So far, the NBA Playoffs have gone off without a hitch. We have yet to have any players miss time due to a positive COVID test. The stands are filling up, and things are looking more normal than they have in a long time. Now that we’ve moved into the semifinals of each of the conferences, we’ve whittled the playoff field down to eight teams. One of the favorites to win this year’s NBA Championship, the Los Angeles Lakers, were eliminated by the Phoenix Suns. This will be a rarity in the NBA, as we won’t have LeBron James in the NBA Finals.
Yesterday, the series that many experts think could be the most competitive one in the playoffs tipped off, as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 115-107. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving led the Nets, while Blake Griffin and Joe Harris made huge contributions to the Nets’ victory. One name that you may have noticed wasn’t in the leading scorers was James Harden. Harden exited the game after playing just one minute. While going in for a layup, Harden strained a hamstring. The status of Harden going forward is unknown at this time. Let’s take a closer look at our latest 2021 NBA Playoffs update so you can continue betting against their NBA Playoffs.
Updated NBA Betting Analysis of the 2021 Playoffs
Another intriguing series that will start on Monday will be the Denver Nuggets against the Phoenix Suns. Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and the Suns eliminated LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Booker had a game for the ages in their final game of the series. Chris Paul has an injured shoulder, so we’ll see how well he can play going forward.
As for the Nuggets, they outlasted Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. The likely NBA Most Valuable Player, Nikola Jokic, has had a great run in the playoffs up to this point. He and Michael Porter Jr. have been the offensive sparks for the Nuggets in the playoffs. With Jamal Murray out for the season, Jokic and Porter will need to be the sparks for the Nuggets offense.
Trae Young showed the world that he’s ready to take over the playoffs, as he and the Hawks held off a late-game rally by the Sixers to take Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Young put up 36 points, with 25 of them coming in the first half. Atlanta came out and took the game right to the Sixers.
Joel Embiid suited up and played well for Philadelphia. He had 32 points in a losing effort. At the end of the game, it was obvious that his right knee was in a lot of pain. We’ll see how well his knee responds to treatment in Game 2.
The last first-round playoff series for 2021
We had a Game 7 in the Clippers-Mavericks series. Despite 46 points from Luka Doncic, the Mavericks came up short, as they were defeated by the Clippers 126-111. Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 29 points.
The Clippers will now head to Salt Lake City for a semifinal matchup with the Utah Jazz. We’ll see how the Clippers plan on stopping Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell could see a steady diet of Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverley in this series. The Clippers will need to play better than they did against the Mavericks, or the Jazz could send them packing for the summer.
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