NBA Playoffs Betting: May 11

NBA Playoffs Betting: May 11

The NBA Playoffs march on Monday night with a pair of Conference Semifinals matchups. Both number one seeds, Golden State and Atlanta, will take the floor trailing 2-1 in their best of 7 series. Neither the Warriors or Hawks have been able get their offenses on track, especially the former, who have totaled 90 and 89 points in back-to-back defeats. Atlanta is one Paul Pierce buzzer-beater away from leading 2-1, but their 4th quarter surge in Game 3 could be exactly what they need to regain the momentum; helping their cause will be the absence of Wizards point guard John Wall, who isn’t expected to return to the postseason after breaking his wrist in Game 1. Here’s a breakdown of the night’s action.

ATLANTA AT WASHINGTON +4

Oddsmakers aren’t giving the Wizards much respect, due in large part to Wall’s injury. That said, Bradley Beal has been tough to contain after assuming Wall’s role as the floor leader and go-to option on offense. Also helping the Washington cause is reserve forward Otto Porter Jr. The second-year player is averaging 14 points and 9.3 rebounds in the series. He, along with the aforementioned Paul Pierce, will be critical to the Wizards’ efforts of springing the upset. Meanwhile, Atlanta needs more consistent production from Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap; with few reliable scoring options, they can ill afford either player having an off night. The same goes for three-point sniper Kyle Korver, who is shooting an unimpressive 9-26 from beyond the arc through three games. The Hawks also need to tighten up on defense, because the team that led the Eastern Conference in points allowed has been missing in action. Washington is 4-0-2 ATS in its last six home tilts. Atlanta is 2-5-2 ATS in its last nine trips to D.C. Even without Wall, the wrong team appears to be favored here.

Bet Washington +4

GOLDEN STATE AT MEMPHIS +5

The Warriors are obviously capable of blowing anyone out on any given night, but giving them 5 points on the road with the way Memphis is playing is ridiculous. Golden State is dynamic, but they’re also playoff young, and not particularly effective when facing physical teams who contest every possession. They will also be without backup center Marreese Speights, who is out with a strained calf. The duo of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol are dominating the post, and thus far Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr has conjured no answers to stop them. Getting Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to deliver one of their signature scoring barrages is needed; neither has racked more than 23 points in the first three games, which won’t cut it for a team that relies on three-point shots and easy transition buckets. Turnovers are also a problem for Golden State, and with Memphis limiting possessions by applying stifling ball pressure, sloppy play is a recipe for disaster. The Warriors are 2-8 ATS in their last ten overall. The Grizz are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six home contests.

Bet Memphis +5