After a 2-day pause last week, the NBA Playoffs continued over the weekend and into Monday. Surprises could be the best way to describe this season’s pro basketball postseason. The Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers, the two favorites to win the NBA Championship, have stamped their tickets to the second-round. But a couple of contenders are in trouble. Check out an update on what happened in the Orlando bubble last week so you can wager on their NBA odds!
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2020 NBA Championship Info
- When: September 27 – October 17
- Where: Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL
2020 NBA Championship Odds
- Los Angeles Lakers +260
- Milwaukee Bucks +300
- Los Angeles Clippers +260
- Boston Celtics +700
- Toronto Raptors +1000
- Houston Rockets +1000
- Denver Nuggets +4000
- Miami Heat +2200
- Utah Jazz +6000
- Oklahoma City Thunder +3000
Can the Miami Heat really beat the Milwaukee Bucks?
In Game 1 on Monday, the Miami Heat beat the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat didn’t just beat the Bucks. They made a statement with a 115-104 victory.
How did Miami manage to dominate Milwaukee? Jimmy Butler scored 40 points. Goran Dragic dropped 27.
Both their performances helped, but the Heat also forced the Bucks into 19 turnovers. Giannis committed 6. Khris Middleton committed 4. George Hill, the Bucks’ point-guard, had 4.
Miami also outrebounded Milwaukee 46 to 34. Overall, the Heat played better together, which should make Milwaukee fearful.
In the playoffs, teams must be cohesive on both sides of the court. Yes, Butler drained 40, but he was 13-of-20 from the field, 2-for-2 from three, and 12-of-13 from the line.
13-of-20 is 65%, which means Jimmy took great shots. Butler won’t start taking bad shots. The Bucks must change some things to have any chance of winning this series.
Rockets versus OKC goes seven
Sure, Russell Westbrook made a mistake in Houston’s 100-104 Game 6 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. But Rockets fans shouldn’t blame Westbrook for the loss.
Oklahoma City has figured out how to beat the Rockets’ small-ball style. OKC plays a three-guard line-up. They also allow Danilo Gallinari to create at the power forward position.
Steve Adams roams the paint to grab rebounds. Adams had just 6 points in 31 minutes. Gallinari scored 27 in 28 minutes.
At the beginning of this series, most NBA fans knew that Oklahoma City had a deeper bench than the Rockets. That bench came to play in Game 6. Denis Schroder got 37 minutes while Darius Bazeley got 22.
If the Rockets don’t try something different, they’ll lose Game 7 on Wednesday.
Celtics may be the team to beat in the Eastern Conference
Boston went 3-0 versus the Raptors during the regular season. It’s no surprise, then, that the Celtics beat Toronto 112-94 in Game 1 this past Sunday.
All five Celtics starters scored in double-figures. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart both dropped 21 to lead Boston in scoring.
Brad Anderson sent 11-of-13 players to the court. That makes the Celtics the deepest team left in the playoffs.
At this point, the Celts are the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.
Expect massive changes to NBA Championship odds
The Nuggets and Jazz battle in Game 7 on Tuesday after Toronto and Boston throw down in Game 2.
The Jazz versus Nuggets winner must take on the Lakers. The odds on the winner will drop, but not all that significantly.
If Boston beats Toronto in Game 2, their championship odds could dive to under +500. Also, don’t forget that on Wednesday, the Rockets and Thunder play a Game 7.
Heat and Bucks Game 2 happens on Wednesday as well.
Have a great rest of your week!
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