Even the NBA's version of the Final Four is set, and three of the four teams still alive heading to the conference finals are not a surprise, for instance, two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. Golden State tops the NBA chances to win the championship on its own quest for a three-peat as it gets set to take on the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors are -165 favorites about the upgraded title odds on the NBA playoff lines.
The Blazers are the longest shot on the championship lines of the four groups left at +1700 on these NBA playoff odds as they prepare to meet the Warriors beginning on Tuesday in Oakland. The Milwaukee Bucks are the second choice to win the NBA championship at +230 and will face the Toronto Raptors (+750) in the Eastern Conference Finals starting on Wednesday.
The largest question mark with regards to handicapping the remainder of the NBA playoffs is the status of Golden State's Kevin Durant, who was enjoying another excellent postseason run prior to suffering a calf strain in Game 5 of their group's second-round matchup with the Houston Rockets. The harm was supposed to become much worse, and he may or might not be available at the Western Conference Finals; he's already been ruled out for Game 1.
The Warriors were able to progress with a massive road victory in Game 6 without Durant, plus they could likely make it into the NBA Finals again even if he does not playwith. Winning another title though could prove to be difficult without him if the team plays Milwaukee or even Toronto.
Portland is quite well-coached and contains a backcourt that may give Golden State problem with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. The duo combined for 50 points in a 100-96 mad of Denver in Game 7, together with McCollum performing most of the damage with 37 points. They also totaled 19 rebounds, nine assists and four steals involving them, proving they could do more than score.
The Blazers are deeper than the Warriors as well, with the benches potentially becoming a larger factor the more the string belongs. Portland is becoming more confident in this matchup also, winning four of the previous six meetings after an 11-game series losing streak and covering five of the previous seven. Golden State is a -550 favorite on the show costs on the NBA playoff betting board.
Bucks are Rested Moving in the Eastern Finals
In the East, the Bucks earned a while by knocking out the fourth-seeded Boston Celtics in five matches while the Raptors went the full distance of seven vs the third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers to get here.
Toronto's Kawhi Leonard has become the best player in this year's playoffs after eliminating Philadelphia with an unbelievable game-winning shot in Game 7 on Sunday and finishing with 41 points at a 92-90 win. However, Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo is the NBA MVP favored for its regular season and also has a much better team surrounding him heading into the conference finals.
The Bucks have won four of their previous five meetings both SU and against the spread, with three of these games happening on the road. Milwaukee's ability to win away from home is enormous considering that this squad sent Golden State 134-111 as a 5.5-point street underdog back on November 8 and has won in its last two trips to Oakland as well. The Raptors had the next-best road mark throughout the regular season at 26-15 behind just the Bucks and Warriors in 27-14, so stealing a game or two could be the difference.
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