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NBA Playoff Tips - Tuesday May 15

Golden State Warriors @ Houston Rockets - Game 1 

The Western Conference Finals get underway on Tuesday Morning (AEST) when the Golden State Warriors take on the Houston Rockets, with the winner of the series punching their ticket to the NBA Finals. 

This Western Conference matchup between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors is thought of as the ‘NBA Finals’. The Rockets and Warriors have clearly been the two best teams in the league this season. 

This clash against the Warriors has been 12 months in the making for the Houston Rockets. The Rockets acquired Superstar point guard Chris Paul to pair with James Harden, while also adding defensive minded players P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute. 

Back in December, Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey spoke openly, saying “We’re obsessed with beating the Warriors” and “Beating the Warriors is the only thing we think about.” 

The Rockets finished the season with a 65-17 record, which was the best in the NBA and gave them all-important home court advantage against the Warriors in this series. The Warriors finished the season with a 58-24, which marked the first time the Warriors had not won 60 games in the Steve Kerr coaching era. 

Looking to this series, in particular, there are a few key intricacies that I’ve picked up on over the last month that has made me very confident about the Warriors. 

The first is, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr played his best five players at the start of the game in Game 4 against the New Orleans Pelicans for the first time since the 2017 NBA Finals. 

The ‘Death Lineup’, ‘Megadeth Lineup’ or ‘The Hamptons Five’ lineup of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala rarely start the game together, as it takes a toll on Draymond Green who is forced to play the five position. 

Steve Kerr started this lineup on the road in Game 4 against the Pelicans and the Warriors led 37-22 at the end of the first-quarter. For Kerr to start this lineup, it means that the Warriors are feeling rested and fresh, which is a bad sign for the Houston Rockets. 

The Houston Rockets beat both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz in five games but haven’t looked incredible in doing so. The Rockets don’t have a good home crowd when you compare them to the crowds in Utah or Golden State. 

The Rockets very nearly dropped Game 1 against Minnesota at home and did lose Game 2 against the Utah Jazz on their home floor. 

The Golden State Warriors have won a Game on the road in their last 17 playoff series and are 15-0 at home in the playoffs since losing that famous Game 7 against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. That stat does not bode well for the Houston Rockets. 

I believe the Golden State Warriors will be too good for the Houston Rockets and I’m happy to be with them to win Game 1 at better than 2/1 odds. 

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Betting on NBA Basketball

Bookmakers have a number of markets available for basketball games and we run through some of the most popular ways to bet on the sport.


The Point Spread, more commonly known as the ‘line’ in Australian betting terms, is one of the most common bet types. The spread allows the punter to get even odds on either team by giving or taking points. For example, if the Golden State Warriors are playing the Utah Jazz you may see this market...Golden State Warriors -11.5 vs Utah Jazz +11.5. The - symbol will always be associated with the favourite and the + symbol will always be associated with the underdog. This simply means if you take Golden State -11.5 they must win the game by 12 or more points for the bet to win. If you are betting on the Utah Jazz +11.5 this means the Jazz and either wins the game or lose by less than 12 points. If they do, the bet is a winner. 


Total betting is the most common bet for professional NBA bettors. The Total has two sides, the Over and the Under. The ‘Total’ is the number of combined points between the two teams. For example in the Golden State vs Utah game, the Total is set at 209.5. This means if the Warriors beat the Jazz 111-99, the total will have gone over the expected 209.5 points and the Over will be paid out. Vice Versa if the total score ends at 109-99 the Under will be paid out. 

Money Line 

The Money Line or ‘Head to Head’ betting is the simplest and most popular bet types in NBA. The Money line is simply the odds that bookmaker sets for either team to win a game. All the Money Line requires is for you to correctly pick the winner of the match. The Odds for an underdog will be much higher than betting against the spread so this is often a more popular betting proposition for the amateur punter. 

First Basket Scorer
The First basket scorer market simple. You are able to bet on who will score the first basket of the game. Only the starting 10 players on the court are to be considered as bench players will never score the first basket of the game. 

Quarter Betting
Betting on individual quarters is quickly becoming a more popular bet type among punters. You are able to bet on the outcome of a quarter, by betting on a team or the total points scored in that quarter. For example, if the Warriors are playing the Jazz, a first quarter market may read:

Golden State Warriors -1.5 | Over 55.5 points | Utah Jazz +1.5 | Under 55.5 points 

It is important to watch for teams that are historically fast starters and others that are slow starters. The first quarter is regarded as the highest scoring quarter whilst the third quarter is known for being the lowest scoring.

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