NBA Playoff Picks - Wednesday, May 26
This Wednesday we have three games and Sean Highkin is back on OddsChecker giving his picks for every single game tonight.
This series is similar to the Nets-Celtics series to me. In Brooklyn, the Celtics put up a fight in Game 1 and ultimately came up short, and then got blown out in Game 2 and will probably not be very competitive the rest of the series. Game 1 of this Sixers-Wizards series was also surprisingly competitive considering the talent gap and Bradley Beal being banged-up, but Philadelphia still pulled it out. That was Washington's chance to make this a series. From here, there shouldn't be much drama. Expect the Sixers to roll.
The pick: Sixers -8.5 @ -103
By his own admission, Julius Randle was awful in Game 1, scoring just 15 points on 6-of-23 shooting. Despite that performance from the newly minted Most Improved Player, the Knicks were in it the whole way, coming up just short thanks to Trae Young's heroics. Coming off his poor opening performance as well as his new hardware, Randle will be better, and that will help New York even the series. There's great value on FanDuel's double of a 30-point Randle night and a Knicks victory.
The pick: Julius Randle over 30 points/New York wins @ +420
The Jazz are expected to have Donovan Mitchell back in the starting lineup (although given the weirdness around his absence for Game 1, who knows?) and so will most likely win. But this line is way too high for a Grizzlies team that showed, both in beating Golden State in the play-in game and in stunning the top-seeded Jazz on Sunday, that they can hang with anyone and aren't afraid of higher-seeded teams. Even if Utah wins, don't expect this one to be a blowout. This Memphis squad isn't going away quietly.
The pick: Grizzlies +9 @ -106
NBA Playoff Picks & Predictions
Sixers -8.5 @ -103 (Click to bet)
Randle over 30 points/Knicks win @ +420 (Click to bet)
Grizzlies +9 @ -106 (Click to bet)
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