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Congratulations if you had Gary Payton II breaking his elbow, Ja Morant playing hero ball out of one eye, Draymond Green middle fingering the crowd and the Celtics outshooting the Bucks from 3-point range 20-3.

And drop me a line explaining where exactly you were able to play that particular parlay.

In all seriousness, the NBA playoffs got a heck of a lot more dramatic late Tuesday night after a dog of a Bucks-Celtics game was over. The Memphis Grizzlies got physical with the Golden State Warriors and – just like Boston – evened their first round series at one game apiece.

Can the Sixers and Mavs do the same tonight?

That’s what we are looking at this particular Wednesday as we get ready for what should be another night of epic Game 2 action before the games take a break Thursday (and the sun finally comes out in New York after a particularly cold and rainy spring). The elephant in the room is the increasingly dirty nature of the Golden State-Memphis series, and if you think commissioner Adam Silver is going to crack down on the violence you need to know the following about Silver: He is NOT David Stern, and he is married to the money that the NBA is bringing, in whether or not anyone gets hurt.

Whether we see more of the same tonight from Miami and Phoenix remains to be seen. What we do know is that the top-seeded Heat and Suns had little trouble taking 1-0 leads over Philadelphia and Dallas, and if those ‘dogs are going to have their day then tonight is a good night to play both of them on the money line. As a parlay, you can get odds of nearly +1200. Not that we would recommend that.

Why not?

Well, let’s have at it and explain:

Philadelphia (+8.5) at Miami: The Sixers dropped Game 1 by 14 points in a lopsided game that made most viewers get out the remote control and switch over to the new season of Ozark on Netflix. Philadelphia got a nice game out of Tobias Harris but not much from anyone else, and Miami’s two-man attack led by Bam Adebayo and newly crowned Sixth Man award winner Tyler Herro was more than enough.

Tonight, we shall see if James Harden still has something left or whether he is the flavor of last decade and is watching every other night on TV as Ja Morant becomes his successor as the must-see playmaker everyone needs to watch. Morant was certainly that last night with a 47-point eruption for the team this writer has been touting all season long. He is now in the company of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant as the only players younger than 23 to have a pair of 45-point playoff games.

Harden is averaging only 18.6 points this postseason while shooting just over 40 percent, and this was not what the Sixers envisioned when Daryl Morey acquired him. It was just two seasons ago that Harden was averaging 29.6 points for the Houston Rockets in the postseason after scoring 40 or more points 21 times during the regular season.

If The Bearded One still has that in him, tonight is the night to show it, no? The thing is, he may have aged out of that kind of production. Harden is now 32 with a ton of miles on his tires, and a player a decade younger, Morant, is the guy everyone is talking about at the virtual water cooler today.

Harden’s point total over/under is down to 22.5 tonight, the same as Jimmy Butler’s, and if you believe 32 is not too young for Harden to have a flashback game straight out of 2020, Betway will pay you +1000 for a 35-point game and +3000 for a triple-double that includes 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. That right there is a wagering opportunity that requires an enormous leap of faith in both Harden and coach Doc Rivers, but it is there for the taking for the more intrepid among you. It is not the worst wager in the history of wagers.

The line on this game is higher by one point after what we saw in Game 1, and we are not going to see Joel Embiid tonight as he remains in Philadelphia, likely getting fitted for a face mask so that he can get out there for Game 3 when the series returns to Philly on Friday night. Due to a scheduling quirk, the Bucks, Celtics, Grizzlies and Warriors are off until Saturday, so we are going to see more of the top seeds before we see more of the middle seeds, allowing for plenty of recovery time for everyone not named Payton.

There is not a ton of optimism in Philly or Dallas following the lopsided nature of Monday night’s Game 1s, but that can change if the Sixers and Mavs can turn the tables tonight. For the Sixers, that will likely have to be led by Harden, but it should be noted that Tobias Harris has been having a very solid postseason and is on the board tonight at +1700 to post a line of at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. The last time he did that was March 23, 2021 against Golden State, so it has been a while. But Rivers is a master motivator and is going to get the most out of one of his two remaining best players, and wagering on both Harden and Harris to do something we have not seen in a while is not a bad operating plan with the stakes a lot higher than they have been for either of those guys since last season’s playoffs.

The Heat are likely going to ride Adebayo again, especially after Butler was rather mortal in Game 1 with a line of 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Adebayo had 24 points and 12 rebounds while not having to contend with Embiid, and his most enticing Betway prop tonight is +3000 to have 25 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.

One other player prop from the Miami-Philly game tonight that seems to be a decent play is Herro and Tyrese Maxey each to make four 3s. That one pays +1000.

So to summarize, this is a ‘spread your money around’ night in this particular game. As for the other one…

Dallas (+6) at Phoenix: The opener of this series featured the most pedestrian performance we have seen out of Chris Paul in quite some time as the ageless wonder had just three assists and let DeAndre Ayton and Devin Booker handle most of the heavy lifting on offense.

The Suns at full strength were able to withstand a 45-point outing from Luka Doncic in a game that was never really all that competitive, and your faithful correspondent’s prediction of a sweep still holds.

In order for the Mavs to prevent that, they are going to have to get something from somebody who does not hail from Slovenia. Maxi Kleber had two prolific outings in the first round against Utah and is capable of doing something special from 3-point range after he made five of them in Game 1, and the Betway lines on his points (7.5) and 3-pointers made (1.5) calls for a pair of “over” touts despite the short odds.

Betway also is offering +1200 odds on Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock and Mikal Bridges making three or more 3-pointers each, so let’s look at that one. Finney-Smith has had three or more 3s in four of seven playoff games, Bullock has had three or more in five of seven playoff games, and Bridges has had three or more in just one of seven playoff games but is making them as a 44.4 percent clip in the postseason. Bridges is the key guy in that wager, because we know that Finney-Smith and Bullock will get off the attempts at a bare minimum.

Look, in order to make a nifty profit on these postseason games you have to do a deeper dive into what the books are offering, then think like a coach and try to discern which player each coach will need to lean on more than he did in the previous game.

As far as the spread and the over/under are concerned, it is a tougher call because of the lopsided nature of Game 1, even though the final score did not quite reflect it because the Mavs made a bit of a late run after trailing by 15 points with 2:40 left. For what it is worth, the Suns have gone 38-30-0 against the spread after a win and the Mavs are an NBA-best 24-8-0 after a loss, and that Dallas trend would make it seem that taking the points is advisable. But six points seems just about right or maybe a bit too low given how focused the Suns have been, so we counsel staying away despite the Dallas trend.

The over/under is 216, and we like the over (-110), especially because the Suns have gone over 38 times in 68 games following a win. Also, Kidd will have his team firing away from the 3-point line, and because they are fairly close to being desperate he is going to be rotating shooters in and out with more gusto than Elizabeth Warren shows when she is upset (which only happens on days that end in “y.”) Doncic going over 33.5 points seems likely, but this is not the time of year when we are touting any solo wager at -110 odds. If you want a Doncic prop that pays better, try the Slovenian kid and CP3 both having 12 or more assists. Betway’s line on that is nice: +1500.

Good luck tonight! We will have a weekend NBA gambling preview for you on Friday.