So far, so good as far as COVID issues are concerned. The NBA Playoffs have yet to be affected by the horrible virus. Some areas are now full, and it feels like we are back to normal. As we come down to the crucial games of the Conference semifinals, teams will be looking for any help that they can get. Let’s take a closer look at our NBA Conference Semifinals update so you can continue betting against their NBA Playoffs odds.
Updated 2021 NBA Conference Semifinals Series Betting Analysis
NBA 2021 Playoff Matchups
In Sunday’s action, we’ll see the Brooklyn Nets take on the Milwaukee Bucks. The Nets hold a 2-1 lead in the series. James Harden will not suit up for the Nets, as his hamstring is not ready for game action. Brooklyn dominated the Bucks in the first two games, while the Bucks withstood a late Nets rally to win Game 3. The Bucks offense still hasn’t looked good, and we’ll see if Mike Budenholzer and his staff can make some adjustments. Giannis Antetokounmpo needs to go back to his old ways of taking the ball strongly to the rim. Thus far, he has settled way too often for the open three-pointer.
In Sunday’s other playoff matchup, the Denver Nuggets will try to escape elimination as they host the Phoenix Suns, who are up 3-0 in this best-of-seven series. Denver has not had an answer to stop the Suns’ high-scoring offense. Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Deandre Ayton have been stellar for the Suns. League MVP, Nikola Jokic, has played well for the Nuggets, but he hasn’t gotten the help that he’s needed. If Denver is going to survive this series, they’ll need to make some changes defensively.
In Saturday night’s action, the Los Angeles Clippers were happy to be back in the Staples Center. They came to play in front of their home fans, as they took a 132-106 victory over the top-seeded Utah Jazz. The Clippers are now down 2-1 in this series. Paul George set the tone scoring 20 of his 31 points in the first half, and then Kawhi Leonard took over the second half to lead the Clippers to victory. Leonard scored 24 of his 34 points in the second half.
The main storyline coming out of this game was the injury to Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell tweaked his sore right ankle in the 4th quarter. He sat out the last seven minutes of the game. After the game, Mitchell said it was just precautionary and that he would play in Game 4. We’ll see how well he moves the rest of the series.
After a 127-111 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers hold a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Sixers seem to have found a way to slow Trae Young down. Ben Simmons has taken on the task of guarding Atlanta’s scoring machine, and he has found a way to keep him at bay. Simmons, along with Joel Embiid, have also both played well offensively. The Sixers will be without Danny Green for the remainder of the series as he strained his calf in Game 3. We’ll see what kind of adjustments the Hawks can make to try to win Game 4 on Monday night in Atlanta.
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