NBA Best Bet – April 16th, 2022

NBA Playoffs

The Hawks made a nice comeback last night punching their playoff ticket against the Heat and eliminating the Cavaliers. My 2022 playoff best bets improved to 2-1.

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Best Bet: Grizzlies (-6.5) Vs Timberwolves $$

I have an NBA Playoff Preview that you can be found on the Last Word on Sports outlining why I think the Grizzlies should win this series easily.

I expect a letdown for the Wolves in game one of this series after their emotional win over the Clippers to punch their ticket to the playoffs for the first time in four years. The Grizzlies should come out hard and fast jumping out to an early lead.

Minnesota had a nice rally from 10 down in the fourth against the Clippers. The Grizzlies are a major upgrade in talent and depth compared to the Clippers, however. If the Wolves fall behind 10 in the fourth against the Grizzlies, I do not see them making the same type of comeback.

NBA Playoff Series: Raptors (+160) @ Sixers $

I love this matchup for the Raptors. Honestly, I see no real reason why Philadelphia should even be favoured. Joel Embiid is the best player on the court, but Toronto is simply the better team. This was made obvious in their last meeting of the season when the Raptors thumped them even with two of their starters out of the lineup. They won the season series 3-1 as well.

The key to this series however, is of course, James Harden. Based on his past playoff record and recent form, I am not expecting much from him. He is likely the most over-rated player in the NBA right now. I certainly would not pick him over Fred VanVleet. The Sixers do not have anyone that can guard Pascal Siakam especially if Matisse Thybulle misses all the games in Toronto. Precious Achiuwa dominated Harden in their last game and was even killing them with threes.

The Raptors should win this series in six games. I will lay off them in game 1 because the Sixers may have their best chance to win in the first game. But spoiler alert, I will be betting the Raptors in several games of this series.


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