Friday’s NBA Playoffs Betting Preview and Odds

Apr 20, 2017 |

The NBA Playoffs continue Friday with a trio of games on the schedule, including the surging Chicago Bulls looking to send the top seeded Boston Celtics to the brink of elimination. We break down all the matchups and odds in our betting preview. 

Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls (-2, 207.5)

Bulls lead series 2-0

ABOUT THE CELTICS (53-31 SU, 40-42-2 ATS, 41-39-4 O/U): Boston fixed some of its rebounding issues from Game 1 but it allowed the Bulls to shoot 51.1 percent and turned the ball over 16 times in a lackluster effort that had some on the Chicago side questioning the Celtics' commitment. "It's got to [motivate us]," Stevens said when asked about his team suddenly playing the part of the underdog. "It has to. That has to happen, and that's the charge for our team." There could be some rotation and lineup changes in Game 3, and starting forward Amir Johnson (nine points in 27 minutes in the series) may continue to see a reduced role, while starting guard Avery Bradley needs to find the range after shooting 10-of-28 from the floor in Boston.

ABOUT THE BULLS (43-41 SU, 44-40 ATS, 34-49-1 O/U): Point guard Rajon Rondo was the one who first hinted that Boston looked defeated in Game 2, and he has a pretty good grasp of what it takes to be successful this time of year. The former Celtics star fell a rebound shy of a triple-double in Game 2 (11 points, 14 assists) and chipped in five steals in an electric 40-minute performance, giving him averages of 14.4 points and 9.1 assists in his 96-game playoff career. Dwyane Wade had his best performance since coming back from an elbow injury in Tuesday's win with 22 points, while rookie forward Paul Zipser broke out with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

SERIES PRICE (PER PINNACLE):


LINE HISTORY: The Bulls opened as 1.5-point home chalk over the struggling Celtics and that line has since been bet up to an even 2. The total hit the betting board at 207 went up slightly to 207.5. Check out the complete line history here.

INJURY REPORT:

Celtics - No injuries to report.

Bulls - No injuries to report.

MATCHUP CHART:


TRENDS:

* Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games.

* Bulls are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.

* Over is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 games following a straight up loss.

* Over is 4-0 in Bulls last 4 games playing on 2 days rest.

* Favorite is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

Check out a complete list of hot and cold trends here.


Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder (-3, 224.5)

Rockets lead series 2-0

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (57-27 SU, 43-41-0 ATS, 42-41-1 O/U): Houston averaged just 102.5 points - nearly 13 points below its average - in two regular-season visits to Oklahoma City and struggled in the fourth quarters with outputs of 13 in the loss and 16 in the win. The Rockets received 93 of their 115 points in Game 2 from the backcourt quartet of James Harden, Eric Gordon (22 points), Lou Williams (21) and Patrick Beverley (15). Primarily known for his defensive prowess, Beverley is averaging 18 points on 14-of-22 in the first two games.

ABOUT THE THUNDER (47-37 SU, 46-37-1 ATS, 38-45-1 O/U): Coach Billy Donovan questioned his decision not to have Russell Westbrook take his customary break on the bench to start the fourth quarter of Game 2 but Westbrook insisted afterward that he wasn't tired. But the final 12 minutes was full of errant shots from Westbrook as he finished 17-of-43 from the field and is just 19-of-66 in the series. Part of the problem in Game 2 was that nobody from the supporting class stepped up and shooting guard Victor Oladipo has been horrid in the series by averaging 8.5 points on 5-of-26 shooting.

SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):


LINE HISTORY: Oddsmakers opened OKC as 2.5-point home favorites for Game 3, and by Thursday afternoon that number was up to 3. The total opened at 224.5 and has held at that number. Check out the complete line history here.

INJURY REPORT:

Rockets - SF Sam Dekker (Early May, hand).

Thunder - No injuries to report.

MATCHUP CHART:


TRENDS:

* Rockets are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

* Under is 5-1 in Rockets last 6 games following a straight up win.

* Under is 5-1 in Thunder last 6 overall.

* Rockets are 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings.

* Under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Oklahoma City.

Check out a complete list of hot and cold trends here.


L.A. Clippers at Utah Jazz (+1.5, 197)

Series tied at 1-1

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (53-32 SU, 40-43-1 ATS, 44-39-1 O/U): Center DeAndre Jordan had his share of issues with Gobert and the Jazz during the regular season but took control of the shorthanded Jazz in Game 2, recording 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting and 15 rebounds. "We can't worry about one person, and I don't think my job changes if he's playing or if he's out," Jordan told the media. Point guard Chris Paul figures to be successful regardless of who is on the court and he is averaging 23 points, 10.5 assists and three steals while shooting 55.9 percent from the floor in the series.

ABOUT THE JAZZ (52-32 SU, 38-42-4 ATS, 42-42-0 O/U): Utah fell behind early in Game 1 and was outscored 29-18 in the first quarter in Tuesday's loss, a trend it wants to reverse at home. "The first quarter is what really got us, and they hit us a little bit, set us back in Game 1, as well," forward Gordon Hayward told reporters following a 20-point effort. "We definitely have to be better in the first quarter, but besides the first quarter we played them pretty even." Veteran swingman Joe Johnson, who hit the game-winner in Game 1, added 13 points off the bench and forward Derrick Favors also finished with 13 while starting in place of Gobert.

SERIES PRICE (PER PINNACLE):


LINE HISTORY: The Jazz opened as 1-point home favorites and with news of Golbert's absence the line jumped the fence to LAC -1.5. Oddsmakers set the total at 197 and that has yet to move. Check out the complete line history here.

INJURY REPORT:

Clippers - PG Austin Rivers (Out Friday, hamstring), C Diamond Stone (Out Indefinitely, knee).

Jazz - C Rudy Gobert (Out, knee).

MATCHUP CHART:


TRENDS:

* Clippers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games.

* Jazz are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

* Under is 4-1 in Clippers last 5 overall.

* Under is 4-1 in Jazz last 5 overall.

* Under is 6-0 in Jazz last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games.

Check out a complete list of hot and cold trends here.


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