It took until the last day of the regular season to complete the Wild West playoff picture in the NBA and bettors have been scrambling to get the latest odds information ever since.
Portland and Dallas survived the season-long grind and will tip off in the lone Western Conference betting matchup on Saturday; the other series are slated to begin on Sunday.
The Mavericks finished the season with as many wins as the Lakers, but they will be the No. 3 seed in the conference when they match up as 5.5-point favorites at SBG Global against the sixth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers (48-34 SU, 43-35-4 ATS) in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.
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The teams split the four-game season series with the home team winning each time. Dallas is the series favorite coming in at -220 to take out the Trail Blazers, who are +180 on the betting lines for an underdog victory.
Portland tends to stay in games and has been a strong team against the spread. Head-to-head the Trail Blazers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games.
Memphis (46-36 SU, 52-29-1 ATS) is happy to be in the postseason, but taking on the highly-charged offense of the conference-best San Antonio Spurs (61-21 SU, 45-35-2 ATS) will be one heck of a mountain to climb when they get things going in Game 1 on Sunday afternoon.
San Antonio opens the series as a 6.5-point favorite in Game 1 at SBG Global. The Spurs and Grizzlies split their four games this season with all four wins going to the home team.
The Spurs are heavy series favorites regardless of the regular season, and should be a good bet over the long haul. Memphis does well for pointspread bettors and is 5-0 ATS head-to-head in the last five games.
Los Angeles is the defending champion and won’t go away easily. The Lakers open Game 1 at home as a huge 10-point favorite on the NBA betting lines against the New Orleans Hornets (46-36 SU, 39-40-3 ATS) on Sunday night.
The Lakers (57-25 SU, 38-44 ATS) are the clear favorite at -2200 according to Sportsbook.ag to take the best-of-seven first-round affair. Los Angeles won all four meetings head-to-head and covered the spread in three of four victories.
Totals betting could see an increase in the OVER bet in this series, as five of the last six games between the teams have sent that result to the payout window.
Oklahoma City (55-27 SU, 43-38-1 ATS) is coming off recent back-to-back victories over their first-round playoff opponents from Denver. The Nuggets are looking to get revenge in Game 1 on Sunday night in a late NBA betting matchup, and they will have to do so as a 5-point road underdog.
Kevin Durant is the top scorer in the league, and along with Russell Westbrook provides the Thunder with a one-two punch that could knock out the Nuggets (50-32 SU, 44-34-4 ATS).
Oklahoma City took three of four head-to-head this season and covered the spread in all three wins. This series is shaping up to be close, but the Nuggets must find a way to shut down the Thunder’s two big guns.
Four of the last five games have made winners of UNDER bettors in totals betting.