Both NBA Conference Finals series are tight ones, so it’s fair to say every game is absolutely critical right now! Action continues on Wednesday in Los Angeles with Game 6 of the Suns vs Clippers series, followed by Game 5 of the Hawks vs Bucks matchup in Milwaukee on Thursday. Catch our best spread and player prop bets for both games right here!
NBA Playoffs Betting Picks: Wednesday & Thursday
Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Clippers
Staples Center, 9pm ET
The stage was set for the Suns to close out the series in Phoenix on Monday night, but it wasn’t to be as Paul George and the Clippers dug deep and came out with a much deserved win on the road. Now down just 2-3 in the series, the Clippers get to return home for Game 6 and try and force a Game 7 where anything can happen.
The Suns star backcourt duo of Devin Booker and Chris Paul both shot the ball better on Monday’s loss, but they still weren’t at their absolute best. Meanwhile, Jae Crowder and Mikal Bridges struggled to get involved on offense once again, and DeAndre Ayton had his first quiet outing of the series.
The Clippers had been waiting all series for Paul George to find his rhythm and he certainly did in Game 5 where he exploded for 41 points on a super efficient 15-20 from the field. He was joined by Marcus Morris, Reggie Jackson and DeMarcus Cousins as the key contributors on offense in their unlikely win.
This has been such a topsy-turvy series where it seems that either team has a chance to win on any given night whether they be at home or on the road. For that reason, we’ll be avoiding the head-to-head and spread markets in Game 6. Instead, we like the look of the Under in the Total Points market, which looks 5-10 points too high in our opinion. Both games in Los Angeles in this series have each failed to reach 200 points, so asking for 215 in such a crucial game seems highly unlikely.
Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks
Fiserv Forum, 8:30pm ET
Not a lot went right for the Bucks in Game 4 when they were thoroughly outplayed by the Hawks despite Trae Young missing with bone bruising. The Bucks went into that clash as the overwhelming favorites, but eventually lost by 22 points in a wire-to-wire defeat. To make matters worse, superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo went down with a knee injury in the third quarter and is expected to spend some time on the sidelines.
There were a number of Hawks players that were able to step up in Young’s absence, none mores than veteran Lou Williams who had 21 points and eight assists while playing 35 minutes as the starting point guard. Kevin Huerter and Bogdan Bogdanovic also put up some great numbers to help their team level the series up at 2-2.
The Bucks showed little resistance on the defensive end in Game 4 and couldn’t find any rhythm on offense to compensate. They shot a dismal 8-39 (20.5%) from beyond-the-arc and turned the ball over on 15 occasions. On top of that, not a single Bucks player scored 20+ points, with the most prolific being Jrue Holiday with 19 points.
Despite Antetokounmpo almost certainly missing this Game 5 through injury, his Bucks will start as the narrow favorites at home. There’s a decent chance Young will return from injury for the Hawks, but even if that is the case we still expect the home side to bounce back from a lacklustre performance and put it all out there in order to secure a crucial win.