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2019 NBA Playoffs First-Round Betting Odds and Matchups

EASTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 8 Detroit Pistons

The Milwaukee Bucks (60-22) earned the top spot in the East by securing the best record in the NBA and they have one of the top players in the league with Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Detroit Pistons (41-41) had to wait until the final game of the regular season to clinch its spot in the postseason but boast a talented frontcourt of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond who can still cause opponents fits in the paint.

No. 2 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 7 Orlando Magic

Basketball fans may be wondering where Raptors star Kawhi Leonard will be playing next season, but for now, the Toronto Raptors (58-24) are focused on how long he’ll be playing this one. The Orlando Magic (42-40) are a popular pick to pull off the upset, riding an 11-2 end to the season into the playoffs for their first postseason appearance since 2012.

No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers vs. No. 6 Brooklyn Nets

The Philadelphia 76ers (51-31) are one of the favorites to cut down the nets, led by enigmatic center Joel Embiid who is leading the team in points and rebounds, averaging a double-double with 27.5 points per game and 13.6 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets (42-40) are riding a three-game winning streak to end the season and will look towards D’Angelo Russell to step up if they hope to pull off the upset.

No. 4 Boston Celtics vs. No. 5 Indiana Pacers

The Boston Celtics (49-33) have underperformed during the regular season and but closed it on a high note, winning six of their last eight games. The Celtics will look to put it together for the postseason after being picked by many at the beginning of the year to be the favorites to win the East. The Indiana Pacers (48-34) are back in the playoffs, having weathered the storm of losing Victor Oladipo, thanks in large part to the play of Bojan Bogdanovic and Domantas Sabonis.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 8 Los Angeles Clippers

The Golden State Warriors (57-25) with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and co. are once again pegged as the favorites to win the Larry O’Brien trophy to win their third championship in a row and their fifth trophy in the last six years. Hoping to ruin the fun are the Los Angeles Clippers (48-34), who are being led by shooting guard Lou Williams, who has averaged 20.0 points per game and 5.4 assists per game.

No. 2 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 7 San Antonio Spurs

The Denver Nuggets (54-28) have been one of the surprise teams this regular season, with Nikola Jokic averaging a double-double this season with 20.1 points and 10.8 rebounds while also averaging 7.3 assists per game. The new-look San Antonio Spurs (48-34) have still found a way to make it into the playoffs even with their long-time Big Three, with LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan leading coach Gregg Popovich’s squad into the postseason.

No. 3 Portland Trailblazers vs. No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder

The Portland Trailblazers (53-29) enter the postseason winning their final three games and 14 of their last 17 games, thanks to Damien Lilliard’s leadership and playmaking abilities. Despite being the lower seed, the Oklahoma City Thunder (49-33) are picked by many to win their first-round match-up, building on the five-game winning streak to end their regular season.

No. 4 Houston Rockets vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz

The Houston Rockets (53-29) are one of the favorites to win the title, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise with James Harden averaging 36.1 points per game. The Utah Jazz (50-32) are hoping to spoil the Rockets’ run, and they’ve got the young star duo in Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert to do so.