There are four NBA Playoff games on Wednesday night and three of them are potential close out games.
Here, we look at the two matches on ESPN, which will be Grizzlies vs Lakers, followed by Kings vs Warriors. Catch our best free betting picks for those games below!
NBA Playoffs Betting Picks - Wednesday, April 26th
Los Angeles Lakers at Memphis Grizzlies
FedEdForum, 7:30pm (ET)
Game 4 of this first round series was the best yet and required overtime to decide a winner. At home, eventually it was the Los Angeles Lakers who outlasted the Memphis Grizzlies via a 117-111 score line.
On the back of that clutch win, the Lakers now hold a commanding 3-1 lead in the series and that means they’re just one win away from booking their place in the second round.
However, the Grizzlies certainly won’t go down without a fight and will have the advantage of home court in the upcoming Game 5, as well as Game 7 if the series goes that long.
On top of that, the Grizzlies were the best home team in the NBA regular season with a record of 35-6, which was three wins better than the next best in the league. Their impeccable home form will obviously give them confidence that they can at least force a Game 6, which would instil some nerves into the Lakers.
With that in mind, I’m more than happy to back the Grizzlies to win on Wednesday night and cover the small spread in the process.
Golden State Warriors at Sacramento Kings
Golden 1 Center, 10pm (ET)
Arguably the most entertaining first round series matchup has been that of the Sacramento Kings vs the Golden State Warriors. These teams both love to push the tempo and engage in high-scoring battles, which makes for an easy watch for viewers.
Most recently, the Warriors were able to salute on their home floor in Game 4, edging the Kings by one point in a 126-125 thriller. That win made it 4/4 for home teams in this series, which takes us to Sacramento for Game 5 all locked at 2-2.
It’s no surprise that both teams have had trouble finding success away from home through the first four games of this series, particularly the Warriors who had a disgraceful 11-30 road record in the regular season.
However, playoffs are a different beast and the Warriors have won at least one road game in every series they’ve played in for the for the past 10 seasons, which is sure to give them some confidence ahead of their biggest game of the season.
In my opinion, it’s likely that the winner of this game will go on to win the series, which places massive pressure on both teams to perform, and that favors the Warriors who have far more experience in these conditions.