NBA Eastern Conference Round 1 Series Bets

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Friday, April 12, 2019 9:36 AM UTC

Friday, Apr. 12, 2019 9:36 AM UTC

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<p>It's time! The doldrums of the regular season is over, the narratives are written, and the stakes are rising. 16 teams will attempt to achieve the ultimate goal, raising the Larry O'Brien trophy in triumph. Who will navigate the tough road and end up triumphant? To win in the Finals you must win in the first round and each teams playoff journey begins now<i>.</i></p><h2> </h2><h2><i>#1 Milwaukee Bucks vs #8 Detroit Pistons</i></h2><p>The Milwaukee Bucks finished with the NBA's best record at 60-22, and had the strongest advanced stats as well. They averaged 118.1 points per game, highest in the league. They were second in pace at 103.3. Their Offensive rating was 113.8, 4th in the league and most importantly, they had the league's highest Defensive rating at 105.2. They had the league's highest plus/minus, outscoring opponents by an average of 8.9 PPG. Their main question marks going into the postseason will be experience as this has been a breakout season for them. Last year they were the 7th seed and lost in the first round to Boston in 7 games, in a series where the teams won every home game and Boston prevailed at home in Game 7. this year they will play all possible Game 7's at home, but I don't expect them to be in a game 7 in this series</p><p>The Detroit Pistons finished the season 41-41. They are limping into the playoffs with their star Blake Griffin missing the season finale, a win over the NY Knicks to clinch their playoff berth. Griffin's health will be a major factor in this series although he is expected to play Game 1.<i> </i>Detroit averaged 107.0 PPG which was 25th in the league this year. they were 28th in pace at 97.4. Their offensive rating was 109.0 21st in the league, and their defensive rating was 109.2 11th in the league. Their plus/minus was -.2 PPG 17th in the league. As you can see, Detroit made the playoffs based on the strength of their defense.</p><p>The Bucks should outclass Detroit fairly easily based on the stats, and watching the games it's hard to see where the stats are wrong. The Bucks were 4-0 against Detroit this year, with only 1 game within a 10 pt margin. It's hard to find a scenario where they prevail barring multiple injuries to Milwaukee. They have no one to cover Giannis Antetokounmpo, who should start the offense possessions with ease, allowing them to get into their sets and use their motion offense to generate attempts at the rim or from 3. Brook Lopez, who is having a great year shooting behind the arc can bring Drummond out of the paint, negating Detroit's shot blocking center. The Pistons main hope will be to get hot from 3 pt range, but even then I don't see it being enough to best this high powered Milwaukee team <i> </i></p><p><a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a" target="_blank" title="NBA Playoffs Betting Odds"><em><b>BETTING TIP: Under 4.5 @1.75 at Unibet</b></em></a></p><p><em><b>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;We take you back to last night in New York and hear from Coach Casey, , &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@LukeKennard5&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@ThonMaker14&lt;/a&gt; on making the playoffs.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It's Wired presented by &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@Jeep&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;April 11, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</b></em></p><h2> </h2><h2><i>#2 Toronto Raptors vs #7 Orlando Magic</i></h2><p>The Toronto Raptors finished with the leagues second best record at 58-24. They averaged 114.4 PPG, 8th in the league. They were 15th in pace at 100.2. Their Offensive rating of 113.1 was 5th in the league, and their Defensive rating was 5th as well at 107.1. the finished with a plus/minus of +6.1 PPG. Last year they were the #1 seed, getting swept in the 2nd round in heartbreaking fashion by the Clevland Cavaliers, leading to the team trading mainstay Demar DeRozan to the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. With a former Finals MVP Leonard, they have their sights set on a championship this year, and anything less than a Finals appearance will be considered a major disappointment.</p><p>The Orlando Magic ended their 7 year playoff drought with a 42-40 record. They were 24th in scoring at 107.3 PPG. They were 25th in pace at 98.1. They had an Offensive rating of 108.9, good for 22nd in the league, and a defensive rating of 108.1 8th in the league. The Magic made strong improvement under coach Steve Clifford and are lead by All Star Center Nikola Vucevic who averaged 20.8 PPG.</p><p>Although the season series was tied 2-2, I don't see how the Magic can keep up here. Both wins were when the Raptors were missing a star, either Leonard or Kyle Lowry. I expect Toronto's defense to be too strong when it counts and I expect the Magic will have trouble scoring in crunch time. The addition of Marc Gasol gives them a veteran defensive presence to match up with Vucevic, and with Leonard and Green patrolling the wings I think it will make it very hard on Terence Ross and Evan Fournier to get good looks. They could steal a game(most likely game 3 or 4 in Orlando) with an Aaron Gordon offensive explosion, but its hard to imagine a scenario where they are victorious in this series.