NBA Playoffs – Betting On The Rockets And Bucks In Game 2 Conference Semi’s

Rockets and Bucks try to bounce back in Game 2 vs. Warriors and Celtics

Trailing the series 1-0, the Rockets and Bucks are looking for more offense and stronger shooting in their Game 2 match-ups against the Warriors and Celtics. The conference semifinals features the NBA’s top teams, and more competitive series and odds are playing out.

Here is the insight and analysis I provided on those conference semifinal match-ups at Off Shore Gaming Association.

Tues., April 30

#4 Boston at #1 Milwaukee (-7.5) Total 219.5
#4 Houston at #1 Golden State (-5.5) Total 221

Can the Rockets win the West? Golden State was a prohibitive favorite to win their third straight NBA championship at the start of the playoffs, and the Warriors were bet down to a -250 series favorite over the Rockets (+200). But after the Warriors 104-100 Game 1 win (no cover), Golden State was up to a -410 series favorite with the Rockets taking back +325 at many sportsbooks.

Milwaukee has been remarkable all season and especially off a loss. Trailing the series 1-0, the Bucks are now -135 to win the series and the Celtics are +115. Milwaukee was bet up to -310 prior to their Game 1 loss, 112-90.

  • The Bucks went 21-1 SU and 18-4 ATS off a loss this season. Average winning margin off a loss of 15 points per game.
  • The Bucks were held to less than 100 points just 6 times this season. The next game they averaged nearly 116 points per game.
  • The Bucks were the No. 1 offensive efficiency team in the East, and the top pace team in the playoffs.
  • Round 2 teams in the NBA playoffs that lost Game 1 by 7 points or more are on a 9-1 ATS run.

Round 1 higher-seeded teams went 27-13-1 ATS. Read more insight and analysis here along with betting percentages on these games, and see if those stronger results continue in the conference semifinals.

Author: FairwayJay

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