Alot can happen in a week with the NBA playoffs in full swing. With a seven-game series if a team can find a crack in the opposition they have plenty of time to figure out how to exploit it.
Updated NBA Playoff First Round Betting Outlook
Atlanta Hawks vs Brooklyn Nets
After jumping out to a 32 to 20 first quarter lead, Atlanta let Brooklyn crawl back into the game. The Hawks beat the Nets by only 7 points in a 99 to 92 win. Atlanta is the better team but they live and die by the three-point shot. That could spell doom for them later on in the playoffs. They should beat Brooklyn in the first round, but after that, the Hawks might have some trouble.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics
The Cavaliers barely covered a 12 point spread in their 113 to 100 victory over Boston in Game 1 of the series. Cleveland settled down in the second half, though, signaling that the rest of the games in this series may not be as close. The Cavs have too many weapons for the young Celtics.
Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks
Chicago’s Derrick Rose has looked like a man on a mission so far. As long as he continues to dominate, the Bulls should continue to throttle the Bucks. Rose scored 23 points and dished 7 assists in the first game.
Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards
Washington’s defense has been very good so far in this series. The Raptors are shooting 38% from the field and a bit over 20% from the three-point line. If Toronto can’t raise those shooting percentages, the Wizards will close them out this week.
Golden State Warriors vs New Orleans Pelicans
The Warriors haven’t dominated as much as many expected them to in this first round series between a 1 seed and an 8 seed. But, it probably won’t matter. Coach Steve Kerr only needs to tweak a few things for his Warriors to start beating New Orleans by 20 points or more.
Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks
The Rockets’ James Harden scored 24 points and dished 11 assists versus Dallas in the first game of the series. When Harden is playing well, Dallas has virtually no chance of beating Houston. The Mavericks will play tough, but they may not win a game in this series.
Los Angeles Clippers vs San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs showed their age in the second half versus the Clippers in Game 1. Los Angeles outscored San Antonio 58 to 49 in the second half. Chris Paul scored 32 and Blake Griffin scored 26. The Clippers’ youth should continue to take apart the Spurs in this series. The defending champs could be watching from home by the end of this week.
Portland Trailblazers vs Memphis Grizzlies
Point-guard Mike Conley looked healthy in the first game of this series. If Conley is healthy, Portland is going to have some trouble. They don’t have enough after LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lilliard to handle Memphis’ defense with a healthy Conley out there. This could be a short series as because Portland just won’t be able to score enough against the Grizzlies’ D to keep it competitive.