The 2016 NBA Finals are set, and it’s déjà vu all over again. The Cleveland Cavaliers were crowned Kings of the Eastern Conference, and the West will be represented by the Golden State Warriors. You can bet your bottom dollar that as each game goes by, we at Odds Shark will keep running tabs on the series price courtesy of Sportsbook's online sportsbook.
(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (1) Golden State Warriors
Climbing back from a 3-1 hole, the Cavs have gotten themselves right back in the NBA Finals and evened up the series at three games apiece on Thursday. Game 7 is set for Oracle Arena on Sunday.
Facing elimination, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving erupted for the Cavs to put a combined 82 points on the board in Cleveland's 112-97 victory. Suddenly the NBA Finals just got interesting.
The Warriors rebounded in Game 4 and topped the Cavs 108-97. Golden State has a 3-1 series lead and can close out the Finals with a win at Oracle Arena on Monday.
The Cavs roared back in Game 3 and hammered the Warriors 120-90 on home floor. Can Cleveland even this thing up before the series shifts back to Oakland?
Golden State kept their foot on the gas pedal in Game 2 and hammered Cleveland 110-77. The Cavs aren't dead yet, but they're on life-support at this point.
The Cavs shut down Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in Game 1, but the Warriors' bench came up huge by outscoring Cleveland's second unit 45-10. The Dubs took the Sportsbook game 104-89 and can go up 2-0 with a win at Oracle Arena on Sunday.
And then there were four. Only the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder remain in the hunt to etch themselves into NBA lore. Courtesy of Sportsbook, we at OddsShark are keeping running tabs on updated series prices as each conference finals matchup goes along.
(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (2) Toronto Raptors
UPDATE: Cavaliers win the series 4-2.
After a pair of losses, the Cavaliers responded in a big way by trouncing the Raptors in Ohio. Cleveland owns a 3-2 lead in the series and can once again advance to the NBA Finals with a win in Toronto on Friday.
Who saw this coming? The Raps weren't very kind to LeBron James and company north of the border and evened the series up at two games apiece after Game 4's 105-99 victory. Can they seriously do this?
The Raptors proved they weren't going to go away quietly on Saturday, claiming a 99-84 win in Game 3. The Dinos will have their work cut out for them to win the series, but at least they've shown signs of life.
The Cavs picked up where they left off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals and demolished the Raptors 115-84. Toronto may only be down by one, but it's quite clear they have a mountain to climb to overtake the powerhouse Cavs in the East.
(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (3) Oklahoma City Thunder
UPDATE: Warriors win the series 4-3.
The Warriors' dream season could have a nightmare finish after their Game 4 loss. Oklahoma City, which now leads 3-1, can advance to the NBA Finals with a win in Oakland on Thursday.
The Thunder are for real. OKC took a 2-1 series lead over the Warriors thanks to a 133-105 rout on Sunday and are looking like a team no one wants to play.
Golden State stormed back in Game 2 and easily beat OKC by a score of 118-91. As the series heads to Oklahoma, it has the makings of being one of the most fun matchups we've seen in quite some time.
The Thunder stunned the Warriors in Game 1, topping the Dubs 108-102 in an impressive display. Oracle Arena has been the toughest stadium to play in for years, can OKC seriously win two in a row in Oakland?
The first round of the 2016 NBA playoffs is in the books, and we're one step closer to the big dance: the NBA Finals. Looking for something a little different to wager on this round? You’ve come to the right place.
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(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (4) Atlanta Hawks
UPDATE: Cavaliers win series 4-0.
If you needed any more evidence that Cleveland is here for the championship, watch Game 2 of this series again. The Cavs set a playoff record for three-pointers (25) and routed Atlanta to go up 2-0.
The Atlanta Hawks had their opportunities to take down the Cavs in Game 1, but they weren't able to capitalize and find themselves down 0-1 early on. Those chances won't come often, and they need to take advantage if it happens again in Game 2.
(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (3) Miami Heat
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan stepped up in Game 5, and the Raptors took a 3-2 series lead north of the border. The Heat have their work cut out for them, but the Raps don't exactly have the best track record in this spot.
