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Look below to find our free NBA picks for the two Conference Semifinal games on today’s schedule!
Milwaukee Bucks @ Boston Celtics – 3.30pm ET
We are in for a treat as this series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics has gone to the full seven games. No team so far in this series has been able to string back-to-back wins together, and last game, despite a 44 point performance from Antetokounmpo, the Bucks lost to the Celtics.
The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks will square off for an epic Game 7 on Sunday to send one of these teams to the Eastern Conference Finals. Awaiting the winner is the Miami Heat who took care of the Philadelphia 76ers in six hard fought games. So far in this series the road teams are 4-2 so the Celtics being at home may give a slight advantage but I don’t think it will determine the outcome at all. The Bucks have never felt the pressure of being behind in the series but also have not been able to win consecutive games. That all doesn’t matter now as it all comes down to this one game, which tips off at 3:30pm and will determine if the Bucks move on to defend their title or if we are guaranteed a new champion.
I’ve been one of the biggest Celtics backers for months now and I love the spot they are in right now. They have a home game in a do-or-die situation and coming off a big win to keep the season alive. The absence of Khris Middleton is likely to finally catch up with the Bucks in this game and I think it will lead to their season being cut short. Giannis Antetokounmpo is by far the best player in this series but I think the better team will squeak this victory out and that has been the Boston Celtics since the All-Star Break.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Boston Celtics (-215)
The time for Game 7’s is finally here, and our Sunday slate gives us two such games that should both be majorly entertaining. We start out in Boston, where the Milwaukee Bucks are traveling as they look to avoid blowing what once was a 3-2 series lead. Giannis has continued to be incredible, but with Khris Middleton out of the lineup, they’re having a hard time finding a consistent second option that can take some of the pressure off him. In their wins, it looks as if it’s been primarily Jrue Holiday getting the job done in that role, but if he’s struggling, it’s being shown that Giannis can’t really do everything himself. I think it’s safe to assume that he shows up, but in a Game 7 on the road, I’m hesitant to think that he gets enough help to power past Boston in this one.
For those Celtics, the answer has to remain the same. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart have to play exceptionally well, and I think they’re going to need a decent performance from Al Horford down low if they want a chance to advance. This is a series that’s been a little wild from the beginning, where home-court advantage hasn’t mattered all that much, but I think that changes here, as I just can’t see Boston losing three games at home in the same series. Jayson Tatum leads the way, and the C’s sneak their way into the Eastern Conference Finals. It’s going to be close, but in the end, I think the Celtics have a few more playmakers on the court, especially with Mid being out for Milwaukee. Celtics by single-digits.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Boston Celtics (-215)
This is going to be the most interesting Game 7 of the entire playoffs if you ask me. As the storylines around it have it set to be one of the best final game of the series in recent memory. As the Boston Celtics come in as a young team who is finally looking to get over the hump and into the NBA Finals. While the Milwaukee Bucks are one a mission to defend their NBA championship. It was a back and forth series as the Celtics and Bucks traded wins all throughout the first six games. Now it all comes down to this in one final game on Sunday afternoon.
The winner between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks will face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals and no matter who wins that is sure to be a great series. As the Celtics and Heat have an iconic rivalry dating back to the 2010s and the Bucks and Heat are the last two Eastern Conference Finals winners. This is sure to be a showcase between the former two time Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Celtics Jayson Tatum. However, in the end I have the Bucks getting it done.
Tony’s NBA Pick: Milwaukee Bucks (+180)
Dallas Mavericks @ Phoenix Suns – 8pm ET
It all comes down to this, the final game of the Conference Semifinals will see Game 7 between the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns. The Suns will have the home court advantage in this game, after they couldn’t close out the series in Game 6, going down to the Mavericks, 86-113.
If you told me after Game 2 that we would be in this spot here with the Suns and Mavericks squaring off for a Game 7 then I would have looked at you crazy. The Suns dominated the first two games, scoring over 120 in both and those wins helped push their personal win streak over Dallas to 11 games. However, the Jason Kidd-led Mavs never gave up and took both games on their home court to even the series. After the Suns took the 3-2 lead the Mavs once again tied the series up with a home win to get us in the position we are now, heading to a deciding seventh game.
I won’t read too much into the Suns being taken to 7, as I just think Dallas extending the series was delaying the inevitable. Phoenix is the better team but they just aren’t the same team on the road. Dallas has been equally as bad on the road and that’s why I think this game will go to the home Suns, as home teams are 6-0 in the series. Give me Phoenix on Sunday to move on to the Western Conference Finals and set us up for a classic series against the Golden State Warriors.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns (-275)
This is another series that has reached a deciding Game 7, and if you asked most people before it started if it would get this far, they’d simply laugh and say “not a chance.” The Dallas Mavericks have surprised a lot in this series, as at times they’ve simply looked like the much better team. I think most assumed that Luka Doncic was going to be the best player on the floor, but I don’t know that many people knew just how wide the margin was going to be. He’s been phenomenal, and he’s gotten help along the way, from at least one guy in each win. Dorian Finney-Smith played great ball in one win, Jalen Brunson helped in one, and they got a full team effort in another. That’s what they’re going to have to do in this one on the road in Phoenix if they plan on winning Game 7, because the Suns certainly aren’t going to make it easy.
On the other side, the Phoenix Suns have to figure out what’s gone wrong in their losses in this series, as they’ve gotten destroyed in each of the three losses. The good news is that they’re yet to lose at home in this one, and I think that trend continues. The key, to me, is still Chris Paul, as when he plays well this is arguably the best team in the league, but when he struggles, as he’s done lately, their play and production drops off. In the end, Devin Booker is going to score, I trust that DeAndre Ayton steps up down low when he needs to, and I think that CP3 and his veteran leadership steps up in this one in a must-win Game 7, especially at home. Luka and company keep it close, but at the buzzer, being in the desert for this one proves to be the difference, as the Suns win a close one to advance.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns -6.5 (-110)
Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks have an opportunity in this one to knock out the top ranked team in the league. Nobody expected the Mavericks to put up this big of a fight and extend this series to seven games. It has been a back and forth series between these two top Western Conference teams and now it will all culminate in the second Game 7 of the evening, as the winner will meet the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
The Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns are both very deserving of winning this series as Luka Doncic and Devin Booker have taken center stage in this seven game series. This one could arguably go either way, but the Suns certainly hold the advantage as they are a hard team to beat on their home floor and the two day turnaround could be tough for the Mavericks. Doncic will certainly need to have his best game yet. As for the result of this one however, I am going with the Phoenix Suns to pick up the win and get back to the Western Conference Finals.
Tony’s NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns (-275)
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.