As promised I have compiled some Eastern Conference betting picks for the NBA playoffs. I think the first round will be a little more unpredictable for Eastern Conference betting than Western Conference betting which I wrote about a couple of days ago. That however is always a good thing for the online NBA bettor when it comes to finding value and opportunity. Without further ado, here are some Eastern Conference betting picks.
Eastern Conference Betting – Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls
The Boston Celtics were the surprise champs of the Eastern Conference this year edging out the Cleveland Cavaliers by 2 games. Led by Isiah Thomas (no relation), the Irish have put together a potent mix of defense and offense. However that doesn’t seem to have impressed bookmakers who have them in second place (+600 future bet) to take the East after the Cavs.
Whatever the bookies may think of the Celtics though, they think even less of the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are young, talented and gunning for a playoff run but it just isn’t going to happen. They are +300 dogs to win the series, while the Celtics are -500 to win. I think Chicago could make this exciting in spots, but the Eastern Conference betting pick here is Boston.
NBA Betting Bonuses – Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers
Bet Cleveland every game on the moneyline while looking for the Indiana Pacers on the pointspread. What I am trying to say here is exactly what I said for the Golden State Warriors vs. the Portland Trail Blazers– no way does Cleveland ever lose this series. But…there can be so much public money coming in on the Cavs that it forces the sports gnomes in the RealBet dungeons to push the pointspread way way out. Then happily bet the Pacers to cover- but make no mistake they will lose this series.
Best Basketball Picks – Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors
This will be an interesting series as the Milwaukee Bucks are a fascinating young team led by the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo. While he has turned into a bonafide star, the Bucks will need a whole lot from the rest of their bench to beat the Toronto Raptors. Milwaukee are +290 series dogs for a reason.
The Toronto Raptors on the other hand continue to gel led by genuine elite star DeMar DeRozon. Add Kyle Lowry and big man Jonas Valanciunas (Itty Bitty Ballers) and there is a really talented squad. No matter how good they are, the Raptors however face the same problem as the Boston Celtics- getting past LeBron James and the Cavaliers to get to the championship game. Toronto wins this series easy and are -7 point spread favorites in Game 1, or -310 on the moneyline if you prefer.
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