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O'Sullivan's Thursday NBA Playoffs Pick: Mavericks vs Jazz, Luka Doncic moves gingerly as series moves to Utah

Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz, 9 pm Eastern.

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Well, I was right about the Philly/Toronto game being a tight one. And I was right about Toronto throwing everything they had on the floor - I just didn’t appreciate that throwing “everything” meant tossing a bunch of bricks in overtime…and it still took a nonsense fall-away three-pointer from Joel Embiid to blow the cover for the Raptors…

Bitterness is my fuel.

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Seattle O’Sullivan 2021-2022 NBA Season so far: 208-232-7, -$793.94

(Yesterday: 0-1, -$11)

NBA Playoffs so far: 7-6, +$35.50

(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.)

Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz, 9 pm Eastern

The Pick: Dallas +7.5 (-114), bet $22.80 to win $20

Luka Doncic, struggling with a strained calf, is listed as questionable for tonight’s game. As far as I’m concerned, even without Doncic the Mavericks have proven they can hang with the Jazz. They really should be up 2-0 in this series; I wouldn’t argue they blew Game 1 but they had a lead in the fourth - let’s say they let it slip away. Dallas is 7-2-1 against the spread in their last ten games, 6-1 ATS against Utah. They are not going to be afraid of going into Utah’s arena, and even if Doncic doesn’t play, the spread strikes me as too high. If Doncic plays? This series, already tight, gets even more interesting.

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