The NBA’s version of the Final Four is set, and also three of those four teams still alive heading into the conference finals are not a surprise, for instance, two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. Golden State tops the NBA odds to win the championship on its own quest to get a three-peat as it gets set to take on the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors are -165 favorites about the updated name odds on the NBA playoff lines.
The Blazers are the longest shot on the championship lines of those four groups left at +1700 on these NBA playoff odds as they prepare to meet the Warriors beginning on Tuesday at Oakland. The Milwaukee Bucks will be the next choice to win the NBA championship at +230 and will confront the Toronto Raptors (+750) at the Eastern Conference Finals beginning on Wednesday.
The biggest question mark with regards to handicapping the remainder of the NBA playoffs is that the standing of Golden State’s Kevin Durant, who was enjoying another excellent postseason run prior to suffering a calf strain in Game 5 of their team’s second-round matchup with the Houston Rockets. The injury had been feared to become much worse, and he may or may not be available in the Western Conference Finals; he has been ruled out for Game 1.
The Warriors were able to advance with a huge road victory in Game 6 without Durant, plus they could likely make it to the NBA Finals again if he does not playwith. Winning another title though may prove to be difficult without him whether the group plays Milwaukee or even Toronto.
Portland is quite well-coached and contains a backcourt that may give Golden State trouble with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. The duo combined for 50 points at a 100-96 upset of Denver in Game 7, together with McCollum performing most of the damage with 37 points. Additionally they lacked 19 rebounds, nine assists and four steals between them, proving that they could do more than just score.
The Blazers are heavier compared to the Warriors too, with the benches potentially becoming a larger factor the longer the string goes. Portland is becoming more confident in this matchup also, winning four of the previous six meetings after an 11-game series losing streak and covering five of the last seven. Golden State is a -550 favorite on the series prices on the NBA playoff betting board.
Bucks are Rested Heading in the Eastern Finals
At the East, the Bucks earned a while by knocking from the fourth-seeded Boston Celtics in five matches while the Raptors went the full distance of seven vs the third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers to get here.
Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard has been the best player in this year’s playoffs after eliminating Philadelphia having an incredible game-winning shot in Game 7 on Sunday and ending with 41 points at a 92-90 win. But Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is your NBA MVP favored for its regular season and has a better team surrounding him heading to the conference finals.
The Bucks have won four of their past five meetings both SU and against the spread, with all of those games happening on the road. Milwaukee’s ability to win away from home is enormous considering this squad routed Golden State 134-111 as a 5.5-point street underdog back on November 8 and has won in its last two trips to Oakland as well. Even the Raptors had the next-best road mark throughout the regular season at 26-15 behind just the Bucks and Warriors in 27-14, so stealing a match or 2 could be the difference.

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