Some people need water to survive; some of them prefer food more, while others live from adrenaline. There are no many things as exciting as NBA playoffs battles are.
One of the most important things in the NBA playoffs is home court advantage. Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics are currently in such battle in Eastern conference. These teams are likely to play each other in the 1st round of playoffs, but it is a very big difference where the potential game 7 is going to be played at.
Although the Philadelphia 76ers are currently slightly better (more experienced) team, Celtics are not giving up from the battle for the 4th place at the East. Philadelphia lost its advantage at the leaderboards when their centers Embiid/Marjanovic got injured, so the Celtics used their chance very well to come close. This Saturday Boston Celtics will have great chance to compile pressure even more. Boston Celtics are hosting young team of Atlanta Hawks in their TD Garden.
Most of the Atlanta Hawks team was born in the 2nd half of the ’90s. And that could be the key to this game. Boston Celtics have far more experience and they know very well how to routinely win this kind of games against “newbies” as Hawks are. Vince Carter is playing his 20th season in NBA and is the most experienced man on the court, but his ages are more problematic. 42 years is not the number of the years when we can say someone is contributing to the team like in the best basketball years. Hawks also have a candidate for the “Rookie of the year award”. Trae Young is playing great lately, but it seems that Luka Doncic did enough to get the reward in front of him. Hawks have 6 rookies in their roster, while Celtics have 2 only. 1 of them is Brad Wannamaker, who played few great seasons in Euro league before coming overseas.
It seems that this should be an easy and routine win for Boston Celtics. If you want to make watching more exciting for you, you can place the bet. This great free bets website is the right place to find an offer and get maximum out of your money. 1/6 (1,16) @Bet365 odd for Celtics win looks like a fair choice if you don’t want to risk much. If you are ready to risk a little bit more, -9,5 @5/6 (1.86) handicap provided by Bet365 seems like a good idea. Also, 215.5 points border looks like it is going to be broken easily, over @215.5 @5/6 (1.86) found on Bet365. Horford to score more than 19.5 @⅚ (1.86) found on Bet365.
The fact that Hawks are turning over more than 18 balls per game is enough for Celtics to make some easy fast break points in transitional offence, which is their trademark this year.
Saturday also brings us many interesting matchups, one of the most interesting and the most attractive match to watch should be Oklahoma City Thunder who are hosting Golden State Warriors, current champions.
Warriors are likely to end up as the leaders of Western Conference even if they lose this game, while OKC needs to try their best because it is a very different picture when you end up the year at the 3rd and 5th place. This is going to be a very tough battle for a 3rd place at the West amongst Thunder, Trailblazers, and Rockets. All three teams have great shooting potential and it will be great round 1 between 4th and the 5th. When we talk about betting predictions for GSW @ OKC, it is hard to imagine this game to end up under 226.5, which is border created by bookies for this game. Those two teams have very, very good offensive potential and it should be similar to run & gun basketball, even if the game is very important.
Names like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Paul George are promising great basketball show. Kevin Durant is not very loved name at the Chesapeake Arena anymore. That is the main reason for us to believe that this game is going to be more than “another day in the office” for Warriors. To summarize things, we expect the game to be fast & furious. Total 226.5 Over @ 5/6 (1.85), Oklahoma to win the game @ 5/6 (2.16), Russell Westbrook to score triple-double @ 3/1 (3.05). Klay Thompson is back from injury, and we expect him to warm up for playoffs, so border or 21.5 looks like easy target for him, over @⅚ (1.86) found on Bet365.
Basketball is more than just a game; it is a way of life for those guys, and for some of us as well. We wish you great fun, even bigger winnings, and we are sure that the excitement wouldn’t be absent. Enjoy the games!