The Western and Eastern Conference are underway as Phoenix meet Los Angeles Clippers, while Milwaukee begins its charge towards the NBA Finals against Atlanta.
The best bets for each game give us plenty of value to punt on!
Los Angeles Clippers @ Phoenix Suns
June 23rd 11:00am
No Chris Paul, no worries.
The Phoenix Suns welcome Los Angeles Clippers to Phoenix Suns Arena for game two after a 120-116 win in game one despite Chris Paul being ruled out due to health and safety protocols.
Devin Booker played like a man beyond his playoffs inexperience as his triple double helped the Suns to a 1-0 series lead.
Booker’s 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists proved pivotal in the win.
Doubt surrounding Kawhi Leonard’s availability for game two was confirmed with the 29-year-old set to miss with a knee injury.
Paul George has stepped up in his absence but even his 34 points, five assists and four rebounds were not enough and it might be a similar story.
The Clippers’ defensive clamps need to be tightened in and around the basket.
Phoenix centre Deandre Ayton came up trumps with 20 points – the majority of those being scored in the paint.
Conceding 54 points to 34 in the paint is not a sustainable model for winning playoff matches and it is an area Tyronn Lue must hone in on before game two in order to level up the series.
Suns still look the value in this one give their game one triumph.
Suggested Bet: Phoenix Suns -5.5 at $1.92
Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Phoenix Suns -5.5
Leg 2: D. Booker over 29.5 points
Leg 3: C. Payne over 5.5 assists
Leg 4: Total points scored over 224.5
Combined odds = $6.25
Atlanta @ Milwaukee
June 24th 10:30am
This was the Eastern Conference Finals that was not meant to happen but here we are.
Milwaukee meets Atlanta for game one after both teams produced stunning upset victories in their respective semi-finals.
The Bucks can thank the toe of Kevin Durant for keeping them alive in game seven after bundling out Brooklyn in OT on Sunday, while Atlanta sent Philadelphia packing after a 103-96 win on Monday.
The Greek man mountain that is Giannis Antetokounmpo rose above all with 40 points and 13 rebounds in the decider.
Clint Capela will be tasked with the toughest job in basketball at the moment; guarding ‘The Greek Freak’ in the paint.
But the Hawks have star talent of their own that cannot be dismissed.
Trae Young (21 points and 10 assists) combined brilliantly with Kevin Huerter (27 points and seven rebounds) in game seven to help the Hawks on its to an Eastern Conference finals berth.
‘Ice Trae’ just simply loves playing on the road and his 25.8 points per game, 9.5 assists per game and 4.1 rebounds per game away from home might prove a thorn in the side of a dogged Bucks defence.
Suggested Bet: Atlanta Hawks +6.5 at $1.91
Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Atlanta Hawks +6.5
Leg 2: T. Young over 26.5 points
Leg 3: Total points scored under 226.5
Combined odds = $5.75