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The Tight Playoff Race Promises Exciting Live Betting!

The battle for playoff qualification reaches a new high as the NBA season is about to come to a close. Betting odds will be especially tight for the Western Conference as the teams from third to tenth are separated by only five wins.

We should expect some fun sports betting action from these competitive teams in the West as well as the rest of the league's top dogs!

LA Clippers vs Indiana Pacers (March 24, 8:00 GMT +8)

Victor Oladipo's production may have slowed down a bit, but that doesn't erase the fact that he has led Indiana to a good spot in the playoffs. While winning against Lou Williams and the Clippers may be tough opponents to face, but Indiana's better defensive rating should help them get the W. Indiana -2.50 @ 1.96 is a good punt to make.

Denver Nuggets @ Washington Wizards (March 24, 8:00 GMT +8)

The Nuggets are sitting right out of the playoff picture, two wins behind Utah and Minnesota. They need to win this tough road game at the Capitol One Arena against the Wizards. Washington are still without John Wall and are solely relying on Bradley Beal for production. They should make things tough for the visitors, but Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris should be able to force a win for Denver.

The most sensible punt to take is Denver +1.50 @ 1.95.

Phoenix Suns @ Cleveland Cavaliers (March 24, 8:30 GMT +8)

The Suns lost the last time they hosted the Cavaliers, so there shouldn't be any doubt that they will also lose on their visit to the Quicken Loans Arena. Even if they do put up a fight, LeBron James is there to sweep the shattered remains of their squad off the floor.

Minnesota Timberwolves @ New York Knicks (March 24, 8:30 GMT +8)

Should the season end now, Minnesota will be squaring off against the Golden State Warriors. Tom Thibodeau and his young Wolves definitely don't want the Dubs as their first opponent, so they need to win against New York. With Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins playing great basketball, it's hard not to go for Minnesota -6.50 @ 1.94.

Brooklyn Nets @ Toronto Raptors (March 24, 8:30 GMT +8)

Brooklyn are among the league's worst teams in defensive efficiency, while the Raptors are the third best in the league when it comes to offensive efficiency. There should be no doubts that Toronto will devour the Nets and boot them out of Air Canada Centre without so much as a goodbye. There's no other way to go than Toronto -12.00 @ 1.95.

Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls (March 24, 9:00 GMT +8)

The Bucks still aren't sure if they can have Giannis Antentokounmpo ready in time for their trip to Chicago, but I don't think they should have any concerns in this match. Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe and Jabari Parker have been playing well and will not let the Bulls easily have their way.

I see this ending in a double-digit victory for Milwaukee, so putting money on their -5.50 @ 1.96 Asian Handicap will result in decent returns.

Miami Heat @ Oklahoma City Thunder (March 24, 9:00 GMT +8)

The Heat are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference standings, but a string of losses would see them sink to the bottom seed. They need to win against an Oklahoma City team running on top form if they wish to keep fighting for better seeding. However, I don't see Goran Dragic being able to trade buckets with Russell Westbrook, so OKC -6.00 @ 1.90 is a good pick to make.

Utah Jazz @ San Antonio Spurs (March 24, 9:30 GMT +8)

This is probably the most important clash to watch for the avid NBA fan.

Both teams are far from securing their playoff spots and need the wins in order to put some distance between them and the chasing pack. Utah especially need the W as the Nuggets are only two games away. This game could go either way, but I see Donovan Mitchell forcing a win here. Utah +3.00 @ 2.00 is a risky bet I'm recommending.

Boston Celtics @ Portland Trail Blazers (March 24, 11:00 GMT +8)

The Celtics are a well-oiled machine that are only losing games due to their key cogs being out of duty. Since almost their entire backcourt is basically injured, I don't think they can defeat the Blazers on their home floor. However, they should be able to keep the score close. Boston +6.00 @ 2.16 is a good bet to make.

Atlanta Hawks @ Golden State Warriors (March 24, 11:30 GMT +8)

The Hawks weren't able to beat the lowly Sacramento Kings, but they have a good chance at winning against the injury-ridden Dubs. However, the Warriors should be able to win easily if Stephen Curry gets to cleared to play in front of the adoring Oracle Arena crowd.

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Prepare for More Exciting Sports Betting Action

There are many NBA games that will provide top-notch betting odds for you!

The Cavaliers, the Warriors, the Celtics and the Rockets will be suiting up to play tomorrow, so there will be a lot of live betting fun to be had!

Don't you dare miss out on all of the fun and see what's in store for today!

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Brooklyn Nets (March 26, 2:00 GMT +8)

LeBron James is having one unforgettable month as he is averaging an almost triple-double throughout March. There should be no way D'Angelo Russell and the hapless Nets would have any chance of toppling the King's Cavaliers. Cleveland -7.00 @ 1.92 is the way to go.

San Antonio Spurs @ Milwaukee Bucks (March 26, 4:30 GMT +8)

The Spurs have been winning left and right without Kawhi Leonard, but no such certainty can be made when they square off against the Bucks. If Giannis plays, there's a good shot for the Bucks to win it. If he's not cleared to play, however, LaMarcus Aldridge could bully his way to a W.

Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers (March 26, 6:00 GMT +8)

Miami need the victory to climb the Eastern ladder and avoid a potential confrontation with the Cavaliers. However, Indiana won't likely give them the satisfaction and will play to win in front of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse crowd. Given their form at home, betting on the hosts' -4.00 handicap for 1.96 is not a bad deal.

LA Clippers @ Toronto Raptors (March 26, 7:00 GMT +8)

The Clippers are a subpar team when it comes on the road, while the Raptors rarely concede in front of their rabid fanbase up north. I think the Canadian cold will continue to freeze Lou Williams' shooting form, so choosing Toronto -8.50 @ 2.04 is more of a steal in my book.

New York Knicks @ Washington Wizards (March 26, 7:00 GMT +8)

Tim Hardaway Jr. is doing everything he can to salvage another forgettable season for the Knicks, but the absence of Kristaps Porzingis is too much for him to handle on his own. There should be no doubt that the Wizards would easily take care of things at home. I believe betting on Washington -9.50 @ 1.92 is a wise move.

Boston Celtics @ Sacramento Kings (March 26, 7:00 GMT +8)

The Celtics haven't been the same without Kyrie Irving, but they managed to win close games against Portland and Oklahoma City. Brad Stevens and his battle-hardened C's should have no problem sending off the struggling Kings. Punting on Boston -6.00 @ 2.00 should get you some nice returns.

Portland Trail Blazers @ Oklahoma City Thunder (March 26, 8:00 GMT +8)

This match will be a battle of the guards. Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook are two of the most exciting guards to catch in the NBA, and the sight of the two of them trading blows will be one many of the Chesapeake Energy Arena will be talking about long after the game is over.

The Thunder rarely lose at home, so OKC -3.50 @ 2.04 is the best punt to make.

Atlanta Hawks @ Houston Rockets (March 26, 9:00 GMT +8)

The Rockets will be playing without Chris Paul due to his hamstring injury, but the Hawks have almost half of their entire roster suffering from ankle problems. Moreover, James Harden has been unstoppable over the past 11 games he's played. It would be idiotic to think the Hawks have a chance in this one.

Utah Jazz @ Golden State Warriors (March 26, 9:30 GMT +8)

The Dubs will be playing without most of their starting five after Stephen Curry injured his knee on his return to the hardwood. The Jazz have a real shot at winning this as Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson will be sitting out of this game. Betting on Utah -3.50 @ 1.82 is the most sensible punt to make.

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Close Wins and Blowouts Star in Today’s Live Betting Fiesta

If you woke up early to catch today's great NBA games, you probably know that you were treated to an exciting dose of NBA action!

There were a variety results that satisfied online betting fans of all ages. There were close games probably upset some betting odds. There were also blowouts that just went out of proportion.

There is a bit of something for everyone after today's games!

Cleveland Cavaliers 118-105 Charlotte Hornets

Kemba Walker may be tired of missing out on the playoffs, but his team cannot hope to make the postseason if they can't keep up with teams like the Cavaliers. LeBron James was simply unstoppable with his 41-point outing at the Spectrum Center.

Brooklyn Nets 111-104 Orlando Magic

The Magic are so terrible that even the lowly Nets are finding ways to outplay them. D'Angelo Russell led the way with a double-double performance while the rest of the roster provided ample support. Meanwhile, Nikola Vucevic and Mario Hezonja had to lead the struggling Magic for 48 minutes.

New York Knicks  101-118 Philadelphia 76ers

Joel Embiid had to leave early due to an accidental headbutt, but the Sixers easily manhandled the struggling Knicks. Dario Saric took over Embiid's scoring load while Ben Simmons quietly had a double-double night. Marco Belinelli and Richaun Holmes also played great off the bench.

Portland Trail Blazers 103-108 Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies pulled off a much-needed win against the Lillard-less Blazers. CJ McCollum tried his best to force his team back in the conversation, but the Grizzlies showed some great team basketball that eventually got them the W. MarShon Brooks was impressive off the bench, scoring 21 points on 58% shooting.

Atlanta Hawks 114-126 Minnesota Timberwolves

The Wolves erased whatever embarrassment they incurred in their loss against the Grizzlies with a dominating win over the Hawks. Karl Anthony Towns single-handedly brought the Wolves the W: he scored 56 points and grabbed 15 boards in 41 minutes of play.

Boston Celtics 97-94 Utah Jazz

The Jazz almost got away with a win against the Celtics after Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio played some fantastic basketball. However, Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum willed a strong comeback that helped the C's leave the Vivint Smart Home Arena in smiles.

LA Clippers 111-99 Phoenix Suns

Tyler Ulis's 23-point outing was the only bright spot in an otherwise disappointing performance by the entire Phoenix squad. Tobias Harris got off to a hot shooting streak, ending the night with 27 points. DeAndre Jordan, Austin Rivers and Tyrone Wallace made up for Lou Williams' poor shooting night.

Dallas Mavericks 93-103 Los Angeles Lakers

If you're questioning whether Mark Cuban is looking beyond this season, this game provides all the answers.

There wasn't any reliable shooting from the Mavericks tonight, and Harrison Barnes just hasn't played out well as a consistent scoring option for the Mavericks. All the Dallas supporters can hope for is that they land a certain European star named Luka Doncic.

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Start the Weekend with Fun Handicap Betting

The NBA is the perfect sporting league for the online betting aficionado.

While there is an established hierarchy among teams, every now and again an upset occurs. The weakest team in the league can topple insane betting odds if one player catches fire. The overwhelming favourites can simply collapse at the drop of a hat.

These things are what makes the NBA a great league to follow and bet on. You just don't know what will happen next! This weekend's games promise more of the same basketball action!

