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NBA Playoff Betting Preview: Warriors Postseason Favorites

The Golden State Warriors' run for a second consecutive NBA title begins this weekend with what could be a cupcake series against the Houston Rockets.

After winning a record 73 games this season it should be no surprise that the Warriors are a -150 favorite at top sportsbook Bovada to capture another NBA title. Expect them to be huge favorites against the Rockets after going 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS against them this season. In the playoffs last season the Warriors knocked out the Rockets in five games while going 2-3 ATS.

The best No. 2 seed in NBA history, the San Antonio Spurs, open the playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Spurs were undefeated against Memphis this season and have won five straight against them overall. They were also a solid 4-1 ATS in those five games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder get what could be their last playoff run with Kevin Durant started against the Dallas Mavericks. That’s bad news for Dallas as they were 0-4 SU and 2-2 ATS against them this season.

The last Western Conference series is the Los Angeles Clippers versus the Portland Trail Blazers. The Clippers won their last three games against Portland and in their last 10 they are 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS.

In the Eastern Conference the Cleveland Cavaliers are heavily favored as they meet up with the Detroit Pistons in the opening round. Cleveland is a -260 favorite to win the East at Bovada but they can’t underestimate Detroit. The Pistons were 3-1 SU and ATS against Cleveland this season and they were the underdog in all three wins.

The Toronto Raptors haven’t won a playoff series in more than a decade, but that might change in the first round against the Indiana Pacers. Toronto was 3-1 SU and ATS against Indiana this season and 7-1 SU and ATS in their last eight meetings.

The Charlotte Hornets haven’t been beyond the first round in more than a decade. They might have a chance against the Miami Heat after going 2-2 SU and ATS against Miami this season. However, to move on Charlotte will need to find a way to win in Miami. In their last 16 road games against the Heat, Charlotte is 2-14 SU and 8-6-2 ATS.

The last series is the Boston Celtics versus the Atlanta Hawks. Atlanta was 3-1 SU and ATS against Boston this season and they’re 6-2 SU in their last eight meetings.