Miami Heat (2.85) vs Milwaukee Bucks (1.47)
The Heat have shocked the world, taking the series 2-1 against one of the championship favourites and a team who has been utterly dominant in the East throughout the regular season.
Players like Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic have been outstanding and have driven the team forward. While everyone has contributed it’s been these two that have stood out.
The NBA betting odds favour a win for the Bucks, which seems quite possible. However, we need to see more from in offence from their star players.
Giannis and Khris Midd need to do more to work the Miami defence. If there are any two players that can do it, it’s these two. Expect to see the Bucks bringing a little more to the court in this one.
Expect Milwaukee to take this one.
To beat the Miami Heat
Los Angeles Lakers (1.36) vs Houston Rockets (3.35)
The Lakers are joint-favourites to lift the title in the NBA finals betting odds and will face the Westbrook, Harden and the rockets this weekend.
The Rockets took it to game 7 against the Oklahoma City Thunder but managed to get over the line. They will now face an even bigger challenge against a highly motivated Lakers team.
The Lakers romped the Blazers winning the series 4-1 and they’ll carry that momentum forward going into this one. The NBA playoff odds have them as heavy favourites in this tie and understandably so.
While the Rockets have excellent offensive power, they lack in defence and against the power and speed of the Lakers, it may be a difficult semifinal.
Pick the Lakers to win.
Los Angeles Lakers
To beat the Houston Rockets
Boston Celtics (2.00) vs Toronto Raptors (1.83)
The Celtics have looked great in the NBA playoffs so far and must have felt that they would be making a 3-0 sweep of the reigning NBA champions, but for a buzzer-beater from OG Anunoby.
The vast majority of NBA betting sites have the Raptors as the favourites for this one. They looked much better in the last game and will be buoyed by that performance looking into game four.
Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker have been great all over the court, but notably in the offense where they’ve put up the bulk of the points as usual. If the Raptor’s defence is able to stop or even slow them down, then they might be able to tie the series.
Take the Celtics to win.
To beat the Toronto Raptors