Chicago Bulls @ Orlando Magic (March 31, 8:00 GMT +8)

The Bulls don't have Zach LaVine ready to play, making their upcoming game against the Magic a rather tough one. While the Magic also have Terrence Ross and Evan Fournier out with an injury, they still have Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon ready to play. Betting on Orlando -7.00 @ 2.07 is a sure win.

Philadelphia 76ers @ Atlanta Hawks (March 31, 8:30 GMT +8)

Ben Simmons once told Karl-Anthony Towns on stream that the Atlanta Hawks are no big deal, and their upcoming tussle at the Philips Arena is the perfect opportunity for him to back his words. Atlanta don't have a lot of players in full health, so the Sixers should easily win this one.

New Orleans Pelicans @ Cleveland Cavaliers (March 31, 9:00 GMT +8)

The Pelicans are doing quite well under Anthony Davis' outrageous play, but LeBron James is always a tough cookie to deal with. I'm not sure that Davis has the same gravitas as Cleveland's No 23, and the Cavs are hard to beat when they're in the Land.

Phoenix Suns @ Houston Rockets (March 31, 9:00 GMT +8)

You don't have to look at the stat sheets to even predict that the Rockets will overwhelm the Suns. Devin Booker and TJ Warren are the only bright spots on the team, but both of them are dubious to appear in this game. I don't think the Suns (or any team) can handle the firepower of James Harden.

Denver Nuggets @ Oklahoma City Thunder (March 31, 9:00 GMT +8)

The Nuggets are somewhat thriving with their own brand of basketball, but they are still two games away from playoff qualification. Things don't get any easier when they play Russell Westbrook at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. However, the Thunder have been prone to late collapses, and a close game is in order here.

I think the Thunder will win by four points, making Oklahoma City -3.50 @ 1.94 the best punt to make.

Minnesota Timberwolves @ Dallas Mavericks (March 31, 9:30 GMT +8)

The Mavericks can't win be it home or away, so this game should be a sure lock for the Timberwolves. Given how well the Wolves' young stars have been playing as of late, it's not bad to put your money in Minnesota -6.00 @ 2.03.

Memphis Grizzlies @ Utah Jazz (March 31, 10:00 GMT +8)

MarShon Brooks is the unexpected scoring presence the Grizzlies desperately needed, but their shoddy team play doesn't encourage much optimism. The least they could hope for is for Donovan Mitchell to have an off night and continuously shoot brick after brick.

Milwaukee Bucks @ Los Angeles Lakers (March 31, 10:30 GMT +8)

The Bucks had a relatively easy time in dealing with a depleted Golden State Warriors team, so they should have plenty of energy left for the Lakers. Giannis Antetokounmpo should easily play around the young frontcourt of the Lakers and cruise through them for the W.

LA Clippers @ Portland Trail Blazers (March 31, 11:30 GMT +8)

Lou Williams and Tobias Harris have performed well for the Clippers, but the lack of a true superstar might be the Clippers' undoing against the Blazers. Damian Lillard has been lighting up scoreboards left and right, and he should have no problem overwhelming this hodgepodge Clippers squad. Portland -6.50 @ 2.50 is a steal in my opinion.

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The Wild West Makes for Fun Live Betting!

The Eastern Conference has finally chosen their best eight teams, but the West is still a lawless area where teams ranked four through ten can still compete for playoff contention!

Betting odds for tomorrow's games are sure to be tight as some of the teams vying for better playoff positions are playing. The Denver Nuggets-LA Clippers game is especially noteworthy as a loss here could doom the other LA team to irrelevance.

Which teams are worthy of your free bets?

Denver Nuggets @ LA Clippers (April 8, 4:30 GMT +8)

The first match of the day is probably the most intriguing one!

The Nuggets and the Clippers clash to secure their hopes of making the playoffs. The Clippers cannot afford to lose here and will need outstanding play from Tobias Harris, Austin Rivers and Lou Williams. DeAndre Jordan also needs to step up defensively and secure the paint.

However, the Clippers will have a rough time in trying to contain the Nuggets. Nikola Jokic is on a mission, switching gears and scoring 27 points over the last three games. Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap and Will Barton have also played impressively over the same stretch.

I don't think the Clippers can keep up with the Nuggets, so you should bet big on Denver +1.00 @ 1.95.

Milwaukee Bucks @ New York Knicks (April 8, 8:30 GMT +8)

The Bucks can now focus on making the most out of their time after making it to the playoffs, but a loss against Brooklyn is not the way to go.

They need to make sure that their upcoming road game against the Nets' neighbour goes well. While the Knicks overwhelmed the Heat, I don't see them easily stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe altogether. They even have to worry about Jabari Parker's outrageous scoring off the bench.

Brooklyn Nets @ Chicago Bulls (April 8, 9:00 GMT +8)

The Bulls seemed to be hopeless as they have many of their young core end their seasons early. However, Lauri Markkanen, Sean Kilpatrick and Bobby Portis are doing a fantastic job for the Bulls. They will be an interesting matchup for the equally young and disorganised Nets squad.

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets (April 8, 9:30 GMT +8)

The Thunder are still struggling to find any shred of consistency even after their stars took a year of adjusting. Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony badly need a win here if they want to gain any confidence ahead of the postseason.

However, I don't think James Harden and Chris Paul will allow the Thunder to do whatever they want. They will surely impose their will and dominate over this motley Thunder crew, so betting on Houston -6.50 @ 2.00 is not a bad deal.

New Orleans Pelicans @ Golden State Warriors (April 8, 9:30 GMT +8)

Anthony Davis is playing some fantastic basketball to end the regular season, posting a double-double over the past two games. They also have a better shot at victory as the Warriors' locker room is unusually disorganised. However, Kevin Durant might prove Steve Kerr wrong and power his way through the Pelicans.

Portland Trail Blazers @ San Antonio Spurs (April 8, 10:00 GMT +8)

Portland's fans heads might not go down to the ground despite consecutive losses to Dallas and Houston due to Damian Lillard's incredible showings. He will surely bring Dame Time to a struggling San Antonio side that lost to both LA teams on their road trip. I'm not sure if Gregg Popovich can salvage their horrible end to the season.

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Playoff Seeding is All That Matters Now!

While there are six games slated in the NBA this Wednesday, the focus of sports betting fans will only be on two matches.

Utah are already secured of a postseason berth, but they can still finish inside the top four of the tough Western Conference if they beat online gambling heavyweights Golden State Warriors.

In the Eastern Conference, all eyes will be on the Philadelphia 76ers as they try to defy betting odds and end the season as the No.3 seed—an incredible jump for a team that finished with the fourth worst record in the NBA last year!

Charlotte Hornets @ Indiana Pacers (April 11, 07:00 GMT+8)

Domantas Sabonis exploded for 30 points against the Hornets yesterday, and he'll likely want to follow that up with another big performance as they gear up for the playoffs.

Charlotte have the tools to stay competitive in this game. However, it's clear they are no longer playing to win, but rather trying to develop their younger guys and giving them as much experience as possible.

Philadelphia 76ers @ Atlanta Hawks (April 11, 07:30 GMT+8)

Winners of 14 straight games, the Philadelphia 76ers have finally seen the result of the process. Now, they are in contention to finish ahead of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Fortunately for the Sixers, their streak is likely to continue as they play the lowly Hawks who would welcome defeat with open arms. Also, it's not like Atlanta have an answer for Ben Simmons who recently recorded 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists in a win against the Cavs! Go for Philly -9.00 @ 1.87.

Boston Celtics @ Washington Wizards (April 11, 08:00 GMT+8)

The Celtics have stumbled as of late, so it's not farfetched for Washington to upset the second-seeded team. Nonetheless, the Wizards have been in a slump as well, losing four of their last five games since John Wall's return.

Moreover, there might be more problems brewing inside the Wizards' locker room especially after successive defeats to Cleveland—during which they blew a 16-point lead—and Atlanta. That being said, choosing Boston +6.50 @ 1.96 might be the best move.

Phoenix Suns @ Dallas Mavericks (April 11, 08:30 GMT+8)

With the Phoenix Suns sure to end the season with the worst record, they can now go all out and close the year in style. The Mavericks can put up a fight from time to time, but they can't seem to solve the Suns who have torched them twice this season.

Golden State Warriors @ Utah Jazz (April 11, 09:00 GMT+8)

It has been an incredible season for the Jazz after almost everyone counted them out this year in the wake of Gordon Hayward's departure. Now, they are on the cusp of finishing in the top-half of the West.

The Warriors might not be favourable opponents at first look, but the Jazz have already taken down the defending champions twice this 2018, a 129-99 demolition in January and 110-91 thrashing last month.

Defence has been the key to the Jazz' rise, and they could well use it to their advantage to upset the Warriors who aren't the usual threat they are without Steph Curry. If you're punting, Utah -7.00 @ 2.00 is a worthwhile proposition.

Houston Rockets @ Los Angeles Lakers (April 11, 10:30 GMT+8)

The Rockets have been the best team in the league this season, there's no doubt about that. However, with the team already assured of the top spot, Houston coach Mike D'Antoni might opt to limit the minutes of his stars as they aim to stay healthy heading into the playoffs.

Although that's still uncertain, the Lakers undoubtedly have a fighting chance considering their last two meetings with the Rockets ended close.

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Are You Ready for a Thrilling Finale?

The final day of regular season action promises a lot of interesting live betting options for the game's biggest fans!

Twelve action-packed games will be vying for your free bets, but there's one game that we should all pay particular attention to. There's still one ticket to the big postseason dance, and two teams are squaring off to get on the train!

Will you bet online for the Joker or the KAT?

Brooklyn Nets @ Boston Celtics (April 12, 9:00 GMT +8)

It's unfortunate that the Celtics would have to compete in the playoffs without either of the marquee players they got in the summer, but they can at least hope for a good end to their season. Jaylen Brown and company might find themselves in a tough yet winnable game against a streaky Brooklyn team.

New York Knicks @ Cleveland Cavaliers (April 12, 9:00 GMT +8)

Tristan Thompson has his own off-court problems, but his extracurricular activities should not have any impact on the Cavaliers' chances against the poor Knicks. I don't think LeBron James will want to end season number 15 on a low.

Toronto Raptors @ Miami Heat (April 12, 9:00 GMT +8)

The Heat are teetering off after enduring unacceptable losses against Brooklyn and New York, and their upcoming test against Toronto might leave Goran Dragic in tears. DeMar DeRozan should have no problems outplaying their hosts.

Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic (April 12, 9:00 GMT +8)

Mario Hezonja is getting a lot of playing time as another disappointing season ends in Orlando, and he is showing flashes of brilliance. However, his minute brilliance may have little to no effect against John Wall and the Wizards.

Milwaukee Bucks @ Philadelphia 76ers (April 12, 9:00 GMT +8)

The Sixers are enjoying a fantastic winning streak, including a thrilling winner against the Cavs. Ben Simmons will want to end his rookie season with a win, but Giannis Antetokounmpo and the visiting Bucks will do everything to spoil the party.

Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls (April 12, 9:00 GMT +8)

This is not the ideal end to the season for Blake Griffin, but his team winning against the Chicago Bulls should at least give him a positive end to an already terrible season. The Bulls barely have people to field on the floor due to injuries, but Lauri Markkanen is doing wonders for the Bulls. Betting on Chicago +2.00 @ 1.88 is not a bad idea.

Denver Nuggets @ Minnesota Timberwolves (April 12, 9:00 GMT +8)

This battle is one that will draw in the big guns.

Both the Nuggets and the Wolves have a 46-35 record, but their season series put the Wolves at the final playoff spot. Nikola Jokic and Karl-Anthony Towns are already putting up some amazing performances for their respective teams, and this game could have the intensity of a playoff match.

The Wolves have the definite home-court advantage working for them, but the Nuggets did beat them earlier this month. They also contained strong teams like Milwaukee, Indiana and Portland in their last five contests. Choosing Denver +3.00 @ 2.00 is a steal in my book.

San Antonio Spurs @ New Orleans Pelicans (April 12, 9:00 GMT +8)

The Smoothie King Center will bear witness to a thrilling battle of big men as LaMarcus Aldridge and Anthony Davis do battle.

Both bigs enjoyed a successful season that saw them lead their respective teams to the playoffs. The Spurs will surely mount a fight, but Nikola Mirotic and E'Twaun Moore will probably help AD secure the final W of the season. It's recommended for punters to take New Orleans -4.00 @ 2.02.

Memphis Grizzlies @ Oklahoma City Thunder (April 12, 9:00 GMT +8)

MarShon Brooks is something of a revelation to the Grindhouse, but his 21.8ppg in April won't be able to do enough against the Thunder. Westbrook will most likely pad his rebounds to end the season with another triple-double, but that won't take away from the fact that they are the better team.

Los Angeles Lakers @ Los Angeles Clippers (April 12, 11:30 GMT +8)

I don't think there's any better way to end the NBA season in Tinseltown than through this matchup. The Clippers are better-ranked than their Purple and Gold neighbours, but the Lakers have the brighter future. It will be up to the young Lakers team (with a 32-year-old rookie) to prove the hype surrounding them.

Utah Jazz @ Portland Trail Blazers (April 12, 11:30 GMT +8)

Donovan Mitchell's supreme confidence and skill is a breath of fresh air that helped the Jazz compete for the third seed in a turbulent Western Conference. Damian Lillard and the Blazers also want the seat and will battle them hard for it.

This has the makings of a classic that will showcase both Lillard and Mitchell. Given this fact, I see the Blazers winning by only a slim margin. Utah +2.50 @ 2.13 is a fine punt to make in my opinion.

Houston Rockets @ Sacramento Kings (April 12, 11:30 GMT +8)

The Rockets are shooting towards the stars with their outstanding basketball, and their main guys can take a well-deserved break before the outset of the playoff race. They shouldn't have that much trouble battling a Sacramento team that is again destined for another season without seeing postseason ball.

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East Playoffs Preview: It’s Time to Know Who’s the Best!

Eastern Conference Playoffs - First Round

The first-round matchups of the Eastern Conference are set, and it's time to take a pick and bet online on the top contenders in the opening series.

Top-seeded Toronto play Washington in a series that could well go either way. There's also Cleveland who will look to defy betting odds and prove their doubters wrong.

On the other side of the bracket, the up-and-coming Sixers draw the Heat for a big live betting affair between a young team and an experienced playoff squad. Meanwhile, Boston will try to overcome the injury bug when they play Milwaukee in the seven-game opener.

Toronto Raptors (No.1) vs Washington Wizards (No.8)

This one is a tough draw for a Toronto team that needs every rest they can get in preparation for a possible second-round meeting with the Cavaliers.

There's no doubt this year is the best chance for the Raps to win a championship. They changed their offence and made it one of the league's best, improved to a top-five defensive team and developed one of the best reserve units in the league en route to the top seed in the East.

Despite all these, however, they face the Wizards who have John Wall back healthy. Sure, their record won't scare anyone at first look, but it should be noted that Washington split their regular season series with the Raps—the last two ending by a seven-point margin or less.

Prediction: Toronto in six games

Boston Celtics (No.2) vs Milwaukee Bucks (No.7)

The last few weeks of the regular season haven't been good for the Celtics as they limped off to the playoffs, literally. Daniel Theis got injured, Kyrie Irving hurt his knee and Marcus Smart broke his thumb and the Celtics found themselves in an up-and-down stretch.

Sure enough, Milwaukee will take that opportunity to topple the Celts. They know they have what it takes after beating them two weeks ago and will be high in confidence when they meet again. After all, their stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker are both healthy.

The difference in this game, though, is the coaches. Brad Stevens and the Celts know how to play and what it takes to win at this stage, and that may prove pivotal against the Bucks that haven't found a replacement yet for Jason Kidd.

Prediction: Boston in seven games

Philadelphia 76ers (No.3) vs Miami Heat (No.6)

The big question in this matchup is: when will Joel Embiid return?

Embiid could miss a large chunk of the first round against the Heat, and that would be a bummer as it would be exciting to see him match up with Hassan Whiteside once again.

Philadelphia also need Embiid as soon as possible considering that they'll play Miami who have tons of playoffs experience. The Sixers, in contrast, have missed the past five postseasons.

If there's one silver lining for the Sixers, it's that they have the momentum after a 16-game winning streak. Oh, and who could forget about Ben Simmons—the do-it-all rookie who Julius Erving even described as someone who could evolve to a "one-in-a-lifetime-type" of player?

Prediction: Philadelphia in six games

Cleveland Cavaliers (No.4) vs Indiana Pacers (No.5)

Are you all ready for playoff LeBron?

Despite all their struggles this season, it's never a good thing to write off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. In fact, LeBron has never lost a first-round playoff series—he's 12-0 overall which is a testament to his dominance.

Not to mention that a LeBron-led team hasn't lost a single first-round game since 2012!

Indiana's resurgence with Victor Oladipo has been nothing short spectacular, and they will find some confidence from their 3-1 record against the Cavs this year. However, experience might just be the deciding factor in this series.

Prediction: Cleveland in five games

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The West Promises the Most Exciting Live Betting!

Western Conference Playoffs - First Round

The NBA regular season has drawn back its curtains, and the postseason is about to make some noise!

This fact is especially true in the Western Conference! Every series in the first round has the potential of becoming an instant classic with equally fantastic betting odds! While it may be too easy to put your free bets on the Houston Rockets winning this thing, Golden State, Portland, Utah and the rest of the chasing pack have just as much of a chance at coming out of the West.

A great rumble awaits basketball fans, and postseason can't start any sooner!

Houston Rockets (No.1) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (No.8)

Houston's first opponents offer an interesting challenge.

The last time the Timberwolves were in the playoffs was the year Kevin Garnett was still donning a member of the franchise. Now, the Wolves will be fighting with Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins at the front.

However, I think their lack of playoff experience will hurt them in the long haul. Chris Paul and James Harden have plenty of postseason experiences between them and should be able to lead their team where it counts the most. I think the Wolves can get a W, but the Rockets should win the series without any hiccups.

Prediction: Houston in five games

Golden State Warriors (No.2) vs San Antonio Spurs (No.7)

The Warriors haven't been their usual selves this season. Not one Warriors starter managed to play in all 82 games, costing them several easy victories. Their embarrassing loss to the Utah Jazz in their final regular-season game also builds some frustration among the coaching staff and fans.

However, it is undeniable that the Dubs are still the same Dubs that overwhelmed the Western Conference playoffs last season. As long as they flipped their postseason switch on, Gregg Popovich and the Spurs shouldn't be able to touch the Warriors.

Kevin Durant will have to do a bit of heavy lifting, but they should be able to cruise past the struggling Spurs.

Prediction: Golden State in five games

Utah Jazz (No.3) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (No.6)

The Jazz are on a high after Donovan Mitchell carried a team that was supposed to enter the lottery into the third seed. Salt Lake City's high times, however, will be put to the test when they square off against Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

While Utah have the home court edge, Mitchell will have a tough time trying to overcome the cumulative playoff experience of OKC's three big stars with just energy and hustle alone. Without any supporting man beside Rudy Gobert to give him a hand, it's inevitable for Utah to see this as a mere learning experience for the future.

Prediction: Oklahoma City in five games

Portland Trail Blazers (No.4) vs New Orleans Pelicans (No.5)

This matchup is tough to call as both squads have outstanding players that can turn the tides of the game in a snap of a finger.

Anthony Davis has been playing unbelievable basketball for the Pelicans ever since DeMarcus Cousins bowed out of the season. Fans can expect him to assert his presence on the court as he will be facing an uphill battle with the Blazers.

I see this going to Game 6, but I don't think Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will choke at this point of the season. They will do everything they can to outrun Davis and advance to the next round.

Prediction: Portland in six games

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It’s Game On in the Big NBA Playoffs!

The NBA Playoffs is off to a great start as Golden State, Toronto and Philadelphia delighted the online gambling faithful with convincing wins in the opener.

And in a big live betting twist, sixth-seeded New Orleans staged the ultimate upset of the day as they defied betting odds and took down high-flying Portland in a game that featured an intense fourth-quarter battle.

San Antonio Spurs 92-113 Golden State Warriors

Draymond Green has every right to say that they are a "championship ball club" after the Warriors rout the Spurs in Game 1 at Oracle Arena.

With Steph Curry still out due to injury, Golden State showed they have what it takes by dominating on both ends of the floor. Steve Kerr fielded a lineup composed of Green, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and JaVale McGee—a group which has not started together during the regular season—and it paid off big time as they outscored the Spurs 40-26 in 16 minutes with that starting core.

Oh, that group also didn't allow an offensive rebound and outscored San Antonio 16-6 in the paint.

Thompson was particularly sensational for the Dubs as he bagged five three-pointers (out of six attempts) en route to 27 points.

Washington Wizards 106-114 Toronto Raptors

The Raptors have an ugly history when it comes to Game 1—they are 0-5 at home in Game 1's under Dwane Casey and 1-12 overall in Game 1's played outside Air Canada Center—but they proved they are a different team now.

Relying on a deep rotation, Toronto survived a scare and fended off the Wizards in the fourth quarter, thanks to super-sub Delon Wright who scored 12 of his 18 points in the final frame.

Serge Ibaka, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry led the way for the East top seed, but it was undoubtedly their bench that made the difference as they outscored the Wizards' reserves, 42-21.

Miami Heat 103-130 Philadelphia 76ers

We thought the Sixers, without their All-Star Joel Embiid, would have a tough time against the hard-working Heat, but we couldn't be more wrong.

