Five of six game picks hit yesterday and nine of 11 of Ish’s Picks have hit for the week, so keep riding the hot streak and getting the bankroll up. Player Props did better last night and I like a few tonight as well. Ish’s Picks and Plays are posted every day!

Washington Wizards vs Philadelphia 76ers

Philly -8 is the play here. First, Doc Rivers allowed the Wizards to shoot 56% from the field and 40% on threes last game. Rivers is one of the best coaches in the league, so expect defensive changes to be made so that such shooting from the Wizards does not happen again. Joel Embiid got into early foul trouble and did not play the last eight minutes of the second quarter, allowing Washington to attack the paint and score at a high clip near the basket, but Embiid should not get into foul trouble again and I expect Philly to cover at home. The 76ers have three stars in Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Embiid, and their supporting cast is more productive than Washington’s.

PICK: Philly -8. Lean Under 229.

Player Props

Ben Simmons Over 16.5 Rebounds + Assists (I like this a lot coming off of a 30 R+A game)

Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks

Game 1 crushed my heart along with the rest of the Knicks fans, and although Knicks fans can do nothing but hope for a win tonight, there is a reason for that hope. The Knicks lost Game 1 by just two points despite Julius Randle shooting six for 23 and RJ Barrett and Reggie Bullock, two 40% shooters from deep, combining for just 1-11 shooting on threes. The Knicks bench was incredible, as expected, but the time has come for Randle and Barrett to step up in the biggest game in either of their careers. Although favored tonight, the Knicks have been underdogs all season long, and hopefully, the 15,000 fans at MSG bring pictures of birds to scare Trae Young.

PICK: Knicks ML. Lean Over 212.5.

Player Props

Julius Randle Over 25.5 Points, Julius Randle Over 8.5 Rebounds, Reggie Bullock Over 2.5 3PM, Reggie Bullock Over 2.5 Rebounds, Derrick Rose Over 4.5 Assists.

Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz

Memphis dominated in the first game of the series and Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks combined for 57 points. Jonas Valunciunas outplayed Rudy Gobert (although Valunciunas is the better all-around center – bring on your arguments), but Donovan Mitchell will finally return tonight and his presence will be a big boost for the Jazz. They need a win before heading to Memphis for two games, but they have shown up when they have needed to all season and I expect them to show up tonight.

PICK: Jazz -7.5 (Buy 2 Points if you can to lower it from 9.5), I also like Jazz 1Q -3.5 and Jazz 1H -6.

Player Props

Valunciunas Over 13.5 Rebounds, Ja Morant Over 6.5 Assists.

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Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa is looking to finish this series tonight to avoid going back to the Panthers’ arena for a Game 7 after the Lightning had chances to win the series last game, but could not capitalize. The Panthers came into the Playoffs hot, winning their last six games of the regular season, but have cooled down since. Andrei Vasilevskiy is the game-changer tonight as he will need to continue his dominant play between the pipes.

PICK: Tampa Bay to win and eliminate the Panthers tonight. (Look for a live bet on the Panthers +1.5).

Minnesota Wild vs Vegas Golden Knights.

Vegas played their worst defensive game of the series last game, allowing 4 goals on just 14 shots. Interestingly enough, road teams are 4-1 this series which favors the Golden Knights to close the series out tonight. Vegas has scored nine goals in two games on the road this season. The Wild will need their best game of the season tonight and it seems unlikely to happen.

PICK: Vegas Knights ML.

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