The NBA Playoffs continue on Monday with an exciting double-header. As always, you can find our best spread and player prop bets for both games right here. Good luck to everyone following!
NBA Playoffs Betting Picks: Monday, June 7th
Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets
Barclays Center, 7:30pm ET
Game 1 of this intriguing series was a see-sawing affair that eventually saw the Nets come out on top by eight points on their home deck. James Harden lasted less than a minute before going down with a hamstring injury that ended his night and has him in doubt for the next couple of games in the series.
Although the Bucks were defeated, they still had some big performances from Giannis Antetokounmpo (34 points, 11 rebound) and Jrue Holiday (17/9/6), although Khris Middleton (13 points) will be looking to make a better account of himself going forward.
With James Harden virtually missing the entire game through injury, there had to be some guys fill the void. Kyrie Irving took the initiative by hoisting up 26 shots for 25 points, as did Kevin Durant who scored 29 points on his 25 attempts.
We’re expecting another great spectacle in Game 2 in Brooklyn, which will continue along the current trend between these teams that has seen their four meetings this season be decided by a total of 19 points. However, on their home deck, we have to give the Nets the slight advantage here.
Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns
PHX Arena, 10pm ET
Denver and Phoenix were able to win their respective first rounds of the playoffs despite both being the underdogs. As a result, we have an intriguing Western Conference semi-final matchup on our hands between the 3 seed Nuggets and the 2 seed Suns, with the Suns obviously owning home court advantage ahead of Game 1.
The Nuggets lost on their home deck in the first game of their series with the Trail Blazers, which had just about everyone writing them off; however, they stuck fat and managed to reel off wins in four of the next fives games, despite some incredible performances from Damian Lillard, to win through to the second round in six games.
The Suns had their best regular season in over a decade to finish with the second best record in the league, but that saw them line up against the defending champion Lakers in the first round. The Suns were clearly the underdog in that series, but an injury to Anthony Davis in Game 4 and some inspired play from the young Suns saw them eventually take down the champs in six games.
Despite finishing with the worse record this season, it was the Nuggets who had the edge over the Suns in their three meetings in the regular season, winning two of them. In saying that, both of the Nuggets wins came in overtime, showing us that they clearly could’ve gone either way. Now in the post-season and with the experienced Chris Paul leading the charge, we have the Suns taking the initiative in Game 1.
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