The NBA Playoffs are heating up – but who is looking good?

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The NBA Playoffs are heating up – but who is looking good?

It’s that time again! The NBA playoffs are in full swing – you can check the latest NBA odds, place a bet on your favorites (or the bookie’s favorite) and watch as it unfolds. It has been predicted that this season will give viewers one of the most thrilling titles chases we’ve ever seen. 

There are a couple of things to note straight away, the Golden State Warriors are back, and this is the first time they have reached the finals since 2019. The Phoenix Suns secured the league’s best regular-season record – and the eyes on the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, and the Memphis Grizzlies. 

The stats show that the Eastern Conference is the closest conference since the 1976-77 merging of the NBA and ABA. Just ten games separated the 1-10 seeds – tight by any measure. 

Milwaukee Bucks

After another successful season as the defending champions’ leader, Antetokounmpo is a strong candidate for his third MVP award

He’s been their primary playmaker for stretches this season and has spent more time at the center than ever before, all while vying for the scoring title at 29.9 points per game (third in the NBA) and becoming a challenger for Defensive Player of the Year.

But what Antetokounmp does under pressure is pull out all the stops, becoming a machine that goes for the win. 

ThirtyFiveEight predicted the No. 3 seed (51-31) to have a 96% chance of making the conference semis. 

Miami Heat

This season, Tyler Herro has been a standout off the bench, averaging 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game. He is a big reason the Heat made it to the top of the Eastern Conference this season. 

Although the weak shots against the Bucks in last season’s East quarterfinals are still fresh in mind, Herro averaged 9.3 points on 31.6 percent shooting in Milwaukee’s sweep. 

Heat is top-seeded, and great things are and were expected – many oddsmakers have said they have the 5th best odds. 

Round one game 3 for the Heat and Hawks ended 111-110 to Hawks, and the upcoming games promise just as much drama. 

Phoenix Suns

The suns have a rocky road ahead of them and behind them too. If they followed the footsteps of the Warriors in 2016-17, they’ll lose the NBA finals but win the championship. 

Devin Booker averaged:

  • 26.8 points,
  • 5.0 rebounds,
  • 4.8 assists

While Booker did not fulfill all three criteria, every MVP to date has averaged of 25 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds.

When Devin Booker revived a previous hamstring injury in a game against the Pelicans, the odds of the Suns taking the title took a hit and saw the Golden State Warrior get bumped up. With that old injury flaring up, it might damage his chances. Although he is quoted as saying he isn’t focusing on that – just playing well.

Booker may miss up to three weeks with a grade 1 hamstring strain until this point Suns were favorites with +200.

Golden State Warriors

It has been like a revolving door for the Warriors of late. Klay Thompson came back, and within the same day, Draymond Green fell fowl to a back injury and was in recovery for two months. Continuing this trend within the same 24 hours that Green returned, Curry sprained his foot. 

This culminates in was is arguably the top 3 plays only playing 11 minutes together. 

Poole stepped in as the starting 2-guard as Thompson recovered from his injury – Poole came in hot and had a stunning start to the season. Now that Curry is gone, he has stepped into Curry’s shoes and excelled again. 

Poole dominated in March, averaging:

  • 25.4 points,
  • 4.9 assists, and
  • 3.9 rebounds

In just 19 games, scoring 20 or more points in 17 straight games and heading the league with 67 three-pointers made.

According to Five Thirty-Eight, Warriors has a massive 80% to make the semis. 

Denver Nuggets

If you are looking for incredible, historic numbers, then Jokic has them.

The first player in NBA history to have:

  • 2,000 points,
  • 1,000 rebounds,
  • 500 assists in a season are just the start.

He also boasts the 32.92 Player Efficiency Rating (PER), which is the league’s all-time high, all while carrying the Nuggets offense with Jamal Murray (ACL) and Michael Porter Jr. (back) out.

The game could change entirely if Murray is back by Jokic’s side. One year after Murray tore the ACL in his left knee, an increase in activity could be the offensive weapon that the Nuggets need. 

According to BetMGM, Denver has +2,800 odds to win the NBA championship, and it’s the same as the odds that Jokic takes the MVP Finals title, although Booker and Antetokounmpo are hot on his heels. 

You can keep up to date with the latest scores, injuries, and more here: 2022 Playoffs | News | NBA.com. 

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