Just the two games today in which the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers will be fighting for survival away from home.
Here are some NBA Picks for April 24th, 2019
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Utah Jazz 1 @ Houston Rockets 3
Prediction – Game Total Under 212.5
Utah + 7.5
The Utah Jazz comes into Game 5 in Houston after a decent performance in Game 4 and Donovan Mitchell hitting some form late in the game.
Seeing they are fighting for survival expect a lot of defence. Houston Games generally go under the Game Total after a loss and as the Home Favourite.
The Jazz will fight to the end in this contest and may even win the game if they once again succeed in keeping Harden quiet. PJ Tucker needs to be contained as his baseline 3 ball has caused the Jazz a lot of problems.
This game should be close and low scoring.
Donovan Mitchell + 4.5 Assists
Mitchell was massive at the offensive end in Game 4 and put up a lot of shots. The Rockets will try and contain him in Game 5 and he may be forced to look for open teammates. The over for dimes doesn’t look too bad.
Joe Ingles + 10.5 Points
Ingles has not been able to put up that distinctive 3 point jump shot consistently in this series. Expect him to get going soon as he averages 12 points per game for the season but only 5 for this series.
A 15 plus point game is on the horizon.
Rudy Gobert + 14.5 Points
The Rockets Center Capela is carrying an injury and Gobert may finally have an above average offensive game. He does have an average of over 15 for the season and expect a few alley-oops and slams in this contest.
James Harden + 33.5 Points
Harden can score fast and if he only has around 10 points at the half he still might nudge this number. The Rockets use him a lot on the offensive end and he did average 36 for the regular season. If the Rockets want to win this game he will need to be active offensively.
Eric Gordon + 14.5 Points
On any other NBA side, Gordon would average close to 20 points per game. He can get to the bucket and create his own shot. If Paul and Harden struggle early expect Gordon to get a lot of usage on the offensive end.
PJ Tucker + 7.5 Points
PJ Tucker + 5.5 Rebounds
Tuckers points number has risen due to some good offensive form and him averaging over 12 for this series. Expect him to go close to the points again and with Capela not fully fit a lot of rebounding opportunities.
Los Angeles Clippers 1 @ Golden State Warriors 3
Prediction – Game Total Over 233.5
Golden State – 14.5
The Warriors will look to wrap up this series and a repeat of Game 2 in which the Clippers came back and won from 31 points down looks unlikely.
The Warriors key players will come out aggressive and should have a decent lead at the half. These sides have a combined average of 236 in their last 5 encounters so expect it to also be high scoring.
Warriors should take out this game and it could get ugly for the Clippers.
Lou Williams + 21.5 Points
This is a guy that has dropped 50 against the Warriors before and may need a number like that if they have any chance of winning. Williams will get a lot of looks at the hoop and he just needs to make some early buckets to build confidence.
Should still cover this number even if the game is one-sided.
Montrezl Harrell + 5.5 Rebounds
Harrell seems to play well at the Oracle Arena and could cover this number on the offensive end. Should get a lot of chances for rebounds in this game.
Draymond Green + 7.5 Rebounds
Draymond Green + 7.5 Assists
Draymond is always a key contributing factor to setting up Warriors wins and he may have both these numbers covered if the big three get their jump shots going. Look at him over in both statistical categories.
Kevon Looney + 6.5 Points
Kevon Looney + 4.5 Rebounds
It is a little strange seeing a bench player feature in the player props but the prediction for this game is a one-sided contest and high scoring. Looney should see close to 20 minutes and have plenty of chances to cover both numbers.
These are some NBA Picks for April 24th, 2019.
Game Total – 2/2
Against the Spread – 1/2
Player Props – 6/13