The online betting NBA playoffs are starting to take shape and the results have been fairly predictable so far. Other than the Celtics, who snagged the No. 1 seed in the East days before the start of the tournament but have since dropped the first two games of their opening series against the Bulls, the top playoff contenders are steamrolling past their competition. Especially the team the basketball betting online odds had pegged as the eventual champions, the Golden State Warriors.
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The Warriors kicked down the doors to the playoffs by delivering a 121-109 beating to Portland. Kevin Durant may be questionable for Game 2, but accounting for the surplus of talent that Golden State has, the Warriors should have no problem beating the Trail Blazers once more, and the online betting NBA odds certainly share that sentiment.
Game 2 – Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors – April 19
When: 10:30 pm ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
TV: Warriors Lead 1-0
Betting Odds NBA:
Portland Trail Blazers -1 (-125) 3 ½ (-132) -190
Golden State Warriors -13 ½ (-110) 219 ½ (-110) -1450
Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers have been participants in the playoffs for the last three years consecutively, but have been unable to advance past the conference semifinals in that tenure. Portland was certainly hopeful that they would be able to reach that hallmark in 2017, but since they’ve been forced to face the Warriors in the first round, it’s seems all but impossible for the Trail Blazers to achieve that feat. Overall, the Trail Blazers finished the regular season with a 41-41 record that was just good enough for a spot in the postseason, clinching the West’s 8th and final seed. Portland also finished 3rd in the Northwest Division.
The Trail Blazers got their rear end handed to them in Game 1 of their opening series, losing by a total of 12 points. However, despite the loss, the Trail Blazers had some players excel, including CJ McCollum who dropped a 41 point burger, in addition to 8 rebounds and 1 assist. Damian Lillard also had a good night as he put up 34 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. In Game 2, Portland will need a third player to step up and help Lillard and McCollum secure a victory.
Golden State Warriors
This year’s online NBA betting favorites weren’t quite able to match last year’s record-breaking season, but are still in a pristine position to go all the way, and perhaps avenge their crushing loss in last year’s title match. Nevertheless, Golden State still turned in a highly successful 67-15 record that paved the way to a 1st place finish in both the division and conference once more.
With Durant being listed as questionable, the Warriors will likely turn to their other MVP, Stephen Curry. Curry put up 29 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists in Game 1. Curry will likely get some help from Draymond Green, who drained 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 9 assists in Game 1.