Jeff Grant -

The San Antonio Spurs are favorites to represent the Western Conference in the 2014 NBA Finals, but they may struggle out of the gate against the Dallas Mavericks Sunday afternoon.

Jordan Sharp -

Another one of the overlooked playoff series this first round may be the Bobcats and Heat. Even though the odds are high for this series, will it match their regular season value?

Jordan Sharp -

With the Bulls as solid NBA Odds favorites, do the Wizards have a shot at winning or covering on the road? The Wizards were a really good road value this season, but will they stay that way?

Jeff Grant -

The Portland Trail Blazers have been one of the best road underdogs in the league, which makes them an attractive play against the Houston Rockets Sunday night.

Doug Upstone -

The initial series of the NBA Playoffs will feature youth versus experience. The postseason is a cruel environment for youngsters which are why the betting odds could be stacked in Brooklyn’s favor.

Steven Suarez -

Two of the finest point guards in the land in Chris Paul and Stephen Curry will go head-to-head in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Doug Upstone -

It has been 15 years since a No. 1 seed lost in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. While we are not advocating this will occur, if you are making NBA picks, this series has to be a bit uncomfortable.

Steven Suarez -

These two teams meet up again in the playoffs, but this time it's in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. How are the NBA odds shaping up and who will ultimately win the series?

Steven Suarez -

After strolling to the number one overall seed in the Western Conference, the Spurs enter the playoffs as one of the top NBA betting favorites in the first round.

Doug Upstone -

According to sportsbooks making NBA Futures odds, Miami is the favorite to three-peat as champions. The road to being champs again will be more difficult with more obstacles than ever.

Doug Upstone -

As the regular season closed, the most talked about NBA team east of the Mississippi river was Chicago. Hoops bettors making NBA picks wonder if the Bulls can reach the Eastern Finals.

Steven Suarez -

The fourth and fifth seeds in the loaded Western Conference will battle it out for a spot in the conference semi-finals. Houston has the home-court advantage and are favored to advance.

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