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NBA Preview and Predictions
Just seven teams are alive in the NBA Playoffs as of June 14th. The Phoenix Suns rolled over the Denver Nuggets in four games with MVP Nikola Jokic getting ejected in the clincher.
The Sixers hold a 2-1 lead over the Atlanta Hawks thanks to some all-time center play from Joel Embiid on a partially torn meniscus. Injuries have rattled the title-favorite Brooklyn Nets against the Bucks, and the Los Angeles Clippers are once again needing to fight back from 2-0 down.
Read below for what to expect from the remainder of the second round of the NBA Playoffs…
Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks
All eyes are on James Harden and Kyrie Irving. Harden has played less than a minute in the series, and the Nets remain very quiet about his progress. Irving suffered a gruesome ankle sprain in Game 4. X-Rays were negative on the All-Star point guard, but it seems unlikely he will feature again in the series.
Milwaukee looked finished after Game 2. Outplayed at both ends, the offseason crisis plan was already being written up. Things changed, though. Mike Budenholzer got them moving the ball better in Game 4. With Irving probably out, many bookies are favoring the Bucks to win this series and understandably so.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is still taking some silly shots. Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday have been up and down on offense. Some advanced numbers suggested the Bucks would bounce back, though, and they have done just that with the help of good perimeter shooting from their role players.
This series is heading to the Bucks in six if Harden and Irving cannot return at full health.
Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers
Taking a 2-0 lead without Mike Conley was mightily impressive. What the Jazz have done in this series has been special, but just like Irving and Harden, it’s hard to see Utah going through unless Conley can return.
The Clippers shot the ball unsustainably poorly on the road. It’s unlikely Donovan Mitchell continues to play at that level to get the Jazz another two wins in the next four games.
Utah is a complete team, and they have got great production from up and down the roster. The Rudy Gobert problem has troubled Ty Lue throughout, particularly with Ivica Zubac being eaten alive by Mitchell. There were signs in Game 3, however, that the Clippers have addressed some of their most glaring issues.
Having seen how Kawhi Leonard took over when his team needed it most in the first round, The Klaw could spin this series on its head this week. He’s yet to have one of those automatic mid-range games in this series – maybe Games 4 and 5 belong to the two-time Finals MVP.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks
What Joel Embiid is doing on a torn meniscus is remarkable. The MVP runner-up is dominating Clint Capela and whichever other Hawk has the misfortune of trying to guard him. Atlanta has tried double and triple teams, but it usually just results in free throws.
Pair Embiid’s offensive dominance with the two-way excellence of Ben Simmons, and the Sixers are formidable. The aggression showed by Simmons in the second half of Game 3 gives Philly a blueprint to win it all.
An injury to Danny Green shines a light on the Sixers’ depth. Green’s experience will be missed, but he hadn’t been shooting the ball well.
Atlanta were superb in the first half of Game 1. Since then, it’s been all Sixers, and their Friday win saw them take back homecourt advantage. Philly are heading back to the Conference Finals for the first time since Allen Iverson’s magical run in 2001.
How to read NBA odds
Those new to NBA betting can find the odds pages confusing. Getting to grips with the terminology is important before placing your first NBA wager – bettors need to know how much they can win and how to identify value.
Betting an NBA game usually involves the spread, moneyline and points total. The spread will often be the first thing visible on a bookies’ page. This is a way to level the betting market between two teams, effectively handicapping the favorite. Teams will be listed with a plus or a minus – for example, if the Lakers are -7.5 against the Clippers, they need to win by eight points for the bet to cash.
In this example, the Clips would cover as the ‘dogs’ if they are within seven points of the Lakers when the game ends.
Moneyline and points total bets are more intuitive. The moneyline is a straight up wager on who wins the game. Moneyline odds on NBA games can be extreme – it’s not uncommon to see teams as short as -1000. This is why betting against the spread is such a popular way to bet NBA games.
Points totals are a case of betting the over or under on a set line. These will often be paired with the moneyline for a parlay.
NBA odds movement
The availability of NBA odds varies. With games on everyday during the regular season, bettors often don’t have much time to place their wagers. Despite a small window to get bets in, NBA betting lines will still move significantly.
Keeping up with the latest NBA news is important for any NBA bettor. Lines can shift significantly if a star player’s availability changes, and teams will often leave it late to announce their starting line-ups.
Recent changes have forced teams to make their team news public earlier than previously, but bettors will often be unsure of injury news until three hours before tip-off.
As with any sports betting, major money can shift the betting lines, too. If there’s significant betting confidence in the Lakers at -7.5, the spread could grow towards -10.
NBA playoffs betting
Everything in the long NBA regular season is building towards the playoffs. Over half of the league make the postseason, and the introduction of play-in tournaments means even the nine and 10 seeds in each conference have a chance at featuring in the first round.
Bettors will place bets on the playoffs before and during the season. NBA fans are constantly weighing up who their favorite is to come out of the respective conferences, and which team they ultimately fancy to win it all.
Just like Super Bowl or World Series odds, the betting markets on NBA Finals and playoff success will vary throughout the year. Backing your Finals pick after a couple of losses can be a good way to find better value.
NBA betting strategy
The availability of key players is obviously so important in the NBA. Kawhi Leonard sitting out drastically changes the Clippers’ chances. Subscribing to reliable sources for constant NBA injury news is a must for bettors.
Recent performances are important, too, though be wary of the circumstances of those games. It’s often more useful to look at season-long trends such as how teams have fared on the road, on back-to-backs or how their defense has managed against certain types of offense.
Perhaps more so than other sports, specific matchups are key, also. If Joel Embiid has repeatedly dominated the opposition’s center in their recent encounters, that’s a factor that must be taken into account.
The more information the better when it comes to betting on the NBA.
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