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. The stakes are high – how are the NBA odds shaping up?

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.

Jeff Grant -

The Brooklyn Nets lost their way on the defensive end against the Toronto Raptors last time out, but things will be much different in the third game of this best-of-seven series Friday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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