NBA Playoffs 2013: Preview and betting advice

Updated: April 19, 2013

With the NBA Playoffs about to start this weekend, we take a look at all the games, and see where the money could be won. NBA Playoffs special – Cashback on losing Total/Point Spread bets if a game goes to Over Time!

Eastern Conference: Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

It seems as though every Basketball pundit on earth are giving Milwaukee next to no chance in this series, as they continue to predict that Lebron James will be too hot to handle. Miami are on a 27 game winning streak, and it appears that the Bucks may be in the playoffs just to make up the numbers. It’s not fair to say that, but in truth, Miami are just too good.

Betting: Miami are a huge 1/20 on to win the first game in the series, with Milwaukee available at 12/1, you could even give Milwaukee a 13 point lead, and Miami are still favourites at 10/11 with

New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

The Knicks are heavily fancied to beat an ageing Celtics side, but there are a few backing the Celtics to cause an upset, playing with the recent tragedy at the Boston marathon in mind to spur them on. Will that be enough to help the Celtics through this series? Possibly not, but they will give their cross town rivals a game. It might take them a while, but the Knicks to take it in 7.

Betting: The Knicks are favoured at 1/3, but with a small outside chance, Boston might be worth a flutter at 5/2 with

Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

Without too many star names, this may be a series for the hardcore basketball buffs to watch.

It looked for all the world that Indiana would finish second in the Eastern conference behind Miami, but they faded away right at the death and finished as third seeds, right behind the Knicks who came into their own at the right time.

Betting: This one may be for the purists, but it could go either way, the Pacers are fancied going in at 1/3 but at 12/5 in a pretty even contest the Hawks may be worth a punt with

Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls

This will be the first ever playoff series held in Brooklyn. And that folks may be the most exciting piece of trivia about this series. The Nets finished up as fourth seeds in the Eastern conference, perhaps proving how bad a division it was this year. The Bulls, without Derrick Rose may find it difficult without home court advantage, and with Deron Williams coming back into form, the Nets may have the overall advantage.

Betting: Brooklyn to cause the slight upset at 4/7. Chicago at 31/10 without Rose, does not seem value for money. Brooklyn to win with

Western Conference: Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

Oklahoma finished as top seeds in the Western Conference and up against the eighth seeds in the West, it should be an easy series for the Thunder to come through.

Betting: Even with a 10 point advantage, Houston have seemingly no hop with Oklahoma 10/11 with, and with the Thunder 1/6 to win the game, let Houston have their advantage.

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

Spurs are heavily fancied to make it all the way to the Western final again with star player Tim Duncan at the helm of their charge. The Lakers have seemingly no hope of progression, and if the Spurs had players like Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili available more, they most likely could have finished top seeds in the Western Conference.

Betting: Some pundits are tipping the Lakers, but without Kobe, it seems a full drawn conclusion that the Spurs will win. Spurs are 1/5 on to win the game, but with the Lakers available at 4/1 with, plenty of Punters will be getting behind them, if not for their name alone.

Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors

Another one for the Basketball purists you say? Perhaps not. A thinking team in the Nuggets play an offensive line in the Warriors. It could be a masterclass for the Nuggets but boasting such a good offensive team, the Warriors may make this relatively low profile game, one of the best to watch.

Betting: With such an offensive team, get on the Warriors at 3/1 with before it is too late! They may not have home advantage but they will sneak the first and perhaps even the series which they are available at a huge 4/1 for.

Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies

It is the most evenly matched contest, perhaps in both the East and West conference as fourth meets fifth.

Back this one to go all the way to seven.

Betting: With two sides so evenly matched it hard to pick a clear winner, Back LA -5 points at 10/11 with and you won’t regret it, or you might it’s a risk you’ll have to take.

Memphis are 15/8 to win the opener which seems like value for money but what is not is LA at 40/85

Back Memphis in the first but LA to win the series.

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