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[3:30 p.m. EST] Over 213 – Portland Trail Blazers (+5.5, +188 ML) at Denver Nuggets
Five of the six games, including the last five, have gone over the total in this series, so there’s no reason to think today will be any different. Sure, it’s a Game 7 and that means we could see a tightened-up defense, but that’s just not how this matchup has unfolded. The SK Trend Confidence has more faith in the total going over than anything else on the board today!
The Trail Blazers simply have no answer for Nikola Jokic, who has nearly triple-doubled in every game this season. This is, however, why Portland has needed to storm back with so many points in each game. Not to mention, both sides seem to have limitless motors, posting over 100 points total in the second half of each game, and that also speaks to the testament of how close these games have been.
Overall, the SK Trend Confidence likes the Trail Blazers to emerge as the victors in Game 7 over the Nuggets. The trio of Damian Lillard (32), CJ McCollum (30) and Rodney Hood (25) came up big on Thursday night, so look for them to be aggressive once again.
* Final Score Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers: 114 – Denver Nuggets: 112 *
[7:00 p.m. EST] Over 209.5 – Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors (-6, -250 ML)
The grand finale of Game 7s takes place above the border with the Raptors hosting the 76ers. SK’s Trend Confidence loves a Toronto win on the moneyline as the most likely outcome, with the over coming in as the second-best bet.
After the series opened with five straight games going under the total, we’ve now seen two straight overs – both coming in blowouts. It’s also worth noting, as the totals have dropped, the totals have gone over. And that’s exactly what we’re seeing today, as the 209.5 total is the lowest of the series.
As for the Raptors, they have been favored in all but one game of this series. Vegas is telling us they’re the better team, so look for them to capitalize on the home-court advantage and move on to face the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals.
* Final Score Prediction: Toronto Raptors: 112 – Philadelphia 76ers: 102 *