The first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs rolls on with three more games on Thursday night. We saw the No. 1 overall seed in the East, the Philadelphia 76ers, roll over the Washington Wizards in Game 2 on Wednesday night. The New York Knicks got an emotional win in front of the crowd at MSG to even their series at 1-1 with the Atlanta Hawks.
The Miami Heat appeared to be prepared to give the Milwaukee Bucks another run for their money in 2021. That Game 1 ended in favor of the Bucks and Game 2 was a blowout in favor of Milwaukee. So the Bucks roll into South Beach up 2-0 in the series and looking for some further revenge. For some reason, the line is Bucks -1.5 after that shellacking in Game 2. Should we expect that much of a response from Jimmy Buckets and the Heat?
The Los Angeles Lakers were able to steal a game in Phoenix from the No. 2 seeded Suns. Now, the series shifts back to L.A. where the defending champs can essentially bury the Suns. Chris Paul isn’t 100 percent and the Lakers figured out how to beat Phoenix: feed Anthony Davis. L.A. is a 7-point favorite at home in Game 3.
The Blazers stole a game in Denver and head back home to Portland with the series 1-1. It’s been Damian Lillard vs. Nikola Jokic so far with the Nuggets shaking off 42 points from Dame in a Game 2 win. It’s been all offense and no defense so far in the series, so we’ll see if the shift to Moda Center has any impact. The Blazers are 4-point favorites for Game 3.
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