NBA Playoff Odds 2018: Championship Favorites & Betting Series Prices

17 April, 2018, 20:14 | Author: Darnell Taylor

Ordinarily, road teams win playoff games about 35 percent of the time.

The slate is reset.

And now, the best time of the National Basketball Association year is finally here. Outside of Clint Capela, there isn't anyone in Houston's regular rotation that would be able to slow down Towns, or even Taj Gibson for that matter. While the guards will be the focus of this series, who wins the battle in the paint could mean victory or defeat.

The NBA Playoffs are finally here.

The Warriors are trying for a third title in four seasons, and will play this first round more than likely without Curry while he continues recovering from a knee injury. Mark Medina and Logan Murdock of the Bay Area News Group preview the opening series, with audio from Coach Steve Kerr, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.

Houston enters the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and are coming off their first 60-win season in franchise history, so you know the pre-playoff hype video was on another level. It's a contrast of the backcourt from Portland in Damian Lillard and CJ Macollum compared with the frontcourt from New Orleans in Anthony Davis.

The matchup: If you've been following the Thunder at all this season, you know how insane it's been. But can newcomers like Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Lance Jr, whom have a total of 11-playoff games between them, perform in uncharted territory? Can the Big 3 pull it together and fend off a scrappy Jazz squad?

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said his team, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, is focused on more than Game 1.

The Raptors are a complete team with a nucleus that has been around for a while.

Israel says it destroys Hamas tunnel network in Gaza
It is the fifth such detection in as many months and Israeli officials regard publicity around their tunnel hunts as a double-edged sword.


US Warns of New Syrian Attack If Chemical Weapons Used Again
The Western states have accused forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad of an attack with the use of chemical weapons in Duma. President Trump said the strikes were necessary to prevent chemical weapons from being used on innocent Syrians again.


Tributes after passing of Big Tom McBride, 81
In 2016, the Mainliners frontman became the first person to be inducted into Ireland's Country Music Hall Of Fame. The musician, whose real name was Thomas McBride, was affectionately known as Ireland's king of country music .


The Wizards had a good run in the middle of the season and surprisingly when John Wall came back, they tanked.

Along with the Raptors, the Cavaliers also have a good chance at this conference.

The matchup: When forward Gordon Hayward went down a few minutes into the regular season, it seemed like the Celtics championship aspirations were shot. However, a Rajon Rondo injury derailed everything, and Chicago ending up losing four straight.

They match up well with the Bucks, having several big strong wing players that could disrupt Giannis Antetokounmpo in James Johnson and Justise Winslow. What we'll be left with is, hopefully, an entertaining and unpredictable conference, featuring superstar players, breakout youngsters, and a couple of old men still with tricks up their sleeves.

James averaged 27.5 points, his most since the last season of his first stint in Cleveland in 2009-10, a career-best 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game - the latter matching the benchmark he set last term. The 1-seeded Raptors underperform in the playoffs just about every year, the 2-seeded Celtics are depleted, and the 3-seeded 76ers just simply are not ready yet-they're way too young and inexperienced. They figure to have Stephen Curry back for this series, and just in time, because Portland is an improved team on both ends of the floor.

- Players to Watch: Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric (76ers); Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside (Heat). If not, Whiteside could dominate this series.

Still, the Blazers lack depth, and the Warriors have Nick Young, who is going to come up with some random 16-point outburst that will help the Warriors win a game.

They choke in the playoffs and James does not. If George Hill, Rodney Hood, Kevin Love and Jordan Clarkson play solid minutes, there will be little IN can do to stop them.

Recommended:

  • Man jailed for Christmas Eve dance floor attacks on two women

    Man jailed for Christmas Eve dance floor attacks on two women

    Brown's Facebook page, where she goes by the name, "Sade Brown", indicated that the two women have children with the same man. He said he thought at first that she would "soon get bored" with the phone but instead "things only got worse".
    Chemical weapons team kept from alleged attack site in Syria

    Chemical weapons team kept from alleged attack site in Syria

    But the British delegation to the OPCW said Russian Federation and Syria had not yet allowed inspectors access to Douma . RAF jets launched missiles at the weekend which targeted military bases thought to have been holing chemical weapons.
    New patent reveals Samsung too wants Apple iPhone X's notch

    New patent reveals Samsung too wants Apple iPhone X's notch

    Additionally, it also doesn't feature a front-facing selfie shooter and there's no indication of where it might be hiding. With Samsung filing this patent, it doesn't necessarily mean that this Galaxy phone will become an actual product.
  • Donald Trump Warns Russia In Tweet: Missiles 'Will Be Coming' To Syria

    Donald Trump Warns Russia In Tweet: Missiles 'Will Be Coming' To Syria

    The same officials say Syria has continued to produce or procure chlorine, which is also has industrial and agricultural uses. But instead of putting US muscle behind that proposition, Obama deflected Syria's growing upheaval, over and over, to the UN.
    Tiger Roll Wins The Grand National For Davy Russell And Gordon Elliott

