O'Sullivan's Wednesday NBA Playoffs Picks: Sixers vs Heat, Mavericks vs Suns – Can Dallas stop Deandre Ayton?

Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat, 7:30 pm Eastern, Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns, 10 pm.
Deandre Ayton is a force in the paint for the Suns.
Deandre Ayton is a force in the paint for the Suns. @Suns on Twitter

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Seattle O’Sullivan 2021-2022 NBA Season so far: 219-236-7, -$700.54

(Yesterday: 0-1, -$16.50)

NBA Playoffs so far: 18-10, +$128.90

(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.)

Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat, 7:30 pm Eastern

The Pick: Philadelphia +9 (-110), bet $11 to win $10

Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns, 10 pm Eastern

The Pick: Phoenix -240, bet $24 to win $10; Phoenix -5.5 (-115), bet $5.75 to win $5

Again, there’s no value in taking Phoenix to win the series, so I’m going to go game by game with the aim of coming out ahead at the end. The Suns probably aren’t going to shoot 50.5% (and 39.3% from three) like they did on Monday, but that game did reveal that Dallas has a Deandre Ayton problem. Ayton scored 25 points, mostly against an overmatched Dwight Powell. Ayton had a great playoffs last year too, so this isn’t new to him. Dallas made it somewhat close at the end (I did need to sweat out a missed three-pointer to get my cover), but never truly threatened. Luka Doncic had 45 points but very little help. He won’t be able to do this alone. I simply don’t see Phoenix letting this get anywhere near a competitive series.

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