NBA picks and parlays for Aug 24: Don’t believe in Playoff LeBron
The great thing about the NBA playoffs is that they are on every day. Some series are more entertaining than others, but there is always a game on. The Celtics swept the Sixers, making Philadelphia the first time out of the NBA bubble playoffs. As we post out NBA picks and parlays for Aug 24 we can’t help but think about the next team to fall.
NBA consensus picks
The public has been pretty consistent throughout the playoffs. The Milwaukee Bucks (62%) and the Houston Rockets (63%) are getting love from the public. This is a bit surprising considering that the Oklahoma City Thunder stole a game in the series with Houston. What is not surprising is that the most popular bet on the board for today is the LA Lakers who are attracting 79% of the wagers according to the best online sportsbooks.
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Daily NBA Picks
Here our best bets for today in the NBA playoffs. All point-spreads are taken from our top sportsbooks.
Did the Thunder finally figure out the Rockets? Chris Paul had a glorious game and although they needed overtime, the Thunder have made this a series. Some will argue that the officials played a role in the victory, but the balanced scoring is really the catalyst behind the win. For the first time ever in Thunder history, the team had four players who scored 20 or more points in the NBA postseason: Danilo Gallinari (20), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (23), Chris Paul (26) and Dennis Schröder (29). The Thunder bench also outscored the Rockets reserves 35-26. The Thunder are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games following a straight-up win of more than 10 points. Don’t bet this game early, because reports are circulating that Russell Westbrook may be able to play in game 4. Even if Westbrook plays, the Thunder are the team to bet in game 4.
The Lakers played the best game of the NBA playoffs in the last outing and now the public is pounding LA in this game. “Playoff LeBron” is the talk of the town after his performance in the victory. James finished the win with 38 points, 12 boards, and 8 dimes to lead the Lakers to a 2-1 advantage in the series. LeBron attacked the rim and played a very physical game, but that will be hard to repeat in this game. The Blazers disappeared in the fourth quarter just shooting 43% from the floor and number that will bounce back in this game. The Lakers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game and the Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight-up loss. In a series that has been competitive since game one, the points are the way to go.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 24, 2020
Daily NBA Parlay
The parlays are still profitable on the season. Depending on the line you go on the Blazers/Lakers you may have cashed another one. This is the two-team parlay ticket to cash tonight.
Two team parlay:
The East playoff series has been lopsided up to this point. The Celtics, Raptors and Bucks are making the first-round look easy as they have eyes on the next round. The Miami Heat thus far has dominated the injury riddles Indian team and they can’t afford to go deep in this series. The Heat has won 3 of the four meetings in the regular season and crushed Indy in the last game putting up 74 points in the first half of the game. The Pacers need to play defense if they want to avoid being swept out of the first round for the second straight season and the third time in the last four years. Indiana is 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 playoff games as an underdog. This Indiana team is packing their bags for home as they will get swept out of the bubble by Miami.
This is going to be a high scoring affair as the Lakers have figured out that if they want to win they have to attack the paint. This leads to more fouls and more points. The Blazers will have a better night shooting and that makes this a very high scoring game. The over is 21-8 in Trail Blazers last 29 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game. Don’t let the big number fool you, it goes over the total.
Here is the winning parlay for tonight:
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