We’ve now gotten our first taste of every series in the NBA Playoffs! While some higher seeds clearly came out on a mission, we saw a number of upsets in the first game, which should make these series interesting.
Below I’ll take you through today’s entire schedule, the betting odds for each game, and some stats and picks that we think should help you not only prepare to enjoy the game but also think about which way you want to want to bet the game if that’s something you want to do.
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NBA Odds and Schedule, April 18
#5 Toronto Raptors (48-34) @ #4 Philadelphia 76ers (51-31), 7:30 p.m. ET
76ers lead 1-0
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The 76ers won the first game 131-111 behind 38 points from Tyrese Maxey. Joel Embiid also chipped in 19 points and 15 rebounds, while James Harden finished with 22 points and 14 assists in a dominant effort for Philadelphia. While the Raptors did shoot 40% from three as a team, they were unable to stop the 76ers in part because of an injury to Rookie of the Year favorite Scottie Barnes. He, Gary Trent Jr., and Thaddeus Young are all expected to miss this game for Toronto.
On the season, Toronto was the 5th-best team in the NBA against the spread, finishing 46-35-1, while the 76ers went 28-43-1, which was 21st. At home, Philadelphia was also 17-24 ATS (22nd), while Toronto was 25-15-1 ATS on the road (4th).
Both of these teams were also middle of the pack when it comes to the Over/Under. Toronto finished 41-41 (15th) with Philadelphia just behind at 39-41-2 (22nd).
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#5 Utah Jazz (49-33) @ #4 Dallas Mavericks (52-30), 8:30 p.m. ET
Jazz lead 1-0
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The Jazz won the first game of the series 99-93 behind 32 points and six assists from Donovan Mitchell and 26 points from Bojan Bogdanovic. The Mavericks played a strong defensive game and were led on offense by 24 points from Jalen Brunson and 22 points and eight assists from Spencer Dinwiddie. Unfortunately, it appears “very unlikely” that Luka Doncic will be back for the Mavericks in game two.
On the season, Dallas is 47-33-2 against the spread, which is 3rd best in the NBA, while Utah is 33-46-3, which is 27th in the NBA. Utah is 16-24-1 ATS on the road (27th), while Dallas is 23-16-2 ATS at home (4th).
Both of these teams trend towards the under with Dallas’ O/U mark on the season finishing at 31-49-2 and Utah’s coming in at 37-43-2.
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#6 Denver Nuggets (48-34) @ #3 Golden State Warriors (53-29), 10:00 p.m. ET
Warriors lead 1-0
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Even without full minutes from Stephen Curry, the Warriors had no trouble with the Nuggets in the first game, winning 123-107. They were led by 30 points from Jordan Poole on 5-7 shooting from three and 16 points and nine rebounds from Andrew Wiggins. Curry played 22 minutes but should see those numbers tick up tonight, which is good news for the favorites.
On the season, Golden State is 41-37-4 against the spread (13th), while the Nuggets are 37-45 ATS (23rd). However, Golden State is strong ATS at home 23-16-2 (3rd), while Denver is 22-19 ATS on the road (14th).
Golden State is one of the better defensive teams in the league so they are 35-45-2 on the Over/Under this year (28th) while the Nuggets are 45-35-2 (5th).
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Here you can keep track of all of our picks for the day’s games: