Betting Update – NBA Who is Hot and Who Is Not Weekly-May 013 min read
The opening round of the NBA playoffs officially came to an end on Sunday with Cleveland’s 105-101 victory against Indiana in Game 7 as a 5.5-point home favorite. The Cavaliers will now face the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference starting on Tuesday night in Game 1 of a best- of-seven semifinals matchup against the Toronto Raptors.
Cleveland went 1-6 against the spread in its seven games against the Pacers, while Toronto went 4-2 both SU and ATS to eliminate Washington in six games. The Raptors come into this series as six-point home favorites for Tuesday’s 8 p.m. tip on TNT and their series price odds to eliminate the Cavaliers are set -205.
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The other semifinal showdown in the East pits the upstart Philadelphia 76ers as -385 series favorites against the Atlantic Division rival Boston Celtics as +325 underdogs. Philadelphia is listed as a 3.5-point road favorite for Monday night’s Game 1 tip at 8 p.m. on TNT.
The Sixers got Joel Embiid back for Game 3 of the opening round on their way to a 4-1 series victory against Miami. They also went 4-1 ATS on’ closing line. The Celtics lost Kyrie Irving for the season and needed the full seven games to eliminate Milwaukee in their opening round clash. Boston went 5-2 ATS in that series with the total going OVER in five of the seven games.
Houston has already taken a 1-0 series lead on the Utah Jazz in the first of two semifinal matchups in the Western Conference. The top-seeded Rockets got past Minnesota in five games in the opening round and they are now 4-2 ATS in six playoff games. Game 2 is set for Wednesday night and Houston is once again favored by 11.5 points after covering that same spread on Sunday in a 110-96 victory at home against the Jazz.
Golden State could get its top scorer back for Tuesday’s Game 2 against New Orleans after beating the Pelicans 123-101 in Game 1 as a 7.5-point home favorite in that semifinals series opener. Stephen Curry has sat out the Warriors’ last 16 games with a left knee injury including the five games they needed to eliminate San Antonio in the opening round.
The updated series price odds that Golden State moves onto the conference finals for the fourth-straight season are now set at -2500. It is favored by 10.5 points to take the 2-0 series lead with another win at home.
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