Miami had a hot start and dropped 60 points on the young Sixers at halftime. However, Erik Spoelstra's men weren't able to maintain that for long as Philadelphia responded with 74 second-half points, including a 40-point explosion in the fourth quarter.

Rookie sensation Ben Simmons tallied a near triple-double of 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds to spark the Sixers and further solidify his case for the Rookie of the Year award. Philly also registered a team playoff record 18 three-pointers in 28 attempts, which is considered one of their most efficient performances.

New Orleans Pelicans 97-95 Portland Trail Blazers

Portland had a hard time against New Orleans in the regular season, and that proved to be the case once again in their first-round meeting.

The Pels led by as much as 19 points in the game and held on despite a late fightback from Damian Lillard and Co.

Sure enough, the Blazers managed to cut the lead down to just a point in the second half. However, Anthony Davis proved to be too much for Portland, providing New Orleans with a much-needed superstar production and finishing the match with 35 points and 14 rebounds.

Credit should also be given to Rajon Rondo who switched to playoff mode and dished out 17 dimes in the process.

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Get Ready to See More Fantastic NBA Games

The postseason is well underway, and the games in store are sure to get some interesting betting odds!

The Cavaliers and the Rockets enter the fray as well as very interesting matches. Meanwhile, the Sixers and the Warriors will be looking to double their series advantage and make live betting fans jump on the bandwagon.

Which team deserves your free bets? Let's find out!

Milwaukee Bucks @ Boston Celtics (April 16, 02:00 GMT +8)

If the Celtics had a healthy roster, this series would have been overwhelmingly in their favour. While the current C's can put up a strong resistance under Brad Stevens' tutelage, I don't see them overcoming the amazing athlete that is Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Since I see a Milwaukee win here, choosing Milwaukee +3.50 @ 2.07 is a good punt to make.

Indiana Pacers @ Cleveland Cavaliers (April 16, 04:30 GMT +8)

Victor Oladipo has been nothing short of a revelation for the Pacers. His sudden jump from being an option player to the leading role definitely puts him in front of the Most Improved Player race.

However, LeBron James is also playing some amazing basketball. The King's overall greatness as a player will definitely negate Oladipo's presence. While the Pacers won the regular-season series, the Cavs are a completely different team come the playoffs.

The Cavs will win, but I see this ending in a close-enough margin. A good punt, in my opinion, is one towards Indiana +6.00 @ 2.11.

Utah Jazz @ Oklahoma City Thunder (April 16, 07:30 GMT +8)

This series is bound to be an interesting one as Russell Westbrook will be looking to trade blows with Utah's Donovan Mitchell.

The Jazz are badly outgunned when it comes to individual talent. Ricky Rubio and Rudy Gobert are good players, but they cannot just be compared side-by-side against Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Fortunately for them, Quin Snyder has established a fantastic system that plays around Utah's strengths.

Despite all of the positives I said, I still believe that star power and home-court advantage will pull the Thunder through. Oklahoma City -4.00 @ 2.04 is the best pick to make.

Minnesota Timberwolves @ Houston Rockets (April 16, 10:00 GMT +8)

The Wolves are just happy to make it to the big dance, but I don't think they can hold a candle to the Houston Rockets. The hosts outgun their young visitors in almost every category, and their record during the regular season doesn't do them any favours.

Not choosing the Rockets for this round is a stupid thing to do. Pick Houston -11.00 @ 1.95 to get nice returns.

Miami Heat @ Philadelphia 76ers (April 17, 09:00 GMT +8)

Ben Simmons played a key role in an outstanding rout of the Miami Heat by the Sixers during Game 1. What's more impressive is that they did this without Joel Embiid.

Erik Spoelstra should have done the necessary adjustments to combat Simmons, but I'm not sure if there's anyone on the Heat roster that can contain the big Aussie. Philadelphia -7.00 @ 1.97 is the obvious choice.

San Antonio Spurs @ Golden State Warriors (April 17, 11:30 GMT +8)

The Golden State Warriors have gone into playoff mode as they easily dismantled the Leonard-less Spurs. Gregg Popovich could try to defy the inevitable by getting an upset win at the Oracle Arena, but I'm not sure he can pull off such a feat with the quality of players he currently has.

Durant and Friends should easily cruise past the Spurs for another easy win, making Golden State -9.50 @ 1.85 the no-nonsense option.

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Will the Indiana Killmonger Shock Live Betting Fans Again?

LeBron James may be King, but Victor Oladipo is the Killmonger that threatens the Land.

Sports betting fans were rattled out of their boots after Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers convincingly won against the Cleveland Cavaliers. While there are two other games to bet online on, the second Cavaliers-Pacers game will determine the King's future.

Will Cleveland bounce back? Or will the power of King James be stripped away?

Indiana Pacers @ Cleveland Cavaliers (April 19, 08:00 GMT +8)

LeBron James showed us why he is king with a great triple-double. However, Kevin Love and the rest of the Cavaliers forgot to show up as the Pacers swept the rug under their feet and killed off their home-court advantage in this series.

We can be sure that LeBron will be playing a lot harder to even the score, but it is now up to Tyronn Lue and the rest of the Cavs roster to limit Oladipo's impact and make life easier for James.

I think Cleveland will even the series after LeBron makes a statement game at home. While betting on betting on Cleveland -8.00 @ 1.96 is a tempting option, I wouldn't be so surprised if Oladipo keeps the game close.

Utah Jazz @ Oklahoma City Thunder (April 19, 09:00 GMT +8)

Playoff experience trumped rookie talent as Paul George took over for the Thunder in Game 1. Russell Westbrook did well in providing support with his double-double performance. The Thunder will want to ensure that they secure their home games in order to gain a definite advantage when they visit Salt Lake City.

The Jazz have a lot of adjustments to make in order to bounce back. Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert would have to do a lot of scoring and defending. Ricky Rubio also needs to up his scoring and Joe Ingles needs to keep on threatening the Thunder from deep.

With Mitchell questionable for the coming game, I am not sure if they can mount an upset here. Oklahoma City -4.00 @ 1.96 is the best punt to make for this game.

Minnesota Timberwolves @ Houston Rockets (April 19, 10:30 GMT +8)

The Wolves weren't able to do anything against Rockets as their three stars combined for a shocking 39 points. Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler need to up their scoring game if they want a chance at cracking these Rockets.

However, I'm not sure they can even hold a candle to these Rockets anymore. James Harden scored 44 outrageous points in Game 1, while Chris Paul and Clint Capela were equally amazing on the floor. I find it hard not to see -10.50 @ 2.00 as a steal of a bet.

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Is a Thunderous Upset on Your Live Betting Cards?

It is understandable if you are shocked by the current playoff picture. After all, several pre-series betting tips saw certain teams easily containing their opponents. The Rockets are sure to progress, while the Cavaliers are in a tricky deadlock.

Meanwhile, betting odds are now tipping in favour of the Utah Jazz, and the Oklahoma City Thunder are looking first-round elimination in the eye.

Will we see a shocking first-round exit for the Brodie and his team? Or will the Thunder rouse themselves and set up a dramatic Game 7?

Washington Wizards @ Toronto Raptors (April 26, 8:00 GMT +8)

The Raptors seemingly left their fluid passing game at the Air Canada Centre when they played the Washington Wizards. Dwane Casey needs to sort his team's regression to iso-ball if he wants to end the series in six games.

Meanwhile, all John Wall and the Wizards have to do is to clog Toronto's passing lanes. However, I don't think DeMar DeRozan would stand being upstaged at home. The Raptors will win, but the Wizards should be able to keep it close, making Washington +7.00 @ 1.92 an interesting prospect.

Indiana Pacers @ Cleveland Cavaliers (April 26, 8:00 GMT +8)

LeBron James is simply playing incredible basketball to cover the Cavaliers' weaknesses. While it may be impossible for James to keep this level of play the entire postseason, he should be able to push for a 3-2 advantage.

Victor Oladipo will definitely try to push the issue here, but I don't see him making a dent in LeBron's performance for the Cavs in any shape or form. The Cavs should be able to win, albeit another tight one. It could all end in a one-possession game, so Indiana +6.00 @ 2.05 is the better punt to make.

Minnesota Timberwolves @ Houston Rockets (April 26, 10:30 GMT +8)

The Wolves made an admirable run to the playoffs, even going so far as to steal a game against the Rockets. However, I see this as nothing more than a gentleman's sweep for the loaded Houston squad.

James Harden, Chris Paul and the rest of the Rockets made quick work of Minnesota in Game 4 and will not likely let up on the return leg. Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns got some much-needed playoff experience under their belts at the very least.

Houston -12.50 @ 2.02 is a no-brainer of a pick.

Utah Jazz @ Oklahoma City Thunder (April 26, 10:30 GMT +8)

Russell Westbrook is staring elimination straight in the face, and it is not a pretty sight.

While he, alongside Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, have played superbly, the Utah Jazz have been nothing but a delightful surprise. Donovan Mitchell's 27.5ppg is the shining star in a well-oiled machine that features a lot of passing and great defence. Heck, even Joe Ingles is talking smack to George!

I don't like the thought that this is the end for OKC, but Utah are just too good. I still think they have a chance at winning this, but the stars would have to align and pigs would need to grow wings.

If you're watching this game, Utah +4.00 @ 1.93 is the most appealing odds.

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Fear the Deer: Are You Ready for a Thrilling Finale?

Boston Celtics 86-97 Milwaukee Bucks

The Boston Celtics, despite missing their key players to injury, were slight live betting favourites coming into Game 6 of their back-and-forth series against the Milwaukee Bucks. Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown have done brilliantly in carrying the team in the absence of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward to make things entertaining.

However, it's been proven time and time again that a bet online against an NBA superstar is the same as playing tag with a raging stag. Betting odds were once again shattered after Giannis Antetokounmpo carried the Bucks and forced a Game 7 in Boston.

The Greek Freak was unstoppable during his 41 minutes of game time at the Bradley Center. He scored 31 points, snagged 14 boards, made 4 dishes and swiped the ball off the opposition twice. While Al Horford and the rest of the Boston frontcourt did a marvellous job defending him, his will to score was too much for them to contain.

Giannis also got some help from his team-mates. Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon were also playing impressive basketball. While they didn't take as many shots as the franchise star, they made sure that every shot of theirs count.

While the Bucks won the game, credit must also be given to Boston for keeping the game close until the game's final minutes. Whenever Milwaukee would build a nice lead, a Tatum layup, a long-range bomb from Rozier or a finesse move by Horford would always spark a run that would bring them back to the game. Brad Stevens' coaching should be praised as well as his leadership helped the team compete in such a hostile environment.

Fans can expect a bombastic ending at Boston. Boston will definitely try to build a case for the future by proving that they can compete with the best of them without their star players. Antetokounmpo will try to cement his legacy as a legitimate superstar by making it to the next round.

Whatever happens in this series, one thing is for certain: a tough series against a strong Philadelphia squad awaits them.

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Time to Show Who is the Real MVP!

LeBron James and James Harden are this year's frontrunners for the MVP honour, and they are ready to show the reason for that when they continue their playoff runs this week.

Harden and the Rockets are through to the West semi-finals and will face online betting underdogs Utah Jazz. Meanwhile, LeBron and his Cavs are set to play a do-or-die Game 7  against Indiana Pacers who have surprised betting odds with their performance this series.

Indeed, with how things are shaping up, the Monday playoffs slate is something sports betting fans can't afford to miss!

Western Conference Semi-finals Game 1

Utah Jazz @ Houston Rockets (April 30, 03:30 GMT+8)

This game is a battle of contrasting philosophies: Houston and their high-octane offence versus Utah and their top-of-the-line defence.

The Jazz's defence was no match for the Rockets' three-happy attack during the regular season, with Mike D'Antoni's team sweeping the season series. In fact, Harden averaged 34 points in their four meetings this year.

However, the Jazz have transformed into a different beast in the playoffs -- something which the Oklahoma City Thunder learned the hard way.

Utah played with a faster pace in the playoffs and unleashed Donovan Mitchell who is undoubtedly a superstar in the making. While the Rockets have the better offence behind the trident of Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela, they will have to be cautious of the threat the Jazz brings.

Fortunately for Houston, Utah will be shorthanded when they meet after Jazz starting point guard Ricky Rubio picked up a hamstring injury.

Harden and Houston would likely want to make a statement here, so betting on the Rockets -10.50 @ 1.81 seems the best move to make.

Eastern Conference First Round Game 7

Indiana Pacers @ Cleveland Cavaliers (April 30, 01:00 GMT+8)

LeBron has never lost in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. That's the only stat you need to know heading into this crucial Game 7.

The King is no longer the same player he once was, and the effects of the proverbial switch might be fading. Not to mention that his current Cavaliers team is probably the worst he ever had in his career.

However, it shouldn't be forgotten that LeBron James has been in situations like this before, and he delivered countless times for his team. Most recently is the 2016 NBA Finals when LeBron helped Cleveland force a Game 7 and win the title after going down 3-1 against the Golden State Warriors.

Victor Oladipo is a legitimate All-Star, surprising everyone by doing what Paul George wasn't able to do for Indiana. Nonetheless, it remains to be seen if he can deliver under such immense pressure.

With all these considered, Cleveland -5.50 @ 1.92 is the way to go for me.

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Can Anyone Stop the Best of the West?

Western Conference Semi-finals Game 2

The Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors are the best teams in the NBA, and that was made clear in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals.

Houston and Golden State are simply a cut above the rest. Utah had the second-best defensive rating in the regular season and playoffs, but they still ended up losing by double-digits against the Rockets.

New Orleans, despite surprising betting websites with their first-round sweep of online gambling favourites Portland, were basically outclassed by the star-studded Warriors.

Indeed, betting odds favour the two juggernauts to win again; and their opponents undoubtedly need lady luck to smile on them if they want a shot at beating the league's true heavyweights.

New Orleans Pelicans @ Golden State Warriors (May 02, 10:30 GMT+8)

Defence has been the key for the Warriors in winning Game 1. Stopping Anthony Davis wasn't easy—Portland failed in that aspect—but Golden State managed to limit The Brow to just 21 points on 20 shot attempts.

Also, it wasn't only Davis who had a hard time scoring against the Warriors. First-round sensation Jrue Holiday made only 11 points on 4-of-16 shooting, this after averaging 27.8 points per game against the Blazers.

With the way the Warriors are playing on both ends of the floor, it looks impossible for the Pels to beat them. Not to mention that Steph Curry is reportedly ready to play after missing the last five weeks due to injury.

And sure enough, I don't need to mention how scary the Warriors' offence is when Curry is on the floor. Who needs defence when you can drop 120-plus points on your opponents, right?

Choose Golden State -11.00 @ 2.02.

Utah Jazz @ Houston Rockets (May 03, 08:00 GMT+8)

There are a few things we learned in Game 1 of the Utah-Houston matchup: (1) the Rockets are scary when they are hitting their shots; (2) they are not that scary when they are not hitting their sots; and (3) the Jazz are no fluke.

Houston led by as much as 27 early in the game after showing the marksmanship and defence that rolled them to a 65-win season. However, it was a different story in the second half as the Jazz slowly cut the deficit all the way down to 11 in the fourth quarter.

The Rockets are still the better team, and they have more tools with Chris Paul, Clint Capela, Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker at their disposal. Nonetheless, if the Jazz locked in on defence right from the start, it could be a more thrilling game.

I don't think the Rockets will lose at home, though I expect more rugged defending that would lead to a low-scoring affair. With that said, go for Under 206.00 @ 2.06.

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Their Dire Straits is Our Live Betting Delight

Eastern Conference Semi-finals Game 2

To be honest, it's confounding many an online betting veteran how the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors find themselves in this ditch.

Betting odds were supposed to be in their favour, after all. Both the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers came off seven-game series against their respective opponents, giving them the advantage in terms of rest and preparation.

Still, they came up short and lost. While they still have a chance to force the ground even, Game 2 is a harder proposition. Can they pull off such a tough feat? Are they even worth your bets?

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Toronto Raptors (May 04, 7:00 GMT +8)

The Raptors were supposed to win against the Cavaliers this year. Kyle Lowry knew it. DeMar DeRozan knew it. Dwane Casey knew it. However, LeBron James just reminded Toronto who the real King of the North is with his triple-double. The narrow 113-112 overtime loss caused emotions to flare high at the Raptors' locker room.

What the Raptors did not anticipate was the rest of the team coming back to life. JR Smith and Kyle Korver were deadly from beyond the arc, and Tristan Thompson was extremely effective off the bench.

Dwane Casey needs to up their defence against the rest of the role players and leave LeBron to force his way to score. Moreover, the usually effective Toronto bench need to up their ante in order to match the production of the role players.

I think we're bound to see another close game that could end in a single-possession lead. Go for Cleveland +6.00 @ 2.04.

Philadelphia 76ers @ Boston Celtics (May 04, 09:30 GMT +8)

The young Sixers also have problems dealing with another basketball star, but that man doesn't even hold the basketball on the court.

Brad Stevens has done a marvellous job in turning a young team without their usual firepower into a bonafide playoff team. He turned Terry Rozier into a legitimate option for these Celtics while motivating Hayson Tatum and Al Horford to create problems.

Brett Brown has a lot of defensive adjustments to make since there's little left to be desired on the offensive front. The young Sixer core of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons must lead the team on defence, showing energy and hustle on every possession.

I still believe the Sixers are outgunned in this duel as Stevens continues to exhibit his Shuri-like genius. However, the Sixers should be able to somewhat keep the game closer than what happened in Game 1.

Boston +1.50 @ 1.78 is the only way to go in my humble opinion.

 

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Gold Rush: Bet Online on the Mighty Warriors!

Western Conference Semi-finals Game 3

Steph Curry is back and the Warriors are scary again.

Betting websites favour Golden State to advance to the West finals, and basketball fans all over the world witnessed the reason for that after the Dubs beat the New Orleans Pelicans in Curry's return.

With the Warriors complete and ready to wreak havoc, betting odds on a Pelicans' comeback are getting slimmer day by day.

Golden State Warriors @ New Orleans Pelicans (May 05, 08:00 GMT+8)

Twenty-eight points on 53.3 percent shooting in 27 minutes of play. If this stat is not enough to prove that Curry is the most important player in Golden State's roster, I don't know what will.

On a night that saw the Warriors struggle offensively in the first three quarters, Curry came off the bench and sparked the offence with his lights-out shooting. He never even looked like a player that missed 22 of the Warriors past 23 games due to a knee injury.

The Pelicans showed up in Game 2, but so does Curry. And in reality, the Pels are simply no match for the so-called "Death Lineup."

Heading to Game 3, New Orleans now have the tough task of guarding not only Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson but also Curry.

Sure enough, the Pelicans will like their chances to win. After all, they'll be playing at home where they recently scored 119 and 131 points in a sweep of the Trail Blazers. However, it should be remembered that the Dubs won their two regular season games at the Big Easy.

Also, are we really betting against the complete Warriors that won the NBA title two times in the past three years? I think New Orleans can keep the game close, but the smart money is on Golden State -4.00 @ 1.99.

Houston Rockets @ Utah Jazz (May 05, 10:30 GMT+8)

Utah are back in the ball game!

The Jazz's series-tying win in Game 2 was a much-needed confidence boost after losing their first five meetings with Houston this season, and they will surely look to build on the momentum as they head home for Game 3.

Of course, there's no reason for the Rockets to panic. It's just another off night for them, having just made 10 of their 37 three-point attempts. We all know what Houston can do when their treys start falling.

Nevertheless, it doesn't look like things will get easier for Houston this time around. The Jazz are not only shooting the ball well in the postseason, but they have also been terrific getting boards and snatching the ball—ranking third in rebounds and fifth in steals.

Their match-up at Salt Lake City could go either way, though choosing Utah +4.00 @ 1.88 seems the ideal move to make.

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Stop the Kings: Will You Place Your Free Bets on Big Upsets?

Eastern Conference Semi-finals Game 3

There are currently two kings in the Eastern Conference. One of the kings is hard to ignore, making play after spectacular play. The other is a genius strategist who made a seemingly lacklustre team into a dangerous playoff contender that can fight with the best of them.

Some sports betting fans are already anticipating a clash between these two teams in the Eastern Conference Finals, but we should know better than to write off their two seemingly harmless opponents. Pre-match betting odds are meant to be guides as upsets tend to happen every now and then.

Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers (May 6, 06:00 GMT +8)

The Celtics have a two-game cushion as they head to Philadelphia, and their confidence is only bound to soar with every passing minute. Brad Stevens, the architect behind Boston's on-court brilliance, found a way to make Ben Simmons ineffective at the point, leaving Joel Embiid and Robert Covington to carry the scoring load on their own.

Brett Brown and the rest of Philly hope that things will change when the Celtics visit their backyard. Simmons better forget what happened in Game 2 if he wants a shot at victory in Game 3. They also need to find a way to contain Terry Rozier who has been red-hot for the Celtics as of late.

As much as I'd like to think that they can pull off a win, I don't think Brown is the man that can help them get past the Celtics. Stevens has simply outgunned his counterpart in almost every department of the game.

Toronto Raptors @ Cleveland Cavaliers (May 6, 09:30 GMT +8)

I am honestly baffled by the way LeBron James is playing at the moment.

The 33-year-old Akron, OH native is in his 15th season as a professional basketball player, but he still manages to put up insane video game-like numbers. His 43-point, 8-rebound, 14-assist performance in Game 2 defies logic that it may seem to LeBron that he is simply playing a video game.

