Three Games for today and after a couple of upsets in previous games, each game could go either way with a couple of home sides fighting to not go 2 nil down.
Here are some NBA Playoff Picks for April 16th 2019.
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Orlando Magic @ Toronto Raptors
Prediction – Game Total Over 211.5
The Game Total normally goes over the number 57% of the time after the Orlando team has a win. This is a final however and It is hard to imagine either side slacking off on the defensive end.
The Game Total has come down 5 points from their last encounter and from what we have seen from recent game two’s in the other matchups, teams are getting more comfortable and there was a lot of scoring today.
Over the Game Total is preferred with not the greatest amount of confidence.
DJ Augustin – 13.5 Points
The Toronto Raptors had a bad night defensively and Kyle Lowry will want to make up for it. Augustin is a good 3 point shooter when he is open and the lack of respect for his 3 point shot showed during their last matchup.
Expect tighter defense from the Raptors and Augustin to struggle to back his 9/13 offensive show from a few nights back.
Terrence Ross + 2.5 Rebounds
Probably not the most attractive wager but Ross did have 6 Boards in their last game and has averaged 4 against the Raptors this season. Knows the building well being a former Raptor and may just jump upstairs a couple of times for an offensive tip jam.
Kyle Lowry + 11.5 Points
Kyle Lowry + 6.5 Assists
There is nobody under more pressure offensively and defensively than the Raptors Kyle Lowry.
He will want to make up for a poor game one.
He averaged 14.2 Points and 8.7 assists for the regular season. In Last years playoffs, he averaged 17.4 points and 8.5 Assists Per Game.
It is difficult to see him having two bad games in a row and the target numbers seem rather low. Expect him to cover both statistical categories.
Marc Gasol + 11.5 Points
Marc Gasol + 6.5 Rebounds
When the game was on the line when Gasol played for Memphis in the playoffs Gasol came up big. This is why the Raptors picked him up and he is expected to be active on the offensive end in this encounter.
He averaged 14.5 Points against the Magic in 2 regular season encounters and will enjoy the challenge of taking on the Orlando big man Nikola Vucevic.
Serge Ibaka + 6.5 Rebounds
Ibaka only played 19 minutes in Game 1 but did manage to pull down 8 rebounds. Crashing the boards and defense is a strength of the Big Spaniard and he should cover the rebound number if he plays around 25 minutes.
San Antonio Spurs @ Denver Nuggets
Prediction Game Total Under 208.5
Denver tends to tighten up the defense and play a slower pace brand of basketball after a loss.
61% of the time this season the Game Total has gone under after a Denver Loss. The Game Total Number has come down 3 points from the previous encounter but a similar style of match is to be expected for Game 2.
A must win game for the Nuggets.
Derrick White + 11.5 Points
Derrick White + 3.5 Assists
White seems to be the main guard after DeRozan and should remain active for the Spurs on the offensive end. With DeRozan and Aldridge getting all the attention it leaves some of the other guards open and White should have no trouble to create chances for others and score some buckets.
Rudy Gay + 11.5 Points
Rudy played over 25 minutes in game 1 and was active on the offensive end.
He is a confident shooter and has averaged 13.7 Points Per Game this season.
Expect the Spurs to use him in Game 2.
Gary Harris + 13.5 Points
Harris played 36 Minutes in game 1 and was well above his season FG% in this game.
He has averaged more than 13.5 Points in previous seasons and if he sees 30+ minutes again he will have a lot of chances to score buckets.
Jamal Murray + 18.5 Points
Murray went 8/23 from the floor last game and still almost covered the number with 17 points. If he gets his jump shot going and gets to the bucket he should go close to that number again.
Nikola Jokic + 7.5 Assists
Jokic has averaged 8.5 assists against the Spurs in the regular season.
Only the 10 points but did have 14 assists in Game One.
He is one of the best passers in the league and will once again look for his teammates on many occasions in a match they need to win.
Paul Millsap + 6.5 Rebounds
Millsap struggled to get into game one but did play 34 minutes. If he plays that amount of minutes again he should go close to covering the rebound number here.
Crashing the boards is a strength of his and they will need him to fire.
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Portland Trail Blazers
Prediction Game Total – 221.5
Portland are tough at home and answered the question In Game one with a big win over the Thunder.
They are almost 60% for covering the spread as the home team as well as being home favorite.
Oklahoma only covers 43% of the time after a loss. The Blazers should win this game.
As for the Game Total, there is an interesting trend. The Thunder are generally involved in low scoring contests when they are an away underdog. 76.5% of the time this season the Game has gone under the Game Total number. Throw in finals defense and that number is looking likely once again.
Paul George + 2.5 Assists
George did not get an assist in Game 1 and put up a lot of shots. He may look for his teammates more in this contest and has averaged 5.5 assists against the Blazers this season.
Terrence Ferguson + 6.5 Points
Ferguson gets the start and may cover this number very early. Only played the 16 minutes in Game 1 and has averaged 7.8 against the Blazers this year. Not the greatest Wager but should get some scoring chances and only needs a couple of buckets and free throws to cover.
AL-Farouq Aminu + 9.5 Points
Aminu did average 17 points in last years Playoffs and can score when given the chance. If Lillard and CJ get more attention, expect Aminu to have some open looks and putbacks to the bucket.
They are some of the NBA Playoff Picks for April 16th, 2019.
They are just predictions based on statistical research.
Game Total – 1/3
Against the Spread – 1/1
Player Props – 12/17