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NBA Playoffs Tips & Previews, Tuesday 3rd May

Round 2 of the Playoffs is underway as Miami hosts Philadelphia, and then Dallas visits the desert to face Phoenix. All the best bets and analysis right here!

Four star-riddled teams line up for NBA Conference semi-final action on Tuesday.

The Heat meets the 76ers, while the Suns take on the Mavericks as the BetDeluxe team goes through the best bets for each fixture.   

philadelphia @ miami

may 3rd 9:30am

The Philadelphia 76ers will try to cause a boilover without Joel Embiid when they face Miami Heat on Tuesday morning at FTX Arena.

The MVP favourite will miss game one with a concussion and facial fracture, but it is believed not to be too serious, leaving him likely to front up in game two. 

Miami, however, cannot rest on its laurels and will be dealing with a sore knee plaguing Jimmy Butler and creative wizard Kyle Lowry, sure to miss with a hamstring strain. 

Embiid is the most crucial player for the 76ers, having averaged 26.2 points and 11.3 rebounds in the six-game series against Toronto. 

But Philly only needs to look back at the match tapes from March 21 to gain some inspiration. 

The market seems to have overstated the loss of Embiid for the 76ers. 

They are structurally very sound under veteran coach Doc Rivers and could give this an almighty shake against a Heat side carrying a few niggles.

Suggested Bet: Philadelphia 76ers +7.5 at $1.92

Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Philadelphia 76ers +7.5
Leg 2: J. Harden over 22.5 points
Leg 3: Total points over 208.5
Combined odds = $4.20

dallas @ phoenix

may 3rd 12:00pm

After surviving an almighty scare against New Orleans, the Phoenix Suns play host to a buoyant Dallas Mavericks outfit on Tuesday afternoon at Footprint Center.

Having to deal without Devin Booker for most of the series, the gun shooting guard came back into the fold for game six to seal a 4-2 series against the Pelicans and set up this clash with the Luka Doncic-led Mavericks. 

With Booker back, Chris Paul now has his partner-in-crime alongside him, and the Mavericks will need to use all the momentum from their series against Utah to try and steal home-court advantage of Phoenix. 

For the reliance on Doncic to hit match-winning scores regularly, Dallas seems to have found another avenue to the basket through Jalen Brunson. 

The fleet-footed guard averages 27.8 points through six playoff games this season and has played a dream duet with Doncic. 

Phoenix will have to call upon the defensive nature of Chris Paul and Devin Booker to guard the perimeter if it wants to register a 1-0 start to the series tally. 

With Booker having had his sighter coming back from the hamstring and getting through unscathed, there is every chance he will be better for that outing. 

It was a game where he could work on getting his touch, and while he only managed 13 points in the game-six win over New Orleans, he hit some bombs in the second half to help the Suns capture victory.

Going with the am going home team to cover the spread.

Suggested Bet: Phoenix Suns -5.5 at $1.90

Suggested Same Game Multi: 
Leg 1: Phoenix -5.5
Leg 2: J. Brunson over 21.5 points
Leg 3: C. Paul over 9.5 assists
Combined odds = $7

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