For the first time in years, the NBA playoffs have not gone chalk with both No. 1 seeds eliminated early. Starting in the Eastern Conference, the No. 5 Atlanta Hawks with face the No. 3 Milwaukee Bucks in one best-of-seven showdown while the No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers are taking on the No. 2 Phoenix Suns in the other for the Western Conference title.
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There are any number of ways to bet on the next two series in this year’s NBA playoffs starting with the games themselves. The Suns took the early lead in their best-of-seven matchup with a 120-114 victory in Game 1 closing as four-point home favorites. The total went OVER 219.5 points.
Phoenix has been opened as a six-point favorite at home for Game 2. The total line for that contest is set at 224 points. With three straight victories over the Los Angeles Lakers and a sweep of Denver in the conference semifinals, the Suns are now 8-0 straight-up and against the spread in their last eight games. The total has gone OVER in four of their last six outings.
The Clippers slipped into a 0-2 series hole against the Utah Jazz but rallied to win four games in a row (SU and ATS) to eliminate the top seed in the West. Los Angeles needed all seven games to get past Dallas in the opening round. The total has gone OVER in five of its last seven contests.
As far as the series price odds for Western Conference Finals, Phoenix is now set as a -430 favorite to win. The Clippers’ series price is +350.
Atlanta is the biggest surprise of this season’s NBA playoffs. After eliminating the New York Knicks in five games in their opening round series, the Hawks stunned No. 1 Philadelphia by winning a Game 7 showdown on the road. The final score was 103-96 with Atlanta closing as a 6.5-point underdog.
The Bucks started their playoff run with a four-game sweep over Miami while going 3-1 ATS. After losing the first two games of the next series against the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee won four of the final five meetings to win that series in seven games. While they are 8-3 SU in 11 postseason games, the Bucks are 6-5 ATS. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in eight of those 11 games.
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals is set for Wednesday, June 23. Milwaukee has been opened as an eight-point home favorite with the total set at 229 points. The Bucks also get the edge in America’s Bookie series price odds as -450 favorites to advance to the NBA Finals. The Hawks are set as +360 underdogs to pull off another huge upset.
America’s Bookie has also set futures odds for the exact matchup in this season’s NBA Finals with Milwaukee facing Phoenix as the top choice at -210 odds.
The Bucks against the Clippers is next at +425 followed by Atlanta vs. Phoenix at +450. The longest odds on the board at +1900 are set for an Atlanta vs. Los Angeles matchup for this season’s NBA title.