After a shortened, but still crazy season, the NBA playoffs are back and with a different set of number one seeds. Representing the number one seed in the Eastern Conference is the Philadelphia 76ers. While the Western Conference will be represented by the Utah Jazz. See below for the full playoff bracket:
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With the NBA playoffs starting not only does it make sports betting more entertaining, but it gives us more options to bet on that we wouldn’t normally get during the NBA season. And for all of those bet types for the NBA playoffs are explained here.
One of those being, NBA series betting. This is fun because, not only can you bet who will win the series, but you can bet how many games it will take for that team to win. For example 4-2, 4-1, 4-3, 4-0, etc.
NBA Series Bets:
With that being said let’s go over some series bets that I like.
Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks:
I’ve been saying it for two years now that after losing point guard, Malcolm Brogdon, that the Bucks would never return to being the same team and we’re sticking by that. Defensively, they’re a completely different team without him and it’s exactly why the Miami Heat upset the Bucks last year in the opening round of the playoffs. It will also be one of the reasons why they do the same thing again this year.
Series Winner: Miami Heat (Series price: +235)
Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks:
The New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks met three times this season with the Knicks winning all three of those matchups. It may still be a shock that the Knicks are the 4th seed, but they’re legit. And head coach Tom Thibodeau might be the most underrated coach in the NBA because how he has this team playing right now is scary. Julius Randle is having himself an MVP season and Derrick Rose looks like MVP, Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose.
Series Winner: New York Knicks (Series price: -130)
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets:
Since losing Jamal Murray back on April 12th, the Nuggets finished the season 13-5 during that span and as a result, Nikola Jokic is being praised for an MVP season? Everyone in the words of Dennis Green wanted to “Crown them.” But let’s settle down a bit here. Without Murray, the Nuggets won’t make it past the second round and honestly, I don’t see them getting by the Blazers in the first round. Portland is healthy and hungry.
Series Winner: Portland Trail Blazers (Series Price: -130)
NBA Finals/Conference Winner’s:
The NBA Finals talk and who’s going to win it all has been very interesting to listen to over the past couple of weeks especially.
“The Lakers are done.”
“The Brooklyn Nets are going all the way easily.”
“Who’s stopping Durant, Harden, and Irving?”
“LeBron James isn’t healthy.”
Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the Los Angeles Lakers will repeat and win the NBA Finals yet again this year. And you can thank the false narratives as it’s given the Lakers a pretty reasonable price to win it all at +400.
The Lakers’ injury problems this year were a blessing in disguise. Now while it’s not a blessing in the sense that they have to play in the Play-In Tournament, it was a blessing as their role players were able to develop in situations where they had to be the guy.
A prime example is Talen Horton-Tucker. Without LeBron and Dennis Schroder and Alex Caruso leaving early, the only healthy point guard available was Horton-Tucker. While he struggled a bit at first, he became the guy and hit a key game-winner against a great Knicks defense.
Despite new additions and key losses like Rajon Rondo, the Lakers core, is still intact. So while Chemistry would be a concern with Anthony Davis and James missing time like they did, it really wasn’t a concern as it was a blessing.
LeBron James has led less-talented teams to the NBA Finals before and this Lakers team may be the greatest team that he’s ever played with and they’ll show us that this July.
NBA Finals Winner: Los Angeles Lakers (+400)
NBA Western Conference Winner: Los Angeles Lakers (+220)
NBA Eastern Conference Winner: Philadelphia 76ers (+300)