The Phoenix Suns will continue to try to stand tall against the Dallas Mavericks.
The Phoenix Suns will continue to try to stand tall against the Dallas Mavericks.@dallasmavs on Twitter

O'Sullivan's Friday NBA Playoffs Picks: Heat vs Sixers, Suns vs Mavericks – Will Joel Embiid play for Philly?

Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 pm Eastern, Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks, 9:30 pm.

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Seattle O’Sullivan 2021-2022 NBA Season so far: 221-237-7, -$696.54

(Wednesday: 2-1, +$4)

NBA Playoffs so far: 20-11, +$132.90

(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.)

Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 pm Eastern

The Pick: Philadelphia +3.5 (-110), bet $11 to win $10

Finding a line getting 3.5 instead of just 3 was the key for me, here. This is Philadelphia’s last chance to make this a series. They’re back at home, they’ve been smacked twice in a week, and the Sixer fans will be giving their all for the team to get back in this. Of course, if the team fails to perform early, that crowd will turn on them and everything swirls down the proverbial toilet. Center Joel Embiid is still listed as out for the game, but it is said that “is subject to change,” and if he plays, that gives Philadelphia a huge boost. I’m kinda banking on Embiid playing, but I’m also banking on the Sixers throwing everything at the Heat tonight, the Heat taking their foot off the gas just a little, and that Philadelphia crowd making this whole evening a tense, taut affair. “Tense and taut” mean “take the points.”

Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks, 9:30 pm Eastern

The Pick: Phoenix -110, bet $5.50 to win $5

Just a little taste on the Suns taking care of business tonight. I’ve been saying all along that Phoenix won’t allow Dallas to make this a competitive series, but if the Mavericks are to get a game, it’ll be tonight - hence the smaller play. But I still feel Sun superstars Chris Paul and Devin Booker value rest, and will want to finish Dallas off as quickly as possible.

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