</p><p><b><em>BETTING TIP: No play as I was hoping for Toronto -2.5 but @ 1.44 there is no value in that play</em></b></p><p><b><em>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The real season begins.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;We’re all ALL IN. &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#WeTheNorth&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;April 11, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</em></b></p><h2> </h2><h2><i>#3 Philadelphia 76ers vs #6 Brooklyn Nets</i></h2><p>The Philadelphia 76ers finished 51-31. They averaged 115.2 PPG, 4th in the league. They were 8th in pace at 101.6. They were also 8th in Offensive rating at 112.6 and their Defensive rating was 110.0, 15th in the league. Their Plus/Minus was +2.7. Philadelphia has gone all in this year, trading assets for Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. Anything less than the conference finals will be considered a disappointment. Last year they beat Miami in the first round before falling to the Boston Celtics in 5 games in last years semifinals.</p><p>The Brooklyn Nets finished 42-40. they averaged 112.3 PPG, 15th in the league. They were 11th in pace at 100.8. They had an Offensive rating of 109.7, 19th in the league. They were 14th in the league with a Defensive rating of 109.7. The Nets were buoyed by the emergence of All Star guard D'Angelo Russell. They also have good depth with Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris also able to explode on the scoreboard. They draw a tough matchup with Philadelphia in their first visit to the playoffs since 2014.</p><p>Much of this series is dependent on the health of All Star Center Joel Embiid, who sat out the last 2 games and 5 of the last 7. Embiid averaged a little over 30 pts per game against Brooklyn this year. If Embiid isn't healthy this could be a very even match up, high scoring and played at a fast pace. The Nets will have problems matching up with PG Ben Simmons but his lack of jump shot makes it tolerable. Jimmy Butler could pose more problems as he is a tenacious defender and isn't afraid of the big moments. Tobias Harris is an efficient scorer so it will be a lot for the Nets to keep pace with. As of right now this match up is very difficult to cap, with no Embiid this could be a very close series. If Joel plays the Sixers should win in 5 or 6.</p><p><a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a" target="_blank" title="NBA Playoffs Betting Odds"><em><b>BETTING TIP: OVER 5.5 @ 2.45 at Unibet</b></em></a></p><h2>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Round I on deck » &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#PhilaUnite&lt;/a&gt; | &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#HereTheyCome&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;April 11, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</h2><p> </p><h2><i>#4 Boston Celtics vs #5 Indiana Pacers</i></h2><p>Boston was 49-33 this year, averaging 112.4 PPG, 14th in the league. They were 16th in pace at 99.6. Their Offensive rating was 112.2, 10th in the league. Their Defensive rating was 107.8, 7th in the league. Their plus/minus was +4.4, 6th best in the league. Last year they lost in 7 games against the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.</p><p>Indiana was 48-34 and averaged 108.0 PPG, 22nd in the league. they were 24th in pace at 98.1. Their Offensive rating was 109.9, 18th in the league. Their Defensive rating was 106.5, which was an impressive 3rd best Defensive rating in the league. They were 10th in Plus/Minus at +3.3. Last year the Pacers lost in 7 games to the Cavaliers in the first round.</p><p>Boston had a disappointing regular season as they were the favorite to finish the regular season with the best record in the East, but Gordon Hayward didn't return to All Star form until the last 2 months of the season, and Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown struggling to accept their new lesser roles. The injury to defensive stopper and emotional leader Marcus Smart is a huge development going into the playoffs and makes this series a more wide open proposition. Indiana has defied expectations in bucking an injury of their own in All Star Victor Oladipo. When Oladipo went down, most considered the Pacers season to be over but they responded by raising their level of play and teamwork to secure the 5th seed. Matchup wise I still think the Celtics have too much depth for the Pacers to overcome.</p><p><a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a" target="_blank" title="NBA Playoffs Betting Odds"><em><b>BETTING TIP: Over 5.5 @2.10 at Unibet </b></em></a></p><p><em><b>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;It all starts Sunday ☘ &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#BOSvsIND&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;🎟: &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Boston Celtics (@celtics) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;April 11, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</b></em></p>
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