After getting their first sampling of 2013 NBA playoff action, six squads will be back on the floor for their respective game 2s today. The Bucks, Celtics and Warriors will hope to rebound and make their respective series 1-1, while the Heat, Knicks and Nuggets will look to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Anything can happen come playoff time, but after seeing these teams match-up once already, we’ve got a good idea of what to expect, so check out our picks before you make your wagers!
Milwaukee Bucks +14 at Miami Heat -14
After Brandon Jennings proclaimed that the Bucks would win this series in six games, LeBron James and the riled up Miami Heat proceeded to carve up Milwaukee en route to a 110-87 win. The spread for that game was 13.5 points, which seemed a bit high for a playoff game, but the Heat showed that they really are that much stronger than a team they finished 28 games better than during the regular season.
However, now that the Bucks have seen what they’re up against, I expect them to come out and compete today in game 2. Even though they lost by more than 20 points in game one, they were competitive for most of the game, with the Heat pulling away late. Look for Miami to win game 2 and take the 2-0 lead, but look for Milwaukee to cover +14 in defeat this time.
Boston Celtics +6.5 at New York Knicks -6.5
After finishing the regular season strong, the Knicks carried their recent success into game 1 of their series with the Celtics, winning 85-78. Boston was able keep things close and in this rivalry that continues to become more and more heated, I expect they will continue to play the Knicks tough.
Still with the Knicks at home, it’s hard to bet against them here, especially since they didn’t play their best offensive game in their first outing against Boston. This game will play close to the spread, but I like the Knicks to shoot better in game 2 and earn another win, covering -6.5.
Golden State Warriors +8 at Denver Nuggets -8
The Warriors definitely have the offense to keep up with the Denver Nuggets, but after losing David Lee for the rest of the postseason, it’s going to be very hard for Golden State to compete with Denver.
Considering Denver loves to pound the ball inside and dominate the offensive glass, it should have even more success without Lee inside to help stop it. The Warriors kept things close in game 1, losing by two points, but on the road today, expect the Nuggets to pull away in the second half and cover -8 in the win.