The NBA Playoffs are underway, as there are several exciting matchups to look out for. Here, we break down the top Game 1 matchups and expected outcomes.
Let’s take a look at some of these upcoming Game 1’s!
NBA Playoffs: Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz – Jazz -5.5
The Mavericks will be without Luka Doncic with this one, as he’s nursing a calf strain. Spencer Dinwiddie and Jalen Brunson will be called on to replace his scoring and playmaking.
The Jazz have an elite scorer in Donovan Mitchell and rim protection in Rudy Gobert. Expect the Jazz to win this one and cover the spread.
NBA Playoffs: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves – Grizzlies -6.5
The Timberwolves will come into this game with a chip on their shoulders, as Karl-Anthony Towns hopes to bounce back from his disappointing play-in showing.
Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell hope to build off their strong play-in showings.
Ja Morant looks to continue building his case as one of the best players in the league.
The Timberwolves are motivated to make a statement, so expect them to pull off the upset on the road.
NBA Playoffs: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors – Sixers -4.5
The Raptors have no answer for Joel Embiid inside, so it’ll be up to them to limit James Harden and the other perimeter scorers on the Sixers.
This will be a close series, but expect Philly to take Game 1.
NBA Playoffs: Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets – Warriors -6.5
Stephen Curry will make his return, and with this being the Warriors’ first playoff game in three years, expect them to ride the momentum of that and handle Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets with ease.
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NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks – Heat -6.5
The Hawks are flying high after their play-in wins, and with Trae Young feeling himself, the window is open for the Hawks to take Game 1, or at the very least, prevent the Heat from covering the spread.
It will be up to Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo to get going inside early, but it might take them a game to adjust to the Hawks’ energy. Expect Atlanta to upset Miami.
NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets – Celtics -4
Kyrie Irving will be making yet another return to Boston, with the boo birds sure to make their voices heard.
Jayson Tatum is a threat to attack the Nets’ weak perimeter defense, but Kevin Durant’s length and defensive ability could help slow him down.
Expect KD and Kyrie to get it done with their unimaginable ways to score the basketball.
NBA Playoffs: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls – Bucks -10
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks will look to get their championship run off to a good start, as Antetokounmpo will attack the rim with no fear and challenge the Bulls’ defenders inside.
DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine could be in for good scoring performances, but expect the Bucks to win and cover the spread.
NBA Playoffs: Phoenix Suns vs. New Orleans Pelicans – Suns -10
Devin Booker and Chris Paul will pick their spots with ease in terms of scoring the ball and will also look to get their teammates involved.
Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum could get hot, but the Suns are just too deep. They’re going to win and cover with ease.