NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Saturday Odds – The Eastern Conference playoffs get started on Saturday as the #2 seeded and defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers start the long road to attempt a repeat against the #7 seeded Indiana Pacers. The two teams met four times during the regular season, with the Cavaliers dropping the early season meeting before winning three in a row. Cleveland slipped towards the end of the season and gave up the number one seed to the Boston Celtics but that should serve as a wake up call for the team – the playoffs are here.
Look for Lebron James, Kyrie Irving and company to come out and make a statement in the opener. A sweep would help the causeof the Cavs in the long playoff haul as all of the big three have worn down in past playoff hunts.
The evening game in the East sees the #3 seeded Toronto Raptors facing off against the #6 seeded Milwaukee Bucks. The teams met fourtimes in the regular season with the Raptors holding a 3-1 edge. Notably, Milwaukee had the edge in their March 4th meeting, winning the contest 101-94. The Raptors were playing without all-star point guard Kyrie Irving in the stretch run but they never stopped scrapping.
Milwaukee’s young team made a brief playoff splash two years ago before missing the proceedings last year. If they play up to their vast potentialthe Buckscould have people saying “Fear the Deer” again.
NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Saturday Odds
Eastern Conference Playoffs First Round – Game 1
Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers – Noon EST
Indiana Pacers +8 1/2 -110 / +345 / o210 1/2 -110 / o101 -110 u101 -110
Cleveland Cavaliers -8 1/2 -110 / -430 / u210 1/2 -110 / o109½ -110 u109½ -110
Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors – 5:30 EST
Milwaukee Bucks +7 -110 / +265 / o199 1/2 -110 / o96½ -110 u96½ -110
Toronto Raptors -7 -110 / -325 / u199 1/2 -110 / o103 -110 u103 -110
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