NBA picks and parlays for Aug 31: Can the Bucks stand the Heat?
The NBA playoffs are flying right along. The Milwaukee Bucks will only get one day of rest before going up against the Miami Heat in a highly anticipated NBA match up. Handicapping a game one is much different than handicapping an elimination game. That’s the case for the Rockets vs Thunder, the other game thing to watch. All things to consider before making your NBA picks and parlays for Aug 31.
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NBA betting consensus
The Bucks are a favorite of the basketball betting public. They always get the lion’s share of the bets and the game against Miami is no different. Over 90 percent of the early bets are betting Milwaukee to win and cover in game one against the Heat. After the convincing win in the last game against the Thunder, the Rockets are also getting heavy action. Over 74 percent of the betting public believes that Houston will take out the Thunder.
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When it comes to the Milwaukee vs Miami series you will hear all about matchups. The Heat has some size to go up against Giannis Antetokounmpo, but he is still a challenge. Bam Adenayo will get the inevitable task of trying to stop Giannis and in the past, he has proved to be up for the challenge. Bam held Giannis to his worst game of the season at 12-of-28, including 0-of-7 from deep on those shots. This defense will be evident in this game and the same can be said for the Bucks. The Bucks allowed 55 percent success rate on shots in the paint which is the lowest number in the league. It’s hard to root for low scoring games in the playoffs, but that’s exactly what you get in game one. The under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these teams and the end result is winning the under bet.
It’s all over for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook had a huge impact on his team with his return to the floor, but it was on defense. The Rockets allowed 31 percent from the floor and the Thunder could not hit from deep as they only made seven of 45 3-point shot attempts. The Thunder will shoot better from the floor and will make this a game early, but they won’t be able to hang around. The Rockets are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight-up win of more than 10 points. The Rockets rank No. 1 in the NBA in playoff defense and it will allow the Rockets to pull away and cover this number.
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The Thunder players have to shoot better in this game. That is just the law of averages. The Rockets do play stout defense and that will lead to points in transition. In an elimination game, tempers flare and teams try to hold on late which will always prompt fouls. The over is 4-1 in the last five games for Oklahoma City after a loss and 20-8 after a loss in which they failed to cover the spread. Westbrook will be in sync and the points will be aplenty.
There has to be something said for confidence in this series. The Heat will not be intimated as they head into this game. In March the Heat crushed the Bucks due to some hot shooting from the beyond the arc. They were also outstanding on defense as they allowed Milwaukee to shoot just 41 percent from the floor. The Heat will look to duplicate those numbers and they have the added bonus of extra rest. The Heat team is 38-18 ATS in their last 56 games playing on 3 or more days rest and will upset Milwaukee in game one with a victory!
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