Looking Ahead To NBA Playoffs Betting Picks

The eight-game schedule of NBA games to determine seeding for the postseason comes to a close on Friday. There have been some early surprises in the league’s restart. However, nothing has really changed when it comes to the futures odds to win this season’s NBA Championship.

The biggest surprise is the inspired play of the Phoenix Suns. Before the coronavirus shut down the regular season in mid-March, the Suns had posted a record of 26-39 through 65 games. They were clearly headed to another dismal finish.

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What Are The Best Online NBA Playoffs Betting Picks Looking Ahead?

The last time Phoenix made the playoffs was in the 2009/2010 season. Since that point, it has only posted one winning season. With a victory against Dallas this Thursday, the Suns would have run the table with a perfect 8-0 record. This amazing run includes victories against the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers.

With this winning streak, Phoenix remains in position for a playoff spot in a tie with Memphis at 33-39 overall. The Suns can come away with the No. 8 seed in the West. If that happens, they will face the No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers in the best-of-seven opening round of the playoffs.

What Are The Online NBA Futures Odds?

The NBA futures odds at SportsBetting.ag have the Lakers listed as +155 favorites to win the Western Conference. The rival Clippers are a close second at +170. The odds drop to +600 for the Houston Rockets. The Denver Nuggets are fourth on the list at +1100. The Utah Jazz round out the Top 5 in the West at +1400.

The Milwaukee Bucks remain the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. They are set as heavy -182 favorites over the Toronto Raptors as +400 second-favorites. The Boston Celtics are third on that list at +500 betting odds. Miami (+900) and Philadelphia (+1200) round out the Top 5 in that conference.

NBA bubble play over the past two weeks has been interesting to watch. In the absence of actual fans, there is a greater focus on the action on the court. TV networks such as TNT and ESPN have done a good job trying to spice up the games anyway possible.

The playoffs should be a whole other story. Playing for keeps over a best-of-seven format will bring out the best in competitive play. Nothing has been on the line for the Lakers or Bucks in this eight-game run. Neither team has yet to show top form in their recent games.

Looking Ahead To NBA Playoffs Betting Picks

The NBA futures to win the championship have each of these teams listed as +250 favorites.

The Clippers are a close third at +300. Toronto is fourth on that list (+1000) as the defending champs. Houston (+1200) and Boston (+1400) still can make things interesting.

Once the actual matchups are set for the first postseason round, BetOnline will release its series prices. Look for the top two teams in each conference to be heavy favorites to win. The two 6 vs. 3 and 4 vs. 5 seed matchups offer the best opportunity to bet underdogs.

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