Degens Only: Wednesday Plays, June 2
Let this serve as your reminder that the NFL regular season kick off is officially less than 100 days away! I know it’s still too far away, but one day at a time. We still have important information to uncover like where Julio and Rodgers are going to suit up this season, so let’s not get to ahead of ourselves. I am personally looking forward to watching the Lawrence – Tebow connection in action or if Zach Wilson can lead the Jets back from the dead. All this is too far to get over excited about now, but what we can get excited for its today’s top plays so let’s get into it.
Back in the Garden: Knicks ML
Two things are clear by this point in this series. One is that both teams are decisively better on their home court. The second being, that the Knicks seriously need to address their lack of offense in the offseason. They have failed to eclipse the 100 point mark in the last two games and that certainly won’t get it done on the road in the playoffs. Coming back to home court advantage in this one, the Knicks were a solid 25-11 at the Garden this season and were a bucket away from having a tied series and a 2-0 record at home in the playoffs. Both of these teams have struggled on the road sitting at a sub .500 16-20. With the Knicks averaging eight points more at home and sitting on the brink of elimination, the Knicks will feed of the energy of the Garden and use their home court edge to take this one. Take the Knicks ML.
Magic Act: Wizards/Philly over 229
I know you saw it; anyone with eyes had to have seen it. The glare of hope in Westbrook’s eye when Embiid came out of the game. Now the Wizards were able to survive that game and had some of their best numbers with the absence of the big man, but it will be short lived as its doubtful he will miss game five. With that said, it does not mean that he will be 100% for game five. While the Wizards still have slim hopes at winning this game with a hobbled big man, they do however have a better chance at scoring more points and making it a more competitive game. This is where we land with this one on the over. We all know the Wizards haven’t played much defense since the season tipped off and they certainly are not going to start now. While the Sixers are for sure better with Embiid on offense it won’t be like they can’t get it done without him against a team like the Wizards. Just last game, they were still able to put up 114 and go over the 30 point mark in ¾ quarters. With a less effective Embiid, the fast-paced Wizards should be able to put up some more points and make this one go over. Take the over 229.
Everything is Bigger in Texas: Dallas/Clippers over 217
The Clippers finally woke up and had their best game of the series. With that said, the Mavs had their worst game of this series only putting up a sad 86 points. All of the games in this series have been won by the road team, with the Mavs scoring 25.5 more points on the road. Both teams had a bit of a letdown offensively in game four and with the offensive firepower both teams possess, it’s hard to imagine that happening two games in a row. This number is a little too low as game one was only one point away from the posted total games two and three went well over and game four was a letdown. Expect these two teams to have each other figured out by now and to go at each other to try and make up for the terrible offensive play in game four. Take the over 217.
Still Hungry Bears: Jazz/Grizzlies Over 225
Yep…another over. Listen, the first few games of a series are about the teams trying a few things and seeing what works and sticking with that. Now obviously, the Jazz are the better team in this series, and being up 3-1, I don’t think this Jazz team lets off the gas here. We know they can flat out score as they have posted 120+ in each of the last three games and all those games have gone over the posted total by at least eight points. The Jazz are going to want to close this one out at home and not have to extend the series back to Memphis. On the other hand, you have a Grizzlies team fighting to keep their season alive, so look for them to give everything they have toward this game. With the offensive talent of the Jazz, the desperation of the Grizzlies defense is going to take a back seat and the buckets will rain in this one. Take the over 225.