NBA Playoff Odds: Betting Preview for Tuesday’s Games

Monday night played host to another exciting set of NBA playoff games with more on the way for Tuesday. The night will start with the Brooklyn Nets looking to take a 2-0 lead in their series against the Boston Celtics at 7:30 p.m. EST. Game 2 of the Los Angeles Lakers-Phoenix Suns series will kick off at 10:00, while the Dallas Mavericks and L.A. Clippers will play their second contest at 10:30.

As usual, BetOnline has released its odds on each of the night’s games. Continue reading on to see who has the best odds to win tonight and getting one step closer to being crowned 2020-21 NBA Champions.

NBA Odds: Boston Celtics (No. 7) vs Brooklyn Nets (No. 2) Game 2

Odds via BetOnline as of Tuesday, May 25

  • Series: BKN leads 1-0
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Moneyline: Celtics (+360) vs Nets (-450)
  • Point Spread: Celtics +9.0 (-110), Nets -9.0 (-110)
  • Total: 227.5 — Over (-108), Under (-112)

In case you forgot about the Nets being NBA Championship contenders, they reminded the world of that during a 104-93 victory over the Celtics in Game 1. It was a bit of a slow start, but each of Brooklyn’s ‘Big 3’ came up huge for their team. James Harden nearly had a triple-double with his 21 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Kyrie Irving had a dominant 29-point effort while Kevin Durant led the way with a 32-point, 12-rebound double-double.

Needless to say, the Celtics have a lot of work to do. Life without Jaylen Brown has been tough, as made evident by Jayson Tatum being the only Boston player to hit 20 or more points in Game 1. Someone is going to have to step it up big time for the Celtics because there’s no way they can win if they shoot .369/.367/.769 again.

Los Angeles Lakers (No. 7) vs Phoenix Suns (No. 2) Game 2 Odds

Odds via BetOnline as of Tuesday, May 25

  • Series: PHX leads 1-0
  • Time: 10:00 p.m. EST
  • Moneyline: Lakers (-126) vs Suns (+106)
  • Point Spread: Lakers -1.5 (-110), Suns +1.5 (-110)
  • Total: 210.0 — Over (-110), Under (-110)

The Suns kicked off their series against the Lakers with a 99-90 win on Sunday night. It was mostly a two-man show for Phoenix as Deandre Ayton had 21 points and 16 rebounds for a double-double while Devin Booker had 34 points in 45 minutes of NBA postseason action. Point guard Chris Paul was playing hurt towards the end of the opening contest, but he looks to be in good shape to play Tuesday night.

Speaking of duos, the Lakers will need more from LeBron James and Anthony Davis in Game 2. The pair combined for just 31 points while shooting 11-for-29 from the field, which is extremely disappointing for two of the best players in the NBA. Another thing that Los Angeles needs to work on is its 3-point percentage. The team shot at 26.9% from beyond the arc in Game 1, which likely made the difference in their loss.

NBA Odds: Dallas Mavericks (No. 5) vs Los Angeles Clippers (No. 4) Game 2 Odds

Odds via BetOnline as of Tuesday, May 25

  • Series: DAL leads 1-0
  • Time: 10:30 p.m. EST
  • Moneyline: Mavericks (+250) vs Clippers (-300)
  • Point Spread: Mavericks +7.0 (-110), Clippers -7.0 (-110)
  • Total: 215.5 — Over (-112), Under (-108)

If the Mavericks want to advance to the second round, they’re going to need Luka Doncic to continue dominating the Clippers. The 22-year-old Slovenian recorded 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for a triple-double in the 113-103 victory. Another reason why Dallas got the win was that it beat Los Angeles at its own game: 3-pointers. The Clippers led the NBA in 3-point percentage in 2020-21 (40.9%), however, the Mavericks limited them to just 27.5% in Game 1 while hitting 47.2% of their own.

Kawhi Leonard (26/10/5) and Paul George (23/6/5) showed up for the Clippers in their first game, but that was about it. No other player scored more than 11 points on their team, which makes it incredibly hard to win games in the NBA Playoffs. The hope is that the rest of the Clippers will show up for Game 2 on Tuesday.

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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.