The NBA Finals picture gets a little clearer every day, even if there is still a lot of movement that can occur. As basketball fans have already seen in plenty of games, there are surprise outcomes that can change series completely, but things are starting to settle down. Chalk up some of the losses to NBA Bubble jitters or the coronavirus; either way, tonight’s games on Sept 9 couldn’t be more important for a couple of NBA teams looking to advance, and it makes our picks pretty tough. It will be interesting to see if Kawhi Leonard gives Jamal Murray the finger one more time.
NBA Daily Picks Sept 9
The Celtics Are Ready To Wrap Things Up
The Boston Celtics, making a deep run in the playoffs for the first time in years (they took the Atlantic Division in 2017, but has been ten years since they saw a conference win), are just one game away from appearing in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. They have played spectacularly against the defending champions, the Toronto Raptors, and lead the series 3-2. The pressure is on and the Raptors can’t be ignored, but the stage is apparently already being set.
The Celtics have beaten the Raptors six out of the nine times they have played this season – four of the games ended with a differential of at least 15 points. In Game 4, the Celtics dominated the entire contest, ultimately winning by 22 points and, in doing so, announcing their intention to make tonight’s game the last one. Guard Kemba Walker has been doing what he does best, and will raise the energy level tonight.
The Celtics are going to have to play without forward Gordon Hayward, but this won’t stop them. Along with Walker, Boston can count on Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Daniel Theis, and this will be more than enough power. Boston is getting -150 to Toronto’s +135 and this makes the moneyline not very interesting. Even the spread (+3, -110) is probably not a good target, given Boston’s ability to widen the points gap. Our pick is the Over/Under of 210.5 (-110) for this Sept 9 game, with both NBA teams fighting for the win for different reasons, this could be a high-scoring game.
The Clippers Could Be Glory-Bound
When the LA Clippers beat the LA Lakers in the first game of the season, there was an immediate realization that the team was ready to leave its mark on the 2020 NBA season. It has done well to achieve that goal up to this point, now meeting the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals. The Clippers are up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, and want to extend their lead tonight.
Denver was able to take Game 2, but LA has been the better team in the series. Game 3 showed a lot of why the Clippers a force to be taken seriously, as, down in the fourth quarter, they rallied and outscored the Nuggets by ten points to take a come-from-behind win. Leonard has proven to be every bit the hoops talent he was expected to be, with Paul George right up there with him.
This doesn’t mean that the Nuggets can be shrugged off – even Clippers head coach Doc Rivers knows how skilled Nikola Jokic is. He enjoys seeing Jokic’s footwork and moves, and says of him, “He’s the best passing big that I’ve seen, I think, ever. I know [Bill] Walton was one of [the best passing centers ever].” However, Jokic is going to find difficulty tonight with the Clippers, who are favored -385 for the win.
This doesn’t make for a big win on the moneyline, so opt for the spread and/or the Over/Under. At -8 (-110), the Clippers are completely expected to cover the spread and an explosive offense looking to win its third series game should be able to easily make the Over/Under of 220.5 (-115).
That’s all for our daily NBA picks and parlays for Sept 9, should be a great evening’s action!