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Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Playoffs Betting Pick from Teddy Covers: April 28th 2017

Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls
NBA Playoffs Betting Pick: Boston -2.5 points (April 28th 2017)
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Even after the line move towards the Celtics in early betting action, I’m still expecting Boston to close out this series with a Game 6 victory tonight.  The results don’t lie.  The Bulls covered the spread in Games 1 & 2 by 10.5 points and 21.5 points, winning outright as underdogs both times.

Then point guard Rajon Rondo broke his thumb, forced to sit out.  The Bulls hung 106 and 111 points in the first two games with Rondo distributing the basketball extremely effectively, as Chicago notched 50 assists in those two ballgames.  They notched only 31 combined assists in Games 3 and 4 with Jerian Grant, then Isaiah Canaan starting at point guard.

Grant was benched completely by Game 5, getting a ‘DNP coaches decision’.   Canaan got ‘DNP-coaches decision’ 29 times in the regular season, and he played more than 20 minutes of gametime only once since December.  Yet the last two games, Canaan has played more than 70 minutes of floor time.  He has a grand total of three assists in those 70+ minutes.

Weak point guard play is a problem at any time of the year.  When it comes to close-out game in a playoff series, weak point guard play is, quite frankly, an insurmountable obstacle.  It’s not like the Bulls consistently dug deep at home, enjoying a strong home court edge at the United Center this year.  We saw them lose their only two home playoff games this year in non-competitive fashion.

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To make matters even worse for the Bulls, their lone superstar (sorry, Dwayne Wade is no superstar at this stage of his career), Jimmy Butler, is dealing with an ankle injury.  Butler took 23 free throw attempts in Game 4, consistently and aggressively taking the ball to the hole.  In Game 5 , he couldn’t drive, settling for just a single free throw attempt.  That’s yet another problem for Chicago moving forward.

With Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart, Brad Stevens has three solid defensive options at the wing to keep Butler in check tonight, just as they did in Game 5.  And there’s no questioning Boston’s closeout mentality for Game 6.  Bradley’s quote speaks volumes: “We believe in one another. We went to Chicago knowing we were going to win those games, not hoping. Now it’s our job to continue. Play the same way and finish the series in Chicago.”  Take the Celtics.

San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Odds & Pick: April 27th 2017

San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB Betting Pick: San Diego +160 odds (April 27th 2017)
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The Padres took Game Three of this series last night and will be out to make it a split tonight. The road has not been kind to San Diego for the most part as it snapped a six-game road losing streak with the Wednesday victory thanks to the offense that put up its most runs in a road game this season. The Diamondbacks have been a pleasant surprise as they are 14-9 and trail the Rockies by just a half-game in the National League West. Their offense has been very solid but they have not faced much and while the opposing starter tonight is not going to scare anyone, he has held his own. Jered Weaver has been very efficient as he has posted three straight quality starts and overall has a 3.91 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in four starts. He does not have a win to show for it however and the Padres are 0-4 in those starts which is due to poor run support. Taijuan Walker counters for Arizona and nearly the exact opposite has taken place for him. He has a 4.57 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in four starts, none of which have been quality performances but the Diamondbacks have gone 3-1 in those games as he has received 6.3 rpg. He has gotten more run support at home which has helped since he has a 6.17 ERA in two starts. Basically all of this says the Diamondbacks should be the play but not at this price as we are getting the better pitcher at this point into the season. Play (959) San Diego Padres.

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NBA Playoffs: Ness betting the Bucks -1 point over the Raptors on April 27th 2017

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors
NBA Playoffs Pick: Milwaukee -1 (April 27th 2017)
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Postseason success hasn’t exactly been a hallmark of the Toronto Raptors but for that matter, the Bucks haven’t won a playoff series 2001. Toronto played its best game of the series on Monday, winning 118-93 to seize a 3-2 series advantage.Going to a three-guard lineup didn’t seem like much of a big deal in Game 4 (Toronto scored just 87 points in an 11-point win) but in Game 5, Norman Powell erupted for 25 points, while the team’s regular starting backcourt of DeRozan (18) and Lowry (16) combined for 34 points.

“You can talk about it but you’ve got to go out there and you’ve got to play. You’ve got to know how it feels to get your (expletive) kicked, right? And that’s what happened (Monday),” head coach Jason Kidd told reporters. “Being a young team, we were in that position in Game 3 (winning big). We have to understand what took place so we know what we have to do come Game 6.” Milwaukee is looking to overcome a recent history of embarrassing Game 6 failures at home, which includes a 120-66 loss to Chicago in 2014 and an 83-69 setback against Atlanta in 2010.

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Here’s the rub. The Bucks have to win to avoid losing their eighth consecutive playoff series (dating back to 2001). However, Toronto is 0-3 under Dwane Casey when it has had the chance to end a series in six games. Nothing changes here. It was Toronto’s ‘day’ in Game 5 and its Milwaukee’s turn to ‘shine’ here in Game 6. Take the home team.


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