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Zach to the Rack NBA Playoff Picks For Monday 6/7/2021

Zach to the Rack NBA Playoff Picks For Monday 6/7/2021: Deandre Ayton vs. Nikola Jokić - Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets

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The first round is officially behind us, and we are cruising in the NBA Playoffs with surprising teams, bad injuries (Harden), and two of the most disappointing things I saw yesterday: the Hawks almost blowing a 20-point lead in the 4th quarter, and how terrible Floyd Mayweather looked fighting Logan Paul, a guy with a 0-1 career record and shorts on that said “SUPERBRO” on them.

Both men stood to make something like $50 million. I hate my life. 

Meanwhile, in Game 7 in Los Angeles, Luka was impressive, but he just needs some better supporting talent around him. There are too many guys from Eastern Bloc countries on the Mavericks. Hey Mark Cuban…go get Damian Lillard before LeBron gets him to become a Laker.

Meanwhile, no LeBron or Curry in the NBA Finals this year (although technically, if the 76ers can get by Trae Young and the Hawks, Seth Curry could keep the family tradition alive). Small market teams are the story of the playoffs thus far (the Clippers aside), and it’s impossible to predict who has the easiest path to the NBA Finals…

There are two games today that I’m gonna toss money on even though they look about as tough to call as who REALLY won a fight where one YouTube star was 40 pounds heavier than the elite former champ. So, strap in and prepare for an EXCELLENT few weeks of basketball

Milwaukee Bucks @ Brooklyn Nets: Milwaukee +1.5 (-130)

Point Total: Under 235.5 (+110)

With Harden out, Brooklyn becomes a two-and-a-half-man team (if Blake Griffin shoots like he did in Game 1 again, anything is possible). Don’t kid yourself. KD and Kyrie were a lot of fun to watch in Game 1, and they made the Bucks look like a non-playoff team. The Bucks shot terribly and had no answer for Durant’s crafty mid-range game and Kyrie’s handles. So, if the Bucks can actually hit some long-distance shots, they have a shot to win this game. But at a 1.5-point spread, it’s hard to predict it either way. I think that Milwaukee will bounce back and tie this one up, so I’m going with Giannis and saying Brooklyn better Fear the Deer.

The Bucks have failed to cover the over 11 out of 16 times against Eastern Conference teams. I am going to keep it to a lower-scoring affair and take the UNDER here, only for the reason that I think Giannis has a lot to prove and Bucks players will have to shake up their defensive assignments.

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Denver Nuggets @ Phoenix Suns: Denver +4.5 (+110)

Point Totals: Over 220.5 (-120)

Nobody expected Denver to be in Round Two after Jamal Murray went down towards the end of the season. But Nikola Jokić and Porter Jr. kept the train rolling and looked incredible in the 4th quarter as they dumped the Trail Blazers last week. Now they face CP3 – who is hopefully still not nursing that sore shoulder, Devin Booker – who is FOR REAL – and a supporting cast of ballplayers who knocked out the defending champ Lakers after AD went down, so they’re feeling it too. 

So…who wins this game – the Denver Nuggets or the Phoenix Suns? Hard to tell, but this is going to be a battle. I’m going to say that Phoenix may not have an answer for Jokić in Game 1. Deandre Ayton is a terrific inside player, but he and Jae Crowder will have trouble keeping up with the taller and more diverse MVP frontrunner. Take Denver, but this series is going to be close….

Points-wise, I think we could see some big numbers here. A lot of elite scorers taking their shots and a matchup problem for Phoenix. Take the over and expect a GAME SEVEN by the end of this one…

Okay, Logan Paul. Listen. I’m Mayweather’s age. I have 2,363 Instagram followers. Let’s fight. I want $50 million. 

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