NBA Playoff Odds: Betting Preview for Games on Friday, June 18

It’s another Friday filled with more NBA postseason action as there are two games scheduled for tonight. The Atlanta Hawks will look to eliminate the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of their series at 7:30 p.m. EST. The Los Angeles Clippers will then try to do the same to the Utah Jazz at 10:00 in their own Game 6.

Read on to check out BetOnline’s betting odds for tonight’s NBA action.

NBA Odds: Philadelphia 76ers (No. 1) vs Atlanta Hawks (No. 5) Game 6

Odds via BetOnline as of Friday, June 18

  • Series: ATL leads 3-2
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Moneyline: 76ers (-155) vs Hawks (+135)
  • Point Spread: 76ers: -3.0 (-114), Hawks: +3.0 (-106)
  • Total: 221.5 — Over (-110), Under (-110)

Despite being the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, the 76ers are on the brink of elimination tonight. After leading the series 2-1, Philadelphia has lost the last two games in a row and need to turn things around. One person who needs to play better is Ben Simmons. He only attempted four field goals in Game 5 and finished by going 4-for-14 from the free throw line. Tobias Harris also had a disappointing performance on Wednesday. The NBA veteran finished with an 18.2 field goal percentage and 4 points as well. Considering how Simmons and Harris are supposed to be the 76ers’ second- and third-best players, they cannot afford to have another performance like that in Game 6.

Meanwhile, the Hawks are just one win away from their first third-round appearance since the 2014-15 NBA season. One way they can get there is by another fantastic performance by Trae Young. The 22-year-old phenom finished with a game-high 39 points, which includes sinking 17 of his 19 free throw attempts. John Collins also had an impressive performance, finishing the night with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double. However, not everything was good for the Hawks. Kevin Huerter finished by going 0-for-7 from the field and failed to register a single point in over 27 minutes played. Considering how Atlanta won by just 3 points, Huerter can’t afford a performance like that on Friday.

Utah Jazz (No. 1) vs Los Angeles Clippers (No. 5) Game 6 Odds

Odds via BetOnline as of Friday, June 18

  • Series: LAC leads 3-2
  • Time: 10:00 p.m. EST
  • Moneyline: Jazz (-120) vs Clippers (+100)
  • Point Spread: Jazz: -1.5 (-110), Clippers: +1.5 (-110)
  • Total: 219.5 — Over (-113), Under (-107)

After going up 2-0 in the first two games of the series, it was looking like the Jazz were a lock to make Round 3 of the NBA postseason. They lost the following two games, allowing the Clippers to tie the series. However, the Jazz were supposed to have an easier path after Kawhi Leonard was ruled out indefinitely with a knee injury earlier this week. Turns out the Jazz couldn’t even beat the Leonard-less Clippers, losing 119-111 in Game 5.

Now, the top team in the NBA regular season faces elimination tonight. Bojan Bogdanovic was Utah’s best player last game, ending the contest with 32 points. Aside from him, the rest of the team’s offense was underwhelming. Donovan Mitchell had just 21 points on .316/.286/.833 shooting. The Jazz were also out-rebounded and turned the ball over more than the Clippers did, which is a recipe for disaster in the playoffs.

On the other hand, Paul George had a statement performance in the last matchup, ending Game 5 with 37 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. While people doubted how he could perform without Leonard ahead of time, there’s no doubt now that George can be the guy in L.A. However, he wasn’t alone. Marcus Morris also stepped up, scoring 25 points. Reggie Jackson even looked solid, finishing with 22 points and 2 steals. The only area that really needs improvement is the Clippers’ bench. Their supporting case shot 4-for-13 from the field in Game 5. It wasn’t a huge deal at the time, but if the Clippers want to continue advancing through the 2020-21 NBA Playoffs, their bench players can’t afford to miss those shots.

Devon Platana
Devon Platana

After graduating with a Masters degree in Journalism, Devon joined USGS to improve his sports writing skills. As a lifelong sports fan, one of Devon’s favorite things to do is analyze statistics across all sports.