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Ryan McKee (@TheRyanMcKee) and Zach Broner (@NBAZachB) pick winners for the NBA Playoffs games on Friday, September 4: Milwaukee Bucks (-5) vs Miami Heat and Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers (-6). First, they recap the weird fucking games from Wednesday night. Zach is angry at the officiating in both games. The Heat seemed to have the game well in hand until the very end, when some fluky plays compounded with some bad officiating calls threw everything in flux. Miami still won. After two games, their odds to win the series about gone from +375 to -160.
It’s rare a team comes back to win a playoffs series after being down two games. Still, Zach likes Milwaukee to bounce back in game three and win. Ryan doesn’t dispute the Bucks need to win, but he’s sticking with Miami plus the five points.
Ryan covers all the current odds on current playoffs series and updated NBA Championship odds. Milwaukee has dropped from a favorite to win it all to +750. The Lakers are the current favorite at +240. They sit at -580 to beat James Harden and the Houston Rockets in Round 2. Zach likes the Rockets odds at +380, now that the pressure is off of them.
Ryan leans toward the Lakers, but Zach reminds him how rusty LA looked coming into the Bubble and their first Playoffs game again Portland. Rest looks to equal rust for LeBron and AD. You might be better off taking the Rockets plus 6 points, even though they have to be worn down from their seven-game round 1.