NBA Betting: Warriors, Blazers Open In West
The Western Conference final tips off Tuesday night with the Golden State Warriors hosting the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1.
The Warriors opened as 8-point favorites in Game 1 at Bovada Sportsbook, despite the fact they’ll likely be without Kevin Durant for the game and maybe even the entire series. Durant is sidelined by a calf injury he suffered in the fifth game of the Warriors’ second-round series against the Houston Rockets.
Golden State eliminated the Rockets in six games, but it wasn’t a great series for bettors who put their money behind the Warriors as Golden State was 2-4 against the spread. Overall the Warriors are 5-7 ATS in the postseason.
Portland got past the Denver Nuggets in seven games while going 3-4 ATS. On the road in the postseason, the Trail Blazers are 3-3 ATS.
The Warriors and Trail Blazers split the season series 2-2 both straight up and ATS. They last met up on February 13 and Portland rolled to a 129-107 victory as a 2.5-point home underdog.
At home the Warriors have dominated this matchup. Prior to losing to Portland at home earlier this season, Golden State had won 13 straight home games vs the Trail Blazers while going 9-4 ATS.
Bucks, Raptors Tip Off Wednesday
The Eastern Conference final gets underway on Wednesday night with the Milwaukee Bucks hosting the Toronto Raptors. In the series opener, the Bucks are 6.5-point favorites.
Milwaukee has been almost unstoppable during the postseason so far, going 8-1 SU and ATS in nine games. Last round they knocked off the Boston Celtics in five games, which included four straight wins SU and ATS. At home in the postseason, the Bucks are 4-1 SU and ATS, and in their last 13 at home they’re 10-3 SU and 8-4-1 ATS.
The Raptors needed seven games and a buzzer-beater from Kawhi Leonard to get past the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round. Following that win, Toronto is 8-4 SU and 6-6 ATS in the postseason. The Raptors have been an underdog only once during their playoff run, a 101-96 win over the 76ers as a 2-point underdog. In their last 16 games as an underdog, Toronto is a solid 9-7 SU and 10-6 ATS.
During the regular season, Milwaukee was 3-1 SU and ATS against Toronto. However, in Milwaukee, the Raptors have owned the Bucks with a 4-1 record SU and ATS in their last five games.