The Celtics don't have an answer for Giannis Antetokounmpo, plus can Rangers continue domination of Penguins?

Good afternoon everybody, it’s Chris Bengel back with you on this stunning Tuesday. We’re formally in among the very best times of the year with the NBA and NHL playoffs in complete swing in addition to the Major League Baseball season downing along.

I discovered myself painful about the Philadelphia 76ers last night in their Game 1 loss to the Miami Heat. Joel Embiid was incredibly missed out on and it enhanced my belief that he must be crowned league MVP following the postseason. Despite still having actually talented gamers like James Harden, Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey in the fold, the loss of Embiid entirely triggered the Sixers to look overmatched on the glass and stagnant on the offending end sometimes. Spare me with your Nikola Jokic analytical arguments.

OK, let’s dive into some postseason chooses from the NBA and NHL! 

All times Eastern, and all chances through Caesars Sportsbook

The Hot Ticket

Bucks vs. Celtics, 7 p.m. | TELEVISION: TNT

  • Key Trend: The Bucks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 roadway video games
  • The Pick: Bucks +5 (-110)

Even without Khris Middleton, the Bucks still handled to quickly hand the Celtics a 101-89 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. During the routine season, the 2 groups divided the season series. However, the Bucks have actually shown to have the upper hand since late with wins in the last 2 routine season conferences and Sunday’s contest.

As must come as not a surprise, the Celtics merely had no response for Giannis Antetokounmpo — specifically when protective stopper Marcus Smart left the video game due to a quad injury. Antetokounmpo controlled the Celtics to the tune of 24 points, 13 rebounds and 12 helps which’s something I anticipate to continue. In regards to post existence, Boston does not have a lot to fluster Antetokounmpo because department. After all, Al Horford isn’t rather the protector that he when was.

This is likewise a Bucks group that balanced 115.5 points-per-game throughout the routine season, which benefited 3rd throughout the league. It likewise does not harm that the Bucks are 5-1 ATS over their last 6 roadway contests versus a group with a house winning record. The Celtics might definitely do enough to win, however I’m anticipating a close video game. If you’re getting 5 points from the safeguarding champs, that’s the side I’m taking all day.

One more NBA choice

Warriors at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. | TELEVISION: TNT
The Pick: Jordan Poole Over 19.5 points (-105)
It’s been rather of an unusual postseason for the Warriors. Throughout the group’s opening round series versus the Nuggets, head coach Steve Kerr chosen to bring All-Star guard Stephen Curry off the bench as he worked his method back to complete strength from a foot injury. It definitely didn’t appear to trouble Curry much since he was his typical deadly self throughout that series.

With Curry in a reserve function throughout the series, Jordan Poole remained in the beginning lineup, however that altered in Game 1 versus the Grizzlies in the Western Conference Semifinals. Poole came off the bench for the Warriors, however stayed incredibly effective in a 117-116 triumph. The previous preliminary choice scored a team-high 31 points on 12-of-20 shooting, consisting of drilling 5 of his 10 efforts from 3. In addition, Poole has actually topped the 20-point mark in 5 of his last 7 video games, consisting of 3 of the 5 contests throughout the Nuggets series. 

Considering that we’re getting Poole’s points prop at -105 chances, this is certainly the play when it pertains to this video game. In what I anticipate to be a really close contest, Poole’s three-point shooting acumen might wind up being the distinction in the result.

Key Trend: Poole has actually scored a minimum of 20 points in 5 of his last 7 video games


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Penguins at Rangers, 7 p.m. | TELEVISION: ESPN

Latest Odds:

New York Rangers

The Pick: Rangers (-135) — The Stanley Cup Playoffs got underway on Monday and the underdogs had their day. Both the Blues and Kings record Game 1 wins in their particular First Round series. Yet, I’m more than pleased to ride with the preferred in this specific match.

First and primary, the Penguins are going to lack leading goaltender Tristan Jarry for a minimum of Games 1 and 2 as he handles a foot injury. In Jarry’s location, the Penguins rely on backup Casey DeSmith. Throughout the routine season, DeSmith signed up a 11-6-5 record to support a 2.79 goals-against-average and a .914 conserve portion. DeSmith quickly dealt with the Rangers in a 5-1 loss to the Rangers back on March 25 and stopped all 3 shots that he dealt with in 4:19 of video game action. Over DeSmith’s last 2 starts of the routine season, he gave up 7 overall objectives. I simply do not think that DeSmith will have the ability to keep a Rangers’ unsafe offense at bay.

In addition, the Rangers have had the Penguins’ number all year. New York was triumphant in 3 of the 4 routine season matches and Vezina Trophy frontrunner Igor Shesterkin was absolutely nothing except perfect in those video games. He tape-recorded a 1.01 goals-versus-average against the Penguins and gave up a grand overall of 3 objectives in those contests. Two of those starts led to nothings for the Rangers netminder. With the Rangers having the much better goalie in this series, I’m rolling with the preferred to open the series with a win.

Key Trend: The Rangers won 3 of the 4 matches versus the Penguins throughout the 2021-22 routine season

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