Basketball picksMay 22, 2021

2021 NBA Playoff Betting Guide and Preview


It’s Playoff Time and I’ve got my 2021 NBA Playoff Betting Guide and Preview ready for you now! The Play-in Game’s and final seeds have been decided and it’s time to move on to the Postseason. Heavy favorite Brooklyn Nets lead the way, but there are a lot of interesting matchup to take a look at. Let’s take a dive into each matchup and see if we can find any gems. 

Here’s a full look at how the playoffs stand. 


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PHILADELPHIA 76ER’S VS. WASHINGTON WIZARDS


The Wizards won their game against the Pacers for the 8th seed and now face the #1 seed 76er’s. In their 3 meetings this season, which were all 76er wins, Joel Embiid is averaging 30 points on 60% shooting. Washington is going to have a tough time guarding him, but look for Westbrook and Beal to steal a game in this series.

  • Spread: 76er’s -7.5
  • O/U: 229.5
  • ML for Game 1: WASH +260, PHI -350
  • Series Odds: WASH +600, PHI -1000

Check out my Wizards vs 76ers matchup here.



BROOKLYN NETS VS. BOSTON CELTICS


The Nets are hot favorites at the books but their 22nd ranked defense could cause them some problems. Jayson Tatum showed he can play in big games, dropping 50 in the play-in game against the Wizards. If Tatum can get some help from Kemba and Fournier, they will test this big three. With that said, the Nets dynamic offense should make easy work of the Jaylen Brown-less Celtics. 

  • Spread: Nets -7.5
  • O/U: 229
  • ML for Game 1: BOS +275, BROOK -360
  • Series Odds: BOS +800, BROOK -1600

Check out my Celtics vs. Nets matchup here.



MILWAUKEE BUCKS VS. MIAMI HEAT


The Heat have found a way to be that itch that the Bucks can’t scratch. Milwaukee hopes that by bringing in Jrue Holiday, they could turn the series in their favor. If the Heat can limit Giannis in transition and get out to their shooters, this series could go 7. Don’t count out Jimmy Buckets when the postseason comes around.

  • Spread: Bucks -6
  • O/U: 226.5
  • ML for Game 1: MIL -200, MIA +165
  • Series Odds: MIL -280, MIA +230

Check out my Bucks vs. Heat matchup here.



ATLANTA HAWKS VS. NEW YORK KNICKS


The Knicks Julius Randle could shine like in the regular season, when he averaged 37.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game against Atlanta. Head coach Tom Thibodeau can scheme the ball out of Trae Young’s hands, and Madison Square Garden will be absolutely rocking when New York starts this series. Though the Hawks do have some offensive fire-power which could make this series go 7 games.

  • Spread: NY -2.5
  • O/U: 216
  • ML for Game 1: NY -135, ATL +115
  • Series Odds: NY -105, ATL -115

Check out my Knicks vs. Hawks matchup here.



DALLAS MAVERICKS VS. LA CLIPPERS


This is going to be a very interesting series between these two squads. The Clippers are looking to make up for last season’s collapse in the playoffs. In a battle of stars, look for Luka and Kawhi to go score for score in this great matchup. Look for the role-players to decide this series. 

  • Spread: LAC -6.5
  • O/U: 222.5
  • ML for Game 1: LAC -275, DAL +215
  • Series Odds: LAC -430, DAL +315

Check out my Clippers vs. Mavs matchup here.



PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS VS. DENVER NUGGETS


The Nuggets who are without Jamal Murray are going to have to find scoring from unlikely places. Not to mention they go up against the 2nd best offense in May in the Trailblazers. Dame Time is a real thing and if the Nuggets want to advance they are going to have to contain Damian in clutch time.

  • Spread: DEN -2.5
  • O/U: 228.5
  • ML for Game 1: DEN -137, POR +112
  • Series Odds: DEN -105, POR -115

Check out my Nuggets vs. Blazers matchup here.



MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES VS. UTAH JAZZ


The Jazz have been on fire from 3 this season and have two candidates for 6th man of the year in Joe Ingles and Jordan Clarkson. Ja Morant was able to get through Steph Curry and the Warriors last night but a 7-game series with Utah might be too much.

  • Spread: UTAH -8.5
  • O/U: 215.5
  • ML for Game 1: UTAH -367, MEM +285
  • Series Odds: UTAH -625, MEM +425

Check out my Jazz vs. Grizzlies matchup here.


LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS. PHOENIX SUNS 


The Lakers won their Play-in game against the Warriors to face the Suns. This Suns team led by Chris Paul has been one of the surprises of the season. After missing the playoffs in the bubble last season, acquiring CP3 has changed everything for the organization. This series should go at least 6 games if injuries stay away. 

  • Spread: PHO -3
  • O/U: 213
  • ML for Game 1: PHO -149, LAL +125
  • Series Odds: PHO +180, LAL -220

Check out my Lakers vs. Suns matchup here.



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