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2017 NBA Playoffs: Top Picks, Odds, and Predictions

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May/04/2017

NBA Playoff betting has seen just one upset in the postseason thus far as the Western Conference's No. 5 seed Utah Jazz knocked off No. 4 seed Los Angeles Clippers.

If anyone was hoping for a real upset, they almost got one between the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed Boston Celtics and No. 8 Chicago Bulls. But the Celtics corrected the ship after going down two games early on.

Top 3 Teams in NBA Playoff Betting

Golden State Warriors            -225

Now in the second round of the postseason, NBA Playoff betting currently lists the Golden State Warriors as the pick of the litter. The Warriors odds price continues to decrease as the team looks unstoppable.

Stephen Curry is averaging just under 30 points per game during the NBA Playoffs. Basketball bettors may want to wager on the former Most Valuable Player as the early MVP for the Finals series; if the team does make it there.

Cleveland Cavaliers     +325

Cleveland, like Golden State, swept its first NBA Playoff series of the postseason. The Cavs dominated Indiana in four straight. LeBron James has been fantastic, averaging over 33 ppg as the Cavs look every bit the NBA champions they are.

Despite finishing second behind the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed Boston Celtics, Cleveland won three of four regular season games between the two. NBA bettors are taking note, the Cavs are still the team to beat in the east.

This can’t be stressed enough; if online bookie agents do not have max betting limits on the Cavaliers already, they would have them in place. Not doing so could hurt the bottom line severely

Houston Rockets         +1400

The Houston Rockets may be the Western Conference's No. 3 seed, but the team is already a game up on No. 2 San Antonio in the NBA Playoffs' second round.

The Rockets have long been a team thought of as an outsider to the NBA title, but this year the team looks like it may have got over the hump.

James Harden has been electric in the playoffs thus far, averaging 31 ppg. Harden finished the regular season as the best assist man per night with 11.2 ppg. The Rockets may not have the cache of Cleveland, Golden State, Boston or San Antonio; but this team has something special.

Underdog

Boston Celtics                         +2000

The Boston Celtics are an underdog according to bookies and many NBA bettors. However, the team's first place finish in the NBA's Eastern Conference was no fluke. This is the best Celtic team since 2011-12 when the team lost in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Celtics are led by Isaiah Thomas, who is averaging just under 25 ppg in the playoffs. Thomas dropped an insane 53 points in game two of the team's second round series against the Washington Wizards.

Thomas faced tragedy just a few weeks ago as the Celtics' first round series against the Bulls tipped off. Thomas' sister Chyna died in a one-car accident.

The guard and his teammates fell behind the Bulls early in the series, but turned it around. Thomas is playing some inspired basketball right now.

NBA Bettors and Bookies

Although Golden States' odds continue to lower, the chances of the team winning the NBA Championship and bookies money is high.

Online bookies should see the Warriors as the most profitable side as in a seven-game series the cream usual rises to the top.

Currently, San Antonio looks like the team that could lose online bookies money. The Spurs were throttled in game 1 of the second rough against Houston, losing by 27. The Spurs are listed at +800 to win the NBA title.

 

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