NBA Playoffs Picks For Every Saturday Game
The NBA Play-in tournament is over and it is time for the playoffs to start. With four great series starting on Saturday it is time to dive in and look at every game. We break down all of the Saturday games and provide a prediction and NBA Playoffs Picks for game one and the series.
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Jazz vs Mavericks
The biggest storyline of this game is Luka Doncic and his calf injury. The point spread jumped two points when rumors circulated that he is going to miss game one. When a star player is out, the rest of the team will rally and that is what you will see in game one. The Jazz is just 7-18-1 against the spread (ATS) in the last 26 road games. The Mavericks will keep this game close and are the best bet in game one. However, without a healthy Luka, they will not be able to beat the Jazz in the series.
Timberwolves vs Grizzlies
Minnesota used the play-in tournament to make the playoffs and they will face off against one of the hottest teams in the league. However, the matchup may be trouble for the Grizzlies. In the regular-season meetings, the Wolves dominated the Grizzlies in multiple statistical categories. Everyone mocked the celebration by Pat Bev and the Wolves are getting a playoff berth, but it shows just how tight this team is. The Wolves are 4-0 ATS with 3 days or more rest and they will carry momentum into a first-round win over the Grizzlies. Ultimately, the Wolves will falter and the Grizz will advance, but not without a fight.
Raptors vs Sixers
Everyone is picking the Raptors to upset the Sixers in the first round. Although there are some concerns with travel and vaccinations, the Sixers are going to win this series. Nick Nurse is an incredible coach and the Raptors are a very good team, but they don’t have the talent to beat Philadelphia. The Raptors are 2-6 ATS playing on three or more days rest and the Sixers are 4-0 ATS in the same spot. James Harden finally shows up in the post-season and the Sixers make a statement with a double-digit win. The popular underdog never wins.
Nuggets vs Warriors
This will be a fun series to watch. The Nuggets and the Warriors are two of the best teams in the league and have plenty of star power. Stephen Curry will play in this game, but he will be closely monitored due to injury. The best player on the court however is on Denver with All-Star Nikola Jokic who once again deserves the MVP award. The Warriors are dealing with injuries and the star players have not shared the court much this year. The Nuggets are 10-3 ATS in the last 13 road games and the Warriors are just 6-13-1 ATS as a favorite. The Nuggets win game one and they will win this series.