I am at a loss as to how the Raptors will respond to James' rampage. Things are especially harder for Dwane Casey, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry as they will be playing in front of a rabid crowd at the Q. We're not even talking about Kevin Love's equally impressive 35-point, 11-rebound stat line.

It's hard not to pick Cleveland -4.50 @ 1.97. It's illogical to battle the King of this Conference.

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Can the Sixers Continue Their March to History?

Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics

No team has come back from a 0-3 deficit in the NBA Playoffs. EVER. But the Philadelphia 76ers are looking to be the first out of more than 100 that tried.

After losing the first three games to the Boston Celtics and facing a do-or-die situation, the Sixers woke up from their slumber, played a highly-physical game and repelled their tormentors to live and fight for another day.

At 1-3, the Sixers have a lot of work to do to keep themselves on the good side of the basketball betting gods. And there's no doubt they have a tough task at hand as they head to Boston for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals.

Talking Points

T.J. McConnell's insertion to the starting lineup worked wonders for the Sixers as the 26-year-old guard scored a career-high—both in the regular season and playoffs—19 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Philly were also more active offensively as Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid all scored in double figures.

Defence, however, has been the key to their rise in Game 4 that prevented what seemed an unavoidable sweep last weekend. They limited the Celts to just 41.3 percent shooting, this after allowing them to shoot above 45 percent in their previous three games.

Though, it should be noted that there are plenty of officiating errors in the game, with Boston called for 12 fouls in the second quarter alone to just one for Philadelphia.

Heading into Game 5 at TD Garden, the Sixers will undoubtedly look to repeat the same strategy to further chip away at the Celtics' series advantage.

However, while Game 4 showed that the Sixers have a fighting chance, fans and pundits alike shouldn't forget the man that catapulted the Celts to where they are now: Brad Stevens.

Brad Stevens keen to bounce back after the 76ers snatch a live betting win

As Al Horford said after Boston's win in Philadelphia last Sunday, Stevens is a genius. And how can we refute that after the former Butler coach led his undermanned and injury-riddled squad to playoff contention?

They lost Gordon Hayward in the first game of the campaign while Kyrie Irving was ruled out for the remainder of the season after knee surgery last month. Despite missing his best players, Stevens used his sideline wizardry to get over the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round.

Sure enough, it's difficult to make a bet online against Stevens. He solved the "Sixers" problem in the first three games, and while Brett Brown out-coached him in their latest matchup, it's hard to imagine Stevens not retaliating.

Not to mention that they will be playing at home where they can close the series and secure their second straight Eastern Finals appearance in the Stevens era.

History

History is against the Sixers in their match with the Celtics. As records suggest, what they are doing now is merely delaying the inevitable.

There's just no going back from a 0-3 hole. Kudos to their Game 4 effort, but out of the 129 teams that went down to the same deficit, none made it through—Yes, ZERO, O or whatever you want to call it.

The Celts-Sixers head-to-head season record also shows how difficult it is for Philly to mount the historic comeback. Including the playoffs and their recent win, the Sixers are 2-6 against the Greenies this year.

They won one regular-season game last January, though the die-hard fan would argue that Irving was with Boston when they won their first three season match-ups. However, the first three games of this series throw that argument out of the window.

Also, it shouldn't be forgotten that the Celtics are 27-14 at home in the regular season.

What are the odds?

Joel Embiid delighted that his side still in the NBA betting websites following the 76ers win

As expected, the Celtics are the underdogs in Game 5. They have always been since the start of the series, no thanks to injuries. However, our NBA betting lines point to a tight affair at the TD Garden.

The Celtics are given a +2.00 start that pays at 1.89, while the Sixers are at 1.99 with the handicap.

While the Sixers will be motivated by the fact that the top betting sites back them to extend the series, the match could still go either way especially if we factor in Philly's inexperience. After all, this is the first time that the team made the playoffs since 2012.

Besides Asian Handicap betting odds, it is interesting to note that Over 204.50 pays at 1.99. In two games at the Celtics' home turf, the two averaged a total score of 214.5 points.

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  • New Orleans Pelicans vs Golden State Warriors: The Pelicans are also at 3-1 and will look to come back from the deficit, but are we really betting against the Warriors?
 

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The West Now Has Something Interesting to Watch!

New Orleans Pelicans 104-113 Golden State Warriors

The Western Conference semi-final between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Golden State Warriors was practically a done deal the moment the Pelicans had to return to the Bay Area with a 3-1 series deficit.

Everyone and their mother knew that pulling off an upset against the Warriors at the Oracle Arena was a difficult prospect, so not even the most daring betting sites advised a bet towards the Pelicans. The Dubs dominated the floor and didn't allow the Pelicans to sweep another game from under their noses.

Now that the Big Easy will take a hard trek into the offseason, fans can now look forward to the matchup that's been talked about since the regular season!

Highlights of the Game

The game was considerably close during the first half. The Pelicans were able to keep up with the high-tempo offence the Warriors implemented, with Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday doing most of the power-hitting for the Big Easy.

However, the best bookmakers know that the game doesn't really start for the Dubs until the third quarter. The Warriors outscored their visitors 36-19 in the third frame, and the Oracle Arena roared in delight as the lead inflated to 26 points.

Warriors online betting fans cheered loud and proud for their squad as they defeat the Pelicans
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The third quarter saw many uncharacteristic turnovers from the Pelicans, which allowed Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant get some of the easiest baskets. The Dubs had the Pelicans' number on offence. Durant used his unique threat as a supreme scorer to creat some space and sink easy midrange shots. Curry also played around, scoring floaters from way outside the paint.

Key Statistics

While the game seemed to end what appears to be an uninteresting series, statistics suggest that the Pelicans were actually a tougher opponent than what the final scores were saying.

Anthony Davis is in the Top Ten for field goals, field goal attempts, free throws, total rebounds, blocks, steals, and points. Davis had an incredible run, and Alvin Gentry even compared him to one of the greatest big men in history. Many expect him to come back stronger next year.

However, the revelation of the playoffs has to be Rajon Rondo. He was an important cog to the Pelicans' playoff run to the point that this humble writer considered his gravitas before making a recommendation. He led the playoffs in assists and assists per game, so I won't be surprised to see him getting big money wherever he goes in the offseason.

The more intriguing fact in these playoffs is the shockingly subpar shooting of the Warriors from beyond the arc. The Dubs are 13th-worst in the playoffs with 34% shooting from beyond the arc. Superb defensive coverage from the Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs forced the Dubs to take a lot of bad shots. However, stopping the Dubs at the three-line also opened lanes for Durant and Curry to dash to the inside and make closer shots.

Lastly, it is simply impressive that Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry haven't missed at the charity stripe in these playoffs. Curry made all 14 of his free-throw attempts while Thompson converted his own 15 shots. It will be interesting to see if both players will be able to maintain their perfect strokes at the line for the rest of the playoffs.

What's Next?

The New Orleans Pelicans are in an interesting pickle this coming offseason, and they have a lot of questions to answer.

The first big question is the DeMarcus Cousins situation. Boogie will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer and can literally go anywhere he wanted. He won't likely be getting max money unless Solomon Hill and Nikola Mirotic are shipped off. How will the front office convince him to take less money to stay when they have such a big roadblock out West in the Warriors?

Gambling websites are counting on the Pelicans to come back stronger next season
Anthony Davis congratulates Stephen Curry at the end of Game 5 of the Western Conference Semi-finals

Rondo is the other major question mark that needs to be addressed. The man showed that he can thrive in the system, but he will definitely demand considerable amounts of money in the summer. Will they keep him in the Big Easy? Or will they shop around and let Rondo leave?

Meanwhile, two of the West's best teams will square up in the Western Conference Finals. This is Chris Paul's first foray into the Western Conference Finals, and he will do anything to make it to the biggest dance in professional basketball. James Harden is equally hungry to get in on the action, too.

We will surely see an exchange of physical plays, dirty looks and seething words come out of both sides as the Larry O'Brien trophy looks closer than ever. Many a sportsbook will keep one eye on this series because we will likely witness a classic!

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NBA: Despite All Odds, Boston are Back to the East Finals

Philadelphia 76ers 112-114 Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are heading to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Yes, you read that right. Brad Stevens' team, missing key summer signings Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, beat the highly favoured Philadelphia 76ers in five semi-final games.

Top betting sites back the Sixers to easily win the series against the injury-plagued Celtics. After all, how can a team without their superstars take down a young and rising squad that has been dubbed as a future powerhouse all season long?

As it turns out, all it takes is one coaching genius, an unselfish team and players who are hungry for victory. Well, playoff experience also played a huge role as Boston fended off the Sixers who tried to become the first team to come back from a 0-3 deficit.

Highlights of the game

The game was close up until the final minutes of the second quarter when Boston staged a huge 10-2 run to take a nine-point lead and close the half. The Celts even led by as much as 12 points before the Sixers started to chip away at the lead in the third frame.

Philadelphia, determined to make it 2-3 and bring the series back to Wells Fargo Center, came roaring back at the start of the second half behind All-Star Joel Embiid who scored 11 points in the quarter—all after making just 12 in the first half.

J.J. Redick was also pivotal, with his three-pointer with 21.3 seconds left in the third quarter allowing the Sixers to cut the lead to just one heading to the do-or-die fourth.

It was a see-saw affair in the decider as both teams failed to get a comfortable lead against the other. Boston went up by six midway through the payoff period, but Philly responded with a 9-2 run to give them the lead.

Betting sites favourites Sixers failed to seal their Eastern Conference final slot after being beaten by Celtics, 112-114
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In the end, however, Philadelphia's late-game struggles showed up once again. They had a shot at sending the game to overtime after Boston took a two-point advantage, but Ben Simmons' desperation heave was stolen by Marcus Smart, which effectively sealed the win for the Beantown team.

Key Statistics

Balanced scoring was the key for Boston in the hard-fought victory. Six players scored in double figures for the Celts, with rookie sensation Jayson Tatum scoring 25 and showing Simmons—his co-rookie—who is better.

Simmons, for his part, produced a brilliant all-around effort with 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Sixers. However, his four turnovers proved costly.

Al Horford had a near double-double for Boston with 15 points and eight boards as he provided much-needed stability on the paint. Starting centre Aron Baynes was impressive as well with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Smart, perhaps, had the biggest contribution to the team—at least defensively—as he finished with a box plus-minus 10, the highest out of all players in the team. The 24-year-old guard had 14 points, six assists, six rebounds and three steals.

While the stats don't show it, Smart also did well defending Redick who can be deadly when given space. Redick ended with just 14 points and converted just two of his seven attempts from three-point territory.

Embiid and Dario Saric combined for 54 points and 22 rebounds in a losing effort for the Sixers.

While Philly dominated the glass and had a better ball distribution, their turnovers doomed them. They turned the ball over 16 times as Boston finished with 12 steals—not really the best way to play a high-stakes basketball game.

