The second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs is here, with the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers already eliminated. That means we will crown a new champ this year.
How healthy is Joel Embiid? Will the Brooklyn Nets' Big 3 come through in a tougher series against Milwaukee? Can the Phoenix Suns stay hot?
Here are my NBA Playoff Round 2 betting series previews:
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday afternoon.
No. 1 Utah Jazz (-130) vs No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers (+ 105)
It took seven games, but the Clippers finally shook off the playoff demons and ousted Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks at home on Sunday to move on to the Western Conference semifinals. Some might look at that series and be troubled at the thought of the Clippers needing an entire best-of-seven series to eliminate a team built around a third-year professional, but the final five games paint the true picture of this series: Los Angeles outscored Dallas by 10.7 points per 100 possessions and posted a 119.1 offensive rating in taking four of five games. That team is what Utah is getting in this series ... and that might be a problem for the Jazz.