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The second round of the NBA playoffs continues Saturday night with just one game. Yahoo Sports’ Minty Bets has the advice that you need.
All odds via BetMGM.
Will both Western Conference semifinals be 3-0 by the end of Saturday night?
That’s what the Utah Jazz are aiming for after winning the first two games in Utah. Phoenix went up 3-0 on Denver on Friday night and the Jazz can put the Los Angeles Clippers on the brink of elimination on Saturday in Game 3 of their series.
The Clippers enter this game favored by 4.5 points despite the series deficit and going just 1-3 at home in the first round. A comeback in this series by Los Angeles would be an NBA first; no team has ever come back from two 2-0 deficits in the same postseason. Only 28 teams have come back from a 2-0 deficit at all.
If L.A. wins, it could be a close one. Los Angeles is just 1-4 against the spread in its last five home games. That’s largely attributable to their home futility against the Mavericks, of course, but it’s worth keeping in mind that Game 7 was the team’s only recent home cover. Utah, meanwhile, is 4-1 against the spread in its last five road games.
“I know [Los Angeles is] at home, but I think there’s value in taking the series leader and the team with the best record in the West as underdogs,” Yahoo Sports’ Minty Bets said.
Prop bet we like: Game will have between 201-210 total points (+450)
In the last nine years, Nate Diaz has won just four of nine bouts and was stopped twice. Yet, it’s been during that time that he has become one of MMA's biggest attractions, which shows that winning isn’t the only ingredient necessary for stardom.
On Saturday, Diaz will meet No. 3 welterweight Leon Edwards in a five-round bout on the main card at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Judging by the betting odds, there isn’t much faith that Diaz can get back on the right track.
Edwards opened as a little less than a 4-1 favorite. On Saturday at BetMGM, Edwards was -550 and Diaz was at +400.
Most UFC fighters who were polled are picking Edwards, several predicting a win in dominant fashion. That, of course, angered Diaz, who lashed out at them in an appearance on "SportsCenter."
The one thing that favors Diaz is pace. Given it’s likely to be a striking battle, Diaz can push the pace because he’s extremely durable and won’t gas. This is a guy who completed a triathlon less than a month ago. Going 25 minutes in the cage, even with an opponent as skilled as Edwards, won’t be an issue for him.
Diaz takes a shot as good as anyone, and other than getting cut, he’s probably not going to be stopped.
Diaz has a way of taking opponents out of their game with his trash talk and in-cage antics.
Given I think he’ll survive, my top pick is for the fight to go the distance at +120 at BetMGM.
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