We have two matchups getting underway today and will learn if Giannis and the Bucks are ready after coming up against a weak Detroit Team.
The Celtics did play a good defensive side in the Pacers and will look forward to the challenge of taking on the Bucks.
Over in the West, it is probably the matchup of this year’s finals where the Houston Rockets will take on the Golden State Warriors. If Chris Paul didn’t get injured last season the Warriors may not have won the Championship. He will be a key factor if the Rockets are any hope in causing an upset.
The Warriors do have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson coming into this one with injury clouds, but the word is that they will both play.
Here are Some NBA Playoff Picks for April 28th, 2019
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Boston Celtics @ Milwaukee Bucks
Prediction – Game Total Under 224.5
Boston + 7.5
The Bucks have blown away teams this season but are up against a quality Celtics outfit here.
The Game Total is surprisingly high in this and both teams have a combined head to head average of 209 in their last 5 matchups.
Given that was in the regular season and we are now in the finals, expect the defense to be on and the total to go way under in this contest.
The Celtics cover the spread at 62.5% as an away underdog this season and expect them to be right in this game especially if Kyrie Irving decides to show up.
This game should be low scoring and it would not be surprising if the Celtics pinch it as the Bucks rely heavily on the Greek Freak Antetokounmpo.
Jalen Brown + 12.5 Points
Jalen Brown + 3.5 Rebounds
Brown had a big finals last season and has performed well against the Bucks this year. Expect him to get a lot of minutes and have many chances to cover both numbers.
Al Horford + 7.5 Rebounds
Horford didn’t average big rebound numbers in the regular season but he is a big game player and seems to step it up a notch in the Playoffs. He has averaged around ten in the playoffs so far and could have this number covered by half time.
Giannis Antetokounmpo + 27.5 Points
Giannis will have to average 30 plus if the Bucks are to win this series. He is highly capable of big numbers and expect him to score around 30 in this game.
Kris Middleton + 5.5 Rebounds
Middleton is mainly are a scorer but can go in and get rebounds when he needs to. Given that this is the playoffs and there will be a lot of missed shots he should get a lot of chances and may even get double-figure boards in this one.
Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors
Prediction Game Total Under 224.5
Houston + 5.5
The Rockets are a big chance to knock the Warriors given their form and will be out to win game one.
If the Warriors shooters get hot it will be tough. Kevin Durant is in awesome form and if a couple of others get going the Warriors should win.
The injury clouds over Klay Thompson and Steph Curry are not good news for the Warriors fans but they should both still play.
Expect a lot of defense in this contest and both sides to maybe only just reach 100 each.
The Warriors will know when they play fast-paced and a shootout type of game the Rockets are every chance to beat them.
Warriors should take the game at home in a close one.
Clint Capela + 14.5 Points
Clint Capela + 12.5 Rebounds
Capela has had a good season and the Warriors have not been the best at defending the center spot this year. Expect him to get a lot of rebounding chances and putbacks to cover both numbers.
James Harden + 7.5 Assists
James gets a lot of assists anyway and he may need to look for teammates if the Warriors play a similar style of defense on him that the Jazz applied. Expect Harden to be forced to get to the hoop and dish off on many occasions.
Andre Iguodala + 3.5 Rebounds
This is a strange player prop but Andre is a big game player and normally has similar numbers in Points, Rebounds and Assists. Iguodala may play close to 30 minutes off the bench and is always a key contributing factor to the success of the Warriors.
Draymond Green + 7.5 Assists
Green is a playoffs specialist and it is surprising this number has not been put a little higher. He will get many chances to find open teammates and may even cover the points number because sides simply don’t respect his flat jump shot.
These are some NBA Playoffs Predictions for April 28th, 2019
Game Total – 2/2
Against the Spread – 2/2
Player Props – 6/10