Complete Betting Breakdown for 2019 NBA Playoffs
What are we to make of the latest NBA playoff odds? A whole lot, actually. Given how many teams make the NBA playoffs (16), we’re not used to so much onset unpredictability. The first-round is usually much easier to pore over. This year is different. We’re here to make sure you don’t fall into any traps as you bet on this season’s championship festivities:
Add a bullet list of 5 points.
- Odds for ongoing first-round series
- Predictions for every first-round series
- Championship odds
- Advice for NBA futures betting
- NBA Finals Prediction
Please note that all of our betting lines come via Bovada and are accurate as of Monday, April 15. Be sure to double-check these odds before deciding on a wager, as they will change.
2019 NBA Playoffs Breakdown
Updated 2019 NBA Championship Odds
Here’s a look at where every NBA team’s championship odds stand following Game 1 of each first-round series. We will go into more detail on them during our series breakdowns:
- Boston Celtics: +1500
- Brooklyn Nets: +8000
- Denver Nuggets: +2400
- Detroit Pistons: +20000
- Golden State Warriors: -230
- Houston Rockets: +1050
- Indiana Pacers: +7500
- Los Angeles Clippers: +25000
- Milwaukee Bucks: +500
- Oklahoma City Thunder: +3500
- Orlando Magic: +6000
- Philadelphia 76ers: +2600
- Portland Trail Blazers: +5000
- San Antonio Spurs: +4500
- Toronto Raptors: +1200
- Utah Jazz: +1600
Western Conference Betting Breakdown
Below you’ll find betting odds and picks for all the Western Conference first-round series. Lines are accurate entering Game 2.
1. Warriors (-2000) vs. 8. Clippers (+5000)
Oddsmakers aren’t giving the Clippers a chance. That’s the right call. The Clippers don’t have a true superstar, while the Warriors have four. Los Angeles will continue to score a ton of points. Lou Williams and Danilo Gallinari showed that in Game 1. But the Clippers defense does not have an answer for Stephen Curry
OSB Prediction: Warriors in four
2. Nuggets (-230) vs. 7. Spurs (+110)
The NBA’s two-vs.-seven matchup isn’t supposed to be so close. And yet, analysts considered the Spurs’ upset potential long before they stole Game 1. Head coach Gregg Popovich is a whiz at making mid-series adjustments, and the Nuggets’ core has never been to the postseason before.
Don’t count out Denver just yet, though. They won’t shoot under 22 percent from three-point range forever. At the same time, this series seems destined to go the distance.
OSB Prediction: Nuggets in seven
3. Blazers (+113) vs. 6. Thunder (-113)
It’s important not to overreact to the outcome of Game 1. Yes, the Blazers won. And sure, they enter with the higher seed. But they cannot be considered locks to win.
Jusuf Nurkic’s absence with a compound leg fracture is going to catch up with them at some point. And while Paul George is dealing with a shoulder injury, the Thunder will get better performances from those around him, most notably fellow star Russell Westbrook.
OSB Prediction: Thunder in seven
4. Rockets (-170) vs. 5. Jazz (-370)
Now this feels more like a two-vs.-seven matchup. The Jazz suffered a gentleman’s sweep at the hands of the Rockets last year in the second round, and Houston poses just as difficult an obstacle this year.
If Game 1 is any indication, we’re headed for more of the same. The Jazz shot more free throws than the Rockets and James Harden went only 9-of-23 from the floor. Utah still lost.
OSB Prediction: Rockets in five
Eastern Conference Betting Breakdown
Here’s a look at every first-round series price for the Eastern Conference in advance of each Game 2:
1. Bucks (-5000) vs. Pistons (+1500)
Consider this series already over. The Bucks obliterated the Pistons in Game 1 without even shooting well from three-point range. Detroit’s life isn’t going to get any easier in the coming games with news coming that their best player, Blake Griffin, will miss the entire first round with a left knee injury.
OSB Prediction: Bucks in four
2. Raptors (-260) vs. Magic (+215)
Death, taxes and…the Raptors losing Game 1 of a playoff series. Toronto choked away their opening contest against Orlando, which spurred plenty of jokes and concern about their championship chances. Don’t worry too much.
The Raptors are the much better team. Kyle Lowry won’t be held scoreless again. Nor will Toronto allow D.J. Augustin to out-execute them in crunch time.
OSB Prediction: Raptors in six
3. 76ers (-180) vs. Nets (+160)
Upset alert! The Nets surprised the Sixers in Game 1 by stealing home-court advantage. Though this could be a one-night anomaly, we’re banking on Philly’s loss being telltale of something a little more sinister.
Joel Embiid is attempting to play through a knee injury. It seems inevitable that he’ll miss a game. When he does play, there’s a chance he’ll be on a minutes limit. He logged just 24 in Game 1, and the Sixers don’t have the depth to overcome partial performances from him, let alone full-blown absences. Maybe they get more from JJ Redick and Ben Simmons in the coming games, but it sure seems like the Nets have the depth and three-point volume to grind out a series victory.
OSB Prediction: Nets in seven
4. Boston Celtics (-500) vs. Indiana Pacers (+405)
Anyone who watched Game 1 between the Celtics and Pacers know this series may be overpriced for Boston. They are the clear favorites, but their offense is too inconsistent to validate a -500 line.
Then again, the Pacers didn’t exactly do anything to inspire confidence. They dropped a mere eight points in the third quarter and continue to want for half-court shot creation in Victor Oladipo’s absence. They just don’t have the firepower to beat a team that features both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford.
NBA Finals Prediction
Our official matchup prediction for the NBA Finals is…
Warriors (-230) vs. Raptors (+1200)
Golden State’s appearance here shouldn’t surprise anyone. Judging from their Game 1 victory over the Clippers, they have flipped their postseason switch. And when they’re locked in, they don’t have anything close to an equal.
Picking an Eastern Conference winner is a bit more difficult. The Bucks and Celtics are both intriguing options, and the Raptors certainly didn’t do anything to warrant the benefit of the doubt in their Game 1 loss to the Magic.
Still, we’re counting on Toronto to find their groove. They have Kawhi Leonard and Most Improved Player favorite Pascal Siakam. They’ll eventually get their act together. That doesn’t mean they’ll dethrone the Warriors, but we do think they’ll make it as far as the NBA Finals.
OSB Finals Prediction: Warriors (-230) over Bucks (+1200) in six games
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