NBA Playoff Betting: Suns, Heat Big Favorites in Respective Game 2s

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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Apr 19, 2022, 12:00 PM

The Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns both are No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences and both parties will enter Game 2 of each series as large favorites with the NBA betting lines on their home court.

The Heat started out their playoff run on Sunday afternoon with a 115-91 victory over Atlanta, while the Suns fought off a second-half New Orleans surge and picked up a 110-99 win. Both of these teams had high expectations heading into the postseason, with the Suns looking to build off last year’s NBA Finals appearance.

The Memphis Grizzlies put together a tremendous regular-season run but didn’t find that same success in Game 1 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, who beat the Grizzlies by a score of 130-117.

Here’s a closer look at the three games scheduled for Tuesday when it comes to NBA betting.

Hawks vs. Heat

The Heat entered both Game 1 and the series as favorites at -375, while the Hawks opened at +300 for both.

Miami put forth a dominating victory but hasn’t seen a lot of line movement ahead of Game 2, with the Heat now being favored at -300, while the Hawks enter at +240.

Even with the Heat being large favorites in the series and for Game 2, 46% of the bets and 68% of the handle currently side with the Hawks on the moneyline for Tuesday night’s contest.

There is certainly a lot of backing for the Hawks ahead of Game 2 and you can see some logic behind that with the lack of value you’re getting with Miami as such sizable favorites.

Timberwolves vs. Grizzlies

The Timberwolves stunned the Grizzlies in Game 1 and picked up a road victory. With that being said, it should be safe to say that Memphis likely will have a more consistent performance in Game 2.

The Grizzlies opened at -300 to win the series over Minnesota, while the Timberwolves entered at +250.

In terms of the Game 1 odds, those saw the Grizzlies favored at -375, compared to the Timberwolves at +300.

Looking at Game 2, the series outlook has clearly shifted, with the Timberwolves only being road underdogs at +220, which shows some line movement in the series. The Grizzlies are still favorites though, where they sit at -275.

Despite only 45% of the bets coming in on the Grizzlies on the moneyline, 83% of the handle is on Minnesota to even the series.

Pelicans vs. Suns

The Suns survived a late scare after the Pelicans put forth a dominant third quarter in Game 1, but Chris Paul and his veteran leadership were enough to propel the top-seeded Suns to a victory.

The Suns opened the series as substantial-sized favorites at -1000 to defeat the Pelicans, with New Orleans opening at +650. Those same odds took place for Game 1 and we’ve already seen a massive shift in line movement ahead of Game 2 in favor of the Suns.

Phoenix is now -5000 to win the series.

Devin Booker’s club’s Game 2 odds have increased to -550, while the visiting Pelicans are at +400.

Most of the bets that have come in are on the defending Western Conference champions’ side, with 69% of the bets placed on them on the moneyline, along with 88% of the handle.

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