NBA Betting: 2021 Eastern Conference 1st Round Games From May 27 – 28
In breaking down the Eastern Conference playoffs, it looks like there are three teams that can walk away with the conference title. The Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Milwaukee Bucks look to be head and shoulders above the other five teams in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Thursday and Friday’s games could be huge in the race for a semi-final berth. Let’s take a look at the upcoming slate of games in the Eastern Conference playoffs so you can bet against their NBA Playoffs odds.
NBA East 1st Round games for Thursday & Friday
Milwaukee Bucks @ Miami Heat – Game 3
- When: Thursday, May 27
Milwaukee has looked dominant in their two wins over the Heat. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday have been a lethal combination. The Bucks added perimeter shooting and scoring depth in the offseason, and it’s obviously made a difference.
As for the Heat, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo haven’t looked like the players that led their team to last year’s NBA Finals. Neither player has played well offensively, and not having their scoring has really hurt the Heat. Combine that with the fact that Tyler Herro hasn’t shot the ball well, and it makes for a tough road ahead for the Miami Heat.
If the Heat go down 3-0, you can pretty much kiss them goodbye.
New York Knicks @ Atlanta Hawks – Game 3
- When: Friday, May 28
After Trae Young hit a game-winner with less than a second left in Game 1, the rivalry began. After a lot of trash-talking between games, the Knicks came to play in Game 2 and defeated the Hawks to even the series at one game apiece. The Madison Square Garden crowd let Trae Young hear it in Game 2.
The Hawks are the flashy offensive team, while the Knicks are the hard-nosed, defensive-style squad. Tom Thibodeau has turned the Knicks into a very good team. Led by Julius Randle, who has yet to play well in the series, the Knicks have shown everyone that they’re back and that teams should fear coming to Madison Square Garden again.
This series could go down to the wire, as these two teams are very evenly matched. Will the defensive style of the Knicks or the offensive firepower of the Hawks win out?
Brooklyn Nets @ Boston Celtics – Game 3
- When: Friday, May 28
The Nets have looked very good in taking a 2-0 lead over the Boston Celtics. The trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden have looked to be too much for the Celtics to handle. The Celtics miss Jaylen Brown, and it’s obvious how big of a role he had in their success.
Even though the Nets have been dominant thus far, they still struggle on the defensive end of the floor. They rank in the bottom third of many of the league’s defensive categories. It has also been hard for the Nets to create chemistry, as Harden, Durant, and Irving have only played in eight games together since Harden was acquired.
The Celtics have to win Game 3, or it could spell the beginning of the end for the Celtics. This season has been a huge disappointment for Boston, and if they want to win Game 3, they’ll need huge games from Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker.