NBA Playoffs: Second-Round Preview
Having swept their first-round opponent LeBron James and the Miami Heat remain the big favorites at the sportsbooks to win the NBA championship this season as they head into the second round of the postseason.
The Heat needed just four games to dispatch the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round, so they'll have had plenty of rest with their second-round matchup getting underway this week. Miami is the 4/9 favorite at Bovada to win a second straight NBA title. Here's a look at the four second-round matchups:
Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat
The Heat will be up against the Bulls in the second round of the playoffs, with Chicago winning their Game 7 against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night by a score of 99-93 on the road. Miami went 2-2 both SU and ATS this past season versus Chicago, and overall they're 6-4 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games against the Bulls dating back to 2011. Totals bettors have seen the OVER/UNDER go 4-6 over the last 10 Heat vs. Bulls NBA betting matchups.
Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks
The Knicks and Pacers both won their first-round series in six games, with New York managing to knock out the Boston Celtics and Indiana taking care of business against the Atlanta Hawks. Overall the two teams have split their last 10 meetings 5-5 SU, with the Knicks holding a slight 6-4 ATS edge in those contests. This past season New York went 2-2 SU and 3-1 ATS against Indiana, with totals bettors seeing the OVER/UNDER go 1-3.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Despite losing Russell Westbrook for the season the Thunder still held off the Houston Rockets for a six-game victory in the first round, while the Grizzlies got past the Los Angeles Clippers in six games as well. The Thunder are 6-4 SU and ATS over their 10 most recent games against the Grizzlies, with the OVER paying out in six of their last eight meetings. Oklahoma City went 1-2 SU and 2-1 ATS against Memphis this past season.
Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs were the only other team to pull off a sweep in the first round, knocking out the Los Angeles Lakers in just four games. The Warriors, meanwhile, needed six games to pull off their upset of the Denver Nuggets. San Antonio is 8-2 SU and 5-4-1 ATS over its past 10 games against Golden State, but the Spurs were just 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS against the Warriors this past season - with the OVER/UNDER going 1-3 as well.