Midway Through NBA Finals First Round

Last week, it looked like the Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors could wrap up a place in their Conference Semi Finals in double-quick time.

However, after a busy weekend of action, no team has yet confirmed their place in the next round of the NBA Finals and every team remains alive in the competition, for the time being at least.

Before we take a look at some of tonight’s key games (with odds provided by BetMGM Sportsbook), let’s quickly recap the action that has taken place since last Thursday and review how each of the ties now looks head into Monday’s games.

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NBA Finals Results

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 24: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots over Nikola Vucevic #9 of the Chicago Bulls during Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs at the United Center on April 24, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bucks defeated the Bulls 119-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Thursday 21st April

Minnesota Timberwolves 95-104 Memphis Grizzlies (Memphis leads 2-1)
Utah Jazz 118-126 Dallas Mavericks (Dallas leads 2-1)
Denver Nuggets 113-118 Golden State Warriors (Golden State leads 3-0)

Friday 22nd April

Atlanta Hawks 111-110 Miami Heat (Miami leads 2-1)
Chicago Bulls 81-111 Milwaukee Bucks (Milwaukee leads 2-1)
New Orleans Pelicans 111-114 Phoenix Suns (Phoenix leads 2-1)

Saturday 23rd April

Toronto Raptors 110-102 Philadelphia 76ers (76ers leads 3-1)
Utah Jazz 100-99 Dallas Mavericks (Series Tied 2-2)
Brooklyn Nets 103-109 Boston Celtics (Boston leads 3-0)
Minnesota Timberwolves 119-118 Memphis Grizzlies (Series Tied 2-2)
Chicago Bulls 95-119 Milwaukee Bucks (Milwaukee leads 3-1)

Sunday 24th April

Denver Nuggets 126-121 Golden State Warriors (Golden State leads 3-1)
Atlanta Hawks 86-110 Miami Heat (Miami leads series 3-1)
New Orleans Pelicans 118-103 Phoenix Suns (Series tied 2-2)

Nuggets, Raptors Keep Hopes Alive

There were big game four wins for the Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets, who kept alive their hopes of progressing with a win to cut their deficit to two games in the series, although you’d be a brave punter to back either the Warriors or 76ers not to progress from these ties.

The Miami Heat lost a narrow one to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday but bounced back to win last night to move themselves to within one win of progressing into the next round.

The shock news came from Brooklyn where the in form Boston Celtics landed a 109-

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 23: Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center on April 23, 2022 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images).

103 victory to put themselves 3-0 up against the much-fancied Brooklyn Nets for whom Kevin Durant is struggling for form against the amassed ranks of the Celtics defense.

The Bucks look comfortable after two road wins in Chicago left Bulls fans booing their team off the court following two heavy losses which all but puts paid to their hopes of progressing.

Three other games will go at least to two more matches with them being tied at 2-2, the Jazz and Mavericks, Timberwolves and Grizzlies and perhaps most surprisingly of all, the Pelicans and the Suns are now tied up with Phoenix losing a rare home court game last night to bring New Orleans back level in the series.

Tonight’s NBA Finals Action And Betting Odds

Celtics @ Nets (Celtics lead 3-0)
Raptors @ 76ers (76ers lead 3-1)
Jazz @ Mavericks (Series tied 2-2)

There are three games tonight and two of those could well see one team confirm itsBetMGM place in the next round of games.

First up, if the Boston Celtics can win again in Brooklyn against the Nets they will progress with a 4-0 record against one of the fancied teams to win the Finals this year. That would be a stand out result for the Celtics who are flying at the moment.

It’s last chance saloon for the Nets now and they remain the slight -1.5 favorites to win the game tonight with BetMGM, but I much prefer the even money moneyline bet on the Celtics to land a 4-0 series win with victory tonight.

The second game should afford the 76ers a solid chance to move into the next round as they are back in Philadelphia for tonight’s game.

I expect Joel Embiid to once again be the focal point and maybe James Harden finally show why the 76ers traded for him. The 76ers are -7.5 with BetMGM to land the win and it’s hard to argue against that, with odds of 10/11 on them for that spread bet.

Last up, we will see whether the Jazz or Mavericks will take a step towards the next round as they play game 5 of their series.

With things tied at 2-2, nothing can be decided tonight, but a win for either team would put them at a huge advantage with just two games of the series left to play.

The Mavericks will have home court advantage in two of these last three games and I think that may be enough to see them through and I am backing them to land the win tonight either at -2.5 on the spread market or just on the money line bet where they are a 7/10 chance.

Join me tomorrow when we’ll recap the latest NBA Finals action and take a look ahead to Tuesday evening’s games.


FEATURED IMAGE – NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – APRIL 24: Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives against Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of Game Four of the Western Conference First Round at the Smoothie King Center on April 24, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Author: Paula Dunn