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NBA Eastern Conference Playoff preview: Round 2

The Miami Heat have been waiting a long time for their second-round opponent while the rest of the Eastern Conference slugged it out in their opening playoff series. Will those grueling series just make the road to the finals smoother for the defending champs?

Here’s a look at the matchups and series odds for the second round matchups that begin on Monday:

No. 1 Miami Heat vs. No. 5 Chicago Bulls

Season series:
Tied 2-2, 2-2 ATS, 2-2 O/U
Series prices: Miami -3000, Chicago +1500

Why bet the Heat: Miami didn’t run up against much in Milwaukee and has had its feet up since April 28. The Heat take on a bruised and busted Bulls squad that’s coming off a grueling seven-game series with Brooklyn. Of course, you have LeBron, Wade and Bosh, but Miami’s deep bench is too much for Chicago’s thinning ranks to handle. Wade has had time to heal up and will look to put on a show in front of his hometown Chicago crowd.

Why bet the Bulls:
Chicago is used to playing with a mixed-bag lineup and there is the slight chance that Derrick Rose could swoop in for the rescue. The Bulls intensity is peaking right now and they could catch Miami napping after such a long layoff between series. Chicago’s frontcourt is active and physical, exploiting one of the Heat’s only weaknesses.

No. 2 New York Knicks vs. No. 2 Indiana Pacers

Season series: Tied 2-2, 2-2 ATS, 2-2 O/U
Series prices: New York -185, Indiana +165

Why bet the Knicks: Carmelo Anthony was playing some of his best basketball to start the first round and seems to have snapped out of his shooting funk in time for the conference semifinals. He’s a matchup nightmare for the Pacers. The Knicks can really push the tempo and wear down a larger Indiana squad as the series goes on.

Why bet the Pacers: Indiana is a big physical team that can also drain an opponent’s tank. Roy Hibbert, Tyler Hansbrough and David West will look to exploit the Knicks around the bucket and limit the number of second-chance looks. The Pacers have a solid perimeter defense and held foes to just 32.7 percent shooting from 3-point range – best in the NBA.

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Posted by Rainmaker512
1 year ago

-3000 lmao
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Posted by Rainmaker512
1 year ago

"-3000 lmao"