The top-seeded Phoenix Suns look to post their 11th consecutive victory over the Dallas Mavericks when they host Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Wednesday. Phoenix, which hasn’t lost to Dallas since Nov. 29, 2019, drew first blood with a 121-114 triumph on Monday. The Suns and Mavericks are meeting in the postseason for the third time, with each team owning a series victory.
The top seed in the Eastern Conference also hopes to take a 2-0 series lead as the Miami Heat host the Philadelphia 76ers. The Heat took advantage of the absence of Joel Embiid (concussions/fractured orbital bone) and posted a 106-92 victory in the series opener. The teams split their first two playoff meetings, with the 76ers winning the most recent series in 2018. Before making any NBA picks or parlays, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Top NBA playoff picks for Wednesday, May 4
One of the top NBA playoff picks for Wednesday the model recommends: Over 207.5 in the Heat vs. 76ers game. Miami has reached triple digits in five of its first six games this postseason and finished three points shy of doing so in the other contest. Meanwhile, Philadelphia scored 100 or more points in five of its six first-round games against Toronto and was eight shy of the century mark without Embiid in the series opener.
Jimmy Butler is fifth in the NBA with an average of 27.4 points this postseason and has scored 36 or more twice in his five outings. The 32-year-old small forward had just 15 points in Game 1, but two other players picked up the slack for Miami. Tyler Herro, who was named the 2021-22 NBA Sixth Man of the Year on Tuesday, came off the bench to produce a team-high 25 points, while Bam Adebayo added 24 while also grabbing 12 rebounds.
Herro is listed as questionable for Game 2 due to a sprained ankle, but the Heat are hoping he’s able to play as the 22-year-old point guard was 4-for-6 from beyond the arc in the series opener. Tobias Harris is coming off his best performance of the postseason for Philadelphia as he led all players with 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting. The 76ers are likely to shoot better from 3-point range on Wednesday after going just 6-for-34 from long distance in Game 1.
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