NBA Playoffs Betting Preview & Picks For May 9 Celtics vs. Bucks & Grizzlies vs. Warriors
Two Game 4’s are happening on Monday evening, as two teams either hope to even up the series at 2-2 or take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
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The Spread: Bucks (-1)
The Milwaukee Bucks defended home court in Game 3, as they were able to hold off the Boston Celtics in a game that went down to the wire.
Giannis Antetokounmpo went off for 42 points on 16-of-30 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and two blocks.
Jrue Holiday added 25 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
The Celtics got 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting from Jaylen Brown, as he also had 12 rebounds and four assists. Al Horford provided 22 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists.
What the Bucks were able to successfully do is shut down Jayson Tatum, as Tatum was only able to manage 10 points on 4-of-19 shooting.
Wesley Matthews was a huge culprit in that, as Tatum missed all nine of his field-goal attempts while being guarded by him.
The Celtics also just can’t seem to figure out how to consistently defend Antetokounmpo effectively, as Antetokounmpo is just too big, powerful, and skilled for Celtics defenders to handle.
Expect the Bucks to stick to the same game plan they had in Game 3 and go out there with the sole intention of going up 3-1 in the series with their passionate fans behind them.
The Spread: Warriors (-10.5)
The Golden State Warriors came out with a ton of energy in Game 3 in front of their home crowd, and while the game was close in the first half, the Warriors went off in the third quarter to put away the Memphis Grizzlies.
Stephen Curry went off for 30 points on 7-of-14 shooting, as he also got to the free-throw line to knock down all 14 of his attempts. Curry also dished out six assists.
Jordan Poole continues his brilliant postseason play, as he provided 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting off the bench.
Klay Thompson also added 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Jonathan Kuminga and Andrew Wiggins had 18 and 17 points, respectively.
Ja Morant did what he could, as he put up 34 points on 13-of-21 shooting from the field to go along with seven assists and three steals. However, Morant went down with a knee injury in the fourth quarter after Poole grabbed his knee.
Because of that, Morant is expected to miss Game 4, which puts the Grizzlies’ chances of winning this series in serious jeopardy.
The Grizzlies go wherever Morant takes them, as Morant dictates the pace of the game with his ability to push the ball in transition and get to the rim.
With Morant likely out, expect the Warriors to take full advantage and come out on top while covering the spread.
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