NBA Playoff Games, Tuesday August 18th

It’s a great day to be a fan of the NBA, as we finally get to see the 2020 playoffs begin on Monday afternoon. After all the uncertainty of the status of the season over the last few months, it is exciting to finally be able to sit back and watch games that we thought might never come. Over the next two days, we will have no less than 8 opening round games to watch and wager on. Yesterday, we got into the games being played on Monday, so let’s now jump ahead to the Tuesday games to see if we can come up with some winning picks that will help boost your bankroll. You can get all the odds at

Orlando Magic at Milwaukee Bucks (-12) – O/U 225
Prior to the lockdown, everyone was looking at the Milwaukee Bucks as the team to beat in the postseason, but they have not looked very good in their return. They went just 3-5 SU in their 8 games, which is the same record that Orlando posted during that same run. The Magic closed out the season with a win, bring a 5-game losing skid to an end. While the Bucks have not been great, they will be well aware that they took all 4 regular season games from the Magic, so you would expect them to come out and win here. I am going with Milwaukee to win, Orlando to cover, and the UNDER.

Miami Heat (-4) at Indiana Pacers – O/U 216
This might well be the most evenly matched series of the opening round, as these two teams were separated by just a single game at the end of the regular season. The Heat took 3 of 4 from the Pacers this season, but over their last 10 meetings, it is Indiana who have a 6-4 edge. Miami lost 4 of their last 5 to close out the season, while the Pacers finished strong winning back to back games and 3 of their last 4. The Pacers have covered the spread in 7 of their last 10 meetings with the Heat, so I am taking them to cover and the OVER.

Oklahoma City Thunder (-1 ½) at Houston Rockets – O/U 225 ½
This was the match-up that a lot of people were hoping for, as it sees Russell Westbrook go against his former teammates. Unfortunately, a quad injury will keep Westbrook out of Game 1, which swings things in the favor of the Thunder, at least according to the bookies. In fairness, the Thunder have won 7 of their last 10 meetings with the Rockets, including 2 of 3 this season. Houston ended the regular season on a 3-game losing skid, which is never a good way to go into the playoffs. OKC are 14-3 SU in the last 17 games that they started as a favorite, so let’s take them to win and go with the UNDER.

Portland Trail Blazers at LA Lakers (-5 ½) – O/U 229 ½
Much like the Milwaukee Bucks in the East, the LA Lakers come into the playoffs as the #1 seed in the West, but on a run of form that is far from convincing. On the flipside, the Trail Blazers have been playing the equivalent of playoff ball since the league returned to action. They made the play-in game and won that, so they are basically already postseason tested. Given how things have gone between them in their previous meetings this season, the OVER looks to be a very solid bet.