NBA Betting: 2021 Playoffs Odds & Predictions

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 20, 2021 in

It’s the best time of the year for NBA fans as the playoffs are underway. With the new play-in format being played this season, all of the first-round matchups aren’t set. The #1 & #2 seeds in each conference will be awaiting the results of the play-in tournament. Let’s take a look at the first-round series that have been set, and we’ll give you our betting picks so you can set down your bets against their NBA Playoffs odds.

Betting odds and predictions for the 2021 NBA Playoffs

Eastern Conference

(3) Milwaukee Bucks -360 vs. (6) Miami Heat +270 

The Bucks have struggled in the playoffs the last two seasons. They’ve lacked depth and three-point shooting. Well, that has all changed as the Bucks have made vast improvements in those areas. Teams won’t be able to key on keeping Giannis Antetokounmpo out of the lane.

As for the Heat, they have struggled throughout the season. They never regained the form of last year’s NBA Finals squad. If playoff Jimmy Butler shows up, and the perimeter shooting is good, the Heat can contend with the Bucks.

We think that this is the Bucks series to win.

(4) New York Knicks -112 vs. (5) Atlanta Hawks -112

The Knicks are back in the playoffs! We’ll get to see Tom Thibodeaux’s staunch defensive squad take on the high-powered Atlanta Hawks offense. We’ll get to see if the old phrase “defense wins championships” will hold true to form in this series. 

Both teams have the same odds to win this one. We think that the Hawks offense will have a slight advantage over the Knicks defense.

Western Conference

(3) Denver Nuggets -120 vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers -105

Although the Blazers have had an up and down season, the oddsmakers seem to think that they have a great shot at winning this series. Denver has had a great second half of the season, and probable league MVP Nikola Jokic has turned them into a title contender. 

Portland seemed to right the ship at the end of the season, winning nine of their last 11. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum looked primed to make a long playoff run. Portland has seemed to have Denver’s number this season. Even though Portland struggles on the defensive side of the ball, they’ve seemed to be able to figure out how to stop the Nuggets. 

Denver is missing two of its top four scorers, as Jamal Murray is out for the season, and Will Barton hasn’t played in the last few weeks due to a hamstring injury. We’ll see how the Nuggets fare without these two.

All signs seem to be pointing in Portland’s direction here. The Blazers need to win this one because if they don’t, we could see wholesale changes. We’re going with Portland to win this one in a highly contested series.

(4) Los Angeles Clippers -360 vs. (5) Dallas Mavericks +270

The Clippers aren’t in the spot that they thought they’d be in. They had anticipated getting a higher seed in the playoffs. Even though they’re not where they want to be, they’re still the better team in this series. Luka Doncic will do his best to carry the Mavericks, but they’re just not good enough to hang with the Clippers in this series.