2019 NBA Playoffs: Milwaukee bucking the trend?
We may all be waiting for the promotion shoot-outs on home soil, but across the pond we’ve got a lively NBA play-off campaign to savour already underway.
After a gruelling regular season we are approaching the business end as the Conference play-off final match-ups should be decided in the next week.
Can reigning champions Golden State Warriors get the three-peat? Or will another side get their claws on the coveted Championship trophy?
They were the best team across both conferences in the regular season, but can Milwaukee Bucks really make their superiority count?
Well, with Giannis Antetokounmpo anything is possible. They are currently 3-1 up on Boston Celtics and are 1/5 on to make it 4-1 and progress to the Eastern finale.
Celtics do have a star-studded starting five though and with Kyrie Irving and Eric Gordon they’re 7/2 to win and keep their hopes alive.
The other semi-final is much tighter to call with Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers currently tied at two-apiece.
Kawhi Leonard’s 39 point score on Sunday has meant we are all square going into Game five of seven.
The Warriors cruised into a two-nil lead against the Houston Rockets but MVP contender James Harden does what he does best.
Harden has hit a 41 and 38 points score to leave the tie in the balance. But Game five will be in Golden State’s back yard which could swing it for them.
Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers both have players staking a claim for the playoff MVP.
Portland’s Damian Lillard had his epic-buzzer beater moment in the series over Oklahoma City Thunder and is a threat.
While Nikola Jokic bagged his fourth triple double of the play-offs with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists as the Nuggets bit into the Blazers lead.
As for the outright odds, can the Bucks really do this? Giannis and co are 4/1 to win the whole thing.
But it looks like they could be on a collision course with GSW who are 3/4 on to secure three on the spin.
You can catch all the action on Sky Sports until the playoffs conclude in June.
All odds and markets are correct as of the date of publishing.