If you have done any NBA betting over the last 24 hours or so, things have been pretty boring, right?
Do those without Internet access over the last day need a little rundown?
Early yesterday, both James Harden and Kyrie Irving were expected to miss Game 5 between the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. Harden had been out since exiting Game 1 early with a hamstring injury, while Kyrie went down in Sunday’s Game 4 loss in Milwaukee with an ankle sprain.
Based on the Nets’ apparent injury situation, NBA betting odds looked rather different than they did when the Nets were 2-0 up on the Bucks last week.
NBA Betting Odds: Odds to Win the NBA Title as of Tuesday Morning
Brooklyn Nets +350
Milwaukee Bucks +370
Utah Jazz +380
Phoenix Suns +390
Los Angeles Clippers +550
Philadelphia 76ers +700
Atlanta Hawks +6500
And not only were the Bucks a solid favorite to win last night’s game in Brooklyn, series odds had also shifted in favor of Milwaukee.
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Then yesterday afternoon, the news emerged that Harden would likely play in Game 5. While it was uncertain what kind of impact Harden would be able to have, the news was enough to significantly affect NBA betting markets for Game 5.
However, the change in available personnel for the Nets failed to trouble the Bucks on the court early on. After a quarter, Milwaukee led by 14, and at halftime, they were up 59-43. If they could hold on, they would return home with a chance to eliminate the Nets.
And at that point, NBA betting odds favored that outcome and favored the Bucks for the NBA title.
After today, will the San Francisco Giants lead the Los Angeles Dodgers by three games, or will the Dodgers be within a game? The Dodgers are favored, but the Giants present good value as a home underdog in this matchup.
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