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Complete First-Round NBA Playoffs Odds, Tips & Betting Picks

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com

Adam Thompson  | 7 mins

Complete First-Round NBA Playoffs Odds, Tips & Betting Picks

With the end of a unique NBA regular season, a familiar NBA Playoffs format returns, albeit all from the bubble in Orlando.

After a four-month hiatus from the courts due to the coronavirus epidemic and an eight-game restart featuring playoff-contending teams, the 2020 NBA Playoffs tip off on Monday. It features the usual eight best-of-seven showdowns and plenty of NBA betting opportunities.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks secured the No. 1 overall seed in the postseason, while LeBron James and the Lakers secured the No. 1 seed in the West. Yet the Lakers have the lowest odds to emerge with the championship. Let’s dive into the NBA odds for each series.

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Updated 2020 NBA Title Odds

Los Angeles Lakers+250
Los Angeles Clippers+300
Milwaukee Bucks+300
Toronto Raptors+1100
Boston Celtics+1500
Houston Rockets+1400
Denver Nuggets+2200
Miami Heat+3000
Dallas Mavericks+5000
Philadelphia 76ers+5000
Portland Trail Blazers+5000
Oklahoma City Thunder+6000
Utah Jazz+7500
Indiana Pacers+15000
Orlando Magic+50000
Brooklyn Nets+100000

All NBA playoff odds current as of publication; check out and compare the latest NBA title odds here.

NBA Eastern Conference 2020 First-Round Odds & Picks

Bucks-Magic Series Odds & Pick

Series odds: Bucks -10000, Magic +1300

The Bucks finished just 3-5 in the bubble and certainly didn’t look like the team that had crushed the competition during the initial part of the NBA regular season. But they also played their starters roughly half a game, or not at all, in several instances.

I’m not concerned, especially in this opening round. Orlando doesn’t have the horses to keep up, especially after losing Jonathan Isaac to a torn ACL in the bubble. The Magic lost five straight soon after that. Milwaukee pounded Orlando in all four regular-season games, by an average of 17 points.

THE PICK: Bucks in 4

Raptors-Nets Odds & Pick

Series odds: Raptors -3335, Nets +1100

It’s easy to forget about the Raptors, with the headline-stealing Bucks, Celtics and even 76ers in the East. But Toronto is the conference’s top defensive squad, and it relies on a trio of veterans who continue to get it done. They’re the defending champions for a reason, even without Kawhi Leonard.

Brooklyn, meanwhile, has little to hang its hat on anymore. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving of course aren’t out there, but three other regulars also won’t play in the postseason for the Nets. Jacque Vaughn has been head coach for 10 games and nearly half his team was “called up” for the bubble.

THE PICK: Raptors in 4

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Celtics-76ers Odds & Pick

Series odds: Celtics -375, 76ers +270

We’ve been waiting all season for Joel Embiid and the 76ers to match the lofty expectations bestowed upon them. It hasn’t happened, and even the restart didn’t offer much hope for 76ers backers. Now Ben Simmons (knee) is out.

Philly did take three of four against Boston this season, but it was because of the defense. Simmons, who led the NBA in steals and ranked third in deflections, was a huge part of that. Boston is seemingly getting better. Embiid can only keep the 76ers in the series for so long.

THE PICK: Celtics in 6

Heat-Pacers Odds & Pick

Series odds: Heat -310, Pacers +260

The Heat have struggled against the Celtics this season, but they’ve compiled a stellar 15-6 record vs. the other playoff teams, with a winning record against each. That includes the Pacers, winning all three matchups this season (by 1, 14 and 22), excluding a bubble finale when neither team played its regulars.

The Pacers were the better team in the bubble (6-2, vs. 3-5 of the Heat), but Indiana is limping into this round. All-Star center Domantas Sabonis (foot) is out and bubble star T.J. Warren (foot) is hobbled. Miami’s depth and 3-point shooting prowess will eventually be too much.

THE PICK: Heat in 5

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NBA Western Conference 2020 First-Round Odds & Picks

Lakers-Blazers Series Odds & Pick

Series odds: Lakers -550, Blazers +425

The Blazers made the most of their second chance, going 6-2 at the restart and overtaking the Grizzlies for the final spot in the West. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were special, and Jusuf Nurkic, who missed all season recovering from a broken leg, was back in action and a huge interior boost.

Nurkic should help against Anthony Davis, who destroyed the Blazers for 32 ppg in three games, two of them Lakers wins. Lillard averaged 36 ppg vs. L.A. this season, including 48 in its lone win.

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This is going to be a closer series than some expect — the Blazers advanced to the Western Conference Finals last season and is, on paper, a better team this time around. But it’s hard to imagine James and Davis bowing out this early.

THE PICK: Lakers in 7

Clippers-Mavericks Odds & Pick

Series odds: Clippers -560, Mavericks +370

The future is bright for Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavericks, but they have yet to get their feet wet in an NBA playoffs situation. That’s not the case for Leonard, Paul George and a Clippers team built to win the championship right now.

Neither had much to play for in the bubble, but the Clippers handled the Mavs in each regular-season showdown, winning by 15, 3 and 15 points. The one game that was close was the one that George sat out. Expect the Clippers defense to handle the dynamic Mavs offense enough times to get through.

THE PICK: Clippers in 5

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Nuggets-Jazz Odds & Pick

Series odds: Nuggets -177, Jazz +135

The Nuggets won all three regular-season meetings, but by a combined 11 points. If there’s a center who can bother Nuggets star Nikola Jokic, it might be Rudy Gobert. And when Donovan Mitchell gets hot, he can beat anyone.

Denver is missing some key pieces, but Michael Porter Jr. averaged a whopping 29 ppg in four bubble games without them. If Will Barton and Gary Harris can return, it would provide a huge boost to one of the NBA’s deepest rosters. Utah is in this series, but Denver should have too many weapons for Utah to contain for a full series.

THE PICK: Nuggets in 6

Thunder-Rockets Odds & Pick

Series odds: Rockets -175, Thunder +155

The Rockets are a new team since going “small ball,” but now the engine of the train, Russell Westbrook, is potentially sidelined or at least hobbled by a strained quadriceps. That’s huge for a player who relies on his elite explosiveness.

If there’s one team built to handle and overcome James Harden and Houston, it might be OKC. It was the best team defensively against the Rockets all season, keeping them off the free-throw line and limiting them to under 30% shooting on 3s in all three regular-season matchups.

OKC has hidden in the shadow of the Lakers, Clippers and Rockets in the West. But it has the tools to be a surprise team, especially in this first round — and especially if Westbrook can’t be Westbrook.

THE PICK: Thunder in 7

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Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.