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Per usual, I’ll put everything official up on Twitter that I bet on personally. This is a betting guide for this NBA card, and anything I’ve actually bet will include a unit amount.
The Friday night card in the NBA is a tough one, as we get three very short road favorites with some of these favorites playing without crucial players. It’s tough to get a feel for which way some of these series’ will go. While the Heat are clearly the better team in this series, the Hawks are still a gritty team that gained a lot of postseason experience in last season’s Eastern Conference Finals run.
I expect the Hawks to come out ready to go, essentially playing for their season in this one. Down 0-2 and heading home, look for the Hawks to make some noise early. The Hawks were a top-five team against the first half spread this season, and finished the regular season/play-in tournament with strong starts. After the Game 1 blowout, Atlanta did cover the first half spread in Game 2 before coming undone late. This is a spot we should see plenty of urgency.
PHI -3 (-110) — 1.5-units (Saturday)
This one I actually have bet, as the Sixers overcame a Game 3 deficit on the road and dug deep for an overtime victory. Now I like them to complete the sweep. Much like the spot the Hawks are in on Friday, the Raptors came out desperate in Game 3 and had a double-digit first half lead.
But Joel Embiid and the Sixers just have too much top-end talent, and wound up leaving the Raptors with a demoralizing loss. It’s tough to bounce-back from that one knowing you’re in a 0-3 hole. Embiid seems to be taking this series personally after losing in 2019 in Game 7 on the Kawhi Leonard shot, and will take some joy in closing this one out in a sweep in Toronto. Embiid has been the biggest mismatch on the floor, and should find his way to the free throw line down the stretch if it’s a close one.
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