Thursday April 21 NBA Playoffs Betting Preview

Thursday April 21 NBA Playoffs Betting Preview

Barry Devoe
2 years ago
2 min read
Warriors guard Jordan Poole holds his position after scoring a three point basket against the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Playoffs

Three different games are occurring across the NBA on Thursday, as there is sure to be some fun basketball!

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Memphis Grizzlies

The Spread: Grizzlies (-2)

The Grizzlies bounced back in Game 2 after taking a Game 1 loss at home, as they shut Karl-Anthony Towns down and limited Anthony Edwards to 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting.

Ja Morant put up 23 points and ten assists, as the Grizzlies had six other players finish in double digits in scoring.

The Timberwolves could not find that same production from their reserves, which could’ve gone a long way to keep this game close with KAT only able to attempt seven shots and Edwards not being able to do more.

With the series shifting to Minnesota, there are sure to be a ton of passionate fans waiting to cheer on their home team in a playoff game for only the second time since 2004.

If we have all learned something about the fanbase in Minnesota this season, it’s that they’re loud and passionate if you put a good team for them to watch.

The Timberwolves’ time is now, so expect them to capitalize on this opportunity and feed off the energy of their home crowd and steal this game.

Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks

The Spread: Jazz (-7)

Luka Doncic is questionable to return for this game, as he’s been dealing with a calf strain.

In Game 2, the Mavericks didn’t need their superstar, as Jalen Brunson stepped up and provided 41 points for his team on 15-of-25 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

Maxi Kleber also provided a lift, as he scored 25 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

Donovan Mitchell went off for 34 points for the Jazz but shot 13-of-30 from the field, which is not the most efficient night.

Bojan Bogdanovic provided 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Jordan Clarkson was extremely efficient, scoring 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

Rudy Gobert cleaned up the glass for 17 rebounds.

With the Jazz coming home, expect them to feed off the energy of their home crowd and take Game 3.

Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets

The Spread: Warriors (-2)

The Warriors have been absolutely dominant this postseason, as they scored 70 points in 19 minutes, which bridged the second and third quarters.

Jordan Poole has broken out this postseason and has given the Warriors the weapon they’ve desperately needed, as he’s averaging nearly 30 points on over 65 percent shooting and 5.5 assists in his first two playoff games.

Stephen Curry has embraced a Sixth Man role for the time being, as he had 34 points his last time out. Klay Thompson also chipped in 21 points.

Nikola Jokic put up 26 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

With the Nuggets not having too many weapons to help Jokic out and the hot run, the Warriors are on; expect the Warriors to come out on top yet again.

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