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NBA Playoffs Tips & Previews, Friday 29th April

The NBA playoffs take another step towards the finals round with three fixtures greeting us on Friday as well as the best bets from the crew at BetDeluxe.

What a way to lead us into the weekend with three huge games on the hardcourt on Friday.

The best bets start with the Raptors and 76ers going head to head.   

philadelphia @ toronto

april 29th 9:00am

After forcing a sixth game, Toronto will be hoping to level up this series against Philadelphia and send it to a seventh deciding fixture when the two go head to head at Scotiabank Arena on Friday.

The Raptors overcame the odds to register a series-saving 103-88 win in part to the heroics of Pascal Siakim who continues to lead from the front. 

Siakim managed 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the 15-0pin win, while 76ers centre Joel Embiid was well down on his usual output. 

This series really opens up now with the Raptors getting the advantage of a home game to make it 3-3 and there is every chance they can based on what we saw in game five. 

Toronto was as accurate as it has been this playoffs series having shot at 51% from the field on Tuesday and defensively they were on song as well. 

The 76ers will want to do better than 38% shooting from the field if they are to wrap up this series on the road. 

There is definitely more to come for Philadelphia and no doubt a rev up from Doc Brown would have been in order after the lacklustre effort on Tuesday. 

This match could really go either way and the market is suggesting it will be close, but the Raptors do look the value.

Suggested Bet: Toronto Raptors +1.5 at $1.90

phoenix @ new orleans

april 29th 9:30am

Phoenix will try to close out its series against New Orleans when it travels over to King Smoothie Arena on Friday.

The Suns have had a battle on their hands since Devin Booker went down with a hamstring injury and it has been left to Chris Paul, DeAndre Ayton and Mikal Bridges to carry the ship against a surging Pelicans outfit. 

New Orleans was halted in it tracks during game five as the Suns delivered them a 112-97 defeat, but coming back home will give them confidence they can level up the series. 

However, the return home might be met with the inclusion of Booker into a Suns side that has sorely missed his destructive offensive capability. 

Brandon Ingram has been able to take this series by the scruff of the neck at time, which is what Booker was expected to do. 

Ingram is the barometer for the Pelicans having hit multiple 30+ games this series, and his form is critical to how his team performs. 

If Booker is to return, it will no doubt be advantage Suns. 

Suggested Bet: Phoenix Suns -1.5 at $1.90 (If Booker plays)

dallas @ utah

april 29th 12:00pm

In desperate need of a form reversal, Utah will try to stop its season coming to an end when it meets the Dallas Mavericks in game six of its playoff series.

The Jazz were given a 102-77 shellacking by Dallas on Tuesday as their offence barely fired a shot. 

All the big names for Utah need to lift considerably. 

Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic were all down in the big loss and it will not get any easier for them despite being on home turf.

Luka Doncic has lit the court up since his return from a calf injury, which saw him miss the first three games of the series. 

There was so much to like about how Dallas hung on without their main man in Doncic. 

Now that he is back and firing on all cylinders, Utah is going to have its work cut out. 

Utah nabbed a 100-99 win at home against Dallas in game four, but Doncic was still getting his touch and feel back in that return game. 

He is in the groove now and can single-handedly knock the Jazz out of the playoffs. 

Suggested Bet: Dallas head to head at $1.92

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