NBA Hit or Miss April 16th, 2019

Orlando Magic @ Toronto Raptors

Spread: Raptors -10.0

O/U: 211.5

After a stunning victory in Game 1, Orlando looks to keep the magic going into Game 2. However, I don’t think that is going to happen. The Raptors are going to come out swinging and blow the doors off the Magic. Orlando shot 48% from the behind the 3 point line in Game 1, when on the season they only averaged about 35%. I don’t think they will be able to keep up that hot shooting from outside in Game 2, which will lead to the Raptors victory (who were the 6th best shooting team in the NBA this season with 36.6%). As much as I don’t like Kyle Lowry, he is going to play much better in Game 2. He had 0 points on 0/7 shooting in Game 1, and typically when he has a bad game like that he bounces back in a big way. Although I think 10 points is a lot, I think Toronto is looking for revenge. I like them to win and cover the spread tonight.

MY PICKS

Spread: Raptors -10.0

O/U: Over 211.5

Winner: Toronto Raptors

San Antonio Spurs @ Denver Nuggets

Spread: Nuggets -7.0

O/U: 208.0

Although I think the Nuggets are very talented, they just don't have the experience for the post season yet. The coaching excellence of Gregg Popovich will ultimately be the reason San Antonio wins this game tonight and wins this series in 5. The Spurs have been one of the best shooting teams all season long. San Antonio was the #1 three point shooting percentage and free throw shooting team in the NBA all season, as well as 2nd in overall field goal shooting. Just like Spurs teams of the past, this squad has the basketball IQ to make the right pass and find the open man for high percentage shots. Listen, I love Nikola Jokic and he should get some MVP votes, but he will not be enough to get past San Antonio. The Spurs will take a 2-0 lead and cover the spread here tonight.

MY PICKS

Spread: Spurs +7.0

O/U: Under 208.0

Winner: San Antonio Spurs

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Portland Trail Blazers

Spread: Trail Blazers -2.0

O/U: 220.5

I think these two teams are very evenly matched, which makes this a very exciting series. The Blazers took Game 1, but I think tonight is going to OKC. Center Enes Kanter put up 20 points and 18 rebounds in Game 1, and I have a hard time believing he is going to have another performance like that. I expect a huge game out of Paul George after a poor shooting night, only going 8/24 in Game 1. The Thunder had one of the worst three point shooting nights I have ever seen the other night, only converting 5 times on 33 shots. They are going to shoot much better than that 15%, which is going to help them win in Portland. I think this is total lock tonight and would highly advise taking the spread and moneyline.

MY PICKS

Spread: Thunder +2.0

O/U: Over 220.5

Winner: Oklahoma City Thunder

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