The NBA Playoffs are starting this month, as there are several teams that are right in the mix for the NBA championship. If you are looking for some guidance on how to bet on these games, check out some Sports News.
Here are where things currently stand for the race for the Larry O’Brien trophy!
Phoenix Suns – +260
The Phoenix Suns are far and away the best team in the NBA, as Devin Booker is putting in an MVP type of season, Chris Paul continues to age like fine wine and Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges morphing into very important role players for this team.
This is the only team that will win at least 60 games this season, which just speaks to how dominant they’ve been all season long with the excellent coaching by Monty Williams and the ability to keep going despite CP3’s lengthy absence over the past couple of months.
Ranked in the top three in both offensive and defensive rating, this team is just way too balanced, which will make them a tough out in the playoffs.
However, depth starts to matter a little less in the playoffs, as rotations tighten to the best 8-9 players on the team. It will be up to Booker to continue to produce on the game’s highest stage and CP3 to not burn out like he did last year in the Finals for the Suns to get over the hump.
Milwaukee Bucks – +550
As the defending champions, the Milwaukee Bucks are favored to get back to the Finals once again, as Giannis Antetokounmpo is continuing his rise as arguably the best player in the NBA.
They’re largely bringing back the same core as last season with Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, Brook Lopez, and Bobby Portis all rounding out the group.
They won’t have PJ Tucker and Bryn Forbes this time around, however, as both were instrumental in helping the Bucks win last season.
Still, Antetokounmpo is more than good enough to carry a team on his own as he demonstrated during last year’s championship run, as he averaged 35.2 points on nearly 62 percent shooting to go along with 13.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals per game en route to the Finals MVP last season.
As long as the Greek Freak continues to demonstrate that the playoffs no longer faze him, the Bucks should be in great shape to get to the Finals and potentially repeat as champs.
Brooklyn Nets – +650
The Brooklyn Nets have had a weird season with James Harden abruptly requesting a trade and getting his wish, Kyrie Irving first being exiled from the team due to failure to comply with New York City’s vaccination mandates, and then being brought back as a part-time player, and Kevin Durant missing over a month due to a sprained MCL injury.
However, Irving is now full-time and Durant is back from injury, which makes the Nets a very dangerous team despite their low seeding.
In the playoffs though, seeding doesn’t matter if you have KD and Kyrie on your team. Those two alone are good enough to carry a team by themselves in a 7-game playoff series.
They did recently take a close loss to the Bucks in overtime, but that isn’t a situation to worry about too much.
It would’ve been helpful if the Nets could’ve gotten Ben Simmons back for the playoffs, but with Andre Drummond, Seth Curry, Bruce Brown Patty Mills, Goran Dragic, and Nic Claxton all rounding out this group, this team still has the makings to win a championship this June.
The Golden State Warriors currently sit with +800 odds. They’ve been slipping in the standings due to the loss of Stephen Curry. If Curry comes back, however, then this team will be a tough out in a 7-game series. It’s unlikely things will materialize in time for this to work out, however.
The Boston Celtics have +900 odds. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been sensational this season. However, the loss of Robert Williams will hurt their chances.
The Philadelphia 76ers also have +900 odds. James Harden hasn’t quite fit in with the Sixers as much as they would’ve liked and while Joel Embiid is an excellent player, he needs Harden to be the best version of himself for the Sixers to thrive. Don’t expect the Sixers to get to the Finals this season.
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