NBA playoff lines and odds have been all over the map as the 2016 post season gets off to an explosive start. Adding to the normal excitement and drama of the playoffs is the recent spate of injuries to some of the game’s biggest stars. Let’s take a look at how the NBA playoffs have changed since Round 1 began.
NBA Playoff Lines and Odds – Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets
This series is notable for how much NBA playoff lines were impacted after the injury of galactic superstar Steph Curry caused him to miss most of the series. Even though the absence of the best 3 point shooter in history should have made a difference, it sadly didn’t for James Harden and the Rockets. Golden State easily won this series in 5 and now have a lot of time for Curry to heal before their next series.
NBA Playoff Betting – San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies
No one thought the Grizzlies had a chance of upsetting the Spurs and that turned out to be the case. The team from Tennessee gave it their best and were gamely competitive, but the other superstar team in the NBA quietly took care of business with ruthless efficiency. Guided by Sith Lord Popovich, the Spurs continue to show why they are clearly the second best team in the NBA- and with an injured Steph Curry most likely the best. The Spurs barely break a sweat in a 4-0 series rout.
NBA Playoff Odds – Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Perhaps the biggest upset taking place in the playoffs is in this series where underdog Portland now has a 3-2 series lead following injuries to Clippers’ stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. The Clippers were a long shot to win the West, much less the championship, but certainly the thought was they could be a potential spoiler for the likes of the Oklahoma Thunder. However with Paul and Griffin out, the Clippers will struggle to take care of even the lowly Trail Blazers and it looks like the season is pretty much over for them. Portland leads their best of seven series 3-2.
NBA Playoff Lines – Oklahoma Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks
Mark Cuban gave it his all. He huffed, he puffed, he threw smack- but in the end the Mavericks were simply not competitive enough to stay in the same lane as OKC. Kevin Durant handled Cuban as well as what defense the Mavericks could muster, and along with Russell Westbrook they ran over their competitors. When all was said and done both Cuban and the Mavericks look deflated and ready to call it a day. The Thunder win in 5.
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