The first four games of the four NBA conference semifinal matchups are in the books heading into Tuesday night’s two-game slate. Three of the four series have turned into a best-of-three affair with an even 2-2 split in those first four contests. The lone exception is Milwaukee opening up a 3-1 series lead against Boston after losing Game 1.
The showdown at the top of the list is the No. 1 Golden State Warriors against the No. 4 Houston Rockets in the Western Conference. Each of these NBA powers was able to successfully defend its home court heading into a pivotal Game 5 in Oakland on Wednesday night in a 10:30 p.m. start on TNT. The early betting line at BetAnySports has Golden State favored by 5.5 points at home with the total set at 218.5. It has gone OVER in three of the first four games.
Houston has the 3-1 edge against the spread through the first four games after going 3-1 both SU and ATS against Golden State in the regular season series. The Warriors are 1-3 ATS in their last four home games. The total has gone OVER in seven of their first 10 postseason games overall.
On the undercard in the West, the No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers and the No. 2 Denver Nuggets are knotted at two games apiece with each team winning once at home and once on the road. The Nuggets have the 3-1 edge ATS and the total has gone OVER in three of the first four games.
Game 5 in Denver is set for Tuesday night in a scheduled 10:30 p.m. tip on TNT. BetAnySports has the home team favored by 4.5 points with the total set at 213.5 points. The Nuggets won the regular season series 3-1 SU while covering in all four games.
The Eastern Conference clash between the No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers and the No. 2 Toronto Raptors resumes on Tuesday night in Toronto with Game 5. The Raptors are favored by six points and the total has been set at 211.5 for the 8 p.m. tip on TNT. This is another series that has been evenly split with each team winning once at home and once on the road (SU and ATS).
The total in this series has stayed UNDER in each of the first four games. Toronto had the 3-1 edge both SU and ATS in the four-game series during the regular season.