For the third time in four games, Game 4 went to overtime and the Miami Heat topped Toronto 94-87. This series is weird, ugly and tough to predict. Approach the series price with caution, as it's essentially a coin flip at this point.
The Toronto Raptors stormed back into the series in Game 3 but it came at a cost, as talented big man Jonas Valanciunas was sidelined with an ankle injury. He will not return to the series, but the good news for Raps fans is Heat center Hassan Whiteside is day-to-day and will not play in Game 4.
Man, what a wild Game 1 that was. The Raptors' offense stalled multiple times all game, but a last-second prayer from Kyle Lowry knotted things up and forced overtime. Toronto collapsed again in the extra frame, and the Heat escaped with a victory to take the series lead.
(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (5) Portland Trail Blazers
UPDATE: Warriors win series 4-1.
Stephen Curry came back in Game 4 and erupted for a game-high 40 points in Golden State's overtime win. The Dubs lead 3-1 as the series shifts back to California.
The Blazers came up huge on home court and took Game 3 to win their first game of the series. They still have a mountain to climb in order to top the Warriors, but at least they have a bit of hope.
Portland had Golden State on the ropes in Game 2 but couldn't close the deal, as the Dubs took Game 2 by a score of 110-99. The Blazers have a mountain to climb to get back into this series, whether or not Stephen Curry is involved.
No Stephen Curry? No problem. The Warriors' high-octane offense didn't miss a beat without its point guard in Game 1, hammering the Blazers 118-106 to grab an early 1-0 lead.
(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (3) Oklahoma City Thunder
UPDATE: Thunder win series 4-2.
The Thunder stunned the Spurs on home court in Game 5 and head back to OKC with a 3-2 series lead. This matchup deserves a Game 7, but I have a feeling the Thunder will close it out at home.
Oklahoma City stunned San Antonio in Game 4 thanks to a wild final fourth quarter and knotted up the series at two games apiece. The Spurs will need to refocus as action shifts back to the Lone Star State.
A blatant missed call was is the story in a wild Game 2 finish. The referees apologized for the mistake shortly after, but the Thunder still held on and evened things up at 1-1.
One of the most lopsided games of the postseason happened in Game 1 of this series, and that's saying something considering how much of a mismatch the first-round was. A different OKC team will have to show up to the AT&T Center in Game 2 if they want to have a hope of advancing to the Western Conference Finals.
The NBA’s regular season is officially over and the real season is finally here. Looking for something a little different to wager on in the playoffs? You’ve come to the right place.
Online sportsbook Sportsbook is offering series price odds on the result of every matchup in both the Eastern and Western Conference. Here’s a break down of each:
(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (8) Detroit Pistons
The Cavaliers are out for blood in their second postseason appearance since LeBron James came home again, while the Pistons haven’t been in the promised land since the 2008-09 campaign. Cleveland is the unsurprisingly an extremely heavy favorite, as Detroit is going to have to channel its inner David if it plans on knocking off Goliath. The Pistons had the edge in the season series, claiming three of the four meetings between the clubs.
UPDATE: Cavaliers win the series 4-0.
Detroit kept things close for the first half of Game 3 before fading down the stretch, and it's looking like it's only a matter of time before King James and company advance to the next round.
Give Detroit credit: they threw everything they could at Cleveland in Game 1, but King James and company used a strong fourth quarter to triumph. When it really mattered, the Pistons' inexperience started to show.
(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (7) Indiana Pacers
The Raptors enter the playoffs on the heels of two consecutive first-round exits, but there’s a much different feel around them this year. Toronto revamped its defense in the offseason by adding Cory Joseph, DeMarre Carroll and Bismack Biyombo, and they’re reaping the rewards now. Indy has performed well with a healthy Paul George back in the fold, however, they’re going to be in tough to knock off the Dinos. Toronto took the season series 3-1 and held George to 16.3 points per game – his second-lowest versus any East team.
