The NBA Playoffs continue on Friday night with a fantastic triple header getting underway from 7.00pm! Check out our preview and betting picks for all three games here.
NBA Playoffs Betting Picks - Friday, April 21st
Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks
State Farm Arena, 7.00pm (ET)
The Celtics have looked far too good for the Hawks through the opening two games of their first round playoffs series. They have won both games by 13 points and haven’t really looked troubled at any point so far.
Derrick White has been a massive surprise factor for the Celtics, dropping 24 points in game one before scoring 26 in game two, as well as chipping in for some valuable defense on the two star Atlanta point guards.
Hard to see the Celtics dropping this momentum, even on the road. They were one of the best road teams in teh league this season, finishing with a 25-16 record straight up and a 21-19-1 record against the spread on the road. Back them to cover the 5 point spread here.
Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks
Madison Square Garden, 8.30pm (ET)
In one of the better series of Roudn 1 so far, the Knicks and Cavs are tied at one game apiece heading back to Madison Square Garden for two massive games. The Knicks were too good in Game 1, winning by four points on the road on the back of a big performance from star point guard Jalen Brunson, who dropped 27 points.
The Cavs bounced back in Game 2, claiming a big 17 point win on the back of a 32 point performance from Darius Garland. Donovan Mitchell and Evan Mobley both chipped in with double doubles to help the Cavs tie the series heading to New York.
The Knicks start as two point favourites at home but I’m leaning more towards the underdog here. The Knicks were just average at home this season, going 18-20-3 against the spread at Madison Square Garden. I think the Cavs pinch one on the road here.
Denver Nuggets at Minnesota Timberwolves
Target Center, 9.30pm (ET)
The Nuggets have been dominant in their opening two games against the Timberwolves, winning both games by an average margin of 19 points. The real positive is that star center Nikola Jokic has been able to ease his way into the playoffs, playing just over 30 minutes per game.
On the opposite side of the floor, a huge performance from Anthony Edwards in Game 2 wasn’t enough to get the Wolves over the line, as the star guard dropped 41 points on 14/23 shooting.
The Nuggets start as 2.5 point favourites on the road but I think the Wolves bounce back here. It’s an absolute must win for their hopes in this series and coach Chris Finch has shown he is not afraid to play his stars massive minutes to get the job done. Their four stars averaged over 39 minutes in Game 2. I think they bouce back here.