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NBA Playoffs Round 1 Betting: Free Parlay Pick

The NBA Playoffs Round 1 action rolls on in the Orlando bubble. Time dive in for some parlay action.

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Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics  

The Celtics took advantage of the absence of 76ers’ star PG Ben Simmons in Game 1, flexing to win, 109-101 Simmons is expected to miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on his left knee in early August. Boston knew that Sixers C Joel Embiid would be the absolute be-all-end-all focus of the offense, so they smothered him. The Celtics swarmed Embiid with nagging double-teams and won the turnover battle, 18-7, in the process. If Philadelphia can’t find a solution for these leprechaun double-teams, they will likely have an early exit from the playoffs.

Kristaps Porzingis looks to lead his team past the NBA Playoffs Round 1
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Boston’s favored by 4½ points in Game 2, though Gordon Hayward’s sprained ankle has him out for the series. NBA betting odds currently place the over/under at 216 total points. Visit our sportsbook now to check out all the sports betting options available to you for these sizzling NBA Playoff games. 

The under is looking attractive for a couple of reasons. Two top scorers, Simmons and Hayward, are out of commission. The double-teams and swarming defense are creating more turnovers. More turnovers equal less scoring in the long-haul, especially for Philadelphia.     

It’s unlikely the 76ers will succeed in making the adjustments necessary to win against a deep and talented Celtics team. The Game 2 results will look eerily similar to Game 1. Jason Tatum and Jalen Brown are just too much, getting a combined line of 61 points, 19 rebounds, and five assists in Game 1. Tatum and Brown are on a mission and Philadelphia is in the way. Boston should win by at least half a dozen points. 

Over the course of four regular-season games in 2019-20, the Celtics and 76ers averaged a total of 210.5 PPG. Only once did the total score of the game surpass the current betting odds for the under (216 points). On Dec. 12, the Celtics and Sixers combined to score 224 points. So, including the playoff Game 1, these teams have scored under 216 points 80% of the time. It’s hard to ignore those statistics. 

Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers  

The Mavericks are 6-point underdogs after losing Game 1 by a score of 118-110. Second-year sensation Luka Doncic looked a bit rattled in his first career playoff game, turning the ball over 11 times. Despite having the postseason jitters and being a bit gimpy, Doncic scored 42 points and fought to the bitter end. The 42-point performance set a record for the most points scored in a playoff debut. 

Tempers flared in the third quarter, when Clippers PF Marcus Morris, Sr. wrapped up Doncic on a drive attempt. After some pushing and shoving by Morris, Sr. and Mavs C Kristaps Porzingis, they both received technical fouls. For Porzingis, it was his second of the game, and he was ejected. The Porzingis exit played a huge role in the final outcome. Porzingis is questionable for Game 2 with a sore knee, but it would be shocking if he didn’t play. 

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were simply too much for the Mavericks. Leonard led the Clippers with 29 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists. George chipped in 27 points, and Los Angeles fought off a late Dallas charge. 

The Mavericks ranked third in the NBA in scoring and the Clippers ranked 4th, so the offenses are strong. Doncic and Porzingis are hobbled, though. Also, in four head-to-head matchups, including Game 1, the average point total is 228. The L.A. Clippers won all four of those games, by an average of 10 points. These trends and statistics lead to the conclusion that the Clippers -6 and under 230 total points are sound bets. 

A $25 bet on these four beauties will yield a total payout of $332.08 when you hit! 

BetUS NBA Free 4-Pick Parlay: Boston Celtics -4½ (-110)

 Celtics/ 76ers Under 215½ (-110) 

 L.A. Clippers -6 (-110) 

 Clippers/ Mavs Under 230 (-110)                         

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