The NBA playoffs are rolling and providing plenty of excitement along the way. With fans back in arenas, the energy is way up, making this postseason even better.
Basketball fans in the Mountain State can wager on every single playoff matchup thanks to the array of West Virginia sportsbooks. It’s also helpful that the majority of them feature some type of deal or promo to utilize for the playoffs.
The action on the hardwood continues into next week, with some great games on the docket.
On Monday night, the Sixers and Wizards get together, while Utah and Memphis meet for Game 4 as well.
Then on Tuesday, the Lakers and Suns battle in their opening-round series.
Let’s examine each of these series and take a look at the betting odds posted at WV sportsbooks.
NBA playoff betting at WV sportsbooks
Wizards vs. 76ers preview
The Wizards host the visiting Sixers in Game 4 of their series next Monday. The game gets underway at 7 p.m. EST on TNT.
Washington finished the regular season as the eighth seed, so it was forced to participate in the play-in tournament. It came up short against Boston but prevailed at home in the second matchup with Indiana.
Now, against the top-seeded Sixers, things aren’t going so well.
The Wizards lost a competitive first game but were on the wrong side of a lopsided loss in Game 2.
Although the Wizards get the opportunity to play in front of their home fans in the next couple of games, it may not change much.
One of their best players, Bradley Beal, is already performing at an extremely high level. He scored 33 points in both of the first two contests, while shooting better than 50% from the field.
It appears that the Sixers might have too much for the Wizards to handle.
Philly is getting scoring from all over its roster. Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid each poured in 30 in the opener, and five different players reached double digits in the second.
DraftKings Sportsbook WV currently is showing the odds for Game 4 of this series on Saturday night. It has Philadelphia laying -6 in the point spread, with its moneyline at -240. Washington’s moneyline odds are at +195.
Depending on how the Wizards fare on Saturday, these odds will likely look similar for the next tilt on Monday.
DraftKings doesn’t appear to think Washington will be making a comeback to advance. The series odds for this matchup list the Sixers at -10000 and the Wizards at +2000.
Still, sweeping a series is very difficult, so it’s possible the Wizards will steal one of these games at home.
Jazz vs. Grizzlies preview
In the Western Conference, the No. 1 seed Utah is having more issues than anticipated against Memphis. The Grizzlies took the first game of the series on the road and still put up a fight in the following contest.
A major difference between the first two matchups was the availability of Donovan Mitchell. The Jazz guard missed the opener and several games to end the regular season.
He scored 25 points to lead his side in the victory Wednesday evening.
Since it doesn’t look like Memphis will go away easily, these next two meetings on its home floor should be great.
The Grizzlies’ Ja Morant played well in the first game; however, he exploded in the second matchup. He put in 47 points on 58% shooting to go with seven assists and four rebounds.
Memphis is also getting quality performances from forward Dillon Brooks. He’s recorded 54 points through two games while hitting over 60% of his shots.
The underdog Grizzlies need both players to continue playing well to have a real chance of pulling the upset.
According to FanDuel WV, Utah is still favored on the road, giving -5 in Saturday’s contest. Utah’s moneyline is at -215, whereas Memphis’ odds to win Game 3 are +180.
Again, the odds for their next matchup on Monday night are likely to look close to these.
The series odds for this one are much more even. FanDuel lists Utah at -700, compared to Memphis at +470.
Lakers vs. Suns preview
After Monday’s action, there could be as many as four more games on Tuesday. Some of the series are eligible for sweeps, though, so the schedule might lighten up.
Regardless, the Lakers and the Suns will get together for the fifth contest in their series. The start time hasn’t been announced yet.
Phoenix, which is the No. 2 seed, is actually the underdog in the series. Despite its great campaign in 2021, it was saddled with probably the most difficult first-round opponent.
The Lakers earned only the seventh seed, but that was due in large part to the number of injuries they had. Both LeBron James and Anthony Davis missed long periods of time with injury problems.
They are relatively healthy now, though, and look like they’re getting back on track.
Phoenix won the first game but dropped the next two. Los Angeles put together a strong third quarter to pull away and grab a 2-1 series lead on Thursday night.
The Suns haven’t played the same, particularly because of Chris Paul. The veteran guard hurt his shoulder toward the end of Game 1 and hasn’t been much of a factor since.
BetMGM Sportsbook WV shows the Lakers laying -6.5 in Sunday’s Game 4. It gives the Lakers odds of -275 on the moneyline, with Phoenix at +220.
If the Suns continue to keep things tight, these odds should get closer for Tuesday’s matchup. The two teams return to Arizona for the fifth game.
As far as the series goes, DraftKings has the Lakers as sizable favorites. They have odds of -835, while the Suns are listed at +500.