Momentum is on the Sixers' side vs. Heat in Game 5, plus other best bets for Tuesday

Good afternoon sports fans, it’s Chris Bengel back with you after another marvelous weekend of wagering action. Hopefully everyone kept away from the Kentucky Derby after 80-1 underdog Rich Strike won in among the most significant upsets of perpetuity.

Similarly, the NBA and NHL playoffs, which remain in full speed, have actually produced turmoil. From an NBA viewpoint, the Phoenix Suns are getting all that they can deal with from Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. Throughout the season, I’ve stood strongly in the camp that the Suns have the most skilled lineup in the league and can certainly return to the NBA Finals. However, the Mavericks have actually gotten production from up and down their lineup and have actually truly stood out shooting from the boundary. 

With more NBA and NHL action on tap tonight, let’s not squander anymore time and leap right into the choices!

All times Eastern, and all chances through Caesars Sportsbook

The Hot Ticket

76ers vs. Heat, 7:30 p.m. | TELEVISION: TNT

Latest Odds:

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Key Trend: The Sixers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 video games following a directly win
  • The Pick: 76ers +2.5 (-110) 

What a distinction a week makes. After the very first 2 video games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in between the Heat and Sixers, Miami seemed the exceptional group with Philadelphia having a hard time without Joel Embiid in the lineup. Embiid returned for Game 3 and the Sixers have actually now won back-to-back video games to bind the series.

In Game 4, Embiid looked his typical self to the tune of another double-double. Still, Embiid’s strong night wasn’t the story, as James Harden appeared like the James Harden we grew familiar with seeing when he belonged to the Rockets. He even drilled 6 of his 10 efforts from 3. If Harden continues to dip into anywhere near this level, the Sixers are going to be an extremely hard out.

Now, I comprehend why the Heat are preferred. They’re the house group and the house group has actually taken every video game in the series up until now. However, with the momentum entirely swinging following the last 2 video games, I’m on the Sixers side here. Even without Embiid in Games 1 and 2, Philadelphia still spent time. The Sixers have Embiid back in the fold in a hostile environment and Harden has an abundance of self-confidence after a magnificent efficiency. On top of that, the Heat will lack Kyle Lowry, who will miss out on Game 5 due to a hamstring stress. I anticipate a close contest like we saw for most of Game 4, so provide me the Sixers to possibly even win outright.

One more NBA choice

Mavericks at Suns, 10 p.m. | TELEVISION: TNT
The Pick: Devin Booker Over 27.5 points (-105)
While I eventually think that the Suns are going to recover, it’s a little too close to call for my blood. But if Phoenix wishes to keep up versus Dallas, it’s going to require to continue to be the Devin Booker program. The Suns star guard has actually scored a minimum of 23 points in 3 of the 4 video games in this series, consisting of a minimum of 28 points in 2 of the last 3 contests. Booker has actually been aggressive from the opening pointer and has actually needed to be with seasoned point player Chris Paul having a hard time to rating over the previous 2 video games.

It likewise hasn’t harm that Booker is shooting the ball extremely well from beyond the arc over the previous 3 video games. During that stretch, he’s linked on an overwhelming 60 percent (12-of-20) of his efforts and has actually nailed a minimum of 3 shots from long-range in each of those contests. If the Suns are going to win this video game, Booker is going to require to have a huge video game, which need to play right into our hands.

Key Trend: Booker has actually scored a minimum of 28 points in 2 of his 4 video games in the series


Lightning at Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. | TELEVISION: ESPN2

The Pick: Maple Leafs (-130) — It’s been a back-and-forth affair in between the Lightning and Maple Leafs in their First Round series. In both of Toronto’s wins, they have actually outscored Tampa Bay 10-2. In both of the Lightning’s triumphes, they have actually outscored the Maple Leafs 12-3. It’s a series that can plainly go in either case with 2 vibrant offenses blazing a trail.

I think that pattern continues as the Maple Leafs have the benefit of house ice in Game 5. Over their previous 51 video games, the Maple Leafs are 36-15 when they’re the house favorites. One of the primary factors I like Toronto in this area is the truth that goaltender Jack Campbell has actually played fantastic on his house ice. Campbell has actually assembled a 19-5-1 record with a 2.22 goals-against average and a .924 conserve portion in 26 house starts this season. In both of the Maple Leafs’ wins in this series, Campbell has actually enabled a grand overall of 2 objectives. I’d be surprised if Campbell produced another trip in which he gave up 5 objectives.

The secret for the Maple Leafs might be going out to an early benefit. If Toronto can get an early lead as they performed in Games 1 and 3, I believe that the Maple Leafs will come out on the winning side this time around.

Key Trend: The Maple Leafs are 5-1 in their last 6 video games after enabling 5 or more objectives in their previous video game

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