O'Sullivan's Monday NBA Playoff Picks: Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks
The Raptors have a need-to-win tonight in Philadelphia.@Raptors on Twitter

O'Sullivan's Monday NBA Playoff Picks: Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks

Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 pm Eastern, Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 pm Eastern.

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Seattle O’Sullivan 2021-2022 NBA Season so far: 206-230-7, -$801.44

(Yesterday: 1-1, -$1.50)

NBA Playoffs so far: 5-4, +$28.00

(Standing Caveat: The universe is chaotic. Life is unpredictable. Things happen. Like injuries. And COVID protocols. In following Seattle O’Sullivan’s betting advice, be advised that you should always monitor your bets during the day to make certain unforeseen things have not occurred which might change your wagering opinion. Thank you.)

Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 pm Eastern

The Pick: Toronto +7.5 (-110), bet $16.50 to win $15

Philadelphia really put it to Toronto on Saturday, winning by 20 points. I thought it was a must-win for Philadelphia because Matisse Thybulle won’t be playing the games in Toronto. So that means tonight’s a must-win for the Sixers too, right? Well, yes, but I think obviously now tonight’s a must-win for Toronto. I concede your brain can start to hurt with all the “Inception”-style logic going on here. But the Raptors won’t put up the stinkbomb they put up two days ago, and the Sixers’ natural inclination will be to relax, even just a little bit. Also, Philadelphia won’t shoot 50% from the three-point line again tonight. The spread being 7.5 and not 7 pushes my mind into taking the points. The Raptors need to fight tonight or it’s over. They might not win, but they will fight.

Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 pm Eastern

The Pick: Dallas +5.5 (-110), bet $16.50 to win $15

My rationale is the same in this game. Dallas needs to win tonight or the series is over. The difference between the Mavericks and the Raptors is, the Mavericks had every chance to win on Saturday and they blew it. Even without Luka Doncic, Dallas proved it can play with the Jazz, and tonight they’ll be throwing everything onto the court except for the kitchen sink (and, well, the injured Doncic - he’ll stay on the bench with that sink). If anything, the Mavericks proved on Saturday that with Doncic, they’re definitely better than Utah. Tonight they need to give Doncic a chance to come back to a legitimate series.

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