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Monday's NBA Play-offs betting tips: Raptors and Nuggets backed to win

Lorenzo Gahol 29 Apr 2019
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The NBA 2018-19 play-offs continue on Monday with  games taking place.

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NBA Play-offs betting tips from's expert, including the best bets from Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets.

Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors (01:00 BST on Tuesday) - Eastern Conference Semi-finals Game 2

The Toronto Raptors are targeting a 2-0 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers in their Eastern Conference semi-final duel. The second-seeded Raptors drew first blood in the series after posting a 108-95 win at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday. Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam combined for 74 points to lead the hosts. Leonard posted a play-off career-best 45 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Siakam had 29 points and  seven boards. Six Philadelphia players scored in double figures with JJ Redick (17 points), Joel Embiid (16 points, 8 rebounds), Tobias Harris (14 points, 15 rebounds) and Ben Simmons (14 points, 9 rebounds) leading the team. Embiid, who averaged 25.7 points and 13 rebounds in their first-round series against Brooklyn, shot just 5-of-18 from the field. We expect the Raptors to pick up another win in the series.

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Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets (03:30 BST on Tuesday) - Western Conference Semi-finals Game 1

Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-final duel between the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers unfolds at the Pepsi Centre. This is the first post-season meeting between the two teams since 1986 when the Nuggets won their best-of-five first-round duel in four games. The Blazers beat the Nuggets in six games in the 1977 Western Conference semi-finals in the only other play-off duel between the Northwest Division sides. Portland went on to win their only NBA title that season with Bill Walton emerging as the Finals MVP. The second-seeded Nuggets needed seven games to oust the San Antonio Spurs in their first-round showdown. They clinched the series on Saturday night after posting a 90-86 victory at home. The win allowed Denver to advance to the second round of the play-offs for the first time since 2009 when they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference finals. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray are expected to lead the Nuggets in their quest to return to the conference finals. Jokic put up team-highs 23.1 points, 12.1 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 1.3 steals in the first round and put up two triple-doubles while Murray averaged 19 points per game. The prolific duo are expected to get support from Gary Harris and Paul Millsap. The Blazers, meanwhile, are more relaxed having disposed of the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in their first-round duel. Damian Lillard led Portland with 33 points, 6 assists and 2.4 steals while backcourt partner CJ McCollum put up 24.4 points. Enes Kanter will team up with Maurice Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu up front. Kanter, however, suffered a shoulder injury in their game-clinching win over the Thunder so he is not 100% in this contest. The Nuggets beat the Blazers thrice in their four meetings in the regular season. We expect Denver to take Game 1.

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