    Tiger Roll Wins The Grand National For Davy Russell And Gordon Elliott

    The eventual victor saw off a late charge by the Willie Mullins' trained Pleasant Company to secure victory and a heroes welcome home in Summerhill, Co Meath.
    Facebook Slapped with Lawsuit Over Facial Recognition Tech

    Facebook Slapped with Lawsuit Over Facial Recognition Tech

    Facebook might think it's facing enough problems right now, but the company's about to run into another privacy-related headache. A California judge on Monday gave the green light to a three-year-old case claiming the social network violated IL law.
  • Nikki Bella Reportedly Broke Off The Engagement With Cena

    Nikki Bella Reportedly Broke Off The Engagement With Cena

    John Cena tweeted a Walt Whiteman quote, "Anybody feeling down, check out #WaltWhiteman, "has always been a helpful voice in times of crisis".
    Lebron James Sued For Allegedly Stealing Idea For A Barbershop TV Show

    Lebron James Sued For Allegedly Stealing Idea For A Barbershop TV Show

    Adventure Enterprises is gunning for an injunction prohibiting LeBron and his company from producing any more episodes. They're also looking for "some serious cash", the gossip site reports.
    Man City cleared over Garre transfer

    Man City cleared over Garre transfer

    That is why a court case that was heard in July previous year , with a verdict due by the end of September, has been delayed. Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban over the controversial signing of Benjamin Garre.
  • Icahn reaches deal to sell Tropicana Entertainment

    Icahn reaches deal to sell Tropicana Entertainment

    Eldorado Resorts is buying nearly all the assets from Tropicana Entertainment Incorporated, in an acquisition worth $1.85 billion. The company said the "Tropicana portfolio is in good shape and we have no immediate significant capex plans acquired properties".
    2018 first round NFL Mock Draft with one trade included

    2018 first round NFL Mock Draft with one trade included

    He is also the owner of Optimum Scouting , which produces an annual draft guide that grades hundreds of prospects every year. Utah defensive end Kyle Fitts went to the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round with the No. 189 overall pick.
    Jaguar Land Rover to cut production jobs in UK

    Jaguar Land Rover to cut production jobs in UK

    Jaguar Land Rover has decided not to renew contracts of about 1,000 of its agency staffers at the Solihull factory in UK. Also, Brexit and related issues have made it increasingly hard for JLR to finalise on a strategy.


Popular

Varying Stocks: Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK)
First Eagle Mgmt Limited Liability Company owns 12.97M shares or 1.28% of their USA portfolio. (NYSE: MRK ) for 19,238 shares. This is based on a 1-5 numeric scale where Rating Scale: 1.0 Strong Buy, 2.0 Buy, 3.0 Hold, 4.0 Sell, 5.0 Strong Sell.

Deadline to File Taxes or Request Extension on Tuesday
Or, mail a check or money order payable to the "United States Treasury" along with a Form 1040-V, Payment Voucher. Hooters: From April 14 through April 17, kids 12 and under get a free Kids Meal with a purchase of $10 or more.

Kendrick Lamar Awarded Pulitzer Prize for DAMN
The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes to mark the best in journalism was awarded at Columbia University in New York City on Monday. This award was given to the Press Democrat for the coverage of one of the most devastating wildfires in California.

Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) -Sizzling stock
Referred to as "market cap", it is determined by doubling a company's shares outstanding by the current market price of one share. Sandler O'Neill reissued a "buy" rating and issued a $64.00 target price on shares of Wells Fargo in a research note on Friday.

At $67.82 NIKE, Inc. (NKE) Forms Double Top
The firm has "Neutral" rating given on Wednesday, October 4 by Citigroup. (NYSE: NKE ) on Thursday, November 16 with "Buy" rating. Davenport & Company Llc decreased its stake in Rtn (RTN) by 0.94% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC.

Two EF-1 Tornadoes Confirmed in Johnson and Franklin Counties
Miller said about six or seven structures experienced some damage, mostly minor except for one home that had a tree fall on it. The NWS has the final say on whether or not the damage was tornadic in nature or was done by straight-line winds.

Canada recalls diplomats' families from Cuba amid reports of mysterious illness
Cuba will be designated an unaccompanied post , putting it on par with Iraq and Afghanistan in terms of risk for families. A report by a Canadian medical specialist says that a new type of brain injury may be the cause of a mysterious illness.

Why Rafa Benitez Should Be The Next Arsenal Manager
Arsenal will reportedly consider sacking manager Arsene Wenger due to the declining attendances at their home games. He was also one of the main reasons that Wenger's switch to a back three worked so well for a while.

Twitter goes down for users in India, shows technical error
We'll continue to provide updates until the outage has been resolved and Twitter has (hopefully) offered some kind of explanation. Several people on Twitter on Tuesday reported issues that made it nearly impossible to load profile or even refresh the timeline.

Dark Souls Remastered delayed for Nintendo Swich
Hopefully it's not so serious that we have to wait several months before we get to play Dark Souls on the move. Dark Souls Remastered will release later than anticipated on Nintendo Switch , as confirmed today.