Tuesday’s online NBA betting action helped cast some clarity on Kevin Durant’s decision to flee from the Oklahoma City Thunder. After some members of the media tore into Durant for jumping ship, and after Oklahoma City fans practically crucified Durant, it now seems that Durant knew exactly what he was doing. With their 105-99 loss in Game 5 to the Houston Rockets, Russell Westbrook and company have now been eliminated from the postseason. Meanwhile, Durant and his star-studded cast have already advanced to the conference semifinals, and can enjoy a little well-deserved rest.
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With fewer teams left in competition, there won’t be as much variety for players who bet on NBA games. Nonetheless, there is still plenty of value for bettors to get in on. Wednesday night, the NBA has a total of two playoff matchups for fans to tune in for. The Hawks and the Wizards will duke it out first, followed by an intense matchup between the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics.
Game 5 – Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics – Wednesday, April 26th
When: 8:30 pm ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston
Series: Tied 2-2
Betting Odds NBA:
Chicago Bulls +7 ½ (-110) 203 (-110) +275
Boston Celtics -7 ½ (-110) 203 (-110) -335
The Bulls made a sizable improvement in the offseason when they snagged up Dwayne Wade in free agency. Wade is a Chicago native and being able to play for his home team was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. It played out for the Bulls too, considering that Chicago was able to snatch up a spot in the playoffs – something they hadn’t done the previous year. The Bulls came into the series against Boston as heavy online NBA betting underdogs, and that hasn’t changed heading into Game 5.
In Game 4, the Bulls conceded a 104-95 loss, marking their second defeat in the series. In that loss, Chicago was led in points by Jimmy Butler, who put up a 33 point, 5 rebounds, and 9 assist performance. However, Butler didn’t receive much help from the rest of the Bulls, as no one else put up more than 15 points.
The Celtics fared better than most basketball betting sites expected this season, as Boston turned in a 53-29 record that gave way to a 1st place finish in the Atlantic Division as well as a 1st place finish in the Eastern Conference, something the Cavaliers weren’t too happy about. Nevertheless, Boston hasn’t been able to replicate ‘No. 1 seed’ type of success in the postseason, considering they’re tied with a team that finished the season going .500.
Boston was led to a victory in game 4 by Isaiah Thomas, who blazed a path to victory behind a 33-point performance. Thomas got some help from Gerald Green who put up 18 and Al Horford who was good for 15 that night.