NBA Playoff Round 1 Series Odds

NBA Playoff Round 1 Series Odds

The 2020 NBA Playoffs are set to begin in the Orlando Bubble. Keep reading fo the first-round series odds and analysis.

NBA Playoff Round 1 Series Odds

LAKERS -485 v TRAIL BLAZERS +385
CLIPPERS -630 v MAVERICKS +465
NUGGETS -220 v JAZZ +180
ROCKETS -150 v THUNDER +130
BUCKS -7000 v MAGIC +3000
RAPTORS -2200 v NETS +1315
CELTICS -420 v 76ERS +335
PACERS +265 v HEAT -325

Rockets vs. Thunder

This is a contrast in styles as the Rockets are excellent at scoring points while the Thunder have a great defense. Houston averages 118.1 points per. That ranks second in the NBA. The Rockets give up 114.6 per game.

Houston’s penchant for allowing teams to score at will favors the Thunder. But in their lone battle against a small ball team, the Phoenix Suns on August 10, OKC imploded, losing 101-128. Houston should roll to either a sweep or 5-game series win.

Bucks vs. Magic

The odds on the NBA Playoff’s “home team” to win the series sure are enticing. We can’t get too excited, though. Sure, the Magic have had their moments in the Orlando bubble. The playoffs figure to be a different story for Aaron Gordon and Markelle Fultz. 

The Bucks matchup well with the Orlando Magic. Milwaukee’s tandem of Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo should rock Orlando. 

The Bucks cratered the Magic 111-95 in the last head-to-head. If the Magic play keep away and dump it into Nikola Vucevic on every position, they might steal a game. If not, expect Milwaukee to pull off the sweep. 

Celtics vs. 76ers

Boston enters the playoffs having won 4-of-5 in the bubble. It sure looks like Brad Anderson has tightened the screws on the team most expect to challenge Milwaukee and Toronto for Eastern Conference supremacy.

If we weren’t in a coronavirus pandemic stricken world, the 76ers might have a shot. They’d get at least a couple of games at home. But the worst road team in the NBA, the 76ers win 30% away from Wells Fargo, has proven to also struggle in the bubble. They’re just 3-4 on the moneyline. Boston takes this series.

Clippers vs. Mavs

In the last head-to-head, the Clippers blasted the Mavericks 126-111. That game happened on August 6. 

Mav’s center Kristaps Porizingis scored 30 while Luka Doncic dropped 29. If Dallas couldn’t hang with the Clippers when Luka and Kristpas go off, they have no shot to beat the Clipps in a 7-game series. Back Kawhi, PG-13 and the rest with confidence.

Nuggets vs. Jazz

On August 8, these two played in a classic. Denver outlasted Utah 134-132 in overtime. The Jazz bounced back in their next game with a 112-110 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

Most expected Utah to fold once the Orlando restart happened. At first, it looked like they might. But the Jazz have picked it up in their last few games. Utah is 3-1 ATS in their last 4, proving that they’ve rediscovered a winning attitude. Take the healthy odds on the Jazz to move to the second round. 

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NBA Top Games August 10 – 16

NBA Top Games August 10 – 16

If you haven’t been paying attention to the NBA restart but are going to be betting on the NBA bubble games this week, keep reading for which games you should target.

NBA Top Games of the Week August 10 – August 16

Monday, August 10

Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks

Even though Boston routed the Raptors in their August 8 battle, Toronto has a chance against Milwaukee on Monday. The Raptors allows less points per than any team in the NBA while Milwaukee hasn’t allowed less than 112 in any game during the restart.

Denver Nuggets vs L.A. Lakers

The Lakers are on a 3-game losing streak. Definitely handicap this matchup before dumping on the Nuggets. Just remember that LAL has already locked up the top seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. So, don’t expect LeBron and Co. to go all out in any game this week.

Tuesday, August 11

Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs

Rockets beat the Spurs 109-107 in the last matchup. San Antonio is 2 games behind Memphis for the final playoff spot. They have a lot to play for this week.

Portland Trail Blazers vs Dallas Mavericks

Portland is 1 ½ games behind the Grizzlies. Dallas locked up a playoff spot last week. If they rest Luka, which they should, the Blazers could win and cover.

Wednesday, August 12

Indiana Pacers vs Houston Rockets

If Houston starts Russell and The Beard against the Spurs, expect the pair, or at least one of the star players, to sit on Wednesday. Indiana is in the playoffs. But the Pacers haven’t let up. On August 8, Indiana beat the Lakers 116-111.

Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers

Both teams should use this game to get sharp for the postseason. This is especially true for the Sixers who are 1-3 ATS during the restart.

