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[BKL] Apr 14, 2018

NBA Playoffs – Saturday’s Betting Notes for Each Team

By Gracenote

Playoff teams enter the weekend with the goal of winning an NBA championship. Two teams stand out in bettors' eyes: The Golden State Warriors are the favourite at 2.25, followed by the Houston Rockets at 2.60.

Here are the key betting notes for each of Saturday's participants:

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors are a significant threat to win the conference title given how well they performed - particularly in blowouts. Toronto went 33-5 in games decided by 10 or more points, but were just 5-7 in games decided by three points or fewer.

Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers won their final 16 games of the season to seize third place in the conference away from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bettors should note that Philly was the second-best first-quarter team in the league, both in terms of points (29.4) and margin (plus-3.4).

Miami Heat

Some teams come out of the half-time break on fire; others absolutely do not. The Heat find themselves in the latter category, entering the playoffs as the second-worst third-quarter team in the league at 23.9 points per game.

Washington Wizards

The Wizards will need to be on their best behaviour to have a shot at an upset this year. Washington ranks 25th in foul rate per possession while Toronto ranks fourth overall in free-throw success rate - and extra foul shots will make them an attractive Over play.

Golden State Warriors

Only two teams in the NBA averaged 30 or more points in a specific quarter - the Rockets in the opening stanza, and the Warriors in the 12 minutes preceding the half-time break.

Portland Trail Blazers

The Trail Blazers will need to be at their offensive best to keep up with a New Orleans Pelicans team that averaged nearly 112 points per game. Portland enters its first-round encounter having connected on just 24 percent of its fourth-quarter 3-point attempts over the past 15 games.

New Orleans Pelicans

No team played more overtime games than the Pelicans, and they went an impressive 7-2 in games with an extra frame. Defence was the key for New Orleans in OT; they boasted a 93.9 defensive rating in the extra period this season.

San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio isn't being given much of a chance against the Warriors - though bettors should note that the Spurs boasted a plus-7.4 scoring margin at home this season.
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