The 2015 NBA Playoffs head to the semifinals this week and three of the top four seeds are all expected to advance to the conference finals. The Warriors are getting -1000 series odds in their semifinals set with the Grizzlies according to offshore bookmaker Bovada.lv’s latest 2015 NBA Playoff Predictions. The Cavaliers and Hawks, meanwhile, are -235 and -240 series favorites over the Bulls and Wizards, respectively. Bovada has not yet issues odds for the Clippers/Rockets series.
Eastern Conference Semifinals –
No. 5 Washington Wizards vs No. 1 Atlanta Hawks (-240): The Hawks struggled more than expected in their first round series than expected while the Wizards looked brilliant against the Raptors. Still, Atlanta gets the nod here as it dominated the season series 3-1.
My Pick: Hawks in Seven.
No. 3 Chicago Bulls vs No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers (-235): The Bulls were a Jekyll and Hyde bunch in their best-of-seven set with the upstart Bucks, but when they were good, they were really good. The same should hold true in this series, especially with Kevin Love being out for Cleveland. However, I am predicting more bad than good games for Chicago.
My Pick: Cavaliers in Six.
Western Conference Semifinals –
No. 5 Memphis Grizzlies vs No. 1 Golden State Warriors (-1000): The Grizzlies are tough as nails, but it will not matter in this series, Golden State is simply too good. The Warriors have won four of their last five meetings with Memphis and they should take this series in the same fashion.
My Pick: Warriors in Five.
No. 3 LA Clippers vs No. 2 Houston Rockets (N/A): Like the Clippers playoff opening set with the Spurs, this series figures to be an exceptional one. Frankly, it could go either way, but with Chris Paul dealing with a potential hamstring issue and the Rockets looking as good as ever, the nod goes to Houston.
My Pick: Rockets in Seven.
2015 NBA Playoff Predictions & Semifinal Series Odds: Provided by Bovada.lv
Washington Wizards 2/1 ($100 wins $200)
Atlanta Hawks 5/12 ($240 wins $100)
Memphis Grizzlies 13/2 ($100 wins $650)
Golden State Warriors 1/10 ($1000 wins $100)
Chicago Bulls 39/20 ($100 wins $195)
Cleveland Cavaliers 20/47 ($235 wins $100)
Los Angeles Clippers N/A
Houston Rockets N/A