Milwaukee Bucks guard Wesley Matthews
Milwaukee Bucks guard Wesley Matthews (23) drives as Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) defends in the first half of Game 1 in the second round of the NBA Eastern Conference playoff series, Sunday, May 1, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


Nathan Hursh

Celtics ML (+100 FD)
I think this series is meant to go seven. Both of these teams are evenly matched and might be the two best teams remaining in the playoffs. Of the five wins in this series, three have come on the road so picking the road team doesn’t bother me. With Scott Foster reffing this game, I think Boston forces a Game 7. They don’t call Foster “the extender” for nothing. Although I think Milwaukee wins the series, Boston will win tonight.

Grizzlies +8 (-110 FD)
It’s hard for me to pick a team to win by nine in one game after they were losing by 50. Although I think the Warriors will win this game, I do believe it will be close. Memphis is even more scrappy without Ja Morant. Their 21-6 record without him speaks for itself. Also, it just doesn’t seem like good karma when your team gets destroyed the way Golden State got destroyed in Game 5. I expect Game 6 to be similar to that of Game 4. Memphis will cover.

Corbin Burnes 9+ strikeouts (+124 FD)
Let’s switch things up with some baseball. If you were unaware, Corbin Burned is that dude. Through six starts this season, Burnes has 50 strikeouts over 38.2 innings pitched. Over three of his last four starts, Burnes has racked up 10 or more punchouts. Tonight he will face the Marlins who are a middle-of-the-road team when it comes to striking out. Their team K rate (offensively) of 23.6 percent is the 14th highest in baseball. Although Miami is not at the top of the list, Burnes shouldn’t have much of a problem piling up Ks as his stuff is that good. At plus odds, I love the value of this pick.

Bonus Same Game Parlay:
Celtics ML (+100)
Smart 15+ points (+112)
Smart 3+ threes (+110)
Smart 6+ assists (-136)

Total Parlay: +665 (FD)

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