The NBA Playoffs continue on Thursday night with three more important games. Catch our best betting picks for all three games right here!
NBA Playoffs Betting Picks: Thursday April 21st
Memphis Grizzlies at Minnesota Timberwolves
Target Center, 7:30pm ET
The Grizzlies turned the tables in Game 2 with a monster 124-96 win over the Timberwolves in Game 2, with superstar Ja Morant leading the way with an efficient 23/10/9 in just 30 minutes of action. He willed his team to a huge win, while Anthony Edwards (20 points) and co. were left licking their words. In good news, both teams are expected to be full healthy ahead of Game 3.
The Timberwolves would be pleased to have gotten the split on the road ahead of their first home game of the playoffs, although they better not rest on their loreals given the Grizzlies amassed a 26-15 road record this season, which was the second-best mark in Western Conference. In fact, the Grizzlies were clearly the second-best team in the NBA overall during the regular season and I expect them to show just why with a big win on the road in Game 3.
Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz
Vivint Arena, 9pm ET
Despite going into Game 2 at home as the big underdogs, the Dallas Mavericks were able to outduel the Utah Jazz in a 110-104 win. Jalen Brunson led the way for the Doncic-less Mavericks with a career playoff-high 41 points. Brunson was too good for Donovan Mitchell and his 34 points and was able to get the advantaged team the 1-1 split at home.
The series now head to Utah where the Jazz will be confident of protecting home court after a couple of successful first round wins in recent seasons. However, their progress might be halted by the potential return of Luka Doncic who’s arguably a top five player in the league. In fact, even if he doesn’t suit up for this all-important Game 3, I still expect the Mavericks to keep it close enough to cover the big spread.
Golden State Warriors at Denver Nuggets
Ball Arena, 10pm ET
The Warriors increased their winning streak to seven with a 126-106 win over the Nuggets in Game 2, who subsequently increased their losing streak to three. The trio of Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry caused way too much trouble for the Nuggets as they combined for 84 points and 13 threes. On the other hand, the Nuggets star man in Nikola Jokic was ejected in the third term, but still finished with a line of 26/11/4.
The Nuggets return home for what is surely a must-win game for them if they are to have any hope of extending their season. However, the Warriors simply look too dangerous on offence for them to have any chance of winning this game and as a result, I’m happy to be on the travelling side to secure another win and go up 3-0 in this series.