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NBA Playoff Betting: Heat and Raptors Clash in Friday Action

The Miami Heat stare elimination in the face as they get set to host the Toronto Raptors on Friday night in Game 6 of their second round series.

The Raptors are up 3-2 in the series following a 99-91 victory in Game 5 as a 4.5-point home favorite. With one win standing between them and their first ever trip to the conference final the Raptors are a -350 series favorite at top sportsbook Bovada. Miami, who are 4-2 straight up and against the spread at home in the postseason, are a +275 underdog to rebound and win the series.

Whoever does win the series gets a date with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. During the regular season Cleveland was 1-2 SU and ATS against Toronto and 2-1 SU and ATS versus Miami. A few other interesting trends worth noting, the OVER is 4-1 in the last five games between Cleveland and Toronto, while the Cavaliers have won 11 straight games in Miami with a 6-5 mark ATS.

The Western Conference Finals matchup could be set as early as Thursday night. The San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder meet up in Game 6 with the Thunder holding a 3-2 series lead. If the series does go to seven games the finale will be played in San Antonio on Sunday.

The winner between the Thunder and Spurs will move on to face the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are still big -150 favorites at Bovada to repeat as NBA champions. Golden State was a perfect 3-0 SU and 2-0-1 ATS against the Thunder this season and in their last seven they are 6-0-1 SU and 4-2-1 ATS. The Warriors were 3-1 SU and ATS in four games against San Antonio this season. In the last six matchups between Golden State and San Antonio the UNDER is 5-1.

Taking a quick look at the rest of the NBA Championship future odds at Bovada, after Golden State it’s Cleveland at +250, San Antonio at +800 and Oklahoma City at +900. Toronto is a major underdog at +4,000 and Miami, sitting one loss away from elimination, is a +10,000 afterthought.