NBA Playoff Odds 2018: Championship Favorites & Betting Series Prices

But can any contenders really prevent another Cavs-Warriors matchup in the NBA Finals?

The Miami Heat, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Washington Wizards all got out of the East despite a worse record than the Nuggets, highlighting the depth in a stacked Western Conference. And in true speculative fashion, we'll postulate how and what would need to happen for them to get there, starting in the East. "He's the best player on the floor". They will be playing without their star player, Kiwiad Leonard.

Sunday's outcome should give Toronto the confidence it needs as a No. 1 seed to leave its troublesome playoff history in the past and take care of business in the first round. The Sixers are a young team, led by their stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. But that can't matter if Portland is going to win a playoff series.

James and the Cavs play IN in the first round this season. However, his outside shooting is to be desired.

Given how in flux Cleveland's rotations have been all season, the guess here is that there will be plenty of changes in Game 2 (not including a potential George Hill injury). Unfortunately, one-half of the awesome-twosome Embiid might miss a couple of opening games, leaving the 76ers vulnerable in the post.

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On the flip side, the Bucks trio of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton could score close to 70 points per night and lead a first-round upset of the Celtics.

The Thunder have been a middle-of-the-road defensive team since losing Andre Roberson in January, and that figures to make the difference here - the Rockets will shoot 35-40 3-pointers per game against OKC, a team that has allowed opponents to make 39.1 percent of their 3s over their final 25 games.

If ALL this goes to plan, the Miami Heat could be looking at the Conference Finals. In fact, this goes for the entire postseason.

It seems unusual calling the San Antonio Spurs an underdog team considering they've made the playoffs for the last 21 seasons.

The next team to go would be Boston. The Warriors double-teamed Aldridge almost every time he touched the ball to start a possession, daring anyone else on the Spurs to beat them.

"We're not satisfied", Casey said. This season, however, things look all too similar but oh so different.

Add in the playoff experience of JJ Redick and Amir Johnson and, with last year's top seeds the Boston Celtics without superstar point guard Kyrie Irving, Brett Brown's team look well equipped to pull off further shocks.

These are the kinds of maddeningly inconsistent mental moments the Wizards have had all season - the reason they are the eighth seed, instead of the fifth or sixth as they should have been. "They had more physicality", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after the game.

The sweep alert is out for the Rockets and Timberwolves, but this round is mostly about the Warriors surviving without Stephen Curry.

The Thunder have the talent to advance all the way to the Finals but their inconsistent play has hurt them all season.

And he had never lost the first game of a first-round series during his 15-year career. It will definitely be an exhausting matchup and that can only be a good thing for the Spurs. Both of those teams are arguably tougher draws than the Spurs, so if Curry can't suit up, the Warriors might have a tricky time progressing.

Yes, Lillard and McCollum got going as Portland's game against New Orleans wore on Saturday night. Either way, the Spurs will have to produce an incredible team effort to slow down the offense of both teams. I would like to predict who will move on and why. You came to the right place!

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