What's next?

With the win, Boston secured their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals. They are now set to play LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers who recently surprised basketball betting with their sweep of the Toronto Raptors.

Betting sites anticipate exciting Eastern Conference Final as Celtics and Cavaliers meet for the second time around
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It's Boston's second straight Eastern Conference Finals appearance, having reached the conference finals last year. They also played Cleveland back then but was no match with the LeBron-led squad who finished them in five games.

For Philly, they can hold their heads high for giving Boston a good fight. Playoff inexperience has always been the issue for them as this is the first time they made the postseason with their young core.  In fact, the last time they made it to the playoffs, Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holiday were still with them.

Now, the team can continue "The Process" and learn from this experience. Basketball betting tips project them to be the next best team in the East, and that is not far-fetched considering what they have shown this year.

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The Rivalry Begins: An Unexpected Battle in the East!

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics

The Eastern Conference playoffs look a lot different than what was previously predicted. Plenty of betting sites were imagining a different kind of picture for the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Boston Celtics weren't supposed to make it this far out without Gordon Hayward or Kyrie Irving. The Cleveland Cavaliers looked ready for the offseason when the Indiana Pacers got the 2-1 series lead in the first round. The Celtics were supposed to struggle against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Toronto Raptors were meant to put an end to LeBron James' rampage with their team basketball.

But none of that happened. We're in the Eastern Conference Finals, and what we have is a rematch.

Brad Stevens versus Tyronn Lue. LeBron James versus Boston's entire youth movement. The Celtics versus the Cavaliers.

You cannot make this up. These kinds of storylines are what makes online bookies giggle like crazy.

Talking Points

There wouldn't be anything to talk about in this series if we don't discuss the tyrant of the East. King James has been terrorizing the Eastern Conference for a good chunk of the 2010s and he will definitely be the one to watch among the Wine and Gold.

James has had an incredible performance in the playoffs. He scored 34.3 points, grabbed 9.4 rebounds and provided 9.0 assists in 11 playoff games. No 23 also gave fans moments to remember when he scored buzzer-beaters against the Pacers and the Raptors. There's no doubt that he is the most dangerous man in the league right now.

However, you will not find the Celtics shaking in their sneakers. The Celtics have been heavy underdogs the entire playoffs since Kyrie Irving was ruled out with an injury. The Milwaukee Bucks and the Sixers were favoured to win as their opponents didn't have any stars.

However, Brad Stevens needed none of that. His brilliant coaching has inspired Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum to step up and make big-boy numbers for the C's. The two are scoring close to 20 points per game, effectively replacing Hayward and Irving for this year. They're playing with so much confidence that Scottie Pippen thinks Boston can take the game to the Cavs.

One more interesting storyline to see from this series matchup is the familiar relationship shared by Tatum and Lue. The coach said that he has known the former Duke standout ever since he was a kid and ever once doubted his talent.

"Seeing the player he’s become – we knew he was gonna be good, but now he’s at a whole new level," the Cavs head coach said. "Just seeing him coming to Mexico and just coming to my barbecues and all that stuff. Now he’s an NBA player and playing at a high level. It’s just good to see."

History

Basketball betting underdogs Celtics rely on Kyrie Irving

This is not the first time the Celtics and the Cavaliers have squared off in the playoffs, and this rivalry has built a lot of interesting stories over the years.

The Boston's Big Three era of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen stopped LeBron from getting into the finals during his first stint in Cleveland. One can say that the Celtics were the ones at fault for James' decision to take his talents to South Beach.

In James' return to Cleveland, the Celtics have long lost their core and were in the middle of a rebuild under Brad Stevens. It took the former Butler coach some time before the then Isaiah Thomas-led Celtics made the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals, only to bow out against the Cavs in five.

The summer following their exit was a big one: they traded star guards as Kyrie Irving looked to escape Bron's shadow. Isaiah Thomas, who played through his sister's death for the Celtics, was then sent to the Cavs. The refurbished teams met on the first day of the NBA season, and the world saw Gordon Hayward end his debut season for the C's with a horrific injury.

Cleveland went on to win the regular season series 2-1, but everyone knows that the season does not matter at this point.

What are the odds?

LeBron James will definitely make noise, and it will be up to the Celtics to trap the Akron, OH native and force his team-mates to take the shot. While Kevin Love and the rest of the Cavaliers have seemingly found their stride against the Raptors, they still need LeBron to close out games for them.

Meanwhile, it is important for the Cavaliers that they interrupt the magic that is going on in Celtic Land. They need to force both Tatum and Rozier to make terrible decisions on the court. They also need to be wary of Al Horford as the Dominican can easily score on any given night.

If you like the Celtics' chances, you'd be delighted to see Boston +1.00 @ 2.03 as a terrific betting option. Meanwhile, Cleveland -1.50 @ 1.92 is the way to go if you believe James can get the job done.

Other notable match-ups

Golden State Warriors @ Houston Rockets: This is probably the most anticipated matchup of the playoffs. The Houston Rockets won their regular season series against the Golden State Warriors, but the Dubs are slowly getting into their championship form. Can James Harden and Chris Paul stop the basketball madness that is Golden State?

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NBA: The Best of the West are Here!

Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets

Golden State play Houston in the Western Conference Finals, and we might as well consider it the "real NBA Finals."

There's a reason why this match-up is the most highly-anticipated series of the year. Since Chris Paul paired up with James Harden in Houston, top betting sites pegged them as challengers for the Warriors' west dominance.

And the Rockets did more than just that, getting the conference's top seed and the home-court advantage over the Warriors in the playoffs. Heck, they are even considered as the best team in the NBA—record-wise.

Now, as the two head to Toyota Center for Game 1, we take a closer look at the key talking points for the series and the NBA betting lines for the opener.

Talking Points

Houston and Golden State boast the league's two best offences this season—well, two of the best ever. Houston registered an offensive rating of 112.3 in the regular season, while Golden State are just a little bit behind at 112.2.

While both of their offences have an obvious reliance on the three ball, the way they get points are still different. The Rockets' attack is centred on the pick-and-roll and one-on-one, thanks to James Harden and Chris Paul, while the Warriors emphasise ball movement.

It remains to be seen how they plan to stop each other from racking up points, though it would be interesting to see how the Warriors' ultimate small-ball lineup—AKA the Hamptons Five which the Dubs used for the first time against New Orleans—will fare against the Rockets.

Another thing to watch out for in this game is the battle between Harden and Steph Curry, who are both members of the 2009 NBA Draft. Harden was selected third by the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Curry was taken seventh by the Warriors.

Remarkably, the two star guards have near identical regular-season averages. Harden has averaged 23.0 points, 6.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds through nine years in the NBA, while Curry has a career average of 23.1 points, 6.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds.

Best betting websites believe Chris Paul will play a crucial role in the Rockets' series against the Warriors
Chris Paul launches a two-point shot during the first half of Houston's second-round playoff series against Utah

Oh, and who could forget about Paul who will be playing in his first-ever conference final after 13 years in the league?

CP3 will surely be motivated to reach his first NBA Finals, and he will look back at history as he tries to lead Houston against the Warriors. Back in 2014, Paul and his LA Clippers eliminated the Bay Area team in seven games in the first round of the NBA Playoffs—that was the last time Golden State lost to a West opponent in the postseason.

History

Houston GM Daryl Morey said it clearly back in December 2017: "We're basically obsessed with 'How do we beat the Warriors?'"

Indeed, that was apparent as Houston won the season series against the Warriors, 2-1. It could have been a sweep too had the Rockets been with James Harden when the Warriors beat them 124-114 in January.

However, Golden State are different beasts in the postseason and the Rockets, more than anyone else, would know that.

This playoff series is the third postseason meeting between Golden State and Houston in the last four years. The Warriors needed only five games to send the Rockets packing in the 2015 West Finals, and they repeated that when they crushed the eighth-seeded Houston 4-1 in the first round in 2016.

Under a new coach and backed with better players, Harden, Morey and Houston will have their hopes up this time. However, the Warriors will undoubtedly want to remind their West rivals their history against each other.

What are the odds?

The Rockets are favoured to win, though they are given a -2.00 handicap that pays at 2.05—a clear proof that even the top online bookies expect a tightly-contested affair. Golden State, on the other hand, are given a +2.00 start at odds of 1.85.

Top betting sites hope Kevin Durant will go all out as the Warriors face the Rockets in the Western Conference Finals
Forward Kevin Durant reacts to a call as time runs out in the second half of the Warriors' game over the Nuggets

While most basketball betting tips point to a close game, a high-scoring affair might also be on the books. It is worthy to note though that Over 225.00 pays at 2.06 while Under 225.00 is only at measly odds of 1.82.

Out of the three regular-season matches between the two, only one game ended at under 225. That happened in their final meeting in the season when Houston and Golden State combined for just 224 points.

Meanwhile, their first two meetings ended with more than 235 points, including their opening night game that saw them combine for 243 points. The Rockets came from 17 points behind to beat the Warriors in that wild contest.

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Eastern Conference Finals Game 1

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NBA: How Do the Cavs Solve a Problem Like Boston?

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are not the Toronto Barneys—err Raptors—and LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers learned that the hard way in Game 1.

One can say that the Cavs' 25-point blowout loss was merely an effect of the team not shooting well. There's also the fact that LeBron didn't play like he usually does, with some basketball betting fans even saying he might be trying to get a feel of how Boston play before unleashing the monster that we saw against Indiana and Toronto.

However, the Celtics have turned into different beasts this postseason—with Brad Stevens emphasising defence and ball movement in the absence of his stars—and the Cavs might find themselves in deep trouble if they allow Boston to have it their way.

After all, the Beantown team is not as inexperienced in the playoffs as the young Pacers and don't have the mental disadvantage against Cleveland like the Raptors.

Heading into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference, we dissect their Game 1 performances, highlight the key talking points and analyse the NBA betting lines for the match-up.

Talking Points

In case anyone has forgotten, the Celtics are the best defensive team in the NBA. They registered a league-leading 101.5 defensive rating in the regular season, ahead of the Utah Jazz (101.6) who boast the Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner in Rudy Gobert.

That league-best defence was on full display in Game 1 at TD Garden where the Celts limited the Cavs to just 36 percent shooting.

Sure, that can also be attributed to the fact that the Cavs were horrendous from the three-point territory. In fact, Cleveland were 1-of-12 from uncontested three-pointers in the game.

Nonetheless, pointing to that discredits the team from the great job they did on stopping Cleveland and the LeBron freight train. James, who averaged 34 points a game in their sweep of the Raptors, was held to just 15 points.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Marcus Morris guarded James on 24 plays and limited The King to only five points on 2-of-6 shooting—an impressive performance from Morris after boldly declaring himself as one of the best LeBron defenders.

