By the Numbers NBA Picks: 1st Round Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

Thursday, April 13, 2017 5:00 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017 5:00 PM UTC

The 2017 playoffs will be underway starting this Saturday and below we look at the odds with an eye towards cashing in our first round NBA picks.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Odds to Win the NBA Championship</strong></h2><p style="text-align:center">Golden State Warriors -150</p><p style="text-align:center">Cleveland Cavaliers +340</p><p style="text-align:center">San Antonio Spurs +845</p><p style="text-align:center">Boston Celtics +2000</p><p style="text-align:center">Houston Rockets +2475</p><p style="text-align:center">Toronto Raptors +3750</p><p style="text-align:center">Washington Wizards +4500</p><p style="text-align:center">Los Angeles Clippers +5000</p><p style="text-align:center">Utah Jazz +6600</p><p style="text-align:center">Oklahoma City Thunder +10000</p><p style="text-align:center">Memphis Grizzlies +15000</p><p style="text-align:center">Milwaukee Bucks +25000</p><p style="text-align:center">Indiana Pacers +25000</p><p style="text-align:center">Atlanta Hawks +25000</p><p style="text-align:center">Chicago Bulls +30000</p><p style="text-align:center">Portland Trail Blazers +30000</p><p style="text-align:center"> </p><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Odds to Win Eastern Conference</strong></h2><p style="text-align:center">Cleveland Cavaliers -265</p><p style="text-align:center">Boston Celtics +550</p><p style="text-align:center">Toronto Raptors +1075</p><p style="text-align:center">Washington Wizards +1200</p><p style="text-align:center">Milwaukee Bucks +6000</p><p style="text-align:center">Indiana Pacers +6000</p><p style="text-align:center">Atlanta Hawks +6000</p><p style="text-align:center">Chicago Bulls +6750</p><p style="text-align:center"> </p><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Odds to Win Western Conference</strong></h2><p style="text-align:center">Golden State Warriors -250</p><p style="text-align:center">San Antonio Spurs +420</p><p style="text-align:center">Houston Rockets +1225</p><p style="text-align:center">Los Angeles Clippers +2500</p><p style="text-align:center">Utah Jazz +3000</p><p style="text-align:center">Oklahoma City Thunder +4750</p><p style="text-align:center">Memphis Grizzlies +6600</p><p style="text-align:center">Portland Blazers +10000</p><p style="text-align:center">***NBA odds courtesy <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4418&amp;book=5dimes" title="Bet Only With The Best">of 5Dimes.com</a></p><p> </p><h2><strong>1st Round Eastern Conference Winners</strong></h2><p>The oddsmakers have not yet come out with series prices but let’s take a walk a few weeks in the future before the best ballers on the planet do their thing. As we gaze into our crystal ball we see the following first-round results in the East:</p><p><strong>#1 Boston defeats #8 Chicago (4-1) –</strong> The regular season series between these clubs is tied at two games apiece. However, when the postseason begins, historically it’s a different story. The Celtics are 14-3 straight up against <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/bulls-have-punchers-chance-to-upset-top-seeded-celtics-in-series/79104" title="Bulls Have Puncher’s Chance to Upset Top-Seeded Celtics in Series">the Bulls</a> in the postseason. We see Boston cruising in the opening round with the home court advantage helping their cause as the C’s are 2-0 both straight up and ATS including their last meeting when the Green crushed Chicago 100-80 as seven-point home chalk.</p><p><strong>#2 Cleveland defeats #7 Indiana (4-2) – </strong>The Cavs took three of four against the Pacers this season and delivered a 2-2 ATS record for those backing Cleveland in their <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" title="Follow NBA Experts For Free Picks">NBA picks</a> in those contests. But the Pacers got spry as the season wound down with five consecutive straight up wins and six straight ATS covers. This may not be the walk in the park that many believe it will be as Indiana hung around in their last meeting on April 2<sup>nd</sup> against LeBron and company, losing 135-130 yet covered as 8 ½ point road dogs.</p><p><strong>#3 Toronto defeats #6 Milwaukee (4-0) – </strong>The Raptors won and covered three of four against the Bucks this season and I don’t see this playing out any different in their <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/do-raptors-still-have-value-versus-bucks/79102" title="Do Raptors Still Have Value vs. Bucks?">first round postseason matchup</a>. Toronto has won six of their last seven (4-3 ATS) heading into the playoffs and Milwaukee does not pose any threat to getting their second round ticket punched.</p><p><strong>#5 Atlanta defeats #4 Washington (4-3) – </strong>I see this series as the only upset in the first round of the Eastern Conference. The Hawks sat out their stars in the final game of the regular season which proved to be a 105-86 thrashing in Indiana. However, if you ignore what was essentially a scrimmage game then you will see a team that has won and covered six of its last eight. Though the Wizards did win three of four (2-2 ATS) in the clubs’ regular-season meetings, we believe a healthy Paul Millsap will help the Hawks win a seven-game series in this one.</p>
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