Zach to the Rack NBA Picks For Tuesday 5/18/2021

May 18, 2021by Zach Selwyn0
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Zach to the Rack NBA Picks For Tuesday 5/18/2021

Zach to the Rack NBA Picks For Tuesday 5/18/2021: Russell Westbrook vs. Robert Williams III & Jayson Tatum - Washington Wizards @ Boston Celtics

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Zach’s Season Record: 93-78

Twitter: @ZachSelwyn1

I finished the regular season 15 games over .500 – which means, NOT BAD, Rackers! But now is where the real fun begins, and we can all watch these new “play-in games” like they were game SEVENS… (Sorry, LeBron, I’m all for the play-in game – even though it makes me feel about as awkward as Adam Sandler looked playing pick-up ball in ‘90s baggy shorts and an oversized Polo shirt this past weekend…) Honestly, part of me does appreciate the sheer excitement of the “win or go home” atmosphere we all get to experience watching NCAA March Madness – so let’s ANALYZE tonight’s NBA games... Here’s the biggest problem. We all wanna watch both LeBron and Steph play on through the postseason – as well as Tatum and Westbrook. So these games are going to leave fans angrier than music fans who bought Fyre Festival tickets four years ago. It’s never fun to watch your beloved teams go down in a winner-take-all. Which is why I think college experience actually matters tomorrow and Wednesday. I’ll get to the Lakers/Dubs tomorrow. For now, let’s look at today’s games between the Charlotte Hornets versus Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics versus Washington Wizards.

Charlotte Hornets @ Indiana Pacers: Indiana -3 (+112)

Point Total: Under 227 (-113)

Ugh. I made great picks this year avoiding games like this one. But I honestly think the Indiana Pacers – who I laid down a very early “Eastern Conference Champions” bet on – have the more complete team here. But EVERYBODY Is “questionable” – Sabonis, Brogdon, Holiday… So is T.J. McConnell going to lead these guys past Charlotte? Uhmmm – we all know about “Playoff TJ” so – POSSIBLY – but as a 3-point favorite I have to say the Pacers can certainly pull this out. LOOK – I see this series going the distance – with LaMelo and Bridges playing their AirBnB game to the fullest against triple-double threat Domantas Sabonis (I’m guessing he plays today) – but Indiana has a little more to prove in game one. IF SABONIS PLAYS? TAKE THE PACERS. If not, take Charlotte. Points-wise – UNDER. Defense is always big in game ones. Especially when the nerves are in play. And as good as LaMelo has been this year, I can’t imagine that he comes out and has a triple-double in his playoff debut… but then again, the kid has been a highlight film all year long. Injuries will determine what happens, but I’d still take the UNDER. William Hill RF500 - 728x90

Washington Wizards @ Boston Celtics: Washington +2 (+120)

Point Total: Under 233 (+107)

When Jaylen Brown went down with an injury last week, it only added to this oddly unsatisfying Celtics run over the past few years. Without Brown, they can’t go beyond the titans of the East, let alone the red hot Wizards in a play-in game. This is GAME SEVEN, folks. Russ went to the Final Four with UCLA playing with this type of intensity. Jayson Tatum (who is questionable tomorrow) lost to South Carolina in the second round in his only NCAA tournament experience. With that knowledge – and without Brown to duet with, I see Russ and Beal going NUTS in this game. They have so much to prove following their terrible season opening… I know Boston is favored, but I’m thinking that nobody beats the Wiz. (SORRY.) 233 – I dunno. I’m gonna stay like the band Men at Work and say we are all betting on a score down under. I have seen the timidity of teams in these games – and when defense starts to come into play around quarters 3 and 4, 233 seems like a tough number to reach – don’t sweat me if we go into overtime… Don’t sweat anything, actually. Unless of course, you are wearing an XXXXL Polo shirt and jeans that sag to your ankles like my boy Adam Sandler in that pickup game… That shit can leave you chaffed. PointsBet - Deposit Bonus Up to $250

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