After suffering through an awful three quarters, the Toronto Raptors erupted in the fourth to complete their largest playoff come from behind victory in franchise history. Toronto has the Pacers on the brink of elimination as the series heads back to Indianapolis.
Toronto's past postseason demons resurfaced in Game 4 as the Pacers evened up the series at two games apiece. In light of some extremely underwhelming play, Raptors fans and bettors alike are worried another early exit is on the horizon.
The Raptors got huge efforts from their best players in Game 3, as DeMar DeRozan looked like his usual dominant self again. With a 2-1 lead, sportsbooks are clearly expecting the Dinos to walk away with this one.
Toronto stormed back in a big way in Game 2 thanks to excellent contributions from the bench to even up the series at one. We'll see if the Pacers can get back on track in front of their hometown fans.
The Raptors dropped yet another playoff game on home court on Saturday and have now lost seven-straight postseason games. Can the Pacers keep up the charge?
(3) Miami Heat vs. (6) Charlotte Hornets
This is going to be fun. These Southeast Division opponents know each other extremely well and have developed a nice rivalry this season. Miami snuck into the third spot extremely late, but don’t overlook the Hornets. Charlotte completely changed the landscape of the team last year and have become one of the best three-point shooting squads in the Association. Miami’s Chris Bosh, who has been sidelined since February with blood clots, has not returned to action and is still out indefinitely. The clubs split the season series at two games apiece.
Charlotte stepped up in a big way in Game 5, beating the Heat in Miami for just the second time in 17 attempts. They hold a 3-2 lead in the series and can close it out in Buzz City on Friday.
The Hornets continued their surge and got themselves right back into the series thanks to an 89-85 win in Game 4. They're once again looking like the same Charlotte team that was on fire to end the regular season.
Charlotte showed signs of life in Game 3 and needs a big home win on Monday to make a charge back in the series. For the first time in a while, the absence of Chris Bosh is becoming magnified.
The Heat continued to soar in Chris Bosh's absence and dominated Charlotte once again in Game 2's 115-103 victory. The clock is ticking on the Hornets to find some life as the series shifts to North Carolina.
No Chris Bosh? No problem. Miami stayed hot on Sunday, hammering Charlotte 123-91 and claiming a 1-0 series lead in the process.
(4) Atlanta Hawks vs. (5) Boston Celtics
Another great matchup. Atlanta shook off an inconsistent start to become one of the top defensive teams in the NBA, while Boston is proving once again to be one of the best coached squads in the league under Brad Stevens. Barring a miracle, the Sportsbook of this series will likely face Cleveland in the second round, meaning momentum will need to be built early in order to lay the groundwork of an extended playoff run. Atlanta took three of four in the campaign, with Boston’s only win coming way back on November 13.
Update: Hawks win the series 4-2.
So much for that Celtics momentum. Atlanta dominated Boston in Game 5 and has given themselves a 3-2 series lead in the process. Home court advantage continues to be massive in this matchup, as visiting clubs have yet to collect a victory.
All it took was two games in Beantown for the Celtics to make this a series. Boston has all of the momentum while Atlanta has home court advantage. This is going to be a wild finish.
The Hawks cruised to an 89-72 victory in Game 2, giving them a 2-0 stranglehold on the series. The Celtics were much better in Beantown year, so don't count them dead in the water just yet once play shifts to Massachusetts.
Boston fell in Game 1, however, they suffered an even bigger loss during the game. Guard Avery Bradley left the contest with a hamstring injury and will likely miss the remainder of the series. Uh oh.
(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) Houston Rockets
Oh boy, this could get ugly. Just how different are these teams? Golden State set a new NBA record for regular season wins (73) and Stephen Curry continued to prove why he very well could be the best shooter in the history of the league thanks to an unprecedented 402 trey balls. Houston was a mess all year long on both ends of the floor and limped into the postseason thanks to Utah’s slow demise. The Dubs won all three versus the Rockets this year.
UPDATE: Warriors win the series 4-1.
Stephen Curry will miss at least the next few weeks with a knee injury. Barring a miracle the Warriors will still likely win the series, but Curry is going to be a key cog in the machine if they wish to make another championship run.
