Rui Hachimura's 29-point outburst on Sunday shattered his previous Lakers high of 20.
Five teams that were underdogs in their playoff series futures won Game 1. The series odds for Bucks-Heat are off the board while we await the injury news for Giannis Antetokounmpo. So let’s look at how those other surprise results swung the series odds, as well as a trader’s point of view from trading content manager Michael Veneziano.
Before Game 1: Cavaliers -200, Knicks +160
Now: Knicks -145, Cavaliers +120
Before Game 1: Grizzlies -150, Lakers +120
Now: Lakers -265, Grizzlies +220
Ask The Trader: “The Lakers very well could just be better than the Grizzlies. Nobody is doubting what LeBron James is capable of, but it was their role players (Hachimura, Reaves) that led them to steal home court. Los Angeles looks like a team ready to make a big playoff run.”
Before Game 1: Warriors -275, Kings +200
Now: Warriors -155, Kings +130
Before Game 1: Suns -500, Clippers +370
Now: Suns -239, Clippers +180
Ask The Trader: “I think the Suns could be in trouble ⛅. They only had KD for nine games this season, and now they’re relying on him to play at an extremely high level for about 45 minutes per game. Their bench is a problem, while the Clippers’ bench was a difference-maker in Game 1.”
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Here’s an NBA SGP (+425) from Nets-76ers [7:30 p.m. ET] that we came up with for Day 17.
Nets +10 (-110): You’re really trusting a Doc Rivers-coached team to win back-to-back playoff games by double digits?
James Harden under 20.5 points (-120): Harden hasn’t been the same force on twos and free throws, and that’s impacted his scoring. He did put up 23 in Game 1, but we don’t think he’ll have the same success from beyond the arc (seven 3s).
P.J. Tucker over 0.5 3-pointers made (-160): The Nets are going to be throwing extra bodies at Joel Embiid, and there will be open shots for wings. Tucker took five 3s in Game 1, drilling two.
Get ready for tonight's playoff showdowns with NBA host Kazeem "Kaz" Famuyide and PointsBet client/pucks expert Qordaseus "Q" Alexander. Don't worry baseball fans, Ariel Epstein has us covered too.
THE NBA GURU
Warriors moneyline (-120) @ Kings [10 p.m. ET]
"The Warriors end their road losing skid at the best possible time. Andrew Wiggins looked like his old self and I doubt Malik Monk scores 30 off the bench again."
NBA SGP (+135): 76ers moneyline (-500) & Joel Embiid under 31.5 points (-110) [7:30 p.m. ET]
"The Sixers smell blood in the water and should handle business to go up 2-0. I do think a desperate Nets team will give Embiid all he can handle though."
KEY FACTS: Brooklyn enters Game 2 as a double-digit road underdog after getting blown out by 20 points in Game 1. It’s tough to keep things close when your opponent is red-hot️ from downtown, as the Sixers set a playoff franchise record with 21 threes in Game 1.
TRENDING: After cruising to an easy Game 1 cover, the Sixers are now 25-12 ATS in their last 37 home games. Don’t expect as many points in Game 2, as the Under has been more likely for both teams lately following one day of rest (4-1 in Brooklyn’s last 5 and 9-3 in Philly’s last 12).
INSIGHTS: A whopping 93.2% of the moneyline handle is on the home team. For the total, 73.9% of the tickets and 65.3% of the handle are on the over, yet the line has dropped from a 214 opener to now 213.5.
KEY FACTS: The Warriors head into Game 2 as slight road favorites despite dropping Game 1, as Golden State has not lost consecutive road playoff games since the 2019 Western Conference Finals. The NBA’s two highest-scoring teams lived up to the billing on Saturday after putting up a combined 249 points.
TRENDING: The Warriors are 11-29-1 ATS on the road after dropping Saturday’s affair in Sacramento. The Over is 7-1 in Golden State’s last eight Round 1 contests, highlighted by this Game 1 being the highest-scoring game of the playoffs so far.
INSIGHTS: The favorite for Game 2 has flipped, with the line moving from Kings -1 to Warriors -1.5. Many clients are expecting a tied series after tonight, as Golden State has snagged 77.0% of the tickets and 88.1% of the moneyline handle.
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