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Out of the Vault: Warriors vs Lakers, Knicks vs Heat, Panthers vs Maple Leafs

Lebron James flexing after winning a game

New York Knicks vs Miami Heat Game 6 of Eastern Conference Semis Series on Friday, 7:30 PM EST, at Kaseya Center

The Miami Heat and New York Knicks face off in a pivotal Game 6 of the NBA playoffs, with the Heat being favored by 4.5 points and the over/under set at 209.

The Knicks extended their best-of-seven series with the Heat after carving out a 112-103 win in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden. New York banked on the scoring exploits of Jalen Brunson, who exploded for 38 points on 12-for-22 shooting. RJ Barret and Julius Randle also chipped in 26 and 24 points respectively to help keep the Knicks’ season alive.

Coming into Game 6 in South Beach, Miami should be feeling confident of finishing off the series, having won 62.1% of the games in which it was the favorite this season, and the moneyline implies a 65.6% chance of a Heat victory. However, the Knicks have gone 29-2-1 against the spread and 30-2 overall when allowing fewer than 109.5 points, and they score 6.2 more points per game than the Heat allow their opponents to score.

The Heat are the lowest-scoring team in the NBA, while the Knicks rank 11th in scoring. The average implied total for Miami this season is 112.4 points, while the average for New York is 114.7 points.

Prediction: Knicks 111, Heat 113

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers Game 6 of Western Conference Semis Series on Friday, 10 P.M EST, at Crypto Arena

Game 6 between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors is set to be a crucial contest, with the Lakers looking to close out the series and the Warriors hoping to keep their season alive. However, the biggest storyline heading into the game is the status of Lakers star Anthony Davis, who left Game 5 with a head injury after being hit by Kevon Looney's forearm.

The Lakers have not lost a home game this postseason, but if Davis is unable to play, their chances of extending that streak will be in jeopardy. Without Davis, the Lakers have struggled, losing by 25 points in the 114 minutes he has been off the court this postseason. While LeBron James has carried the load for the Lakers at times, he has been hobbled by injuries and is not capable of single-handedly defeating the Warriors.

On the other side, the Warriors will be looking to preserve Stephen Curry's impressive postseason streak of never playing an entire series without winning at least one road game. The Warriors lost Games 3 and 4, and Game 6 is their last chance to keep the streak alive. However, they will be facing a Lakers team that has been dominant at home, outscoring their opponents by 89 points in their five home games this postseason.

If Davis is able to play, the Lakers should still be favored to close out the series at home. However, without knowing his status, the Warriors have to be considered the favorites heading into Game 6. The Lakers will need a strong performance from James and their supporting cast if they hope to keep their home streak alive and advance to the next round.

Prediction: Warriors 123, Lakers 115

Florida Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leaf Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semis on Friday, 7:00 PM EST, at Scotiabank Arena.

The Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs will face off in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. According to DimersBOT, a predictive analytics model that has simulated the game 10,000 times, the Maple Leafs have a 59% chance of winning.

BetMGM offers the best moneyline odds for the Maple Leafs at -180 and the Panthers at +155. The Over/Under is set at 6.5, with BetMGM providing the best odds for the Over at -120 and Under at +105.

For those looking to place bets on this game, I suggest the Panthers to win the Moneyline at +155 for a 2.3% edge. They also suggest betting on the Under 6.5 at +105, with a 50% chance of hitting.

It's important to note that the Stanley Cup Playoffs is an elimination tournament, and both teams will be fighting to stay alive. The Panthers and Maple Leafs have both shown their strengths in the series so far, and it's sure to be a thrilling game.

Overall, this betting preview suggests that the Panthers are the better value bet, but the Maple Leafs have the statistical advantage. In the end, I see the Panthers putting the final nail on the coffin for the Maple Leafs the series in Game 5.

Prediction: Maple Leaf 3, Panthers 4

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