2023 NBA playoffs: Sixers vs Celtics game 1 pick against the spread

NBA Playoff Picks: Monday May 1st

Monday starts a new month in the NBA playoffs and the matchups are only going to get better.

Philadelphia Sixers vs Boston Celtics

This is expected to be a tightly contested series, but when the spread game out for the first game, it is clear that Joel Embiid will not be playing. He may be available during the series, but this will give the Celtics an early advantage.

Boston is not a kind place to Philly. They are 4-10 ATS in Boston and 0-5 ATS in the last five games overall. You can expect other players on the Sixers to step up without Embiid, but they will be overmatched in every area of this game. The Celtics are 8-2 ATS in the last ten and they start this series with a blowout against the Sixers.

Game 1 pick: Boston -9.5

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Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets dominated the first game of this series. They cruised to an easy victory at home and if they can win again, it would be the aging Suns in a big hole headed back to Phoenix.

Jamal Murray is the x-factor for Denver. If he has a good game, it will be very difficult for the Suns to win. However, the Suns are well coached and they have veterans who know how to adjust. The Suns will not overreact to the game 1 loss and they will be ready for game 2. The high altitude will get some hype in the headlines, but the Suns are 5-2 ATS in the last seven games in Denver. The zig-zag theory is in play as the Suns keep game 2 close.

Game 2 Pick: Suns +4.5

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