There are two massive Game 4’s in the NBA this Monday night as the Knicks kick things off against the Heat followed by the Lakers taking on the Warriors.
Check out our preview and betting tips for both games below.
NBA Playoffs Betting Picks - Monday May 8th
New York Knicks at Miami Heat
Kaseya Center, 7.30pm (ET)
After splitting the first two games in New York, the Heat captured an impressive 19 point win in Game 3 at home to take a 2-1 lead in the series. They came in full of confidence after an upset win over the Bucks and look to have carried that momentum on, particularly star guard Jimmy Butler, who has put up 26.5 points per game despite missing Game 2 due to injury.
The Knicks were one of the better road teams in the league during the regular season, going 24-17 straight up and 26-14 against the spread on the road but that form hasn’t carried over to the playoffs so far. They are 2-2 away from home this postseason, and have lost those two games by an average margin of 18 points.
The Heat dropped Game 2 but I’m happy to chalk that one up to Jimmy Butler being out of the line-up with an ankle injury. With Butler averaging 34.4 this postseason, the Heat have arguably looked like the team to beat when he has been in the line-up. Back them to cover the 4.5 point spread here.
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers
Crypto.com Arena, 10pm (ET)
Much like the series above, Golden State and LA split the two games in the Bay Area, before the Lakers made a big statement at home in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead. LeBron James came out firing in Game 3, putting up 21 points, 8 assists and 8 boards in the win while Anthony Davis continued his impressive series with another 25 point performance.
The Warriors were the best team in the league at home throughout the regular season, but were one of the out and out worst on the road. They were a deporable 11-30 straight up and an almost as bad 12-28-1 against the spread away from Chase Centre.
The Lakers start as three points favourites at home and given the Warriors issues on the road in both the regular season and playoffs so far (2-3 in playoffs) it’s hard to have any faith in them to tie this series up. I also think Anthony Davis is a massive problem for the Warriors at the moment, shooting 57% from the field and averaging 22 points and almost 15 boards per game. Back the Lakers to move one step further to the Conference Finals here.