We have two games this Sunday with the Toronto Raptors taking on the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets take on the Portland Trail Blazers after a quadruple overtime encounter.
It will be interesting to see how then Raptors go without their second main offensive contributor in Pascal Siakam.
The Blazers and the Nuggets will surely be knackered after the quad overtime game in which the Blazers won by three points.
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Toronto Raptors 1 @ Philadelphia 76ers 2
Prediction Game Total Over 214.5
Philadelphia – 1.5
The 76ers won Game 3 quite comfortably with Pascal Siakam from the Raptors suffering an injury. He has been listed as out for Game 4 which means Serge Ibaka will have to come in and make an impact.
Kawhi Leonard has been big so far and Marc Gasol managed to keep Joel Embiid quiet in the first two games.
Can Leonard keep putting up big numbers?
Can Embiid shake off a niggling injury and play 25+ minutes consistently for the remainder of the series?
These questions will be answered in the next couple of games but we do know that the Sixers looked damaging at home in Game 3.
Toronto does cover the Spread at 60% as an underdog but without Siakam it is difficult to see who may help out Kawhi on the offensive end.
The 76ers should get it done here with some of their better players starting to hit some form.
When the Toronto Raptors are an away underdog the Game Total goes under the number 67% of the time. The 76ers like a fast-paced contest and if they get going offensively in the early stages this Game Total will go well over.
76ers should get it done and score a lot of points.
JJ Redick + 15.5 Points
Redick averaged around 18 for the season and doesn’t need a lot of room to get some shots up. He scored 15 in the last game but didn’t need to play in the latter stages of the contest.
Expect the Raptors to be in the game for a while which means more minutes for JJ and a lot of chances to cover the number.
Denver Nuggets 1 @ Portland Trail Blazers 2
Prediction – Game Total Under 210.5
After a quadruple overtime thriller a couple of days ago both teams will be tired and some of the bench players may need to step up and play some minutes.
The Nuggets committed a lot of turnovers in Game 3 which helped the Blazers score on many occasions.
The Nuggets are a great defensive team and prefer a slow-paced contest so this game should be low scoring.
The Blazers are just a tough side at home with 60% coverage of the Spread as the Home Fav this season.
The Blazers should win this game as they are the Home Side and have a couple of guards who know how to score in pressure situations.
An interesting fact in regards to the Game Total. Both Sides go under the number when they have zero rest. They have had a day off in this situation, but a Quadruple Overtime contest a couple of nights back will play a part in the Pace of this game. Both sides only went 4 deep on the bench and some of their stars will really need to find a second gear in this contest.
Blazers should win this in a low scoring contest.
Al-Farouq Amini + 8.5 Points
Aminu played heavy minutes the other night and put up enough shots to cover this number easily. He has scored well against the Nuggets this season and should go close to double figures for points once again.
These are some NBA Playoff Picks for May 5th 2019
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