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Our basketball expert is back with a handful of tips for this evening’s NBA action

The first round of this year’s NBA playoffs is drawing to a close, with several crunch ties coming up over the weekend.

Our basketball tipster has returned – as he has named a few selections ahead of tonight’s NBA matchups.

Here are the best bets for Wednesday’s NBA Playoffs games.

HOTTING UP IN BOSTON

The Celtics have one foot in the next round – as they cruised to two successes in Miami to claim a 3-1 series lead.

That has made Boston strong favourites in Game 5, as they are currently 14 points clear on the spread in this matchup.

Despite winning by 20 and 14 points in their last two games, that seems extremely bold by the bookmakers – especially when looking at the Celtics’ form at home in the playoffs in recent years.

They are 12-13 at home in the playoffs since 2022, and they have only managed to win one of their last six home games by 14 points or more.

While the Heat have not been as good as recent years, they have enough in the tank to keep this game closer than suggested, so their spread line looks good value here.

Take the Heat to cover in this matchup.

TIP: MIA Heat +14 (-112, FanDuel)

WORKING HARD, HARDEN WORKING

After tieing up the series last time out, the Clippers return to LA for a crunch Game 5 matchup against the Mavericks.

The Clippers are likely without Kawhi Leonard for a third time in this series, but they have played better without him in the playoffs this time around – winning both of their games when the former Spurs player isn’t on the court.

James Harden has proven to be a standout for LA, carrying the team at times alongside Paul George. Harden has surpassed his over total in points in all four games, so if Leonard misses out again, he could well take a point-heavy approach once again.

The inconsistency of this series is not helping either side take a firm grip – so the Clippers need to make home advantage count here to stand any chance of making it through to the Conference Semi-Finals.

Take the Clippers to get the job done on the moneyline, with Harden to hit his points total once again.

TIP: LA Clippers Moneyline (+130, FanDuel)

TIP: James Harden O21.5 Points (-122, FanDuel)

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