Time to have a week! Picks and Player Props for both the NBA and NHL tonight, as well as a People’s Parlay!

Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets

Denver failed to find any rhythm as Portland continued their hot shooting from outside. Tonight’s game is huge for the Nuggets, as a loss tonight would put them down 2-0 in the series against Portland, but I think Denver will play with a high level of urgency tonight and get the job done. Jokic finished with only one assist and will have to figure out new ways to get his teammates involved. Portland can still win tonight as well, however, so the safest play might be a live bet early in the game or just to avoid this game entirely.

PICK: Lean Nuggets ML.

Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee shot 5-31 on threes in Game 1 while Miami shot 20-50 from 3-point range, but the Bucks still emerged victorious. I wrote previously about the large impact that PJ Tucker and Jrue Holiday would have on this series in the Matchup Preview, and they proved my point. Milwaukee was missing this level of depth last year and now that the team around him is more complete, Giannis Antetokounmpo will no longer accept getting embarrassed in the playoffs. He locked down Jimmy Butler and should continue to do so for the remainder of the series, and the Heat are unlikely to start as hot as they did in Game 1 in every game of the series. Duncan Robinson hit his first three 3s and finished with seven total, while Goran Dragic added five 3s off the bench. Milwaukee won even though they shot poorly, and I like the Bucks to take a 2-0 lead going to Miami.

PICK: Bucks ML. Lean -5.5.

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens

Maple Leafs close this series out, as the lack of fans in the stands gives the arena a neutral feeling. Toronto’s offense is too much for the Canadiens: the Maple Leafs average 35 shots per game while Montreal struggles to hold the puck on offense.

PICK: Leafs for the Win

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers

Panthers +1.5 is worthwhile in a parlay due to the odds, but the Lightning close this one out tonight. Kucherov is already questionable to play, and if he is out, definitely play the Panthers +1.5.

PICK: Lightning ML

Edmonton Oilers vs Winnipeg Jets

The Oilers had the collapse of the playoffs so far after they allowed three goals in three minutes to the Jets. I do not see how Edmonton can come back from that, as the Jets have all the momentum. I expect the Jets to finish this series, so go with Jets Moneyline or, to be safer, Jets +1.5 in a parlay.

PICK: Jets +1.5.

Player Props for NBA and NHL

Anfernee Simons Over 1.5 3PM

Robert Covington Over 1.5 3PM

CJ McCollum Over 2.5 3PM

Jrue Holiday Under 18 Points

Giannis Antetokounmpo Over 5.5 Assists

Butler Over 1.5 3s made and throw light on 2.5 3s made, the attempts should be there.

Connor McDavid Over 3.5 Shots on Goal.

Aleksander Barkov to Score 1 goal tonight.

People’s Parlay

Bucks ML, Vegas ML, Panthers +1.5, Jets +1.5, Maple Leafs ML.

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