With the first round of NBA postseason action about to hit its unofficial halfway point, now is a perfect time for some expert Western Conference playoff predictions. If you want to know the answers to each of the aforementioned questions, then let’s get started with the updated NBA betting predictions.
5 Western Conference NBA Playoff First Round Betting Predictions
Blitz-Happy HoustonJames Harden and the Houston Rockets completely blitzed Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder in their stunning 118-87 Game 1 blowout win to easily cover the spread as 7.5-point home favorites and they will do so again this evening as a 7.5-point home fave in Game 2. As a matter of fact, I’m predicting the Rockets to get the 4-1 series win while covering the NBA betting line four times. Oklahoma City should win one home game out of sheer desperation and pride, if nothing else.
Long LinesI know the Golden State Warriors went 7-1-1 ATS over their final nine regular season games, but the Dubs only covered the spread once as a double-digit favorite during the span and that came against the pitiful Los Angeles Lakers, which is why I was shocked they opened up as a whopping 13-point home fave against Portland in their first round series showdown.
While the Warriors have gone 5-3-1 ATS in their last nine games as a double-digit favorite, Steph Curry and company are also just 8-10-2 ATS as a double-digit fave over their last 20 games. I’m predicting the Warrior fail to cover the spread as a double-digit favorite against Portland every time they get listed as one, including tonight’s Game 2 clash.