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[BKL] Apr 15, 2018

NBA Playoffs – Sunday’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 Sunday's participants:

Boston Celtics

The Celtics are the feel-good story of the season considering how many key injuries they've had to deal with - but their run could be a short one if they don't curtail the turnovers. Boston has the second-worst turnover rate percent over the previous 15 games.

Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James might have had his best NBA season yet. The future Hall of Famer posted his highest scoring average since 2009-10 while setting career highs in assists and rebounds; all while leading the league in minutes played.

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers made a living out of pulling out tight games during the regular season - and that bodes well for them in their first-round matchup against LeBron and the Cavs. Indiana went 11-2 in games decided by three or fewer points.

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee has been on fire over the past 15 games, averaging a league-best 21.2 points off turnovers in that span. Combined with the Celtics' turnover troubles over that same stretch, bettors should consider taking the Bucks against the spread.

Houston Rockets

The Minnesota Timberwolves had better be ready from the opening tip - because the red-hot Rockets certainly will be. Houston enters the postseason as the team to beat, due in no small part to averaging a league-best 30 points in the opening quarter.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Extra possessions have a significant impact. And when it comes to generating those extra possessions - and more scoring as a result - no team is more proficient than the Thunder.

Utah Jazz

Everyone knows Russell Westbrook likes to operate at a faster pace. But that should please the Jazz just fine - they finished second in the NBA in field-goal shooting early in the clock (18-22 seconds left) at 59.9 percent.

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves prefer to score closer to the basket, averaging 49.2 points in the paint. With the Rockets having allowed 48 points in the paint during the regular season, the T'Wolves have an edge here.
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