The first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs are coming to a close but there’s no shortage of value bets to be had. Some teams are fighting desperately to continue in the Playoffs while others are ready to shut down their series’ and earn a few extra days of rest. Either way, here are our top NBA tips for this week.
The Best NBA Bets Today:
- Miami to cover the -7.5 line – $1.95 at PlayUp
- Pelicans to win H2H – $3.15 at PlayUp
- Warriors/Nuggets total points over 226.5 – $1.93 at PlayUp
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Today’s NBA Bets Explained
Miami Heat to cover the -7.5 line – $1.95 at PlayUp
The Heat is ready to close out the first round of the Playoffs as a strong 1st seed, giving away only 1 game (a one point loss away from home) to the Hawks. The series is continuing on Wednesday and the Heat is expected to make easy work of the Hawks in Miami. Jimmy Butler is coming off n impressive Game 4 scoring 36 points, with 10 boards and 4 steals.
The Heat dominated the entire court and all their starters finished with double digits, limiting the Hawks star PG, Tre Young to only 9 points in 35 minutes.
The Heat is the top seed in the East and there aren’t many who doubt they have what it takes to close out the 8th seed Atlanta Hawks. Thus far, the Heat’s wins have all had at least a 15 point difference, scoring at least 110 points each time and limiting the Hawks to 90 points or less on two of those occasions.
New Orleans Pelicans to win H2H – $3.15 at PlayUp
It’s quite possible that the Pelicans can deliver one of the biggest upsets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs this season. The series is currently tied at 2 games a piece and the Pelicans have a very good chance of stealing the win against the Suns in Phoenix. The Suns’ leading scorer, Devin Booker is still out with hamstring strain and will more than likely miss the rest of the series. On the other side of this, the Pelicans’ trades are paying off and CJ Mcollum, Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas are all capable of putting up 20+ points and scoring over 110 points. New Orleans’ defense is also on top of their game, limiting Chris Paul to only 4 points, and DeAndre Ayton to 23 in Game 4. A repeat of this would go a long way in helping the Pelicans to come out strong in Game 5 as well.
The New Orleans Pelicans may have entered the postseason as the 8th seed team but they have the potential to take the series in 6 games if they can continue their surprising run with a win in Game 5.
Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets: Total Points Over 226.5 – $1.93 at PlayUp
The Golden State Warriors have returned to the Playoffs and now it’s the Splash Triplets who are putting on a show for the fans. Steph Curry is scoring from everywhere and Klay Thompson puts up the same numbers no matter what. In Game 4, against the Denver Nuggets they combined for 65 points but it was still not enough to close out the Nuggets. Jordan Poole had a bit of a slower game compared to the first 3 games when he averaged 28 points. The 3rd year pro is definitely one of the most exciting young guys to watch in the Playoffs this year and we also expect him to step up in Game 5 when the series is going back to California.
The Warriors (3rd seed) vs Nuggets (6th seed) series is one of the highest scoring in the first round, with both teams averaging over 110 points. In Game 5, the Warriors are expected to secure the win, and the series, in another high scoring game from both teams.