NBA Playoffs Preview: Three games set for Monday April 18
Ricky Gray | April 18, 2022
With the NBA playoffs in full swing, we have a preview for each of the three games tonight
We've already completed game one of the NBA playoffs and a few of the teams playing today got off to a slow start. We're going to look at each of the games today and see if we can come up with a winner for the game.
Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers - 4:30 PM PT
The first game of the day will have the Raptors facing the Philadelphia 76ers. The first game of the series saw the Raptors lose 131-111 after being overwhelmed by the 76ers offense. Three players for the Raptors are listed as "day-to-day" and could miss tonight's game. The Raptors come into this game as 7.5-point underdogs.
The 76ers showed just how strong their offense is in the first game of the series. Surprisingly enough, the leading scorer wasn't Joel Embiid or James Harden, but Tyrese Maxey. Maxey put up 38 points and shot 14 for 21. Embiid led the team with 15 rebounds and Harden tallied 14 assists.
Ricky's Pick - Philadelphia 76ers -7.5
Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks - 5:30 PM PT
The Utah Jazz face off in Game 2 against the Dallas Mavericks in the second game of the night. With a 1-0 lead, the Jazz comes in as a 5.5-point favorite. In the first game of the series, the Jazz won 99-93, likely due to Luka Doncic being out for the Mavericks. Doncic will likely miss tonight's game as well, leaving the Mavericks without their leading scorer.
The Mavericks have a great defense, ranking second in points allowed per game (104.65). They were able to limit Rudy Gobert to just five points, however, didn't do well rebounding which cost them the game. Without Doncic, they come in at a massive disadvantage tonight. We think the Mavericks will go down two games after tonight.
Ricky's Pick - Utah Jazz -5.5
Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors - 7:00 PM PT
The final game of the night pits the Denver Nuggets against the Golden State Warriors. Denver is already down 0-1 in this series after losing 107-123 in Game 1. The first game took the Nuggets by surprise with Jordan Poole scoring 30 points and Stephen Curry tallying 16 points in 22 minutes.
With slightly more preparation, the Nuggets should have a better game against the Warriors this time. Curry is still on limited minutes and the Nuggets will likely have a game plan for Jordan Poole. We expect a bounceback game for the Nuggets tonight, so we'll take Denver +7.
Ricky's Pick - Denver Nuggets +7