The NBA playoff action for Tuesday April 18th features three games on the schedule to the satisfaction of pro basketball bettors worldwide.
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The action begins at 7PM Eastern Time on NBA TV as the Toronto Raptors will host the Milwaukee Bucks. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Toronto Raptors favored by -7 ½ points with the over under line set at 193 points. Toronto was healthy and had a horrid shooting performance as they dropped Game 1 to Milwaukee 97-83. In the second half the Raptors shot 29% and were outscored by Milwaukee 51-32.
At 8PM Eastern Time on TNT TV the Boston Celtics will face the Chicago Bulls in Game 2 of their series. Boston is favored by -7 points with a total lined at 205 ½ points. Chicago is up 1-0 in this series with their 106-102 victory at the Boston Celtics covering as a 6 ½ point underdog. The Chicago Bulls size down low was a huge advantage as the team out rebounded the Celtics by a 53-36 margin. Chicago will need to be better securing the basketball as they committed 19 turnovers in the opener. Jimmy Butler led the team scoring 30 points. Bench player Bobby Portis contributed nicely with 19 points along with his nine rebounds.
The late night game gets underway at 10:30PM Eastern Time on TNT TV as its Game 2 for the LA Clippers at home to the Utah Jazz. LA is favored by -9 points with the total lined at 195 ½ points. It was a bad start to the playoffs for the LA Clippers as they suffered yet another playoff loss on their home court. Joe Johnson hit a running jumper as time expired for the Utah Jazz 97-95 road victory and cover as a 5 ½ point underdog. Utah has been an improved offensive team this season and it showed in the playoffs with the team making 48% of their shots. The Clippers struggled from the three point line going 8 of 24. Chris Paul had 25 points and Blake Griffin 26 points but the supporting cast needs more production to support LA’s two superstars.