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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors Game 1 Betting Odds & Pick: June 1st 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors
NBA Playoffs Betting Pick: GS -7 (June 1st 2017)

We think this is going to be a competitive series, but we’re expecting the Warriors to pull away down the stretch in Game 1 for a comfortable ATS victory. Golden State finally gets its shot at revenge after falling apart with a 3-1 lead in last year’s Final (we had a play on the Cavaliers in Game 7 on the MONEY-LINE last season). This is the third straight time these teams have met in the Finals. Their strengths and weaknesses are well known to even the casual basketball fan.

Both teams are stacked top to bottom with offensive and defensive talent. Each has a lot of experience and fantastic coaching staffs. Note that Cleveland is just 10-13 ATS this year in trying to revenge a loss against an opponent and only 13-15 ATS this season against good offensive teams that score 106-plus points per contest, while the Warriors are 23-13 ATS against good offensive teams which average over 106 points. Consider a second look at GOLDEN STATE in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals.

Celtics vs. Cavaliers Playoffs Over-Under Betting Odds & Pick: May 25th 2017

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Over-Under Playoffs Pick: Under 215.5 points (May 25th 2017)

Game 4 stayed “under” the number and we think that all signs once again point to a lower-scoring affair in Game 5. Boston played admirably without Isaiah Thomas in the line-up in Game 3 and somehow managed to gut out the victory. The C’s weren’t able to maintain that momentum in Game 4 though as the Cavaliers would pull away in the second half for the convincing victory. Now down 3-1, the demoralized and undermanned Celtics have a big hill to climb and frankly, we don’t think they have anything left in the tank. Cleveland is now within striking distance of the Finals and looked better defensively in Game 4 after the epic collapse in Game 3. Note that Cleveland has seen the total go UNDER the number in 15 of its last 27 when leading in a playoff series, while Boston has seen the total go UNDER in ten of 16 this season following a loss by ten points or more. Consider the UNDER in Game 5.

Raptors vs. Bucks NBA Over-Under Betting Prediction from Brandon Shively: April 27th 2017

Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks
NBA Over-Under Prediction: Under 195 points (April 27th 2017)

In Game Five I had the over and cashed when the Raptors and Bucks both shot the ball well and the game finished at 211 points. I think there is some value on the under in this one. It would be really hard for these two teams to shoot as well as they did last game. The Bucks shot 50% from the floor and were still blown out. The Raptors shot almost 60% from the floor.

With the Bucks having their backs against the wall here, I expect the tempo to slow down and the defenses to both pick it up a notch or two.

Take the under.

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Over-Under Odds & Pick: April 20th 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers
NBA Over-Under Pick: Under 211 points (April 20th 2017)

Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach NBA Thursday Free Pick UNDER the total in Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers @ 7 ET – There has been red hot shooting so far in this series so, not surprisingly, both games have found the way over the total. As a result, the posted O/U on this game has been driven up and that is leading to some additional line value here in Game 3. With 2 days of rest in between games we could see some of the hot shooting touch fade here. Also, 8 of the Pacers last 12 home games have stayed under the total. Indiana, down 0-2 in this series, knows they need to play better defense if they’re going to get back into this series with a win tonight. The under is 7-1 this season when the Cavs enter a game having played each of their three prior games at home. Even with the first two games of this playoff series going over the total, the under is still 6-3 in Pacers playoff games in recent seasons. Look for the Pacers to do a better job of limiting the Cavaliers weapons here after allowing the Cavs to shoot 54.5% from the field in Cleveland in the first two games of this series. Free Pick on UNDER the total in Indiana early Thursday evening. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets Over-Under Betting Pick: April 16th 2017

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets
Over-Under Betting Pick: Under 227.5 points (April 16th 2017)

This isn’t an easy bet to make considering the way the Rockets love to push the pace and pile up the points, but I do think there is value here. The under is 46-26 in the last 72 NBA playoff games with a total of 218 points or higher.

The Thunder have improved defensively down the stretch. Oklahoma City is also not running quite as much as they did early in the year.

In the NBA playoffs, the under has had a lot of value in the past in the first round. That has been especially true of the higher totals like this one. The defenses generally work a lot harder, and things slow down because there is a lot on the line.

Take the under in this one.

Cavaliers vs. Celtics Over-Under Betting Odds & Pick: April 5th 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics
NBA Betting Pick: Under 220 points -110 odds (April 5th 2017)

This is a game that means a lot to both teams as they fight for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Expect the defenses to play better than normal in this one. Typically, late in the year when there is a lot on the line, the games are lower scoring. That should be the case here.

Neither one of these teams are playing very fast lately, so it will take some high shooting percentages to get the game over this total.

Marc Davis is the lead referee in this game, and he has been the best under referee in all of basketball in the last five years. That’s a really nice bonus for the under. The under is hitting at better than 55% in Davis’ last 200 games called.

Look for a tight game that stays under this total by several points. Take the under.

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