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NBA Playoff Wednesday: Preview and Picks

Tue, May 8, 8:44am by Staff Writer

We have another huge day of NBA Playoffs on Wednesday (AEST), when both the Rockets and Warriors look to wrap up their respective series against the Jazz and the Pelicans and move into the Western Conference Finals.

Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets

Wednesday, 9th May, 10am at Toyota Centre

Utah have been one of the surprise packets of this NBA season but they have been outclassed against a star-studded Rockets side, who have plenty to play for in front of their home fans.

A couple of Houston’s biggest stars, James Harden and Chris Paul, had 24 and 27 points respectively in a resounding 100-87 game four win that puts the Jazz on the edge of elimination.

The Jazz will be desperate for Ricky Rubio to return to their line-up, with the guard missing his fourth game due to a hamstring injury he picked up in game one of this semi-final series.

The Jazz are massive outsiders on the road at $8, with the Rockets the favourites to advance at $1.09.

It’s hard to look past the Rockets for this clash, with one of the most dynamic backcourts in the league. The Jazz have struggled to match the Rockets on offence despite the best efforts of Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles.

Expect the Rockets to gain the early ascendancy and then power away to advance through to the big dance with the Warriors.

Best Bet: Rockets Big Win Little Win at 1-10 points at $3.02

New Orleans Pelicans v Golden State Warriors

Wednesday, 9th May, 12.30pm at Oracle Centre

The Warriors regained control of their series with the Pelicans thanks to a 118-92 win over New Orleans in a crucial game four clash and last season’s Champions will be confident of wrapping up this series here.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr unleashed all his All-Stars at once last start, with Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson all on the floor at once, and as you’d expect, New Orleans had no answers.

The star Pelican pairing of Rajan Rondo and Anthony Davis were kept in check on Monday (AEST), and they will need to play the perfect game if the visitors are to keep this series alive.

Sportsbet are certainly not expecting that to happen though, with the online bookmaker installing the Warriors at the short price of $1.09, while New Orleans are way out at $8.

Alvin Gentry’s charges have simply been outgunned over the course of this series and we expect that to continue here with the Warriors recording a comfortable victory.

Best Bet: Warriors Big Win Little Win 1-10 at $3.02

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