NBA betting: Picks against the spread for Monday's playoff games

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The second round of the NBA playoffs continues Monday with two games. Yahoo Sports’ Jared Quay has the advice that you need.

All odds via BetMGM.

Philadelphia 76ers (-3.5) at Atlanta Hawks, Total: 225.5

Philadelphia made easy work of the Hawks on Friday on the way to a 2-1 series lead. Now the Hawks are trying to even the series before it heads back to Philadelphia.

Friday night’s loss was the first time the Hawks had lost at home in nearly two months. Philly’s 127-111 win broke a 13-game win streak at home for Atlanta. Before Game 3, Atlanta’s last home loss came on April 15 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Sixers broke a streak of their own with the win. Philadelphia had lost six consecutive games against the spread at Atlanta before that 16-point win. The Sizers are just below .500 on the road against the spread this season while Atlanta is 11 games above .500 at home against the spread. Both teams are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games and Yahoo Sports’ Jared Quay is staying away from the spread.

Quay thinks Atlanta will score enough to keep the game competitive and likes the over.

Prop bet we like: Ben Simmons over 13.5 points (-130)

Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers (-4), Total: 223.5

The Clippers easily won Game 3 to cut the Jazz’s series lead to 2-1 on Saturday night. Another win evens the series and makes the possibility of another 2-0 series comeback a realistic possibility.

Los Angeles is 4-9 against the spread against Utah in its last 13 home games while Utah is 5-1-1 against the spread in its last seven games. That loss came in Game 3 as the Clippers easily covered the spread at home. That was the second consecutive home win for the Clippers after they lost the first three home games of the playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks before winning the decisive Game 7.

Kawhi Leonard had 34 points in Game 3 and Paul George had 31. Quay likes George to have another great game.

“The Clippers should even the series and then get another amazing performance from Playoff P. So I do like the Clippers to cover -4,” Quay said.”

Prop bet we like: Kawhi Leonard over 13.5 rebounds and assists (+105)

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