The Milwaukee Bucks and the Golden State Warriors advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs last night. The big question heading into tonight is, can the 76ers, Suns and Mavericks join them? Each of the three series is at Game 6 with the higher seeds leading 3-2. All three games should be ultra-competitive and entertaining.
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Pelicans Moneyline (-102) Third Quarter Over Suns
New Orleans has been the best team after halftime during the first round of the playoffs, producing a league-best 33.8 points a game in the third quarter on 58.1% shooting from the field and 53.1% from the 3-point line. They also are averaging nine free-throw attempts during the stanza, which is the second most in the playoffs. Brandon Ingram has led the way with 10.6 points after halftime for the Pelicans. The Pelicans have outscored the Suns by 9.2 points a game during the third quarter. Moreover, New Orleans is 6-1 against the spread in the third period during the postseason after posting the fourth-best record during the regular season. Meanwhile, the Suns have been sluggish following halftime, as they have shot just 42.2% from the field and 25% from beyond the arc over the first five games of the series.
76ers Third Quarter Spread (+0.5) Over Raptors — FanDuel (+100)
Philadelphia has not been a great third quarter team this season, posting a 40-40-2 record against the spread. But the 76ers have been very good in the third quarter during the playoffs, shooting 53.8% from the field and averaging over 29 points a games in the first 12 minutes after halftime. The 76ers have outscored the Raptors four times during this series and have a plus-5 scoring margin in the third quarter, with the other time being a push. Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey have been the most productive in the first and third quarters, averaging nearly 17 points in each of the two periods. Moreover, the Raptors have struggled in the third quarter since the All-Star break, getting outscored by 1.6 points a game and connecting on just 43.6% of their third quarter field goal attempts.
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Suns First Half Moneyline (-124) Over Pelicans
While Phoenix hasn’t been great during the third quarter in the postseason, the Suns have led each of the first five games against the Pelicans at halftime. The Suns average 56.6 points over the first 24 minutes while producing a shooting slash line of .530/.324/.844. Deandre Ayton has been brilliant in the first of games in the series, averaging 13.2 points on 72% shooting. Five Suns players are averaging at least 5 points in the first half against the Pelicans.
More importantly, Phoenix has been absolutely masterful on the defensive end during the first half against New Orleans. The Suns have held the Pelicans to less than 47 points in the first 24 minutes in the series on 36.9% from the field and 30.1% from 3. Jonas Valanciunas has been absolutely dreadful in the first half, averaging just 6.6 points on 36.1% shooting, while C.J. McCollum has also not shot the ball well in the opening half. Phoenix is an incredible 60-27 versus the first half moneyline this year.
Other Top NBA Bets & Player Props Today
- Pelicans vs. Suns Over 215 Points
- Mavericks vs. Jazz Under 210.5 Points
- Reggie Bullock Over 10.5 Points
- Herbert Jones Over 3.5 Rebounds
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