Of course, James won't be missing 70 percent of his shots in every game, but this result shows how poor the Cavs are when James is not playing well.

Besides their defence, Boston also deserve recognition for their offensive outburst that left the Cavs trailing all game long.

Offence was supposed to be the Cavs' bread and butter—it was supposed to be their main weapon considering their poor defence. But Boston stole Cleveland's thunder with a first-quarter explosion that saw them end the half with a 26-point lead.

Boston used a 14-0 run early in the first quarter to pull away and never looked back as they led by as much as 29 points in the game. Three Celtics players scored 20-plus points, headed by Jaylen Brown who had 23.

Sure enough, the Celts aren't expected to keep that offensive production throughout the whole series. In a game of averages, their 18th-ranked offence in the regular season will eventually show.

Nevertheless, Boston don't need all seven games to be that balanced on both ends of the floor. All they need is four, and the challenge is on the Cavs to find a solution to counter the Celts whether they are clicking offensively or not.

History

After Boston's huge Game 1 victory, it's hard to blame their fans for dreaming of a return to the NBA Finals. They haven't made it to the big dance since 2010, the same year they defeated the Cavs in the Eastern Conference semi-finals to end LeBron's first stint in Cleveland.

However, it's still too early to celebrate. Although the Celts made a statement in the opener, they haven't won the conference title yet. As LeBron said after the Cavs' defeat: "I have zero level of concern at this stage...I've been down 0-1, I've been down 0-2, I've been down before in the postseason."

True enough, it's just the first game and the Cavs will find some motivation from the fact that everybody also counted them out when they fell to Indiana last month.

Not to mention that the Wine and Gold won the season series against Boston, including a 121-99 victory at TD Garden just three days after overhauling their roster at the trade deadline.

What are the odds?

Compared to the odds offered in Game 1 which backed the Cavs to win, NBA betting odds this time are swinging towards the Celtics' favour.

The Cavs are considered underdogs, with Asian handicap betting odds giving them +1.50 @ 1.88. Meanwhile, Boston are at -1.50 that pays at 2.02.

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James looks frustrated after suffering a 108-83 defeat against Boston Celtics in Game 1

Cleveland will undoubtedly aim to tie the series at 1-1 before taking the game to Quicken Loans Arena, but it's worth noting that the Celtics are yet to lose a home game this postseason.

Boston won all four home matches in their seven-game series against Milwaukee. Furthermore, three of their four victories against Philadelphia came at home, including the series-clinching Game 5.

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NBA: It’s on Houston to Reverse the Golden Tide!

Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets

Houston, TX bore witness to one of the most entertaining playoff games so far in the tournament when their hometown Rockets fell short to the Golden State Warriors.

Kevin Durant proved too much for Houston as his presence on the court allowed the rest of the already-fantastic Dubs to get more shots on the floor. Stephen Curry also stepped up, allowing the Warriors to run away with the game by the third quarter's end.

Basketball betting circles will definitely look at the Dubs for another win here, but James Harden and company will not make things easy for their visitors. What the Rockets need right now is defensive adjustments. The thing now is this: I'm not sure if Mike D'Antoni is the perfect man for the job.

Talking Points

Kevin Durant has completely thrilled basketball betting after dominating Houston Rockets to lead the Warriors at Game 1
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant in action against Houston Rockets guard James Harden during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals

The biggest point of conversation here is the Warriors' sheer dominance on the basketball floor. While the Rockets played fantastic basketball in the first half, things took a turn in the second. Like clockwork, the Warriors exploded in the third frame, outscoring Houston 31-24 in the quarter.

Kevin Durant did a lot of the power-hitting for the Warriors after ending the night with a masterful 37-point outing. He was also unstoppable from all over the floor, shooting 51.9% for the night. He used the entire floor to score: the Rockets weren't able to stop him on the three-point line, the paint and the midrange.

D'Antoni is more than aware of the danger Durant poses when he gets free rein on the court, but he is confident that they can handle Durant's damage and focus on what they do best.

"He is 7 feet and falling away. He's one of the best scorers ever, right? So I thought he was extremely good. But we can withstand that," D'Antoni said. "We can't withstand turning the ball over, missing layups, them getting out. Klay Thompson got up 15 [3-pointers]. We can't give him 15 3s. We're switching everything and staying off for that reason, so we have to clean up some stuff and see if we can do it on Wednesday."

What the Rockets need to do is improve their defence and shot selection. They shot 45.9% compared to Golden State's 52.5%. While Harden was red-hot the entire night, it's a must for him to include the other Rockets in the offence. The drop in defensive effort was also noticeable when the Dubs started to pull away in the third.

History

These two clubs are the best in the West, and their clashes in the regular season gave fans and many a betsite reasons to be excited about this series. While the Dubs did take first blood, Houston fans should be more than aware that their team won the season series against the Dubs.

While the first one was a rather tight contest that saw the game go to the wire, their last one was a considerably comfortable win for the Rockets. Chris Paul took charge during their January 20 meeting and laid down the law against a Golden State team that didn't see any action production outside Durant, Curry, and Draymond Green.

The Rockets had also played historically well against Golden State. Harden, Paul, and Eric Gordon scored well against the Dubs, and they showed their masterful scoring in Game 1 as well. Should PJ Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute finally find their scoring groove, the Warriors will have a difficult task in their hands.

However, the Warriors front office is far from worried when it comes to the team responding to challenges.

Warriors GM Bob Myers admitted that he initially got worried about the Warriors' run of form during the tail-end of the season. "Was I worried? My first thought was, 'Yes.' But my second thought was, 'Have they let us down yet?'"

What are the odds?

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni eyes to thrash basketball betting favourites Warriors at Game 2
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni looks frustrated during the first half of the Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 against Warriors

The Warriors are huge threats to upset Houston's home-court advantage, but betting sites are giving out interesting odds. The Rockets are still looked upon to win Game 2 with -2.00 @ 2.04. Meanwhile, the Warriors have 2.02 odds for a +1.00 Asian Handicap.

The Beard needs to show why he is the favourite to win the MVP with his play. However, he also needs to involve his team-mates in the scoring and not just throw easy lobs to Capela. He needs to help Trevor Ariza get hot from the corners and involve PJ Tucker in the offence as well.

A big priority for the Rockets is to get the opposing stars out of their game. They have to push Curry to do defence a lot more. While Curry is more than ready to meet Houston's defensive demands, pushing him to the limit is something they must do. They should also get Draymond Green in trouble with the refs with another technical. They should also keep a close guard on Klay Thompson.

It does seem like Houston have a huge list of things to do by the time Game 2 comes rolling around, but I'm sure Harden and Paul would have figured something out. We have a series in our hands if they know how to prevent another third-quarter meltdown.

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NBA Playoffs: Can King James Pull Off a Miracle?

Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Close your eyes and picture the Boston Celtics, without two of their premier stars, heading to the Quicken Loans Arena with a 2-0 series lead. Now, imagine LeBron James, angry at the team for letting him down again.

Now, consider your basketball betting options. It's easy to say the Boston Celtics will steamroll over the Cleveland Cavaliers, but that couldn't be further away from the truth.

As long as LeBron James is in the court, nothing is certain for Brad Stevens' men. As long as LeBron James still breathes, betting sites will still give his squads a lot of consideration. As long as LeBron James still bleeds Wine and Gold, the Cleveland Cavaliers will always be contenders.

The fact that we're not yet counting out the Cavaliers is a testament to LeBron's greatness as an NBA player.

Talking Points

To be honest, no one expected things to end up this way. While no one was certain how things would go in the lead-up to the series, nobody in their right minds thought that the Cavs would disintegrate this way at the TD Garden.

Tyronn Lue was clueless as the Cavaliers weren't able to find an answer to the attacks Boston mounted upon them. Jaylen Brown was unstoppable from all over the court. Jayson Tatum had a rather quiet night but made important contributions to the C's defensive rotations. "Scary" Terry Rozier was also seeing his shots fall, while Al Horford's silent but solid contributions down low proved to be too much for Cavs.

Meanwhile, The Land is going through all kinds of trouble. LeBron is the only bright spot in a Cleveland team that seemingly went back to their ways during the first round of the playoffs. Kyle Korver, Jordan Clarkson and the rest of the Cavaliers weren't doing so hot on offence and defence.

Betting websites are now skeptical if the Cavs can mount a comeback
LeBron James and Kevin Love on the bench during their East finals match against the Celtics

Even Tyronn Lue admitted to making mistakes when it came to the Game 2 roster he fielded. While he refused to tell why he started the second quarter without either LeBron James or Kevin Love, he admitted that he shouldn't have done that. "Something happened but we'll be better at it next time," Lue said.

Of course, any talk about the Cavaliers will be moot if LeBron James isn't brought up once. He is the only that is stopping the Cavaliers from being the Phoenix Suns, and he is doing a wonderful job of it. He bounced back from his atrocious performance at Game 1 to end the night with 42 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.

I don't think he'll allow Beantown to run rampant in his court, so we should expect more eager defending from the Cavs after James whips them back to shape.

History

The problems for the Cavaliers are obvious with just a simple peek at the stat sheet. They cannot find a way to stop any of Boston starters while also struggling to find their own shots. And they are struggling to get things together against a Boston team that is without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.

King James has always been carrying the Cavaliers in the playoffs, but we're not sure if he can actually will the Cavaliers past the C's this time around. Lue is obviously outplayed by Brad Stevens, and Jaylen Brown is killing them from the corner and the inside.

Bet online on the Cavs if you believe that they can prevent going down 3 games to none
LeBron James celebrates with his teammates after hitting the game winner against the Raptors

What the Cavs need to do is look into film and remember how dominant they were against the Toronto Raptors. They managed to put a dangerous Toronto team to sleep with effective shooting and team play. I am not sure how they will manage to pull that off, but they need to find solutions now if they hope to even the series.

What are the odds?

It's hard to figure out the best odds among the multitude of offerings, but Asian Handicap offers an interesting picture. Bookies put James and the Cavaliers to win, with a -7.00 handicap going for 2.11. Meanwhile, the Celtics have 1.98 odds for a +6.00 boost.

Honestly, I am not comfortable with the way the odds are set up, but we have to remember that LeBron can pull off the impossible. He is one-third of what helped the Cavaliers pull off the impossible 2016 upset against the Golden State Warriors. He will not let the series go 3-0 without his say in it. Even the Celtics are aware that things will be much harder at the Q.

The Cavs can capitalise on Boston's terrible road record, but whether they turn the series around will be up to the rest of the team. We know King James won't let the Land down; it's on his knights to step up and help him win.

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Western Conference Finals Game 3

Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors: The Oracle Arena will be loud and proud as they cheer on the Dubs against a strong Houston Rockets team. Steve Kerr should have made the necessary adjustments to stop James Harden, Chris Paul and Eric Gordon, and it is up to the team to execute.

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