The Playoffs have been underway for just over a week and a couple of sides will be looking to sweep their opponents in today’s matchups.
The Bucks travel to Detroit to clean up the Pistons and the Rockets travel to Utah to try and sweep a very good Jazz outfit that just struggles against James Harden and the Rockets.
Here are some NBA Picks for April 22nd, 2019
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Milwaukee Bucks 3 @ Detroit Pistons 0
Prediction – Game Total Under 219.5
Milwaukee – 12.5
The Pistons have struggled since the All-Star break and it is no surprise that they are 3 nil down against Giannis and the Bucks.
Expect them to be competitive in the early stages of Game 4 but the Bucks to take over in the second half.
The Game Total has gone up a few points and the Pistons will struggle to score 100 which makes the under attractive.
The Bucks have too much offensive firepower and should runway with the game and cover in the closing stages.
Giannis Antetokounmpo + 4.5 Assists
Giannis has not been scoring a lot in this series and the Pistons are not too bad at defending the forward positions as Griffen and Drummond make it difficult to get to the hoop.
Expect Giannis to once again look for his teammates in this contest.
Pat Connaughton + 8.5 Points
This game could be one-sided late and Pat should play around 25 minutes. Expect him to be active offensively and put up enough shots to cover the number.
Ish Smith + 6.5 Points
Smith has been a good backup for Jackson and if Jackson struggles early expect Smith to play as many as 25 minutes. He should get some scoring opportunities in this game.
Luke Kennard – 13.5 Points
Griffen looks likely to play in this game and that will restrict the scoring opportunities for Luke Kennard. Doesn’t average anywhere this number and seems to put up points when Griffen doesn’t play.
Houston Rockets 3 @ Utah Jazz 0
Prediction – Game Total Under 214.5
Utah + 2.5
The Jazz get a head start in this game and expect a lot of defense. They are a good side and will not want to get swept.
They did a great job in Game 3 of daring Harden to go to the bucket and shut him down. The Problem was the Rockets reserves came to play and got them out of jail.
Expect a lot of defense and the Jazz to possibly pinch this game and make the Rockets close it out on their home court.
PJ Tucker + 7.5 Points
This guy has the nerves needed to play in the finals and some players just don’t have that trait.
It is surprising the bookies have not increased the number given he has had a lot of corners 3 point opportunities which he leads the league in.
Look at the Rockets to use him at the offensive end and cover the number here.
Jae Crowder + 3.5 Rebounds
Crowder can crash the Boards when he needs to and can score when required. He may get a couple of offensive boards and the number here doesn’t seem to be too high. Worth a shot.
Joe Ingles + 11.5 Points
The Rockets have done a good job at shutting down the left-handers lethal 3 point shot but it will get going at some stage.
Does average 12 points per game for the season and should go close to that in this game.
These are some NBA Picks for April 22nd, 2019.
Game Total – 1/2
Against the Spread – 2/2
Player Props – 3/7