NBA Playoffs Round 1 Action: NBA Betting Odds and Game 1 Roundup

The NBA playoffs have started, but at the same time nothing truly exciting is occurring.

Most of the 12 referees who worked last season's NBA Finals are back in this year's playoffs, the exceptions being McCutchen and Danny Crawford, both of whom have retired from officiating. Houston can overwhelm Golden State with its offense.

The Thunder have the talent to advance all the way to the Finals but their inconsistent play has hurt them all season. Their most coveted athlete would be guard Victor Oladipo who is the strongest Most Improved Player candidate, but barely made the all-star team. Under the new system, starting in 2019, the teams with the three worst records each will have a 14 percent chance at the No.1 pick.

If ALL this goes to plan, the Miami Heat could be looking at the Conference Finals. Even though they took Game 1 into overtime, once OT began the Bucks were at a loss. The Bucks can take the series in five games.

John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards, Mike Scott #30 of the Washington Wizards and John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards exit the court during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 5, 2018 at The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Unfortunately, the first-day wasn't as entertaining as everybody expected.

The Heat come into the playoffs as the sixth seed, facing the Philadelphia Sixers in the first round.

For a Cleveland team that doesn't play with enough energy and effort, Osman provides both - and should be playing over Green. Sadly, the reason they can not compete is because of injuries.

What a difference two years can make. Even though the Raptors had one of the best season in franchise history and a really a good year from Demar Derozan and Kyle Lowry.

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They choke in the playoffs and James does not.

So, here's a look "Upset Watch" of Eastern Conference's First Round, an unscientific prediction of which lower-seeded squads are most likely to pull an upset in their series. Last year, they got 42 wins, finished 7th in the East, and were swept in the playoffs by Cleveland.

"We'll see how much of an impact that has, but my sense is we're still going to have some work to do". The Cavs have been there before, hungry for more, and want to see the Warriors one more time.

Watching the Warriors winning games without their star players is even more exciting, as it gives them a chance to showcase their depth and Steve Kerr's excellent coaching abilities.

The West is a different monster all together. Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon and Chris Paul combined to make just 10 of 35 shots in that game.

France and Australia lead the way in worldwide representation in these playoffs, with seven players from each nation making it to the second season. MVP candidate Anthony Davis, Jrue Holliday and playoff Rajon Rondo is a cast that can compete in the east. Assuming they get past Minnesota, the Rockets could be derailed in the second round by the Oklahoma City Thunder, a perplexing squad that has pretty much spent all season trying to figure out how to mesh the vast talents of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.

Houston posted the league's best record (65-17), and it's hard to bet against a team that has James Harden.

The Sixers crowd roared as Embiid, the self-proclaimed "Phantom of the Process", waved his arms toward the crowd and exhorted them to get louder. The Celtics' defense does well defending penetrators like Ben Simmons, but an offensive monster like Embiid figures to be too much.

Finally, the Warriors are still the favorite to win it all.

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