2016 NBA Playoffs First Round Schedule & Series Odds

2016 nba playoffs first round scheduleIntrigue in the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs? Perhaps, but not in regard to the top seeds, that according to Bovada’s opening NBA series odds anyway. The defending champion Warriors are massive -10000 series favorite ($10000 wins $100) over the eighth seeded Rockets and the Cavaliers, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, are drawing a -1600 line in their opening round series with the Pistons.

Looking for something more competitive or some potential first round upsets there are a few possibilities. The odds makers are anticipating tightly contested series between the Heat and Hornets and Hawks and Celtics in the East while the Trail Blazers vs Clippers is being viewed as the most spirited Western Conference series .

Miami is lined as a -155 series favorite over Charlotte. The two division rivals split their season series with each team winning both a home and a road game against the other. Atlanta, which posted a 3-1 record against Boston this season, is getting -160 odds to advance to the second round. And Los Angeles is listed as a -350 favorite over Portland, a team it defeated three times in four meetings.

The Cavaliers opened the season as a +275 favorite to win the 2016 NBA Finals while the Warriors were a close second pick at +400 odds. Cleveland is now a second pick, along with San Antonio, at +400 odds and Golden State is the odds makers top choice with a -150 listing.

Stephen Curry and company are getting -200 odds to win the Western Conference and Cleveland is drawing -260 odds to win the East for a second consecutive year.

2016 NBA Playoffs First Round Schedule & Series Odds: NBA Odds Provided by Bovada.lv

EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND PLAYOFFS –

1. Cleveland Cavaliers vs 8. Detroit Pistons

Game 1 – Sunday, April 17 at Cleveland (3pm ET, ABC)
Game 2 – Wednesday, April 20 at Cleveland (8pm ET, TNT)
Game 3 – Friday, April 22 at Detroit (7pm ET, ESPN)
Game 4 – Sunday, April 24 at Detroit (8:30pm ET, TNT)
Game 5 – Tuesday, April 26 at Cleveland (TBD)*
Game 6 – Thursday, April 28 at Detroit (TBD)*
Game 7 – Saturday, April 30 at Cleveland (TBD)*

Series Odds – Cleveland -1600, Detroit +800

2. Toronto Raptors vs 7. Indiana Pacers

Game 1 – Saturday, April 16 at Toronto (12:30pm ET, ESPN)
Game 2 – Monday, April 18 at Toronto (7pm ET, NBA TV)
Game 3 – Thursday, April 21 at Indiana (7:30pm ET, NBA TV)
Game 4 – Saturday, April 23 at Indiana (3pm ET, TNT)
Game 5 – Tuesday, April 26 at Toronto (TBD)*
Game 6 – Friday, April 29 at Indiana (TBD)*
Game 7 – Sunday, May 1 at Toronto (TBD)*

Series Odds – Toronto -400, Indiana +300

3. Miami Heat vs 6. Charlotte Hornets

Game 1 – Sunday, April 17 at Miami (5:30pm ET, TN)
Game 2 – Wednesday, April 20 at Miami (7pm ET, NBA TV)
Game 3 – Saturday, April 23 at Charlotte (5:30pm ET, TNT)
Game 4 – Monday, April 25 at Charlotte (TBD)
Game 5 – Wednesday, April 27 at Miami (TBD)*
Game 6 – Friday, April 29 at Charlotte (TBD)*
Game 7 – Sunday, May 1 at Miami (TBD)*

Series Odds – Miami -155, Charlotte +135

4. Atlanta Hawks vs 5. Boston Celtics

Game 1 – Saturday, April 16 at Atlanta (7pm ET, ESPN)
Game 2 – Tuesday, April 19 at Atlanta (7pm ET, TNT)
Game 3 – Friday, April 22 at Boston (8pm ET, ESPN2)
Game 4 – Sunday, April 24 at Boston (6pm ET, TNT)
Game 5 – Tuesday, April 26 at Atlanta (TBD)*
Game 6 – Thursday, April 28 at Boston (TBD)*
Game 7 – Saturday, April 30 at Atlanta (TBD)*

Series Odds – Atlanta -160, Boston +140

WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND PLAYOFFS –

1. Golden State Warriors vs 8. Houston Rockets

Game 1 – Saturday, April 16 at Golden State (3:30pm ET, ABC)
Game 2 – Monday, April 18 at Golden State (10:30pm ET, TNT)
Game 3 – Thursday, April 21 at Houston (9:30pm ET, TNT)
Game 4 – Sunday, April 24 at Houston (3:30pm ET, ABC)
Game 5 – Wednesday, April 27 at Golden State (TBD)*
Game 6 – Friday, April 29 at Houston (TBD)*
Game 7 – Sunday, May 1 at Golden State (TBD)*

Series Odds – Golden State -10000, Houston +2000

2. San Antonio Spurs vs 7. Memphis Grizzlies

Game 1 – Sunday, April 17 at San Antonio (8pm, TNT)
Game 2 – Tuesday, April 19 at San Antonio (9:30pm ET, TNT)
Game 3 – Friday, April 22 at Memphis (9:30pm ET, ESPN)
Game 4 – Sunday, April 24 at Memphis (1pm ET, ABC)
Game 5 – Tuesday, April 26 at San Antonio (TBD)*
Game 6 – Thursday, April 28 at Memphis (TBD)*
Game 7 – Saturday, April 30 at San Antonio (TBD)*

Series Odds – San Antonio -10000, Memphis +2000

3. Oklahoma City Thunder vs 6. Dallas Mavericks

Game 1 – Saturday, April 16 at Oklahoma City (9:30pm ET, ESPN)
Game 2 – Monday, April 18 at Oklahoma City (8pm ET, TNT)
Game 3 – Thursday, April 21 at Dallas (7pm ET, TNT)
Game 4 – Saturday, April 23 at Dallas (8pm ET, ESPN)
Game 5 – Monday, April 25 at Oklahoma City (TBD)*
Game 6 – Thursday, April 28 at Dallas (TBD)*
Game 7 – Saturday, April 30 at Oklahoma City (TBD)*

Series Odds – Oklahoma City -2000, Dallas +1000

4. Los Angeles Clippers vs 5. Portland Trail Blazers

Game 1 – Sunday, April 17 at Los Angeles (10:30pm ET, TNT)
Game 2 – Wednesday, April 20 at Los Angeles (10:30pm ET, TNT)
Game 3 – Saturday, April 23 at Portland (10:30pm ET, ESPN)
Game 4 – Monday, April 25 at Portland (10:30pm ET, TNT)
Game 5 – Wednesday, April 27 at Los Angeles (TBD)*
Game 6 – Friday, April 29 at Portland (TBD)*
Game 7 – Sunday, May 1 at Los Angeles (TBD)*

Series Odds – Los Angeles -350, Portland +275

* = If Necessary