2015 NBA Playoffs Round 2: Preview and Betting Tips

May 3rd 2015, 9:28pm, By: C.McGregor9

The NBA Playoffs didn’t disappoint in the first round as a lot of matches came down to the wire, however there was a fair share of blowouts too. As we enter the second round the contests will get closer and a lot of teams are plagued by injuries which only makes it harder to predict which team will come out on top. Continue reading for our NBA Playoffs Round 2 preview and predictions of each series.

- - -

Western Conference

Golden State Warriors (1) vs Memphis Grizzlies (5)

The Warriors were a dominant force in the opening round and were only really challenged in game three of the series. That game was able to produce more positives for the Warriors than negatives. Down by 20 points at the end of the third quarter the Warriors fought back and a huge three pointer by Curry sent the game to overtime before proving too strong.

The biggest thing for the Grizzlies will be their perimeter and transition defence. Unfortunately for them, it was where they lacked during the regular season. The Warriors will thrive off of this and if the Grizzlies can’t find a way to slow them down then they will be no match for them.

Starting point guard Mike Conley will also miss the opening two games through injury, which is a massive blow for the Grizzlies.

The key match up will be between the Memphis’s best player Marc Gasol and the Warriors big man Andrew Bogut. If the Australian is able to restrict Gasol’s involvement and also produce enough on offence to allow Curry and Klay Thompson some space, then the Warriors will be off to the Conference Finals.
TIP: Golden State Warriors 4-1 @ $2.75 with Sportsbet

 

Houston Rockets (2) vs Los Angeles Clippers (3)

The Rockets will be well rested when they come up against the Clippers who were forced to play all seven games in what could be one of the greatest first round series of all time. Chris Paul is also in doubt for at least the opening game after injuring his hamstring in their game 7 victory, however he was able to play on in that match and also scored the match-winning shot.

Blake Griffin will be relied upon massively to take advantage of Josh Smith and Terrence Jones. He put up monster numbers across the board against the Spurs and will need to be even better to topple the Rockets.

The key match up will be between Dwight Howard and Deandre Jordan. The two big men will be relied upon by their teams to crash the boards and defend the rim and whoever manages to do this better will put their team a step ahead of the other on the road to the conference finals.

If Chris Paul is able to return early in the series and be as effective as he normally is, the Clippers should be able to prove too strong throughout the series.
TIP: Los Angeles Clippers 4-2 @ $5.10 with Sportsbet

 

Eastern Conference

Atlanta Hawks (1) vs Washington Wizards (5)

The Hawks and Wizards had total opposite first rounds. The Hawks were meant to be the dominant number one seed but it took them five and a half games before they played that way. Whilst the Wizards started with a bang and didn’t look like slowing down as they swept the Raptors.

John Wall will be the key to this series as he will need to be at his best if the Wizards are any chance of an upset. The point guard had a breakout round as he averaged 17.3 PPG and a monster 12.5 APG. If he can conjure up these sort of numbers again then we will be in for an entertaining series.
TIP: Atlanta Hawks 4-2 @ $5.50 with Sportsbet

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (2) vs Chicago Bulls (3)

The Cleveland Cavaliers made easy work of the Boston Celtics in the first round as they swept them rather convincingly. However, the biggest thing to come out of the series was the loss of Kevin Love for the rest of the season after his shoulder was dislocated by Kelly Olynyk in game 4. The burning question will be can Lebron James steer the Cavs to victory over the Bulls without one member of the “big 3”.

In my opinion, yes, James has enough pieces around him to deal with the loss of Love and push past the Bulls in this round. However, whether they will be able to do it is another story.

The Bulls were looking dominant as they raced to a 3-0 lead against the Bucks but they were forced to a game 6, which is not beneficial for point guard Derrick Rose. He was able to come out of the series fine and at stages he showed glimpses of the form that saw him named the MVP of the league only a few short seasons ago.

