NBA Playoff Odds: Betting Preview for Monday’s Games

The 2020-21 NBA Playoffs are already at the point where we’ve seen our first elimination. The Milwaukee Bucks swept the Miami Heat over the weekend, and we could be in line to see our second sweep tonight. The Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards will play their Game 4 at 7:00 p.m. EST tonight. The 76ers lead that series 3-0. Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz will be looking to take a 3-1 advantage in their series against the Memphis Grizzlies in their Game 4 at 9:30 p.m.

BetOnline once again has the odds for Monday night’s action. Continue reading to see which teams will take one step towards reaching this year’s NBA Finals.

NBA Odds: Philadelphia 76ers (No. 1) vs Washington Wizards (No. 8) Game 4

Odds via BetOnline as of Monday, May 31

  • Series: PHI leads the series 3-0
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Moneyline: 76ers (-360) vs Wizards (+290)
  • Point Spread: 76ers -8.5 (-108), Wizards +8.5 (-112)
  • Total: 230.0 — Over (-108), Under (-112)

The 76ers have the chance to be the second Eastern Conference team to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs Monday night. So far, the odds (-360) are in their favor. The truth is that the 76ers have been dominating the Wizards all series, outscoring them by an average of 125.7 to 105.3. Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris have been absolutely great for Philadelphia, averaging 29.3 and 25.3 points per game respectively. The 76ers have also been getting secondary scoring. Guys like Danny Green and Seth Curry have been stepping up in need, which makes their team all the more difficult to stop. Considering how the 76ers are one of the favorites to win the NBA Championship, they’ll need their secondary scoring to continue throughout the postseason.

On the other hand, the Wizards need to find a way to stop the bleeding and that could start with Russell Westbrook. The former 2016-17 NBA MVP has been off this whole series, averaging just 17.3 points compared to the 22.2 he averaged during the regular season. Washington really needs him to show up in Game 4 because they can’t beat Philadelphia with just Bradley Beal. Another thing that the Wizards need to do is shoot better. They’re averaging .449/.234/.714 shooting splits compared to the 76ers’ .545/.419/.681.

Utah Jazz (No. 1) vs Memphis Grizzlies (No. 8) Game 4 Odds

Odds via BetOnline as of Monday, May 31

  • Series: UTAH leads the series 2-1
  • Time: 9:30 p.m. EST
  • Moneyline: Jazz (-215) vs Grizzlies (+185)
  • Point Spread: Jazz -5.5 (-111), Grizzlies +5.5 (-109)
  • Total: 225.0 — Over (-110), Under (-110)

The Jazz look to take a commanding 3-1 lead over the Grizzlies on Monday. Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley came up big in Game 3 over the weekend. Mitchell led the way with a game-high 29 points, while Conley added 27 of his own, including shooting 7-for-10 from the 3-point line. Defensive Player of the Year candidate Rudy Gobert has also been dominant this series, averaging exactly 14.0 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game. No player on either team is even coming close to those numbers, which gives the Jazz a distinct advantage considering they’re beating Memphis in both rebounds (45.0 vs 41.7) and blocks (7.3 vs 3.3) per game.

If the Grizzlies want to tie up their series, they’re going to need Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks to keep leading the way. The duo is averaging 33.7 and 27.0 points per game respectively and has been a reason why this NBA playoff series is so close. For a No. 1 vs No. 8 seed matchup, the Jazz are only outscoring the Grizzlies by around six points per game. Another way that Memphis can win is to continue forcing Utah to turn over the ball. The Grizzlies are averaging 8.3 steals per game compared to the Jazz’s 3.0, which could end up being the difference-maker if Memphis keeps the pressure up.

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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.