With the playoffs just around the corner, we are reaching the business end of the NBA season and having a look at what bets will be good in the playoffs. There are still sixteen teams trying to win the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy and some exciting games lined up. We will also look at some individual players who have excelled this year and may be worth a bet.
(1) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (8) Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons are in the playoffs for just the second time in ten years and have a tough task ahead to get past an impressive Bucks team. Our favorite pick in this game must be Andre Drummond of the Pistons, who is the league leader in rebounds per game (15.2). The betting odds are yet to be released at the time of writing, but our bet is Bucks to win and Andre Drummond to get the most rebounds as he is only the second player in forty years to get more than sixteen rebounds in one game and has continued this impressive form.
(4) Boston Celtics vs. (5) Indiana Pacers
Both these teams have had average seasons but have made the post season and are looking to finish the season on a high. The statistics are very similar for both sides so picking a clear winner will be hard. Our advice is to go for home field advantage with a narrow win.
(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Brooklyn Nets
The Philadelphia 76ers are in the postseason for the second year running and have an impressive home record they will want to maintain against a Brooklyn Nets team who have had their first winning season since 2013-14. As sports betting in New Jersey is big business and we expect to see a lot of money riding on the Nets, but the 76ers home record should not be dismissed.
(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (8) Orlando Magic
Both teams won their divisions with games to spare, but we think the Toronto Raptors have the best chance to progress to the next round. With a home record of 32-9, the Raptors should win with ease, but the Orlando Magic have had some good away results this year and have a good home record.
(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) Los Angeles Clippers
We start in the Western Conference with a California clash of two giants in the sport. The Golden State Warriors are looking to become the third team in NBA history to win the finals three years on the bounce, and they also lead many of the statistics for points scored. The Warriors dominated their Division, and we expect the same from the playoff against the Clippers.
(4) Houston Rockets vs. (5) Utah Jazz
Although the Houston Rockets won their Division and Utah Jazz only managed third, the teams are evenly matched making this a hard result to call. Our favorite bet in this game is James Harden of the Rockets to secure the most turnovers as he currently leads the NBA league with an average of 5.2 per game.
(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) Oklahoma City Thunder
This is another tight game to call as the Trail Blazers, and Oklahoma City Thunder has similar records with both just managing a positive away record. Oklahoma’s Russel Westbrook is having a good season and leads with assists per game, and we expect him to do the same when the two teams meet.
(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs
The last matchup in the Western Conference sees the Denver Nuggets take on the Spurs in what should be a comfortable win for Denver. Both teams have negative away records, but Denver can win away against the Spurs and move on to the next round. Neither side has a standout player statistically, so Denver to progress is our call on this matchup.
Who Will Win?
The Milwaukee Bucks are the most improved team this year and have gone from outsiders to reach the playoffs with some impressive results. The favorite at the start of the season was Golden State, and we have seen nothing that would change our opinion as they have consistently won at home and away against excellent teams.
The Raptors and the 76ers have pulled themselves into contention after some shaky results early in the campaign and will be a tough test for any team looking to progress. We predict a Milwaukee Bucks vs. Golden State Warriors final with the Warriors to take the trophy.