L.A. Clippers vs Denver Nuggets

The same idea applies to these two teams. The Clippers and Nuggets are in the postseason. Denver must get their defense back on track after allowing 126 to San Antonio, 125 to Portland, and 132 to Utah from August 5 through August 8. 

Thursday, August 13

Milwaukee Bucks vs Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis is fighting for their playoff lives. The Grizzlies could blow out the Bucks on Thursday if Milwaukee decides to take it easy. The Bucks shouldn’t do that, though. Like we wrote above, Milwaukee’s defense has left something to be desired during the Orlando restart.

Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns

Phoenix is just 2 games behind Memphis. As of August 8, the Suns are the hottest team in the NBA. They’ve won all 5 of their Orlando restart contests.

Friday, August 14

Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers

The Heat are 1-3 ATS in their last 4. Indiana is on fire. Wait to see how both teams handle the final week of the regular season before backing either squad. 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs L.A. Clippers

This game may not happen. If it does, expect both teams to rest starters. That wouldn’t make for great basketball. But from a betting point-of-view, it may give the deep Thunder an edge. 

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NBA Must Watch Games of the Week August 3 – 9

NBA Must Watch Games of the Week August 3 – 9

Bubble basketball is off with a bang. With a successful first weekend of action here’s a look forward at the games you must bet and watch for the week of August 3-9.

NBA Must Watch Games of the Week August 3 – August 9

Monday, August 3

Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat

The Raptors blasted the L.A. Lakers 107-92 in their game on August 1. The defending champions may be that good. Miami dominated Denver 125-105, though. So, don’t blindly back Toronto.

Memphis Grizzlies vs New Orleans Pelicans

Memphis and Portland played in an overtime classic on August 1. The Grizzlies fell 135-140 but they showed they were taking the restart seriously. The Pels? Talk about disappointment! New Orleans is 0-2 during the restart after falling 104-106 to Utah and 103-126 to the Clippers. 

Tuesday, August 4

Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat

Counting their lone restart game and the matchups right before the shutdown, the Celtics are 0-1-3 in their last 4. The Heat held Denver to 105 points while scoring 125 in their first restart game.

Houston Rockets vs Portland Trail Blazers

It took overtime, but the Rockets prevailed in their first game in Orlando. Houston beat rival Dallas 153-149. The Blazers used overtime to beat the Grizzlies by 5 in their first battle.

Wednesday, August 5

Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards

Heading into the Orlando Bubble, the Sixers were one of the worst road teams in the NBA. So, no, it didn’t surprise us when Indiana beat them 127-121 in their first restart matchup. The Wizards fell to Phoenix 112-125 in their first game. 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs L.A. Lakers

We had a feeling OKC might surprise some folks. So far, after a single game, we’re right! The Thunder dominated the Jazz 110-94. The Lakers are 1-1 after the first couple of games. That’s okay. The Lakers mustn’t win these pre-playoff matchups. The Thunder have too, though. So, keep that in mind when you handicap this.

Thursday, August 6

L.A. Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks

LAC bounced back after their loss against the Lakers in their first restart game. The Clipps dominated the Pelicans by 23 points. The Mavericks battled the Rockets to an overtime loss. This should be a close, tough, game. 

L.A. Lakers vs Houston Rockets

Anthony Davis and LeBron James versus Russell Westbrook and James Harden? There’s nothing else to say.

Orlando Magic vs Philadelphia 76ers

In their first game during the restart, Orlando beat the Brooklyn Nets 128-118. Every game for the Magic is a home game. Will that help them in their quest to beat the Sixers on Friday? It might!

Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors

Sure, the refs helped the Bucks in the Celtics 112-119 loss. The Raptors might just be the better team at this point, though.

Saturday, August 8

L.A. Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers

In Portland’s first Orlando game, Jusuf Nurkic had 18 points, 5 assists, 9 boards, and 6 blocks. He could be the story in this matchup.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Dallas Mavericks

In the loss to Houston, Luka Doncic scored 28 points, dished 10 assists, and grabbed 13 boards. He might matchup with Giannis on Saturday. Even if you don’t want to bet on this game, it’s a must watch, right?

Sunday, August 9

San Antonio Spurs vs New Orleans Pelicans

The Pels have underperformed in a couple of games. If they don’t get their defense together, the Spurs will dominate on Sunday. San Antonio averages 113.4 points while shooting over 47% from the field.

Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings

Rockets should dominate but wait for the spread. The Kings are 33-30-2 ATS this season. Houston is 30-35 ATS.  

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