The NBA Playoffs start Saturday with four first round series tipping off and another four on Sunday. The first round series do not always present attractive opportunities to wager as postseason upsets, most notably in the opening round, rarely occur.
According to data from Bovada and topbet, only two series in the first round this season have a favorite opening at under 2 to 1 odds.
The Brooklyn Nets might attract some bettors. The Nets are the only team that is favored to win their series against an opponent, the Toronto Raptors, that is a higher seed.
Here are the games on tap for Saturday
Brooklyn vs. Toronto – April 19 – 12:30 p.m.
The opening line for Game 1 has Toronto -2 with the point total on 194. The moneyline on the series is Nets -130 and Raptors +110.
The two teams split their 4 games during the regular season. However, betonline and sportsbook.com show that Brooklyn is 0-5 against the spread in its last 5 games. Each team won one game at home and one on the road in their 4 head-to-head games.
Series Pick: Nets in 6 games
Golden State vs. Los Angeles Clippers – April 19 – 3:30 p.m.
The opening line for Game 1 is Clippers -7, with the point total sitting on 211. The moneyline has the Clippers at -380 and the Warriors at +320.
While there might be some value to the Clippers at 10 to 1 in the NBA futures, this series could be a dangerous one for Los Angeles.
If Golden State can get three-point output from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Los Angeles could find themselves in trouble. In close games, the foul shooting of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin could hurt the Clippers. However, with the experience of head coach Doc Rivers, it is hard to bet contrary to the series line in this one.
Series Pick: Clippers in 5 games
Atlanta vs. Indiana – April 19 – 7:05 p.m.
The line for Game 1 is Indiana -7.5 with the point total sitting on 186. The moneyline has Indiana at -600 and Atlanta at +450.
The series will be closer than many would expect. In each of the four games head to head this season, Atlanta has played Indiana tough, winning twice. Earlier in April, the Hawks routed the Pacers 107-88.
However, since the rout, Indiana is 3-1 SU and ATS. Atlanta however is 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS over its past 5 games.
Series Pick: Indiana in 6 games.
Memphis vs. Oklahoma City – April 19 – 9:35 p.m.
The current line on Game 1 is the Thunder -7, with the point total on 192.5. The current moneyline has Oklahoma City at -360 and Memphis on +300.
Last season Memphis eliminated Oklahoma City from the postseason. However, this season is different as Russell Westbrook is healthy and playing well.
Memphis is not as good a team as it was late season, but has won 5 straight entering the series. Oklahoma City has the league’s top scorer in Kevin Durant and the explosive Westbrook.
Series Pick: Oklahoma City in 5 games