NBA Betting: 2021 Eastern Conference 1st Round Games Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 25, 2021 in

According to the oddsmakers, the Eastern Conference is the Brooklyn Nets to lose. While the Nets have arguably the most talented team in the playoffs, there are some other teams that think they have what it takes to win the Eastern Conference. Let’s take a look at the next couple of nights of playoff action in the Eastern Conference so you can bet against their NBA Playoffs odds

NBA East 1st Round games for Tuesday / Wednesday

Boston Celtics @ Brooklyn Nets

  • When: Tuesday, May 25th

The Nets took a 1-0 series lead. The big three of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden took the floor together for Game 1. These three have seen very little court time together this season. Their isolation style of basketball will be hard for the Boston Celtics to handle.

Jayson Tatum struggled in Game 1. He was 6-22 from the field. Even though he still scored 22 points. If Boston is to stay in this series, Tatum will need to play better and will need more support from Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, and co. 

Brad Stevens will need to come up with some ways to make things difficult for Brooklyn’s three superstars. Guarding Kevin Durant is easier said than done. Marcus Smart will be a key defender, as he’ll probably guard Harden and maybe Durant at times.

Washington Wizards @ Philadelphia 76ers

  • When: Tuesday, May 25th

The Philadelphia 76ers took a 1-0 lead in the first-round series with a 125-118 victory over the Washington Wizards. Philadelphia was sparked by the play of Tobia Harris, who scored 37 points. Joel Embiid was also a force, especially in the second half, as he put up 30. 

For Washington, Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 33 points. Five other Washington players scored in double digits. Russell Westbrook scored 16 points and had 14 assists. 

If Washington doesn’t want to go down 2-0 in this series, they’ll need to make some adjustments. They may need to scrap their three-guard lineup and add more size to the mix. Philadelphia’s length gave them issues, and Tobias Harris was able to shoot over the smaller Washington guards. Washington may also need to give more attention to Joel Embiid. We’ll probably see more double teams on the Philadelphia big man.

Atlanta Hawks @ New York Knicks

  • When: Wednesday, May 26th

After Trae Young’s late shot daggered the New York Knicks in Game 1, New York will need to pull out all of the stops in the Garden to prevent going down 2-0. Young finished the game with 32 points,10 assists, and seven rebounds to lead the Hawks. Young silenced a raucous Madison Square Garden crowd who was thrilled to be able to see meaningful playoff basketball in person.

Alec Burks and Derrick Rose were sparks for the Knicks in Game 1, as Julius Randle struggled. If the Knicks want to even the series at one, they’ll need Randle to play much better in Game 2. Trae Young played the role of Reggie Miller in Game 1, we’ll see what the Knicks have in store for the young superstar on Wednesday night. The Garden should be electric again for Game 2.