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Saturday’s NBA Play-offs betting tips: Raptors and Nuggets picked to win openers

Lorenzo Gahol 13 Apr 2019
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The NBA 2018-19 play-offs get underway on Saturday with four games taking place.

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NBA Play-offs betting tips from Bettingpro.com's expert, including the best bets from Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets.

Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors  (00:00 BST on Sunday) - Eastern Conference First Round Game 1


The Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic begin their first-round play-off duel at the Scotiabank Arena. This is just the second post-season meeting between the two teams and first since 2007-08 when the Magic won their first-round duel in five games. The Raptors finished second to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference  with a 58-24 record and secured their second straight and fifth Atlantic Division title in six seasons. Former Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and the vastly-improved Pascal Siakam will lead Toronto in this showdown. Head coach Nick Nurse will also count on Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry and mid-season acquisitions Marc Gasol and Jeremy Lin. The Magic, meanwhile, finished seventh with a 42-40 record to qualify for the play-offs for the first time since the 2011-12 season. Nikola Vucevic is Orlando’s main man and the Montenegrin centre will team up with Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier and former Raptor Terrence Ross. Toronto and Orlando split their four meetings in the regular season. We expect the Raptors to draw first blood in the series.

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San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets (03:30 BST on Sunday) - Western Conference First Round Game 1 


The Denver Nuggets welcome the San Antonio Spurs in the first post-season meeting between the two teams in 12 years. The Nuggets finished second to Golden State in the Western Conference with a 54-28 record. This is their first play-off appearance since 2012-13 when they lost to the Warriors in six games in the first round. The Colorado club haven’t made it past the first round since 2008-09 so Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray are determined to lead the Nuggets against the Spurs. Both players are making their play-off debuts. Head coach Michael Malone will also count on Gary Harris, Paul Millsap, Will Barton and reserves Malik Beasley and Monte Morris. While the Spurs (48-34) are the lower seeds, they are the more experienced team having made the play-offs each season since 1997-98. LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan are the one-two punch of the Spurs. Other key players for head coach Gregg Popovich are Rudy Gay, Bryn Forbes and Marco Belinelli. This is the seventh post-season meeting between the two teams and first since 2007 when the Spurs eliminated the Nuggets in five games in their first-round duel. The Spurs have a 5-1 edge over the Nuggets in their post-season series. The Nuggets and Spurs traded home wins in the regular season. Denver own the best home record in the regular season that’s why we re backing them to win Game 1.

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Saturday’s NBA Play-offs betting tips: Raptors and Nuggets picked to win openers

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