Recap of NBA Playoffs First Round
If you like upsets or watching a Game 7, then the NBA’s first-round playoffs were not for you in 2022. Higher seeds went 8-0 and every series ended in six games or fewer.
- Miami Heat defeated Atlanta Hawks (4-1)
- Boston Celtics defeated Brooklyn Nets (4-0)
- Milwaukee Bucks defeated Chicago Bulls (4-1)
- Philadelphia 76ers defeated Toronto Raptors (4-2)
- Phoenix Suns defeated New Orleans Pelicans (4-2)
- Memphis Grizzlies defeated Minnesota Timberwolves (4-2)
- Golden State Warriors defeated Denver Nuggets (4-1)
- Dallas Mavericks defeated Utah Jazz (4-2)
However, there were some key injuries that will shake up the second round of the NBA playoffs.
Who Is Favored in Round 2?
In the second round, the higher seed is favored in three of the four series. Only the Memphis Grizzlies are a home dog. The following pre-Game 1 series odds come from FanDuel.
- Milwaukee Bucks (+168) at Boston Celtics (-200)
- Philadelphia 76ers (+300) at Miami Heat (-375)
- Dallas Mavericks (+240) at Phoenix Suns (-295)
- Golden State Warriors (-255) at Memphis Grizzlies (+210)
Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics (-200 to Win Series)
Last season, the Bucks were healthy through the playoffs and won the championship. The Celtics were missing Jaylen Brown and lost in the first round to Brooklyn. They returned the favor by sweeping the Nets this year, and now Boston is favored with this duo of Brown and Jayson Tatum leading the way. Meanwhile, the Bucks will have to make do without Khris Middleton because of an MCL injury. Still, the Bucks have Giannis Antetokounmpo, and this series has the closest odds of the remaining four. But Boston is a worthy favorite as the Celtics have been outstanding since January.
Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat (-375 to Win Series)
The top-seeded Heat shut down Trae Young and Atlanta’s offense in the first round, and now they could be catching a huge break with Joel Embiid, the NBA’s leading scorer, out indefinitely with an orbital fracture and concussion. Embiid will miss Game 1 at the very least. The last time he had this injury, he missed 10 games. This should give Miami a leg up on getting back to the NBA Finals for the second time in three years.
Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns (-295 to Win Series)
Can you believe Dallas just won a playoff series for the first time since the 2011 NBA Finals? Luka Doncic is hungry for more, but the Suns were 3-0 against Dallas this season. Chris Paul and Devin Booker lead a talented, well-coached roster that is dying to get back to the Finals and avenge last year’s blown lead.
Golden State Warriors at Memphis Grizzlies (+210 to Win Series)
Beyond Golden State’s advantages in experience and past success, this interesting betting line may reflect that Memphis was very fortunate to make so many double-digit comebacks against the Timberwolves in the first round. That included a 26-point comeback in Game 3. The Warriors are too good defensively to blow leads like the Timberwolves did. Still, Memphis covered the spread at the highest rate in the NBA this season, including the highest rate at home (63.6%). This has a chance to be the most exciting series of the second round.
How to Bet on the NBA Second Round Playoffs?
With plenty of betting opportunities to come from this round, be sure to check out our daily picks and parlays.