NBA Playoffs Best Bets of the Night: Friday, May 13
It’s Friday the 13th, and we have two Game 6s that could be thrillers.
Boston’s return to Milwaukee after a heartbreaking 110-107 loss to the Bucks in the TD Garden headlines tonight’s NBA action. Let’s take a look at some of tonight’s best NBA Playoff bets and player props.
Please Note: All odds and lines are from FanDuel Sportsbook and were accurate at 2:30 PM EST. Be sure to check for line movement or odd changes.
Best Bets of the Night
Game: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks -1.5 (MIL Leads 3-2)
In Game 5, it looked like Boston had done enough to secure the win. Milwaukee kept it close enough to make a push in the fourth quarter, and ultimately stun the Celtics in the TD Garden with a final score of 110-107. Both teams played good basketball on Wednesday night and an offensive rebound from a missed free throw converted into a field goal by Bobby Portis sealed the game.
Simply put, the Celtics collapsed in the fourth quarter. Boston shot better from the field (51.2 FG%) as a team than the Bucks (43.5 FG%) in Game 5. They also forced more turnovers and committed fewer fouls than the Bucks. On paper, the Celtics had a better game besides their three-point shooting. I want to suggest that the Bucks will close this series out at home, but the Celtics have fought hard to keep this series close and suffered a heartbreaking loss in Game 5. I'm hoping for the Celtics to bring it back home for a Game 7, so let's roll the dice on tonight's Boston Celtics moneyline.
The Pick: Boston Celtics ML +102
Game: Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors -8 (GSW Leads 3-2)
My prediction for Game 5 couldn’t have been further off. I’m sure many people lost their bets on Wednesday night as a result of the Warriors’ horrific game. Not one Warrior scored 20 points. The core three shooting group of Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, and Klay Thompson actually combined to shoot worse than they did together in Game 4. Poole, Curry and Thompson combined for only 36 points, converting 11-of-28 shots taken from the field. Golden State’s bench didn’t shoot much better. Regardless, Memphis had one of the best offensive performances I’ve seen, especially without Ja Morant in the rotation. The Grizzlies scored 134 points on 47.5% shooting from the field. Jaren Jackson Jr., Tyus Jones, Desmond Bane, Brandon Clarke, and Kyle Anderson all shot 50% or above from the field Wednesday night.
While that was an impressive performance by Taylor Jenkins’ crew, it won’t happen in back-to-back games. After an embarrassing 39-point defeat on the road in Game 5, expect the Warriors to actually close the series out on a strong note with at least 60 points combined from Poole, Curry and Thompson in Game 6.
The Pick: Golden State Warriors -8 (-110)
NBA Player Props
Game: Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors -8.5 (GSW Leads 3-2)
Prop: Klay Thompson Over 21.5 Points
Klay Thompson has been on and off throughout the Grizzlies-Warriors Western Conference semifinals series. At home tonight, Golden State has a much better chance at ending the Grizzlies' surprisingly strong 2021-22 campaign than in Game 5. Expect Klay to have a strong scoring night and easily surpass 22 points on the night. He'll be hitting corner threes all night long.
Prop: Dillon Brooks Over 3.5 Assists
Although Dillon Brooks has shot poorly over the last two games, he’s dished out 12 assists through those contests. Brooks had eight assists in Game 4, and four assists in Game 5, both games which Ja Morant missed. With Ja out of the picture, Brooks has stepped up as a ball-handler for the Grizzlies and done his part in creating plays instead of trying to score while he’s been cold.
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