NBA Playoffs May 10 Betting Preview: Heat vs. 76ers & Suns vs. Mavericks
Two Game 5’s are happening on Tuesday evening, as two teams will wind up being closer to winning the series by the end of the night.
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The Spread: Heat (-3)
James Harden finally showed up for the Sixers, as he went off for 31 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds in their Game 4 win.
This is the version of Harden Sixers fans have been waiting to see, as he came through in the clutch for them by hitting the dagger 3-pointer with over a minute left to play while remaining aggressive throughout the game.
Joel Embiid also continues to be a force despite not being 100 percent healthy, as he put up 24 points on 7-of-13 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds. Tyrese Maxey chipped in with 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
Jimmy Butler did everything he could to keep the Heat in the game, as he exploded for 40 points on 13-of-20 shooting from the field. Butler wears his heart on his sleeves, and you can always count on him to play hard on the game’s biggest stage.
Bam Adebayo also had a bounceback game after being erased by Embiid’s suffocating defense in Game 3, as he put up 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and four assists.
The Sixers have all of the momentum now, so there is a great chance they could go into Miami and steal Game 5.
The Spread: Suns (-6.5)
The Mavericks protected the homecourt for the second straight game, as Luka Doncic led the way with 26 points, 11 assists, and three steals.
Dorian Finney-Smith stepped up for the Mavs, as he provided 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting. All of his makes were 3-pointers.
Jalen Brunson is also continuing to prove his worth to the Mavs, as he added 18 points and four assists.
Devin Booker poured in a game-high 35 points on 10-of-22 shooting to go along with seven assists for the Suns despite the loss. Jae Crowder had 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Deandre Ayton put in 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 11 rebounds.
Chris Paul was limited to just five points on 2-of-4 shooting but also handed out seven assists.
The Mavs successfully limited CP3, which is going to be huge in these next 2-or-3 games if this series ends up going to a Game 7.
With the series shifting back to Phoenix, expect CP3 and the rest of the Suns to have an extra pep in their step as they hope to avoid going down 3-2 in the series to the Mavs.
It should be another hard-fought battle, however, as the Mavs have figured out how to guard the Suns while maximizing the production of all of their players.
No matter who wins, expect the Mavs to cover the spread.
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