By the Numbers NBA Picks: 1st Round Western Conference Playoff Previews

Thursday, April 13, 2017 5:57 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017 5:57 PM UTC

The 2017 playoffs will tip off this coming Saturday and below we take a look at the Western Conference matchups in order to get a jump on our NBA picks for the first round of the postseason.

NBA Odds to Win the World Championship

Golden State Warriors -150

Cleveland Cavaliers +340

San Antonio Spurs +845

Boston Celtics +2000

Houston Rockets +2475

Toronto Raptors +3750

Washington Wizards +4500

Los Angeles Clippers +5000

Utah Jazz +6600

Oklahoma City Thunder +10000

Memphis Grizzlies +15000

Milwaukee Bucks +25000

Indiana Pacers +25000

Atlanta Hawks +25000

Chicago Bulls +30000

Portland Trail Blazers +30000


NBA Odds to Win the Eastern Conference

Cleveland Cavaliers -265

Boston Celtics +550

Toronto Raptors +1075

Washington Wizards +1200

Milwaukee Bucks +6000

Indiana Pacers +6000

Atlanta Hawks +6000

Chicago Bulls +6750


NBA Odds to Win the Western Conference

Golden State Warriors -250

San Antonio Spurs +420

Houston Rockets +1225

Los Angeles Clippers +2500

Utah Jazz +3000

Oklahoma City Thunder +4750

Memphis Grizzlies +6600

Portland Blazers +10000

***NBA odds courtesy of


1st Round Western Conference Winners

#1 Golden State defeats #8 Portland (4-0)

The oddsmakers will not make it painless to place a series bet on the Warriors in what appears will be a first round destruction of the Trail Blazers. You better believe the lumber you will have to lay will hardly make it worth the risk considering nothing is a sure thing. But perhaps you can gain a palatable number for Golden State to sweep in your NBA picks. The one caveat is that though the Warriors swept the season series, the Blazers did cover the number in the final two contests. GSW should win this series in a cakewalk but don’t be surprised if Portland hangs tough enough to get a cover in a few of these first-round games.

#7 Memphis defeats #2 San Antonio (4-3)

I hear you laughing out there but don’t let this apparent mismatch fool you. The Grizzlies split the season series with the Spurs and covered all four contests. San Antonio was in a tailspin to end the regular season, losing outright and failing to cover the all-important number in four of their last five games. I will confess the Grizzlies did a similar fast fade at the end of the season but this appears to be a scenario where one team simply matches up well against another. As long as we are getting a generous bang for our gambling buck with Memphis, the Grizzlies are worth a wager for the upset.

#3 Houston defeats #6 Oklahoma City (4-3)

The Rockets defeated the Thunder in three of four (2-1-1 ATS) and won a 137-125 shootout in Houston in their last meeting. Of course, OKC’s Russell Westbrook is a one-man wrecking crew and could spur the upset but James Harden and his band of Houston brothers will have something to say about that. Watch the Rockets launch in a hard fought opening series.

#4 LA Clippers defeat #5 Utah (4-1)

The Clippers are steamrolling into the playoffs, winning seven straight and covering in five of those contests. LA defeated the Jazz in three of four of their meetings this season and won by double digits in all three victories. Utah knocked off Golden State and San Antonio to end the season but those victories were against inferior versions of the Warriors and Spurs that had already solidified their playoff seedings and were not maximizing their best lineups. Expect the Jazz to be singing the blues after this one is through.

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