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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 12:00 AM

NBA PLAYOFFS - GEARING UP FOR ROUND II IN TORONTO, MILWAUKEE & OAKLAND PLUS, A GAME 7 IN DENVER

It''s getting down to the nitty-gritty in these NBA Playoffs - second-round series set to begin in three locales this weekend - and a footnote that NBA Playoff Betting Favorites are 25-14-1 ATS (against the spread) overall for a shiny .641 winning rate.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE

On Saturday, it''s ...PHILADELPHIA at TORONTO - 7:30 p.m. ET, TNT / Game 1
You know the numbers: The Raptors have won their last 13 in a row SU (straightup) at home against the 76ers but Game 1''s have not exactly been kind to Toronto - 2-14 SU in its post-season hoops history. Yikes!
The Game 1 formula for 6.5-point pup Philly is this: Make sure C Joel Embiid (24.8 points per game these playoffs) gets a touch nearly every time down the floor and then have 3-point makers J.J. Redick and Jimmy Butler bang their open looks ... or else! Toronto''s Kawhi Leonard is the best player on the floor in this series - but he needs "paint" help to get through things.

Here''s the game-by-game history this season between the 76ers and the Raptors. Note home teams are in CAPS below:

DATE WINNER SPREAD LOSER SCORE
10-30 TORONTO - 6 Philadelphia 129-112
12-5 TORONTO - 6.5 Philadelphia 113-102
12-22 PHILADELPHIA - 8 Toronto 126-101
2-5 Toronto + 2 PHILADELPHIA 119-107

 

On Sunday, it''s ...BOSTON at MILWAUKEE - 1pm. ET, ABC / Game 1
There''s been plenty of R&R time for these clubs: The Celtics - a 7.5-point underdog here in Game 1 - have been idle since last Sunday and the top-seeded Bucks have not played since Monday night following their respective sweeps but don''t expect rust to be a factor here ''cause Milwaukee''s defense never rests and the Celtics have utilized the down time to get healthier. There''s a whole lot more to the Bucks than just MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo (26.3 ppg this post-season) but be sure for Milwaukee to cover this price tag than G Eric Bledsoe and F Khris Middleton - each averaging 19 ppg these playoffs - must be volume shooters that go for 45 points between ''em every game. Can Celtics'' G Kyrie Irving will his team''s way to this second-round upset? The Bucks are - 320 for the series here.

Here''s the game-by-game history this season between the Celtics and the Bucks. Note home teams in CAPS below:

DATE WINNER SPREAD LOSER SCORE
11-1 BOSTON - 2.5 Milwaukee 117-113
12-21 Milwaukee -1.5 BOSTON 120-107
2-21 MILWAUKEE - 6 Boston 98-97

WESTERN CONFERENCE

On Saturday, it''s ...SAN ANTONIO at DENVER - 10 p.m. ET, TNT / Series tied 3-3
It''s survive-and-advance time for one of these clubs in the Mile High City this evening in this Round I finale but you''ve gotta wonder whether the Nuggets need more than a 43-point game from C Nikola Jokic (see Game 6) to see the light in Round II. Okay, so Denver''s big man was all-world in that 17-point loss in Game 6 but you know the old Hubie Brown rule and that''s your top three players overall perform better at home - listening, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris? - and your bench tends to be better than the other team''s bench.
The wild card for the visiting Spurs is G Derrick White - will he be feast or famine here (see 36-point game earlier in this series)?

Here''s the game-by-game results this first-round playoff series between the Spurs and the Nuggets (home teams in CAPS below):

DATE WINNER SPREAD LOSER RESULT
4-13 San Antonio + 6 DENVER 101-96
4-16 DENVER - 7 San Antonio 114-105
4-18 SAN ANTONIO - 4.5 Denver 118-108
4-20 Denver + 3.5 SAN ANTONIO 117-103
4-23 DENVER - 5.5 San Antonio 108-90
4-25 SAN ANTONIO - 3 Denver 120-103

 

On Sunday, it''s ...HOUSTON at GOLDEN STATE - 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC / Game 1
Each and every year there''s a discussion involving teams that are forced to begin a playoff series just 48 hours after finishing off one ... but who knew that the two-time defending champ Golden State Warriors would be that team this year? Okay, so Steve Kerr''s squad laid the lumber on the 10.5-point underdog Los Angeles Clippers in Friday''s 129-110 win in Game 6 - a Jim Hurley winner! - as Kevin Durant popped in half-a-hundred points but if G-State wishes to "hold serve" here in Game 1 then making sure Houston''s James Harden doesn''t go for fifty is key and so is getting a major board game from the Dubs'' Draymond Green (14 rebs on Friday night including nine of ''em in the first half).

Here''s the game-by-game history this season between the Rockets and the Warriors. Note home teams in CAPS below:

DATE WINNER SPREAD LOSER  SCORE
11-15 HOUSTON - 4.5 Golden St 107-86
1-3 Houston + 8.5 GOLDEN ST 135-134 (ot)
2-23 Houston + 12 GOLDEN ST 118-112
3-13 Golden St + 4 HOUSTON 106-104

NOTE: There''s MLB, NBA and NFL News & Notes in the next edition of Jim Sez

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