The Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors meet for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final while Denver Nuggets host Portland Trailblazers in Game One of the Western Conference Semi-Final. Our basketball experts have free betting picks for both games.
Philadelphia 76ers @ Toronto Raptors
We put up a winning pick on Saturday for Game One of the Philadelphia 76ers v Toronto Raptors, with the Raptors covering the spread with quite a lot to spare in Toronto. We stay in Canada for Game 2 and there’s really no reason to leave the Raptors.
They lost the opener in their Series with the Orlando Magic but have since gone 5-0, with an average winning score of 17.6 points. This run includes the 13 point win against the Sixers, which continued a losing streak for Phjiladelphia in the Scotiabank Arena that stretches back to 2012. 14 losses in a row is a huge negative for the 76ers and there’s just nothing about this current roster that indicates they’re about to break the streak.
The spread has, despite a 13 point Raptors win in Game 1, remained set at 6.5 Points in Game 2. That line should be punished once again.
Portland Trailblazers @ Denver Nuggets
Portland Trailblazers begin their Series with the Denver Nuggets in Colorado on Monday. The home side are the four point favorites over the surprise conquerors of the Oklahoma City Thunder but that line looks like it could be one to take on.
The Blazers put up over 100 points in each of their matches against the Thunder and will travel to Denver high on confidence and, crucially, having had several more days rest than their opponents. The Nuggets were made to sweat in a tough Game 7 with the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday in match which will have fatigued them both mentally and physically.
The Nuggets have won 6 of their last 7 against the Blazers, which explains why they are -174 favorites. However, that match against the Spurs, where Denver led by 17 points at one stage, but only sneaked a 90-86 win in the last seconds, is a worry. Portland can come out and attack the Nuggets and look well worth backing on the Spread.