs have already gotten the job done, and that hasn’t changed. However, 14 points in the fourth quarter, especially in a game that was under control for the majority of the time, just isn’t going to cut it when push comes to shove. Head Coach Tom Thibodeau knows that he has to keep the defense up as well. We still believe that the Bulls are the better team in this series and will eventually get back into the saddle. Time is definitely running out, though.
NBA Playoffs Free Pick: Chicago Bulls +2.5
NBA Playoffs Matchup: Miami Heat @ New York Knicks Game 4
Date: Sunday, May 6th, 3:30 ET
NBA Playoffs Lines: Miami -8 (183.5)
The Knicks are going to be on the mend in this one, and we just don’t know if they are going to have the fight against a team that has had their number over the course of this series. Amare Stoudemire might be back in the lineup, but in the end, he isn’t going to make all that much of a difference. As long as the Heat want to put this series away once and for all, they will do just that and do so in impressive fashion once again. The offense just isn’t there for New York this time of year.
NBA Playoffs Free Pick: Miami Heat -8
NBA Playoffs Matchup: Atlanta Hawks @ Boston Celtics Game 3
Date: Sunday, May 6th, 7:30 ET
NBA Playoffs Lines: Boston -5 (172)
We still really don’t know if we are going to be seeing Josh Smith in the fold for the Hawks or not on Sunday. That being said, we don’t think that it is going to make a difference. Atlanta gave everything that it had defensively in Game 3, and it still came up short thanks to the fact that no one aside from Joe Johnson or Jeff Teague could get going. Smith might change that, but the Celtics are clearly a better team now that they have Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo back. These two teams should put on another defensive show, but in the end, we just think that the Celtics are slightly better than the Hawks and this five point spread.
NBA Playoffs Free Pick: Boston Celtics -5
NBA Playoffs Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers @ Denver Nuggets Game 3
Date: Sunday, May 6th, 9:30 ET
NBA Playoffs Lines: Denver -2 (201)
We think that the oddsmakers have badly adjusted the ‘total’ in this game. The number is coming down rapidly, and anything below about 203 or so is just too low in our eyes. Now, the ‘total’ sits at 201, 1.5 points shorter than it was when these teams played in Games 1 and 2, and that just isn’t going to cut it. The teams are still running up and down the floor, and at least one squad has had 90+ shots in all three of the games that these teams have played. Sure, there were only 182 points put up in the first game here at Pepsi Arena, but we think that the two will shoot the ball a heck of a lot better and get into the low-210s when push comes to shove on Sunday night.
NBA Playoffs Free Pick: LA/Denver Over 201