NBA Betting: 2021 Playoffs Matchups Predictions

Posted by Derrick Harper on April 28, 2021 in

With the NBA regular season coming to a close, everyone has the playoffs on their mind. With the new playoff format this season, the top 10 teams in each conference have a shot at playing for the conference title. Although it’s going to be a little bit tougher for the 7-10 seeds, they’ll still have a shot at winning it all. Using today’s standings, let’s take a look at some of the potential playoff matchups so you can plan your bets against their NBA Playoffs odds

Possible 2021 NBA Playoff Matchups 

Eastern Conference

With the new playoff format, there is a chance that we could see a very tough matchup for the top-seeded Brooklyn Nets in the first round. The Miami Heat are currently sitting in the seventh position at the Eastern Conference standings, and if things didn’t quite go their way, they could end up as the #8 seed. Last year’s Eastern Conference champions, who pride themselves on their defense, could take on the top offensive team in the league. This would be a fun matchup to watch.

If the season were to end today, the Milwaukee Bucks would clash with the Boston Celtics. Even though the Celtics haven’t played up to their capabilities this season, this would be a great first round matchup. The Celtics have the defensive versatility to match up well with the Bucks. We would also see two of the game’s top young superstars squaring off, as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum would make for a great battle.

We can’t believe we’re saying this, but the New York Knicks are back in the playoffs! The Knicks are playing well, but so are their potential first round opponents, the Atlanta Hawks. These two teams have been two of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks play a tough, physical style, while the Hawks are more of a finesse team.

Western Conference

The Utah Jazz are the top seed right now. They could play any of these four teams in the first round: Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, or the San Antonio Spurs. Any of these matchups would be fun to watch. Portland has been on a skid as of late, while Memphis has been playing very well. No playoff team ever wants to see Gregg Popovich on the other sideline, and Steph Curry has been playing out of his mind. The Jazz have to be cautious about playing any of these teams, as any of them have the potential of knocking the Jazz out of the playoffs. Many have doubted Utah this season, and if they draw the wrong team in the first round, the naysayers could be right. 

If the season were to end today, we’d see a great 4 vs. 5 matchup in the West, as the Denver Nuggets would have home court advantage over the Los Angeles Lakers. Even though Denver has lost Jamal Murray for the year, they have been playing at a very high level. Nikola Jokic, Aaron Gordon, and Michael Porter Jr. have been playing very well for the Nuggets. Matching these three up with a healthy LeBron James and Anthony Davis would make for a great series.