Game 5 is generally considered the most crucial in a seven-contest playoff series, as the team that goes up 3-2 in the series usually advances to the next step or round. Tonight features two such games out west, with the No. 2 Grizzlies hosting the No. 7 Timberwolves and the No. 1 Suns hosting the No. 8 Pelicans. Both of those games will be broadcast on TNT. Meanwhile, the Miami Heat will look to be the second Eastern Conference team to advance to the second round as they host the Atlanta Hawks up 3-1 in the series.
This daily NBA article will examine the best betting picks and NBA player prop bets today. With OddsShopper, bettors can maximize their profits and see the best chances with the highest expected return on investment. OddsShopper can find which sportsbooks offer the best prices for these prop bets. The following are the four best NBA bets for April 26.
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Heat Spread (-6) Over Hawks
The point spread has surprisingly crept down by a point since the opening line. Miami has been in control throughout the series and should continue their domination of Atlanta this year. The Heat are up 3-1 after blowing out the Hawks 110-86 on Sunday behind 36 points from Jimmy Butler. Butler has carried the Heat offensively throughout the series, averaging 30.5 points on 54.3% from the field and 43.8% from the 3-point line to go along with 7.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.8 steals. Miami is averaging 112.5 points on 46.8% shooting from the field and 36.6% from beyond the arc. They are outscoring the Hawks by 14.3 points a game and their last three victories have been by double-digits as they have completely handcuffed Trae Young. Young has failed to reach double-figures in two of the four games though he has topped the 20-point mark twice. More importantly, Miami is holding Young to just 35% shooting from the field and 21% from the 3-point line. They are also holding Bogdan Bogdanovic to under 41% shooting from the field. Overall, Atlanta is shooting just 44.4% shooting from the field, 32.7% from long distance and committing nearly 16 turnovers per contest through the first four games. De’Andre Hunter has played well for the Hawks.
Both teams are dealing with injuries with Kyle Lowry having been ruled out for the second straight game with a hamstring injury. P.J. Tucker (calf) and Caleb Martin (ankle) are questionable and Gabe Vincent (toe) is probable for the Heat. Similarly, Lou Williams (back) remains out for the Hawks with Clint Capela and Bogdanovic both questionable as they are dealing with knee injuries.
OddsShopper gives Miami a 71% chance of winning the game. The Heat are 6-2 this year against the Hawks with four of the victories by six or more points. The Heat have also won five straight against the Hawks and eight of nine overall. Moreover, Atlanta is just 17-27 away from home this season and their average scoring margin in those losses has been by more than 10 points.
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Grizzlies Spread (-1.5) Over Timberwolves Second Quarter
This Grizzlies – Timberwolves matchup has been absolutely terrific and extremely entertaining. The winner will take a 3-2 series lead.
Memphis returns home after splitting the two games in Minnesota after the Grizzlies’ comeback attempt in Game 4 came just short as the Timberwolves went four for four from the charity stripe over the last 10 seconds of the game. The Grizzlies have been great at home as well. While OddsShopper gives the Grizzlies a 66% chance of winning the game, the best bet in this unpredictable series is to take the Grizzlies to win the second quarter.
Memphis has dominated the series on the defensive end in the series. The Grizzlies have outscored the Timberwolves in each of the first four games by an average of nearly 7 points over the second 12 minutes of action as they are holding the Timberwolves to just 20 points on 39% shooting from the field and forcing six turnovers a contest. They also outscored Minnesota by an average of 4 points in the second stanza during the regular season.
Memphis is 52-31-3 against the spread in the second quarter this season, including 26-15-1 at home. The Grizzlies averaged 28.8 points in the period with a plus-2.0 scoring margin, which was the second highest in the league. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves are just 20-24 against the spread in the second quarter on the road. Moreover, they surrendered the seventh-most points in the period at 29 per game during the regular season.
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