- The NBA Playoffs continue Saturday with more four games from the bubble in Orlando.
- The Los Angeles Lakers are getting -310 odds to take 2-1 lead in their series against the Portland Trail Blazers.
- The Milwaukee Bucks (-900) also look to take the lead in their series after a Game 1 loss to the Orlando Magic.
- Meanwhile, the Miami Heat (-215) and Houston Rockets (-155) are favored to go up 3-0 in their respective series.
ORLANDO, Fla. – The first round of the NBA Playoffs continues Saturday with four more games featuring some of the best teams in the league.
All the games Saturday will be the third games of their respective series, meaning teams will be looking for a 2-1 lead or sending their opponents to the 3-0 death sentence.
Betting lines and odds are now available for all of the games with plenty of value on the board.
Series Tied 1-1 – 1:00 p.m. EST
- Milwaukee Bucks -900 vs. Orlando Magic +640
- Spread: MIL -12
After a surprisingly dominant win by the Magic in Game 1 the Bucks came back with a haymaker in Game 2 to even the series 1-1.
Giannis Antetokounmpo played mad and willed his team to victory behind 28 points, 20 rebounds, and five assists.
While the Magic looked like they could make this series interesting at one point, it appears that they are still quite outmatched against the No. 1 seed Bucks.
MIA Leads 2-0 – 3:30 p.m. EST
- Indiana Pacers +185 vs. Miami Heat -215
- Spread: MIA -5
The Heat are showing their doubters they are ready to be taken seriously as contenders in the Eastern Conference after impressive showings in the first two games of this series.
The Pacers are a good team but are missing some key components in Bojan Bogdanovic and All-Star Domantas Sabonis. Without those two starters, the Pacers are forced to rely on Victor Oladipo and TJ Warren to carry all the weight on the offensive side of the ball.
The Heat are exposing these weaknesses in excess so far in this series and are likely to continue the trend in Game 3.
HOU Leads 2-0 – 3:30 p.m. EST
- Houston Rockets -155 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder +135
- Spread: HOU -3
The Rockets overcame the betting odds to win Game 1 as the underdog against the Thunder and kept up the same performance in their Game 2 win.
Even without Russell Westbrook, the Rockets are picking apart the Thunder with a barrage of three-point shots. Houston’s small-ball lineup is eating OKC alive, with seemingly one three-point shooter open on every possession.
Even without open shooters, the Thunder are having a hard time containing the ever-present James Harden.
1:55 to play on ESPN pic.twitter.com/Yka9Ih7EGJ
— NBA (@NBA) August 20, 2020
The Thunder need to change their game plan and fast. Unfortunately, Billy Donovan has a track record of being stubborn in his schemes and trying to force his way of play upon the game.
If the Thunder can’t figure out a way to stop the open shots, they could be looking at a very swift exit.
Series Tied 1-1 – 8:30 p.m. EST
- LA Lakers -310 vs. Portland Trail Blazers +260
- Spread: LAL -7.5
The most high-profile series of the playoffs so far has been the one-versus-eight matchup in the West between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Blazers picked up a big win in the first game behind the stellar shooting of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. The Lakers responded with a blowout win in the second match up to even the series.
Those looking to bet the basketball spread should be wary of both sides. Portland is a dangerous team that is more like a three or four seed in a normal season and has great potential to pick up another win.
However, the Lakers still have LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who have appeared to have woken up from their bubble slumber.
If LeBron and company are playing angry, it could mean the end for the Blazers.
Jimmy began his journalistic journey as a stat recorder and PA announcer for his middle school baseball team. Full of experience across print, broadcast, and sports radio, he brings his knowledge and toolkit to the LegalSportsBetting team. You can find him watching sports, making parlays, and listening to music on any day ending in Y.