NBA Playoffs May 12 Betting Preview: Heat vs. 76ers & Suns vs. Mavericks Betting Picks
Two Game 6’s are happening on Thursday evening, as two teams hope to move on to the Conference Finals.
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The Spread: Sixers (-2)
The Heat absolutely blew out the Sixers in Game 5 in front of their home fans, as they shifted the momentum of the series back in their favor.
Jimmy Butler led the way with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and six assists.
Max Strus provided 19 points and ten rebounds. Gabe Vincent added 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Bam Adebayo chipped in 12 points and six rebounds. PJ Tucker supplied 10 points and seven assists. Victor Oladipo and Tyler Herro provided 13 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench.
Joel Embiid didn’t have the impact the Sixers were hoping for out of him in Game 5, as he only had 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
James Harden wasn’t able to carry the momentum from his Game 4 performance, as he was only able to score 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting and wasn’t able to get his teammates involved into the flow of the game, as he dished out just four assists.
With the series shifting back to Philly, expect the Sixers to come out with their backs against the wall type of mentality and really feed off the energy of their home crowd to extend this series to a Game 7.
Embiid is too good to be limited like this, and perhaps, we could see the Game 4 version of Harden show up again.
The Spread: Suns (-2)
The Suns absolutely destroyed the Mavericks on their home floor in Game 5, as Devin Booker led the way with 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting.
Deandre Ayton added 20 points and nine rebounds. Mikal Bridges chipped in with 14 points, seven rebounds, and four steals.
Chris Paul managed to score just seven points, but he dished out ten assists, as he wasn’t really hunting for his shot anyway.
Luka Doncic gave a valiant effort in the loss, as he had 28 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals.
Jalen Brunson also provided 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Aside from Doncic and Brunson, no one on the Mavs was really able to step up their game.
But with the series shifting back to Dallas, we could see the Mavs roster put up a well-balanced effort much like we saw in Game 4, as the energy was on full display from everybody on their team.
The Suns are a legitimate threat, if not the favorites, to win the championship this season, so the Mavs will need to really flip the script in a hurry to keep their season alive.
Mavs head coach Jason Kidd knows this, so expect him to coach his butt off to keep his team alive.
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