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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 – 7pm ET
The first game on tonight’s slate in the NBA will see the Milwaukee Bucks face off against the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of their Conference Semifinals series. The first game was won by the Bucks, who were led in scoring by Holiday, with 25. In the loss, it was Tatum that scored the most points for the Celtics, with 21.
We’ve got Game 2 of this Eastern Conference second round series to open up our Tuesday night slate, and I think you have to assume this one ends up closer than Game 1 did. The Milwaukee Bucks rolled in the first game of the series, using a monstrous performance from Giannis to lead the way, as well as getting some help from Jrue Holiday, who threw in a game high 25 points. Even without Khris Middleton for the series, this Bucks team is looking a lot like the team we saw in last year’s postseason that went on to win the title, and that should have everyone else in the league a little nervous.
For the Boston Celtics, they just didn’t play well in Game 1. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown both struggled, which is going to have to change if they want to have a chance in this one. I know Tatum scored 21, which is normally a solid night, but he’s going to have to do a lot more against this extremely balanced Bucks team in order for the Celtics to win the game, or series. The other thing to pay attention to is the fact that the C’s only managed 10 two-pointers in all of the first outing in this series, which is simply unheard of in a basketball game. Look for some adjustments on the offensive end, while I think they continue to play decent defense on the other end of the floor. Boston isn’t a team that’s going to back down, and at home in what feels like a must-win Game 2, I think they respond and get a tight win. Celtics in a close one.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Boston Celtics (-190)
As of right now the Milwaukee Bucks are looking like they will have no problem getting back to the Eastern Conference Finals and potentially even the NBA Finals as well after a dominating Game 1 win over the Boston Celtics. Led by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s triple-double and Jrue Holiday’s 20 plus point performance, the Bucks rolled to an impressive double digit victory. Now they will be looking to win their second game in Boston and head back home up 2-0 over the Celtics.
The Boston Celtics have finally lost their first game of the 2021-2022 NBA Playoffs after their Game 1 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Now they will need to find a way to bounce back at home so they can head to Milwaukee tied at a game each. Jayson Tatum will have to put up another good performance in this one and they will have to find a way to shut down Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday as well. As for the result of the second game of this series, I think it will be more of the same as I’m going with Milwaukee to get the win.
Tony’s NBA Pick: Milwaukee Bucks (+160)
Golden State Warriors @ Memphis Grizzlies – 9.30pm ET
It’s Game 2 of the series between the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors were able to get the win in Game 1 on the road, which could prove to be a deciding factor in this series. The Warriors were led in scoring by Poole, with 31, while the Grizzlies had Morant put up 34 points in the defeat.
Tuesday night also gives us Game 2 of this fantastic Western Conference second round series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors managed to get the win in Game 1, in a one-point game, as a clutch three-pointer by Klay Thompson proved to be the difference. The game saw Steph Curry and Klay both struggle from the field, but get bailed out in the end by the masterful performance that Jordan Poole put on display, as he dropped 31 points in the win. For Golden State, it was also a game that saw Draymond Green get ejected in the second quarter, so the fact that they overcame rough shooting nights from Steph and Klay, and a Draymond ejection, to still get the win, has to be a huge confidence boost for the Dubs.
For Memphis, not being able to capitalize on all of that from Golden State, has to be a momentum killer. They got a great game from Ja Morant, and one of the best games of Jaren Jackson’s career, but still weren’t able to get over the hump, partially due to the lack of offense they got from Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks. They’re also without Steven Adams right now due to COVID protocols, which I think could end up being big as the series continues, as that’s a matchup down low that I don’t think Golden State really has an answer for. In the end, this is a series that I had going six or seven games from the beginning, and I’m sticking to that, especially with the fact that Memphis has generally responded well to losses all year long. With this one being in Memphis, give me the Grizz to get the win, though I think it’s close, as I expect every game in this series to be.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Memphis Grizzlies (+108)
The Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies had a fantastic back and forth game in Game 1 of this series. It was Klay Thompson who hit the clutch shot to put the Warriors ahead and give them a 1-0 advantage heading into Game 2. The Warriors are looking to add another ring to their already impressive dynasty and as long as they remain healthy throughout the postseason, there is a real possibility that they will do just that. However, they will need to slow Ja Morant down during this series.
The Memphis Grizzlies have made a habit out of crazy comebacks so far this postseason. As it was a regular occurrence in their first round series with the Minnesota Timberwolves. It happened again in the fourth quarter of Game 1, however this time they fell just a little short of the win. Ja Morant will have to put up another near triple-double in this one, and even if he does, it may not promise the Grizzlies a win. As for the result of this game, I am going with Golden State to get the victory and go up 2-0 in this series.
Tony’s NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors (-126)
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.