1.0% wager on Miami Heat -4.0 @ -112 odds
1.0% wager on Houston Rockets Moneyline @ -130 odds
1.0% wager on Portland Trail Blazers +6.5 @ -110 odds
The Miami Heat have such a strong identity lead by the tenacity of Jimmy Butler. He even has extra motivation to silence T.J. Warren and "win" their beef. The Heat won game one by 12 points and are only getting -4 in game two; we have no issue conceding that small amount. The Heat have a stronger starting 5 and Oladipo, usually a key contributor for the Pacers, has just not looked himself. There are claims that he is still not fully recovered from his previous injury and still battling to get to 100% health. What has us the most confident about the Heat, is there defense; it is generally very solid and will take that all day in playoff basketball.
Speaking of defense, Portland held the Lakers to 93 points. Scoring under 100 is really uncommon these days and the Lakers have done 4 out of their last 8 games. Now, to be fair, it isn't so much Portland's defense as it is the Lakers' perimeter shooting; it is awful. They shot 15.6% from the 3-point line and had a 35.1% total field goal percentage; you cannot win games like doing those things. Other than shooting they played fine, leading the game in rebounds, steals, assists, points in the paint, and had less fouls. Lastly, the way Portland has been firing and hitting from deep vs how the Lakets haven't been; that will be the story of this series.
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