The loss of Love for the series and also 6th man J.R Smith for the first two games through suspension will be enough to see this series go to the Bulls.
TIP: Chicago Bulls 4-2 @ $6.55 with Sportsbet

 

NBA Playoff Betting Promotions

Check out some of the best NBA betting promotions available in 2015. 

Sportsbet

Place a 4+ leg match betting head-to-head multi on any NBA match up until Sunday 26th April, and get a bonus on your winnings up to a maximum of $200. Minimum final price of your multi must be $4 and a maximum of three claims per customer per week.

Sportsbet NBA Multi promo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxbet

Place a head-to-head match bet on Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs and if your team wins by 11 points or more, you'll receive bonus bet equal to your winnings up to a maximum of $100. Applies to your first bet on each match only. If you don't have an account, be sure to click here to sign-up to Luxbet and also claim a $300 bonus! 

 

Crownbet

Place a head-to-head bet on any NBA Playoff game and if your team is leading with three minutes to go and end up losing the game, you'll receive a bonus bet matching your stake up to $50. Does not apply to overtime.

Crownbet NBA promo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palmerbet

Get $2 lines for the NBA Playoffs at Palmerbet. Markets are open two hours before the game for a maximum bet of $200.

Palmerbet $2 lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_ _ _ 

Take note: Any of the tips in this article are simply the author’s opinion, so bet at your own risk and always gamble responsibly.  Also be sure to check out the Before You Bet Twitter Page for all our thoughts in the lead up to bets! Happy punting!

TIPS

2019 MLB Betting Tips: Wednesday 22nd May

Fantastic 15 game slate in the MLB this Wednesday, the 22nd of May and we have you covered with a full preview and betting tips for the key matchups of the day here! read more

ESports Betting Tips: CS:GO CS Summit

Six professional CS:GO teams will converge on the Summit House in Los Angeles to compete for a $150,000 prize pool in the fourth annual cs_summit! Catch our preview and tips for the event here read more

Australian Betting Sign Up Bonuses Ending Soon!

The end of an era in Australian online sports betting is fast approaching! As of the 26th of May, Australian bookmakers will no longer be allowed to offer sign up bonuses to new customers! Take advantage of the offers that are still available here. read more

Bendigo Racing Tips: Sunday May 19th

Sunday horse racing sees us head to Bendigo for a big eight-race card. Check out our racing preview and betting tips for every race here! read more

ARTICLES

Major Harness Races in Australasia

There are approximately 90 Group 1 level harness races in Australia and New Zealand each year; we've highlighted some of most high profile races on the annual racing calendar here. read more


Harness racing form: what are the most important things to consider

Harness racing form can be daunting to punters that are new to the sport and form analysis for the trots is certainly different to that of the gallops or greyhounds. We've listed what we think the most important factors to consider are when studying the form for a trots race. read more


Harness Racing Barrier Draws

Barrier draws are crucial in racing and they are especially important in harness racing. We've explained why barriers are such a key part of harness racing form study and their importance to determining a horse's chances here. read more


Harness Racing Glossary

There are many common terms used in harness racing that may not make sense to those new to the sport. Our harness racing glossary will help you understand what some of the key terminology means. read more


BLOGS

2019 AFL Brownlow Medal Vote Predictions Round 9

Our 2019 Brownlow Medal leader was the only contender to pick up votes during Round 9 according to our vote predictions. Do we have it right? Check out our thoughts for each AFL match here. read more


2019 AFL Brownlow Medal Vote Predictions Round 8

We have nine players within three votes of the leader in the race for the 2019 Brownlow Medal after Round 8 of the AFL season. Check out where our votes went and who the big movers are here: read more


2019 AFL Round 9 Odds

We're up to Round 9 of the 2019 AFL season, with the action kicking off on Friday night with West Coast hosting Melbourne. Here's the Round 9 betting odds and lines for every match of the round, with thanks to BetEasy. read more


2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Schedule

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will be held from England starting on the 30th of May! If you're a bit like us and find it tenuous to convert the starting times in your head, we have you covered with the full tournament schedule in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) right here! read more


Ladbrokes Bonus

TopBetta