- The Portland Trailblazers are favored to be the eighth seed in the Western Conference with -300 odds.
- The Phoenix Suns have +350 odds to be the eighth seed.
- The Memphis Grizzlies are at +1000 odds of being the eight seed.
- The San Antonio Spurs have longshot +1800 odds to make the eighth seed.
ORLANDO, Fla. – As the eight NBA seeding games come to an end, most of the NBA playoff series for the first round are set with the exception of one.
The one series that is not set relies on which team will be the eighth seed in the Western Conference to take on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Eastern Conference Playoff Matchups
- Milwaukee Bucks (1) vs. Orlando Magic (8)
- Toronto Raptors (2) vs. Brooklyn Nets (7)
- Boston Celtics (3) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (6)
- Miami Heat (4) vs. Indiana Pacers (5)
Western Conference Playoff Matchups
- Los Angeles Lakers (1) vs. TBD
- Los Angeles Clippers (2) vs. Dallas Mavericks (7)
- Denver Nuggets (3) vs. Utah Jazz (6)
- Oklahoma City Thunder (4) vs. Houston Rockets (5)
With just one playoff series yet to be decided, legal sports betting sites have weighed in on who the favorite is the be the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
2019-20 NBA Western Conference – 8th Seed
- Portland Trailblazers -300
- Phoenix Suns +350
- Memphis Grizzlies +1000
- San Antonio Spurs +1800
There is no questioning as to why the Trailblazers are currently favored as they have had a major hot hand since the restart of the league and have fought their way into the eighth spot already.
Also, Portland has it easy in the final game of the restart being that they are facing the short-handed Brooklyn Nets which could secure them the eighth seed if they win. This would be the safest bet to make for bettors.
Looking at the Phoenix Suns, they are looking to make a run here as well as the only remaining undefeated team in the NBA bubble. The Suns have a game of their own Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks which they need to focus on as well, being that if they lose, their chances of making the play-in game let alone the eighth seed get much slimmer.
Phoenix did beat Dallas last time around and obviously have the advantage being that momentum is clearly on their side but bettors can certainly expect them to win tonight and make a push for the play-in games.
For those bettors looking to bite the bullet, this is where the bet should lie as Phoenix could very well stay undefeated and bully their way into the eighth spot.
As for Memphis, they have longer odds for a reason as they took a huge blow by losing Jaren Jackson Jr. for the season and have been struggling to catch wins since then. To make matters even worse, they are going up against the best team in the league in the Milwaukee Bucks in their final seeding game.
A loss here would certainly put a damper on their NBA odds and bettors should take note of that.
Looking at the San Antonio Spurs, their odds can and should be taken. Yes, they have not had the success that they have had in previous seasons, but they are still the San Antonio Spurs and cannot be taken lightly.
They have been able to make the playoffs for 22 consecutive seasons and with their streak on the line, bettors can expect them to come out and strong in their final bubble game against the Utah Jazz and make a strong case for the play-in games.
Samuel has been writing professionally for 4 years. He comes from a sports writing background where he enjoys writing mostly about basketball and football both professional and collegiate. He is a recent graduate of Florida State University where he majored in Editing, Writing and Media with a minor in Communications. During his free time, you can find him watching or playing sports as well as playing videogames and listening to music.