With the exception of Portland’s recent 4-3 series victory over Denver as a series underdog in the conference semifinals, the favorite has won the other 11 best-of-seven matchups in this year’s NBA playoffs. Moving on to the posted betting odds at MyBookie online sportsbook to win each of the conference finals, the early numbers once again lean heavily towards the two favorites.
The Milwaukee Bucks were the team to beat in the East for most of the regular season. They posted the best straight-up record in the NBA at 60-22. Drawing the Detroit Pistons in the opening round, that series was basically over before it began. Milwaukee pulled off the four-game sweep both SU and against the spread by winning each game by double figures.
The only blip on the radar screen in the next series against the No. 4 Boston Celtics was a 112-90 loss in Game 1 as eight-point home favorites. The Bucks went on to win the next four games both SU and ATS with three double-digit victories.
The Toronto Raptors lost their first playoff game this season before winning the next four games against Orlando. They went 3-2 ATS in those five games. They had their hands full against the No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers in the next round in a series that ended with an amazing Game 7 buzzer-beater by Kawhi Leonard. Toronto was 3-4 ATS in the seven games.
Milwaukee had the 3-1 edge both SU and ATS in the four-game regular season series against Toronto and the Bucks have been opened as six-point home favorites for Wednesday night’s Game 1.
The Bucks’ betting odds to win this series are set at -290 with the Raptors listed as +235 underdogs. It is hard to find any value in either bet unless Toronto can pull off an upset in Game 1 to drive down the odds on Milwaukee. Look for the Bucks to advance in six games.
Betting Odds to Win The NBA Western Conference
Portland finished the regular season on a strong note to edge out Houston for the No. 3 seed in the West on a tiebreaker. The Trail Blazers made short work of Oklahoma City in five games in their opening round series. Going down 3-2 in the series against Denver, they rallied for a pair of wins both SU and ATS in the final two games to pull off the mild upset.
Golden State’s run to its fifth-straight appearance in the conference finals out West consisted of six-game series wins against the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets. The Warriors were 5-7 ATS in those 12 games with a 2-4 mark ATS in six home games. While it was not always pretty, they did prove that they can still beat an elite NBA team without the services of their top scorer.
Kevin Durant has averaged 34.2 points per game in the postseason, but he missed Game 6 against Houston with a calf strain. He is reportedly out of the lineup for Tuesday’s series opener in Oakland with the Warriors still favored by 7.5 points.
The betting odds that Golden State heads to the NBA Finals for the fifth season in a row are set at -575. The odds that Portland pulls off a second-straight upset are set at +425. There is no value betting the Warriors given their odds to win, but betting against them would be the equivalent of throwing your money in the trash. Golden State in five.
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I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.
It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.
The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.
My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.
I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.