Curry was out of the lineup yet again, but this time the Rockets capitalized thanks to a last-second shot by superstar James Harden. It's going to take a miracle to win the series, but at least the Rockets have life down 2-1.
Stephen Curry didn't see the floor, yet the Warriors picked up the slack in his absence en route to a 115-106 triumph to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Game 1 was just as lopsided as everyone expected in this series, as the Dubs cruised to a 104-78 victory.
(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Memphis Grizzlies
Are the Spurs the most slept on No. 2 seed in NBA history? It’s entirely plausible. San Antonio was just fine with operating in the Warriors’ shadow and parlayed that into a 67-15 SU record. As for the Grizzlies? If it wasn’t for their early success, this roster wouldn’t even have sniffed the playoffs due to an influx of injuries. Memphis lost 10 of its last 11 entering to end the regular season and have become the first squad in NBA history to start more than 23 players and make the postseason (they started 28). More news that will worry Grizz fans: San Antonio swept the season series.
UPDATE: Spurs win the series 4-0.
San Antonio kept its collective foot on the gas pedal en route to a 94-68 triumph on Tuesday. If you believe in miracles, the Grizzlies' price is for you. Hey, it worked out for the 1980 U.S.A. men's Olympic hockey team!
If you saw the Grizzlies' starting lineup in the first game of this matchup, you already know why the Spurs won. It's only a matter of time before the injury-plagued Grizzlies hit the golf course.
(3) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (6) Dallas Mavericks
Due to Kevin Durant’s looming unrestricted free agency, Oklahoma City management knows this could be the last rodeo for its current core. Rumors continue to plague the franchise, as there’s a belief by many that Durant will not return if they fail to make the Finals. The Mavericks are a tough bunch to figure out, but they did well to make it to the sixth seed, thus avoiding the Warriors and Spurs. Dallas has some nice pieces, however, it won’t be easy to run with the young Thunder. OKC won all four meetings between the squads this season.
UPDATE: Thunder win the series 4-1.
The imbalance in talent is becoming more and more evident as this matchup goes along. Dallas is banged up, meaning a comeback is not likely in the cards.
As the Mavericks learned in Game 3, it's hard to keep Kevin Durant down. The Slim Reaper bounced back from a poor showing in Game 2 to put together a 34-point night in OKC's 131-102 win.
The Dallas Mavericks struck back in Game 2, narrowly edging out the Thunder 85-84 as 13-point underdogs. Kevin Durant tied Michael Jordan's dubious historic mark by missing 26 shots in a 7-for-33 shooting effort.
Dallas opened Game 1 by putting up a franchise-worst points total and shooting percentage. That's a great way to dig yourself a hole against any team, let alone a squad that features Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (5) Portland Trail Blazers
The Clippers challenged the Cavs for the right to be crowned the biggest soap opera in the NBA, and it won’t be a cakewalk in the first round this year. Many pundits expected Portland to be a cellar dweller after losing four starters in the offseason, but the backcourt combo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum silenced the doubters all year long. Another group that will face an enormous amount of scrutiny if they fail to make a deep run, L.A. has never advanced past the second round in the Chris Paul/DeAndre Jordan/Blake Griffin era. The Clips won the series 3-1 in the campaign.
Los Angeles clearly missed Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in Game 5, going down with a whimper to the Blazers at home by a score of 108-98. This are looking bleak in La La Land.
This series has taken on a completely different dynamic in light of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin's injuries. Tied at 2-2, Wednesday's game will be very interesting to see how the Clips fare without their All-Stars.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were on in Game 3 and the Blazers looked like their normal selves again. Something is telling me this one is not quite over just yet.
The Clippers' postseason experience proved its worth once again on Wednesday, as L.A. hammered the Blazers once again by a score of 102-81 to take a 2-0 series lead. At least Portland made it this far.
The Blazers were a sleeper pick by many to surprise in this series, but the Clippers had a little something to say about that in their 115-95 Game 1 win.