NBA Playoffs May 11 Betting Preview: Celtics vs. Bucks & Grizzlies vs. Warriors Bet Picks
Two Game 5’s are happening on Wednesday evening, as one team looks to advance to the Conference Finals.
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The Spread: Celtics (-5.5)
The Boston Celtics stole Game 4 on the road as Jayson Tatum and Al Horford each went off.
Tatum dropped 30 points on 11-of-24 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds and five assists. Horford also went off for 30 points, as he shot 11-of-14 from the field to go along with eight rebounds and three assists.
Horford also did his part to limit Giannis Antetokounmpo down the stretch, as Horford vowed to do so after Antetokounmpo threw down a dunk on him and stared him down afterwards.
Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each chipped in 18 points, as Smart also dished out eight assists.
Antetokounmpo still managed to put up 34 points on 14-of-32 shooting to go along with 18 rebounds and five assists. Jrue Holiday added 16 points, nine assists, and three steals. Brook Lopez posted 17 points and seven rebounds.
With the series shifting back to Boston, expect the rowdy Celtics fans to give this team a boost, especially given the fact that they’ve found ways to limit Antetokounmpo in these games.
The Celtics have the right mix of defenders to make Antetokounmpo uncomfortable and cut off driving lanes or trapping him, which can force some turnovers.
Expect this game to be close, but no matter who wins, the Bucks should at least be able to cover the spread.
The Spread: Warriors (-4)
Stephen Curry lit it up in Game 4, as he had 32 points on 10-of-25 shooting to go along with eight assists and five rebounds,
Andrew Wiggins added 17 points and 14 rebounds. Klay Thompson chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Poole came off the bench to put up 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists.
The Grizzlies missed Ja Morant but still managed to stay in the game, as Jaren Jackson Jr. led them with 21 points and five blocks.
Tyus Jones put up 19 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Kyle Anderson had 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting and eight rebounds off the bench. Dillon Brooks added 12 points and eight assists. Steven Adams posted 10 points and 15 rebounds.
The Warriors can get hot in a hurry, especially with Poole joining Steph and Klay as Splash Brothers.
The Dubs have such a dynamic offense in that they swing the ball around the horn, and the shooters work around screens and find themselves open, which gives opposing defenses an absolute headache.
The Grizzlies are going to miss their best player for a second straight game, someone who can dictate the flow of their offense and get them a bucket at will.
Because of that, expect the Warriors to just head into Memphis and wrap this series up while covering the spread.
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