Jimmy Butler, Heat rout 76ers in Game 5

MIAMI — Shots fell again for the Miami Heat. They kept Joel Embiid and James Harden in check. Their coach got an in-game massage from DJ Khaled. Yes, really. It was that sort of night for the Heat, who — even without everyone getting shoulder rubs — are feeling pretty good about their playoff prospects … Read more

Suns vs. Mavericks Game 5 predictions

Commercial Content 21+ After the first two games, the Phoenix Suns looked like absolute juggernauts. They were painfully efficient, to the point where they averaged over 60 percent from inside the three-point line. However, the past two games have seen the Suns’ two-point field goal percentage crater down to 47.7 percent. There could be a … Read more

Warriors rally late to beat Grizzlies in Game 4

SAN FRANCISCO — Their coach sidelined again as has happened several times before, even during the playoffs, Stephen Curry took charge and led the Golden State Warriors back. Mike Brown grabbed the clipboard as acting head coach, just like he did during a title run five years ago with Steve Kerr out. Curry converted eight … Read more

Al Horford goes off as Celtics beat Bucks to even series

MILWAUKEE — Al Horford and Jayson Tatum scored 30 points apiece and led the Boston Celtics’ fourth-quarter comeback in a 116-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night that tied their Eastern Conference semifinal at two games apiece. The two teams have alternated victories in this best-of-seven series, which continues Wednesday with Game 5 … Read more

Grizzlies vs. Warriors Game 4 prediction, player prop bets

Commercial Content 20+ What could’ve been had Ja Morant been eligible for this game. Perhaps this series is over in a short order now that Ja Morant is likely out for at least Game 4 due to a knee injury where Jordan Poole “broke the code,” according to Morant. Currently, it is unknown whether Morant … Read more

James Harden breaks out in 76ers’ Game 4 win over Heat

PHILADELPHIA — James Harden took a sensational step forward in the postseason for the 76ers with step-back 3s that rekindled his dominant form. Joel Embiid is playing better by the game, and the MVP finalist might have his best basketball ahead of him. Embiid is ready. So is Harden. And if the Miami Heat can’t … Read more

Jalen Brunson powering Mavericks’ not helping Knicks’ hopes

Knicks free-agent target Jalen Brunson is a poker-faced point guard on the court, rarely given to emotion, stoic and steady as the Mavericks’ quarterback. But in the interview room during his postgame press conference Sunday afternoon in Dallas, Brunson broke into a smile when somebody asked him what it was like to ruin Chris Paul’s … Read more

Suns vs. Mavericks, Heat vs. 76ers

Commercial Content 21+ The first Game 4s of the second round of the NBA playoffs tip off Sunday with two series locked into 2-1 battles. The Phoenix Suns face the Dallas Mavericks at 3:30 pm ET and the Philadelphia 76ers host the Miami Heat at 8 pm ET. We have the best NBA player prop … Read more

Joel Embiid returns to lead 76ers to Game 3 win over Heat

PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid inspired the Philadelphia 76ers with his return from a facial injury, Danny Green and Tyrese Maxey each scored 21 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Miami Heat 99-79 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday night. Wearing a black mask, Embiid had 18 points and 11 rebounds … Read more

Betting NBA playoffs, player prop bets to watch w/ Ariel Epstein

Eight teams remain, and only one will win the last game of the season. In order to get to that point, we are breaking down all of the remaining teams and series, including player prop bets to monitor with Yahoo Sports’ Sports Betting Analyst and “Prop Queen” ariel epstein. I sat down for an interview … Read more