The NBA Playoffs are off and running, and the action will be non-stop over the next few days. Things will start to slow down once teams get eliminated, but the First Round provides a number of betting matchups.
The schedule is crowded for Wednesday and Thursday, and there are five games that are worth your time when you are looking to bet. Home teams are favored in every single game, but it’s not likely that they win all of the matchups.
Here are the games and a quick betting prediction for each.
FREE $20 GOLD COIN PACKAGE
Get a $40 Gold Coin Package for $20
Texas Holdem Ring Games, Tourneys, and SNGs
Sweeps Coins Winnings Redeemable For Cash Prizes
3M GOLD COINS + 30 Sweeps Coins for $10
Bonus 2 Sweeps Coins Free On Signup
2,000,000 Gold Coins Free on Sign up
Play Slots and Table Games
Sweep Coins Winnings Redeemable for Cash Prizes
+ 25% Instant Deposit Match
Use Code: PREDICT for a free entry to win $50
Simply choose over or under on your favorite players to play
No sharks, no salary caps, no BS
Turn the game on and follow along with live player tracking to watch how you're doing
Legal in 26 states + Canada (see site for details)
Philadelphia 76ers -8.0 vs. Washington Wizards
The top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers are looking to take a 2-0 series lead with another win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. The series opener was a tight affair, but Philadelphia simply had too many weapons to prevail.
Joel Embiid battled foul trouble in the series opener, but he was clutch in the fourth quarter. Ben Simmons nearly recorded a triple-double in the victory, and Tobias Harris led the way with 37 points.
Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook did their part for Washington, but the Wizards just don’t have a ton of depth. It’s going to take a heroic effort from the dynamic duo to win a game.
Philadelphia is going to win this game, but an eight-point spread is too large. Take the Wizards +8.0 in this one.
New York Knicks -2.0 vs. Atlanta Hawks
The New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks played a thrilling Game 1, but it was the Hawks that stole a game in Madison Square Garden. Trae Young hit a buzzer-beating shot to quiet the raucous crowd and steal home-court advantage for Atlanta.
These are two of the best young teams in the league, and this won’t be the last time these teams meet up in the postseason. Atlanta stole Game 1, but the Knicks will respond in Game 2.
Take the Knicks -2.0 over the Hawks on Wednesday night.
Utah Jazz -8.5 vs. Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies went into Salt Lake City and dominated the Utah Jazz to steal home-court advantage. Utah was playing without Donovan Mitchell, but he is expected to suit up for the rematch.
Memphis has now won three straight games dating back to the play-in tournament, and this young team has a ton of momentum. The Grizzlies can’t score with the Jazz, but they have a defense that can play a key role in this series.
Utah is going to have to shoot it better in Game 2, but they have done that well all season long. With Mitchell back in the lineup, look for this to be a much better offensive effort from Utah.
Taking Memphis +8.5 is still the right pick, but Utah evens the series.
Miami Heat -1.0 vs. Milwaukee Bucks
After winning in overtime in Game 1, the Milwaukee Bucks blew out the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the series. This series now shifts to Miami, and the Heat are actually favored to win this game.
The Heat won the Eastern Conference a season ago, but they just aren’t playing as well this season. Jimmy Butler has to do too much for this offense, and there just isn’t enough help.
Miami doesn’t have anyone that can stop Giannis Antetokounmpo, and that’s a problem for the Heat. The “Greek Freak” is going to have another monster game on the road in Game 3.
Milwaukee is the better team, and they win this game outright.
Portland Trail Blazers -4.0 vs. Denver Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets and the Portland Trail Blazers have built up a terrific rivalry in the Northwest, and this series could go the distance. Portland stole Game 1, but Denver responded with an impressive effort in Game 2.
The Trail Blazers are led by Damian Lillard, and he always has the ability to take over a game. Portland will shoot a ton of threes, and they can be tough to beat when they are hot.
Nikola Jokic has done it all for the Nuggets this season, and he will need to be great again. Denver runs everything through the All-Star center, but he is going to need some help.
Look for Portland to play great at home, and taking them -4.0 is the pick in this game.