Monday’s online NBA betting playoff action was particularly devoid of any surprising results. The Cavs beat the Pacers to advance to 2-0 in the series and the San Antonio Spurs did the same to the Grizzlies – no surprises here. With more games on the schedule Tuesday evening, sportsbook players can be hopeful that more exhilarating turnouts are on the horizon.
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- Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers – Sportsbook Preview – Monday, April 17th
- Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns – Sportsbook Preview – Friday, April 7th
- Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks – Sportsbook Preview – Thursday, April 6th
Tuesday evening will feature the Bucks and Raptors going head to head, the Bulls and Celtics facing off, and the Jazz taking on the Clippers, all in Game 2. Accounting for the results we witnessed in Game 1, the matchup between Chicago and Boston should be the most notable of the evening, especially since the Bulls were able to upset the Celts in Game 1. Due to being the No. 1 seed, the online NBA betting odds were heavily favoring Boston in Game 1. If sportsbook bettors are anticipating a similar result in Game 2, they could turn in some lucrative winnings.
Game 2 – Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls – Tuesday, April 18th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Series: Bulls lead 1-0
Betting Odds NBA:
Boston Celtics -7 (-110) 206 (-110) -290
Chicago Bulls +7 (-110) 206 (-110) +245
Boston turned in a season that was a vast improvement from last year’s, thanks to a 53-29 record that cleared the way for a 1st place finish in the Atlantic Division, as well as a 1st place finish in the Eastern Conference. Boston was able to beat out the reigning NBA champions to secure the postseason’s No. 1 seed, but it won’t amount to much if they’re unable to advance past the Bulls.
The Celtics’ online NBA betting loss cannot be pinned on the shoulders of Isaiah Thomas, who turned in a dutiful 33 point, 6 assist, 5 rebound performance. Thomas got some help from Al Horford who delivered 19 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Third in points for the Celtics in Game 1 was Avery Bradley who put up 14 points, 2 assists and 3 rebounds. Boston finished the regular season with the league’s 7th best offense and 15th best defense.
The Bulls were able to match last year’s success with their 41-41 record that gave way to a 4th place finish in the Central Division and an 8th place finish in the Eastern Conference. However, since the Bulls were able to qualify for the postseason this season, 2017 is an improvement in every definition of the word.
A win in Game 1 against the East’s No. 1 seed is certainly a great way to kick things off. The Bulls will be hoping that Jimmy Butler will be able to lead them to an upset once again this Tuesday. In Game 1, Butler turned in a 30 point, 3 assist, 9 rebound performance that launched the Bulls to a victory. Butler got some help from Bobby Portis who put up 19 points, 3 assists, and 9 rebounds.