April 2018

Basketball picksApril 27, 2018

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics Game 7 MatchupThe final night of the season has arrived for either the Milwaukee Bucks or Boston Celtics as they square off in a pivotal Game 7 matchup on Saturday Night. While this is one of two matchups for fans and sports bettors to look forward to on Saturday Night, it might be the more intriguing matchup based on the importance of this contest.

As you look at this contest, this series has gone the home team has taken care of business in all six of the meetings. The series started out in Boston, as the Celtics rolled to a 113-107 win to open the series before picking up game two 120-106. The success continued in Game 5 after losing back to back contests in Milwaukee, the Celtics returned home to extend their lead 3-2

Now the big question on Saturday Night is can Giannis Antetokounmpo step up for the Bucks on the road. Meanwhile for the Celtics can they get another big time performance from Al Horford, as the team dominated the glass at home in Game 5?

 Here are the keys to the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics Game 7 matchup on Saturday April 28th, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Milwaukee Bucks – Win the Glass

For the Bucks they have the talent to run with any team in the NBA and the stars to take over a game in crunch time. That said for the Bucks to win this contest on Saturday Night they will need to take control of the glass from the opening tip while limiting the Celtics second chance opportunities while opening up some for themselves. In each of the previous three meetings in Boston, the Bucks were out rebounded on the offensive side of the glass while allowing more overall rebounds in two of three contests (in the third contest each team had 38).

Boston Celtics – Shut Down the Greek Freak

It could be the easiest of the game plans to design but for the Celtics to win this contest they will need to do everything they can to shut down Antetkounmpo. If this allows Malcom Brogdon, Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton to have better looks, that is fine. If the Greek Freak gets rolling, this could be the time for him to turn in an MVP performance while carrying his team to a much needed road win to roll on to the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics Matchup

Celtics (-4.5) – O/U 195.5

Saturday April 28th, 2018

TD Garden 

Milwaukee Bucks Betting Trends 

Entering their key Game 7 matchup against the Celtics on Saturday Night, the Bucks have been subpar on the road against the spread for sports bettors this year making them a difficult sports pick covering in just 22 of their 44 road contests this season. Those road struggles include all three contests against the Celtics this season while failing to cover in four straight at TD Garden.

Boston Celtics Betting Trends

The contest heads back to Boston, as the Celtics will look to continue their success at TD Garden. On the year, the Celtics posted a 30-14 mark at home including the playoffs while covering the spread in 25 of those 44 contests. Along with that success the Celtics have dominated in contests with just one days rest covering the spread in 10 of those last 14 contests.

Head to Head Trends

All signs point to the Celtics in this contest as the home team has covered the spread in five of their last six matchups while the favorite has covered in five of their last six overall meetings. One key trend has been the fact these two teams have covered the over in 10 of their last 13 meetings at TD Garden.


Basketball picksApril 3, 2018

NBA Tuesday Preview Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland CavaliersNBA Tuesday Preview

Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers 

Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m. (ET)

NBA Pointspread: Cleveland -2

Total Line: 225.5

Toronto at Cleveland Game Matchup Overview

Toronto gave up some ground to Boston in the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference with Saturday’s 110-99 loss to the Celtics as a 4.5-point home favorite. This was the Raptors’ fourth straight-up loss in its last seven games and they have failed to cover against the spread in their last eight outings. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in six of those eight games. Toronto is still 9-2 SU in its last 11 road games with a 7-4 record ATS.

DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 34 points while going 12-for-19 from the field on Saturday night, but it was not enough to keep the game close against Boston down the stretch. The Raptors were outscored 28-15 in that final quarter. Going 8-for-35 from three-point range did not help the cause. DeRozan continues to lead Toronto in scoring with an average 23.4 points per game as part of the team’s 112.3-point scoring average that is third-highest in the NBA.

Cleveland beat the Raptors 132-129 on March 21 as a two-point home underdog. This was part of a current SU 8-1 run that includes Sunday’s 98-87 victory against Dallas as a 10.5-point home favorite. The Cavaliers have gone 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall with the total staying UNDER in five of their last six outings. They are 6-0 both SU and ATS in their last six home games and the total has stayed UNDER in four of those six games at home.

The Cavaliers outscored Dallas 25-10 in the fourth quarter to pull away from a tight three quarters of play. LeBron James was held to 16 points, but he dished out 12 assists to go with 13 rebounds to post the triple-double. Kevin Love added 13 points and 13 rebounds to the winning cause. Cleveland (47-30) remains a half game ahead of Philadelphia for the third seed in the East.