NBA picks, bets, lines: Latest odds for 76ers vs. Heat and Mavericks Vs. Suns

Monday night sees the other second-round matchups getting underway after the Bucks and Warriors both won their Game 1s on the road to steal home court advantage. The 76ers (without Joel Embiid) face the Heat (without Kyle Lowry) and the Mavericks travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns. Will either road team steal Game 1 in these series?

Monday’s NBA Playoffs schedule:

  • Game 1: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat – 7:30 pm ET – TNT
  • Game 1: Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns – 10 pm ET – TNT

Every day during the NBA Playoffs, The Athletic’s writers will make their picks, straight up. We put our picks and all series coverage, plus the latest odds, all in one place for fans to easily digest and follow. Our in-depth NBA coverage is linked below the picks. For live NBA odds from BetMGM, click here.

76ers at Heat

Team Spread Total Moneyline

+260

-7.5

208.5

-350

Scout’s outlook: “I’m picking the Heat. Kyle Lowry’s got to be healthy. When you get to the round of eight, injuries to key players start to matter more. But Miami’s got guys who can guard (James) Harden. Nobody can guard Embiid. … But (the Heat) do have guys who can match up with Harden, I think. … Lowry, to me, is like an on-and-off defender; he’d put his mind to it (defending well in this series).

“Philadelphia’s kind of thin off the bench. Their starting five is excellent. But when they start going to the bench, is Georges Niang going to produce? Is Shake Milton (going to produce)? They’re going to have to play a lot of minutes. I like Miami’s depth better, with (Tyler) Herro, Caleb Martin and Duncan Robinson coming off the bench, even Dewayne Dedmon coming off the bench.

“I guess the negative for Miami is: Is Jimmy Butler going to carry them? Can Butler and Herro outlast Embiid, Harden and Tyrese Maxey? Because what these games come down to is that, eventually: your best players at crunch time producing on a regular basis. That’s why Lowry’s got to be there: so you have the trio of Butler, Herro and Lowry versus Embiid, Harden and Maxey. That may be a wash. So I think it’s a very close series. ”

Scout’s pick: Heat in seven
Coach’s pick: Heat in six
Executive’s pick: Heat in seven

Writer Straight Up Pick

Andrew Schlecht

Richard Deitsch

Sam Vecenie

Dave DuFour

Or Moyal

Jason Jones

Michael Beller

Cole Huff

James Edwards III


Mavericks at Suns

Team Spread Total Moneyline

+180

-5.5

214.5

-225

Coach’s outlook: “I look at matchups. Mikal Bridges will match up, and Jae Crowder will match up at times, with Luka Dončić. And both teams play small, so it helps. I think where Dallas gets the advantage is when their small ball comes into a game, their scoring becomes a lot better with the 3-point line, and the Mavericks can match up. Jalen Brunson is playing so well right now, as well as Dončić. They’re all playing at a great clip, and I think Chris Paul is going to be able to get worn down like you saw a little bit in that New Orleans series with (Jose) Alvarado guarding him. I think Dallas has bigger defenders that can get into him, and the Mavericks can switch between Devin Booker and Paul and create that matchup problem for Phoenix. ”

Scout’s pick: Suns in five
Coach’s pick: Mavericks in six
Executive’s pick: Suns in seven

Writer Straight Up Pick

Andrew Schlecht

Richard Deitsch

Sam Vecenie

Dave DuFour

Or Moyal

Jason Jones

Michael Beller

Cole Huff

James Edwards III


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