Two NBA Playoff bets I like today

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Don’t panic! When you’re trying to solve a mystery and you have only one piece of evidence, it’s hard not to over-examine that lone shred of available data. But that’s the task for NBA playoff bettors. Fans, media and even the betting market have a habit of losing their cool after Game 1, ready to declare the series winner based on 48 minutes. Well, the last two champions each trailed 1-0 in two different series. The Lakers lost the first game in each of the first two rounds last year, eventually winning both series in five, however. In 2019, the Raptors trailed 1-0 to the Magic and 2-0 to the Bucks, and even 2-1 to the Sixers on their way to hoisting the trophy. Betting requires a lack of emotion, and sometimes a downright stubbornness. If you like a team to win a particular series going in, it might not be a bad idea to double down if they drop the first game. In the first round this year, Western Conference teams that won the first game went 1-3 in the series, the lone exception being the Suns, who were likely on their way out had Anthony Davis not been on his way out of the lineup. I perhaps used a lot of words to make a simple point — chill out. This is not a single-elimination format, so it’s not uncommon for the more competitive series to have twists and turns along the way. Let’s get to the picks.

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