NBA Best Bets – 5/6/23

Knicks @ Heat

In the regular season, the Heat were 9-9 without Jimmy Butler. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3 is tonight in Miami, and the Heat are ready to bounce back after the beating they received in Game 2.

By relying on strength, this New York team has continued to find victory throughout these playoffs. The Knicks have an impressive offensive-rebounding percentage of over 38%, allowing them to score almost 17 second-chance points per game.

The Knicks took 30 free throw attempts in Game 2 and were 16 out of 40 from deep. Shooting like that makes them a hard team to keep pace with.

The absence of Jimmy Butler was noticeable in Game 2, and his participation in tonight’s game is still uncertain, as he is listed as questionable. However, if Miami aims to have a shot at winning, Butler must take the court.

The Heat’s offense has taken off in the postseason, as they are scoring at a higher rate than they were in the regular season, it’s uncertain if such play is sustainable, but it’s working for now. As long as Butler plays, bettors can count on a Miami win today.

Miami -4 (-110)
Over 208.5 (-110)

 

Warriors @ Lakers

Anthony Davis has had 30+ points in every other game since April 19. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

This incredible series heads to LA for Game 3. After the Lakers yanked the victory from Golden State in Game 1, the Warriors bounced back with a statement win in Game 2 to even the series, making things mighty interesting for Game 3.

Los Angeles has done a tremendous job of shutting down Steph Curry. As a result, Curry’s point totals in Games 1 and 2 were lower than in any game in his first series against the Kings. That kind of defense will give the Lakers a chance of winning this series.

As for their offense, the Lakers will be looking for better production out of Anthony Davis. He has 30 points in their Game 1 victory but just 11 in Game 2. With LeBron not being the high-scorer he once was, Davis must step up to earn the dub at home.

Anthony Davis Over 24.5 Points (-115)

As stated this will be a tight one in Los Angeles. These two games will likely be split, and we will be well on our way to a Game 7, but bettors should expect a Lakers win here in Game 3.

Los Angeles -3 (-110)

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