NBA Playoffs: Odds, Trends for Thursday’s 3 Games

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It’s another jam-packed night of NBA Playoffs, as three Game 3s are on the docket. Tonight’s slate features two Western Conference series deadlocked at 1 and one Eastern Conference team trying to bounce back at home while facing a 2-0 deficit.

The Bucks were eliminated by the Heat as the top seed in last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinals, but Milwaukee has revenge on its mind after taking the first two contests of their series this time around. Now the two foes will square off for the first time in Miami, with the tip at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on TNT.

Milwaukee (-125 on the moneyline) opened as a slight 1-point road favorite over Miami (+105 ML), and has since been bumped up to -1.5. The total has seen a bigger shift, swinging down from 227.5 to its current number of 225.

The majority of William Hill bettors will be rooting for the Bucks to extend their series lead to 3-0. Milwaukee has snagged 79% of the total number of tickets and 83% of the total dollars wagered among all spread bets vs. Miami, as well as 57% of the total number of tickets and 66% of the total dollars wagered for all moneyline wagers tonight.

Where William Hill bettors are split on this clash, though, is the total. The over has the edge with 53% of the total number of tickets, yet the under has the advantage with 54% of the total dollars wagered.

The defending champion Lakers will play their first playoff game at Staples Center since 2013 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, as LeBron James and Co. are aiming to take a 2-1 lead over the No. 2-seeded Suns. The Lakers have the second-lowest championship odds at William Hill Nevada at +280, and are the favorites to come out of the Western Conference at +115.

Los Angeles (-270 ML) is 6.5-point home chalk against Phoenix (+230 ML), whereas the total has seen a slight increase from 211 to 212.

The underdog is getting the love versus the number, as the Suns have received 69% of the total number of tickets and 52% of the total dollars wagered among all spread bets vs. the Lakers. The moneyline, however, is a different story, with the Lakers getting 77% of the total number of tickets and 83% of the total dollars wagered.

This is another total where the tickets and dollars are on opposite sides. The over is drawing 79% of the total number of tickets, although the under is attracting 52% of the total dollars wagered.

The other late showdown is between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT. Both teams recorded a double-digit victory in Denver, but now the series shifts to Portland.

This spread hasn’t budged from the opening number, as the Trail Blazers (-175 ML) are 4-point favorites over the Nuggets (+155 ML). The total has moved, though, with it being altered from 228 to 227.

The majority of bettors are siding with Damian Lillard’s squad over Nikola Jokic’s crew. The Trail Blazers have brought in 52% of the total number of tickets and 59% of the total dollars wagered among all spread bets, along with 64% of the total number of tickets and 58% of the total dollars wagered. There’s also alignment on the total, with the over capturing 75% of the total number of tickets and 84% of the total dollars wagered.

Check out William Hill’s latest odds and trends below for every NBA postseason spread tonight.

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