The NBA Playoffs are getting exciting enough NOT to miss a single minute of action. All the fussing about a weak first round of the NBA playoffs should come to an end after the best weekend of NBA playoff betting all season.
It started on Friday night with Derrick Rose banked-in game-winner in Chicago to give the Bulls a 2-1 series lead over Cleveland. That was followed by Paul Pierce’s dagger in Washington on Saturday that lifted the Wizards to a 2-1 lead over Atlanta. And, lastly, it was capped off by LeBron James’ corner buzzer-beater Sunday afternoon in Chicago to even the series with Rose and the Bulls. Throw in Milwaukee’s Jerryd Bayless’ game winner to beat the Bulls in the first round
My ulcer can’t take any more. This is the most buzzer-beaters in a playoffs, at four, since 2010, back when Pierce, Pau Gasol and Ron Artest (Metta World Peace) all sank shots that beat the buzzer for their respective teams.
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3 days, 3 buzzer-beaters. Take a look back at the game-winners from this weekend. VIDEO: http://t.co/jj40Rkjt3w
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A Closer Look At The Updated Odds To Win The NBA Finals
Golden State Warriors – 7/4
The odds are too low on the Warriors to win the NBA Championship. They’re up against it versus a Memphis team who is using experience to put the Warriors in a precarious situation. If Seth Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green can find their shooting touch from 3, this team should still win the NBA Finals. But, that could be a big “if”.
Los Angeles Clippers – 3/1
This is the team to back. After upsetting the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in Round 1, the Clippers are making short work of the Houston Rockets in Round 2. Blake Griffin has been unreal. More importantly, Chris Paul is back. The Clippers are looking like a scary team.
Cleveland Cavaliers – 7/2
Yes, without Kevin Love the Cavaliers might find a way to take down the Chicago Bulls. Then, they should beat either the Hawks or Wizards in the Eastern Conference Finals. But, it’s hard to imagine Cleveland beating Golden State, the Clippers or the Grizzlies in a 7-game series.
Chicago Bulls – 15/2
Derrick Rose is having a brilliant tit-for-tat battle with LeBron James in their series. Since LeBron hit the game winning shot in the last contest, it must be Rose’s turn. Don’t count out the Bulls from making it all the way to the NBA Championships. Winning it should be an issue, though.
Memphis Grizzlies – 8/1
The odds make the Grizzlies a big time overlay to win the championship. They are proving that they can handle Golden State. The defense is so good that if they do beat Golden State in that series, they’ll have a great shot versus the Clippers. No Eastern Conference foe matches up well with Memphis.
Atlanta Hawks – 12/1
The Hawks look like a good team that has run out of steam. The problem with Atlanta, and in contrast to Golden State, is that Atlanta doesn’t have a Seth Curry or Klay Thompson that can take charge. They’re having trouble with the Wizards and the Wizards are without John Wall.
Washington Wizards – 28/1
They have no shot of winning the NBA Championship without John Wall. Wall’s status is doubtful for the rest of the playoffs. If he miraculously makes it back, consider a bet at 28/1. If not, this team’s odds should be closer to 50 to 1.
Houston Rockets – 66/1
As good as James Harden is, he’s not good enough to do it on his own versus the Clippers. The problem is Houston’s inside game. Dwight Howard can’t handle Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Those guys are tearing Houston’s inside game apart.