May 3rd NBA Playoffs Betting Preview & Picks

May 3rd NBA Playoffs Betting Preview & Picks

Tyler Vaysman
2 years ago
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Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. celebrates a made 3-pointer against the Golden State Warriors

Two Game 2’s are happening on Tuesday evening, as two teams look to either take a 2-0 series lead or even up the series at 1-1.

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Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks

The Spread: Celtics (-4)

The Milwaukee Bucks went into Boston Sunday afternoon and made quick work of the Celtics, as the Celtics couldn’t get anyone going in that game.

Jayson Tatum dropped 21 points on 6-of-18 shooting, but that’s about all the Celtics were able to get from him.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists for the Bucks, as the Celtics’ defense just isn’t big nor physical enough to stop him. Jrue Holiday also stepped up for the Bucks, as he provided 25 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals.

The Celtics had a very good regular season with Tatum and Jaylen Brown continuing their ascent as premier wings in the NBA. They were able to make quick work of a dysfunctional Brooklyn Nets team, which left their spirits high.

However, the Bucks are the defending champions and have the continuity of last season that has a ton of championship habits. This gave the Celtics a reality check and something they need to address if they hope to win this series.

Tatum needs to step up and provide more scoring on better efficiency. Brown can’t have a 12 point game on just 4-of-13 shooting either.

The Celtics are a tough gritty group but sometimes you need to have the size to match that. The Celtics don’t have that to match Giannis.

The Bucks have a serious chance to steal Game 2 on the road.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors

The Spread: Warriors -2

The Golden State Warriors stole Game 1 on the road against the Memphis Grizzlies, as they overcame a loud, raucous crowd.

Jordan Poole led all Warriors’ scorers with 31 points off the bench on 12-of-20 shooting, as he’s been an absolute stud all postseason long.

Stephen Curry did his thing, as he provided 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting including five 3-pointers.

Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson added 17 and 15 points, respectively.

Ja Morant went off for 34 points and 10 assists and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 33 points and 10 rebounds.

The Grizzlies did a great job at matching the 3-point shooting of the Warriors while still getting to their spots at the rim. That’s how they were able to keep up with the Warriors and even lead for a good majority of the game.

However, the Warriors are just the more experienced team and executed when they needed to despite losing Draymond Green in the first half with a flagrant 2 foul.

This game will be sure to provide a ton of excitement again, as both teams finished among the top teams in the league and have unique styles of basketball.

With the Grizzlies home again though, they could very well end up stealing this one to even up the series at 1-1.

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