Fri, Apr 14, 11:29am by Senior Writer
Markets have been released for the first round of NBA playoff matches which will take place on Sunday and Monday (AEST).
The defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers kick off the 2017 playoffs when they host the Indian Pacers at 5:10am AEST on Sunday morning.
The Cavs, who slumped into second spot in the East of the back of four straight losses to end the season, are $1.22 to beat the Pacers, who are $4.50 in the opening match. The line is set at +8.5 in the Pacers’ favour. In terms of the seven-match series, Cleveland are $1.09 to win it, with a 4-1 victory the favourite option at $2.90.
Those two teams were 3-1 head to head this season in the Cavs’ favour, but their most recent match in Cleveland went to double overtime.
Australian pair Matthew Dellavedova and Thon Maker play their first playoff games for the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:40am AEST on Sunday in Toronto against the Raptors.
The Raptors are $1.33 for that match with the Bucks $3.48 outsiders, while series betting sees the Raptors at $1.25 and the Bucks at $4.15. Milwaukee won the most recent match between the two, but Toronto hold a 3-1 lead in the season series.
San Antonio are $1.19 favourites when they host the Memphis Grizzlies ($6) at 10:10am on Sunday having won their past five home games against their first round opposition. The series is expected to be similarly lop-sided, with the Sours at $1.09 to progress and the Grizzlies at $8.
The final game on Sunday sees another two Aussies, Joe Ingles and Dante Exum of the Utah Jazz, head to the Staples Center in Los Angeles to play the Clippers at 12:30pm AEDT.
This is expected to be the closest of the NBA weekend games, with the Clippers $1.45 and the Jazz at $2.84. The line is at just 5.5 in the Jazz’s favour. The series market is identical to the Game 1 market.
Golden State get a rare early game when they tip off against the Portland Trail Blazers at 5:30am AEST. The Warriors are $1.04 having won six straight against the Blazers, with Portland at $13. You can get double those odds for Portland to win the series, with the Warriors at $1.01.
ESPN haven’t confirmed which games they’ll televise as yet, but you’d think this one featuring the two MVP candidates at a friendly timeslot of 11:10am on Easter Monday would get the nod.
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