The NBA playoffs keep rolling right along, and we have another three games scheduled for Wednesday. The action gets underway with the Wizards vs. the 76ers at 7 p.m. ET and wraps up with the Grizzlies vs. the Jazz at 10 p.m. ET.
Let’s dive into some of my favorite wagers for this slate on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Washington Wizards @ Philadelphia 76ers (-8):
Gafford has emerged as a solid role player for the Wizards this season, but they have a lot of players at the center position. Gafford, Alex Len, and Robin Lopez all saw minutes in Game 1 vs. the 76ers. Gafford did lead the trio with 20 minutes, but that’s not that much playing time.
He’s averaged 5.6 rebounds in 17.7 minutes per game this season, so this number could be a smidge high in a tough matchup vs. the 76ers. They rank ninth in the league in team rebound rate and going up against Joel Embiid could always result in foul trouble. I’m willing to roll the dice on this prop at better than even money.
Atlanta Hawks @ New York Knicks (-2):
This series is viewed as a coinflip, but I think that’s a bit disrespectful to the Hawks. They went 27-11 to close out the regular season with Nate McMillan at head coach, and they were able to squeak out a two-point win in Game 1 vs. the Knicks.
Most people will likely gravitate towards the Knicks in this contest given that they lost Game 1, but history has suggested that’s not a great strategy. Favorites that are coming off a loss in their previous contest are just 144-152-7 against the spread during the playoffs, so there’s no reason the Hawks can’t pull off another upset.
Memphis Grizzlies @ Utah Jazz (-9.5):
Sometimes, you just have to eat the chalk. That’s what I’m doing tonight with the Jazz. They were the best team in the league during the regular season, but they dropped Game 1 vs. the Grizzlies. That means they need to win tonight to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole with the series moving to Memphis.
Of course, the big caveat is that Donovan Mitchell didn’t play in that contest. He reportedly was “incensed” at the Jazz’s decision to keep him out of the lineup, but The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports he’s going to be back in the lineup for Game 2. His return means the Jazz will have their top scoring threat back in the lineup, which is a big deal in the playoffs.
The Jazz should also get a much better performance from Rudy Gobert tonight. He was awesome when he was on the court, finishing with 11 points and 15 rebounds, but he fouled out in less than 25 minutes.
With Mitchell back and Gobert hopefully playing more minutes, I think the Jazz should be able to cruise to a comfortable victory.
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