A couple of crucial Game 4’s in the NBA on Monday night as the Hawks and Clippers look to pull even at two games a piece.
The Hawks are getting a lot of credit this postseason, an it’s well-deserved. They’re a talented young team that really turned a corner in-season and dismantled the Knicks in the first round as the lower seed. That said, I think we might be looking past just how over their heads the Hawks are in this series.
After going up 20 points at halftime of Game 1 on the road, the 76ers are winning the series by 48 points. Philly won the second half of Game 1 by 16 points, won Game 2 at home and Game 3 on the road all by 16 points a piece.
It’s not much different of a handicap here from the bets we made on the 76ers in Games 2 and 3. Embiid is a massive mismatch for the Hawks, and getting Ben Simmons and Matisse Thybulle as the primary defenders on Trae Young has made a series-changing impact. The loss of Danny Green is nothing to be concerned about. The Sixers have wings playing better than him right now, and it only opens up more minutes for them. We’re still putting too much value in how strong the Hawks started this series. I think we see more of the same that we’ve seen for 10 quarters.
How can you not love the Suns right now? Hopefully you got in on them at a good price at some point this season — they were north of +3300 to win the title at one point in time. I really like this team to come out of the Western Conference, which I bet at +180 on Sunday. That number is now on the move, sitting at +135. Phoenix is +375 to win it all, which is worth considering given the Nets’ injuries completely opening the door for the rest of the league. But getting more than three times better a number on CP3 winning MVP is worth a sprinkle. As terrific as Devin Booker is, Paul is the heart and soul of this team and has the ball in his hands more than anyone. Paul is underpriced when it comes to the Finals MVP market.
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