NBA Betting: 2020 Playoffs Upsets & More

Posted by Derrick Harper on September 23, 2020 in

With both NBA conferences now three games into their final series, we’re getting closer to seeing which two teams will play for the title. We’ve seen a fair share of thrillers, along with some monumental upsets. Let’s take a look at some of the surprises and upsets that we’ve seen thus far in the NBA playoffs so you can keep on betting against their NBA odds.

NBA Playoffs: Upsets and Surprises Up To The Moment

Eastern Conference

In the first round, the higher seeds won out, with the exception of the Miami Heat defeating the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers were without the services of Ben Simmons, but even with Simmons, Philadelphia would have had a hard time defeating the sharp-shooting Heat.

In the biggest upset thus far in the NBA playoffs, the fifth-seeded Heat thoroughly dominated the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks, winning the series 4-1. The Heat had great defensive strategies that were focused on stopping NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks’ other top offensive player, Khris Middleton.

The Heat also showed off how deadly they are from beyond the arc. Led by the hot shooting of Goran Dragic, Duncan Robinson, and Tyler Herro, combined with the solid play of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, the Heat took it to the Bucks.

The Bucks had the best regular-season record in the NBA, but they didn’t look ready for what Miami brought to the table.

At the time of this writing, the Heat are working their magic again, as they have a 2-1 lead over the No. 3 seed, the Boston Celtics. The Heat overcame two late deficits to win the first two games before the Celtics took the third game of the series.

Western Conference

The Denver Nuggets have been the surprise team in the West. Not just because they’re a low seed beating a higher seed, but because they have come back from a 3-1 deficit in both of their first two series.

In the first round, they beat the Utah Jazz in seven games. In the second round, they took out many experts’ favorites to represent the West in the NBA finals, the LA Clippers.

In Game 7, the Nuggets took it to the Clippers, extending the lead to 20 points in the fourth quarter.

Led by Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets have shocked the NBA world with their results from the first two rounds. With Denver being from a small market and playing many of their games late at night, many people are just now discovering how good this team is.

Murray put on some offensive displays, and many got to see how good a center Jokic has become.

A surprise out West was how easily the Los Angeles Lakers disposed of the Houston Rockets. Many felt that the Rockets’ “small ball” formula would be very hard for the Lakers to handle. After Houston defeated the Lakers in Game 1, the Lakers won four straight to take the series.

Anthony Davis and LeBron James proved why they’re the best duo in the NBA. Houston had no one that could stop these two, and they helped carry the Lakers to the easy series win.

The Lakers turned up their defense and made things hard for James Harden. Russell Westbrook came back from injury and was of no help to Houston’s chances.