Raptors, Blazers Favorites on NBA Playoff Odds

Orlando continued the steady play in Game 1 that declared the last month of its regular period, outlasting Toronto to maintain a narrow 104-101 win and also extend the club’s present straight-up win streak to five matches entering Tuesday night’s matchup at Scotiabank Arena.
The Magic have been playing steady ball because early February, going 21-8 SU at 29 outings since February 7, for example their present 12-2 SU run. Orlando’s remarkable return to postseason action for the first time since 2012 has done little to improve their position around the NBA playoff odds, however. Despite rapping off the Raptors on home court in Game 1, Orlando remains a +260 underdog about the NBA show prices, and trails as a remote +10000 wager on the chances to win the NBA championship.
The Raptors will attempt once again to shake their suspicious playoff reputation as they return to action Tuesday night as double-digit favorites for the 16th time this year. Toronto has fallen to conquer in five consecutive playoff competitions, and has now posted outright declines in 10 of 11 playoff-openers in franchise history.
Toronto stays perched among the favorites around the NBA playoff lines, trailing only Golden State, Houston, and Milwaukee as a +1200 bet on the NBA championship odds. But the Raptors have fought to post consistent effects in recent outings on home court, going 5-4 SU and 4-5 against the spread in their previous nine games, and have tallied consecutive SU wins only once during a 3-3 SU run against the Magic in Scotiabank Arena.
Thunder Underdogs at Blazers on Tuesday Odds Elsewhere on the Tuesday NBA playoff chances, the Portland Trail Blazers seem to seize a 2-0 lead within their opening-round show as they input Game two from the Oklahoma City Thunder as narrow 2-point home favorites.
The Trail Blazers drew first blood with a 104-99 victory over Oklahoma City as 3-point house hit Sunday, raising them to -130 favorites around the NBA playoff series prices after entering the postseason as +113 underdogs.
Portland quietly emerged as one of the greatest teams in the NBA down the stretch, going 14-3 SU in its closing 17 regular-season trips to claim the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. However a strong conclusion has failed to shake the memory of the Trail Blazers’ recent playoff failures which has seen them bow out at the first round in two of their previous 11 postseason appearances.
Because of this, the Trail Blazers continue to lag on the NBA playoff lines, pegged as a lengthy +5000 bet to win their first NBA title since 1977, and as a +2200 bet to win against the Western Conference.
The Thunder’s opening-game loss has not assisted their flagging NBA playoff chances. In addition to slipping to +110 underdogs on the NBA series prices following their initial defeat in six outings, the Thunder are now winless SU in 10 straight playoff games, and have tumbled to a very long +4000 wager on the chances to win the NBA championship.