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2024 NBA Playoff Best Bets for Wednesday, April 24: Heat vs. Celtics, Pelicans vs. Thunder

There are two NBA playoff Game 2s on tap for Wednesday night, and our friends from Covers have selected a best bet for each of them.

First, the 1-seed Boston Celtics host the 8-seed Miami Heat at 7 PM ET, before the 1-seed Oklahoma City Thunder and 8-seed New Orleans Pelicans tip off at 9:30 PM ET.

Let's get into some picks for tonight's action.

Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Game 2

The Boston Celtics quickly put to bed any notion that their late season slide was due to anything but indifference. Game 1 was a total rout for the Celtics, who outplayed the Miami Heat in every facet of the game.

While Bam Adebayo made his presence known on offense, nobody else on the Heat could get anything going against Boston whatsoever. Tyler Herro particularly struggled, as the Celtics' defense realized that without Jimmy Butler and Terry Rozier, shutting off the tap on Herro meant short-circuiting the entire Miami offense.

They held Herro to 4-13 from the field for 11 points on 30.8% shooting. That Herro only attempted 13 shots is the key factor. Even if he shoots a bit better, the Celtics pressure led by Jrue Holiday and Derrick White should limit his chances overall.

The Celtics guards made Herro expend energy just to touch the ball, then got into his body and wore him down whenever he had a live dribble. With Herro contained the Heat didn’t even crack 100 points.

While I’d be worried about the Celtics taking the pressure down a notch against some other hypothetical first round opponent, they’re always going to be seeking a measure of revenge against this Heat team.

Best Bet: Tyler Herro Under 20.5 points (-120)

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2

The Oklahoma City Thunder showed all their alleged weaknesses heading into the playoffs in Game 1. They looked young and shaky under the bright postseason lights, and they were dominated on the boards for long stretches of the game.

And yet they calmed down and made the right plays on both ends down the stretch, securing a nail-biting victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Some believe this will be a long series, but I think the Thunder just played their worst game of the first round and the Pelicans don’t have as much room for growth. The primary reason being that is the Pels don’t have the top end talent to compete with the Thunder.

With Zion Williamson out of action, the Pels are heavily reliant on Brandon Ingram to create in crunch time. Ingram has had an up and down season, but he’s been off his game completely since returning from a late season bone bruise in his knee. Over his last 10 games he’s averaging just 14.7 points and has scored 20 or more in just three outings. In Game 1 against OKC he had just 12 points on 5-17 from the field.

Lu Dort had Ingram clamped all night, and the Thunder have rangy and switchy defenders that can force Ingram to play in a crowd.

I also think chances are good that the Thunder win Game 2 going away, further limiting Ingram’s chances to eclipse this prop.

Best Bet: Brandon Ingram Under 19.5 points (-125)

Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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