2018 NBA Playoffs Betting Preview

The NBA wrapped up its regular season play Wednesday night with some great action on the court. The Minnesota/Denver game went to overtime in a win or go home scenario. Minneso topped the Nuggets by 6 to grab the 8th seed in the Western Conference. Denver went home. The NBA Playoffs start this Saturday. here is a look at all 8 NBA Playoff Series:

Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards lost in Orlando on Wednesday night and their punishment for the terrible loss is to start the postseason north of the border. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan against John Wall and Bradley Beal in this series.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers

These two teams were separated by just two games in the Eastern Conference standings. The winner of this series will get the top-seeded Toronto Raptors or 8th seed Washington Wizards in Round 2. LeBron James is back in the postseason and oddly enough, the Cavaliers are the favorites for many out of the Eastern Conference. Indiana has put together a great season despite the Paul George trade.

Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers

The Miami Heat grabbed the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference with their 44 wins. The Philadelphia 76ers come into the postseason on an franchise record 16-game winning streak. Joel Embiid is not expected back right away, but do not be surprised if The Process does play in this playoff series. The winner of this series will get the Celtics or Bucks in the second round.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics

Neither team is particular oozing with confidence right now. The Bucks fell to Philadelphia by 35 points in Wednesday's finale. Boston won their closer, but without Kyrie Irving, you have to seriously question how far they'll go this postseason. The Celtics won 55 regular season games and are looking to get back to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets

The Minnesota Timberwolves won that thrilling game on Wednesday behind a couple late free throws from Andrew Wiggins. The reward they get is to take on the Houston Rockets. The Rockets had 65 wins during the regular season and were basically unbeatable with Harden, Paul, and Capela all on the court at the same time.

Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

It came down to the final day to decide seeds and home court advantage. The Jazz and Thunder both finished with 48 regular season wins. Rudy Gobert and company are hoping to make things difficult for Russell Westbrook and the Thunder. Westbrook became the first player in history to average a triple-double in back-to-back seasons.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Not only did Anthony Davis, with his ridiculous numbers get the Pelicans into the postseason, they won 48 games and are the 6th seed. The Pelicans finished with just one win less than Portland. Jrue Holiday will be charged with the task of trying to slow down Damian Lillard in this series,

San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors

The San Antonio Spurs were absolutely torched in their regular season finale, which dropped them to the 7th seed in the Western Conference. The Spurs get the Warriors, who have been playing fairly poor. In saying that though - Golden State won 58 games with all their injuries, and they are seeking a fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

In the end - sorry Rockets fans - but our championship betting pick for the NBA Finals is the Golden State Warriors out of the Western Conference. The Warriors are +150 to win the NBA title. In the East, you've got to take Philadelphia +1500 to win the NBA Finals.When you get those odds on the hottest team in the league, you take it.