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Warriors and Raptors Tuesday night favorites in the NBA Playoffs

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The Golden State Warriors will be looking to remain undefeated at home during the postseason when they play host to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday in Game 2 of their second-round series as 10-point favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Golden State scored a lopsided 118-106 Game 1 victory, covering as 9.5-point chalk and moving to heavy -3000 favorites on the NBA series prices ahead of Tuesday night’s matchup.

The Warriors also continue to dominate on the NBA championship odds as +110  favorites, ahead of the San Antonio Spurs at +175, while the Cavaliers have improved slightly to +333.

The Trail Blazers took a step back in Game 1 after knocking off the hobbled Los Angeles Clippers in their first-round series with four straight wins, bouncing back after dropping the first two games. However, Portland faces the huge task of overcoming a recent 3-12 straight-up record against Golden State, including five straight road losses, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

Also on Tuesday, the Toronto Raptors make their first appearance in the second round since 2001 when they welcome the Miami Heat to the Air Canada Centre as 4.5-point favorites.

The Raptors claimed their first best-of-seven series victory in franchise history with an 89-84 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 on Sunday night, failing to cover as 6-point chalk.

The win redeemed the Raptors, who were left reeling following a stunning fourth-quarter collapse in Game 6, falling 101-83 in Indiana as 2-point underdogs, and are a worrisome 2-5 against the spread so far in the postseason.

The Heat were simply dominant in a 106-73 rout of the Charlotte Hornets last time out to erase a 3-2 series deficit and claim a first-round victory in seven games.

A nail-biting finish in the first round continues Miami’s roller coaster performance that has seen them unable to string together three consecutive SU wins in almost two months, a stretch in which they have gone 15-11 SU and 13-13 ATS.

Miami has also struggled in recent meetings with the Raptors, SU and ATS losers in five of their past six matchups, and trail at +140 on the NBA series prices. The Raptors are pegged as -160 favorites in the series.

Markelle Fultz considered lock atop NBA Draft, but intriguing odds abound

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The real challenge in wagering on the NBA draft lies beyond the first two selections.

Washington Huskies point guard Markelle Fultz is now a borderline comical -5000 to be taken first at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The trade that the point guard-hungry Philadelphia 76ers swung with the Boston Celtics on Monday to get the No. 1 pick virtually assured Fultz would be the pick.

There’s actually a lower price on the field (+700) than on either UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball (+1200) or Duke small forward Jayson Tatum (+5000).

Speaking of Ball, the line of him being drafted by his hometown Los Angeles Lakers is -260, while there’s a +200 payout if he’s selected by any other team. The Lakers have also signaled their intentions by announcing they’ll trade incumbent point guard D’Angelo Russell. However, some feel Kentucky PG De’Aaron Fox, due to his athleticism and speed, has a higher ceiling.

Speaking of the aptly named Fox, many of the intriguing NBA Draft betting props involve the over/under on what point of the draft certain budding stars will hear their name called at the Barclays Center on Thursday.

The total for Fox  is 4.5. Tatum also has a 4.5 total. The Boston Celtics, who pick third, are set at point guard, but the Phoenix Suns could be looking at one at fourth overall.

One should probably keep an eye on speculation about Frank Ntilikina, whose draft-slot total of 9.5 seems on the high side. The 18-year-old Frenchman is one of the youngest players in this draft class and has the skillset to also play either guard spot. The New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks, who are in the eighth and ninth slots, are both keen on him, and there’s always the chance of one trading up to get him.

Ntilikina is also a -1400 favorite to be the first international player taken. The total on how many international players will go in the first round is 4.5.

College basketball fans can also carry over their rooting interests by betting on how many players will be taken in the first round. There is a 3.5 total for Duke players taken in the first round. The over pays a generous +145, which would require SG Frank Jackson sneaking into the first round to join Tatum, SG Luke Kennedy and C Harry Giles.

Conversely, the under on the 2.5 total of Oregon Ducks players selected – three players are second-round possibilities – is +220.

The early picks, of course, are mostly comprised of one-and-done talents. There is good value on picking who will be the first college senior taken. Colorado combo guard Derrick White is a slim +185 favorite, with Big 12 rival Wesley Iwundu of Kansas State listed at +210.

Warriors seek 2-0 series lead as double-digit favorite against Spurs

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The Golden State Warriors feasted after Kawhi Leonard was knocked out on Sunday, but they are far from an automatic cover as a huge home-court favorite in the NBA playoffs.

Stephen Curry and the Warriors are listed as 13.5-point favorites against the Spurs with a 208.5-point total at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com for their Game 2 matchup scheduled for Tuesday.

During the Curry era, Golden State is 12-1 straight-up and 4-9 against the spread in 13 playoff games where they were favored by 10 or more points at home. The Warriors are also 1-6 ATS in their last seven home playoff games according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

Not having Leonard (left ankle sprain) leaves a void for San Antonio, but the Spurs are 6-2 ATS without their all-star small forward this season. That includes their series-clinching win against the Houston Rockets in the second round. One can take for granted that a team under Gregg Popovich’s coaching guidance will find a way to adapt.

San Antonio will need to find ways to get PF LaMarcus Aldridge away from Warriors SF Draymond Green on offense, as well make greater use of PF Kyle Anderson. Jonathon Simmons has also proven capable of replacing Leonard’s scoring.

Over 11 games as the underdog this season, the Spurs are 7-4 SU and 8-2-1 ATS.

Job one for Golden State, which is 18-2 SU and 8-10-2 ATS over its last 20 home games, will be slowing down the Spurs after allowing 111 points at home on Sunday. They usually are tough on defense at Oracle Arena, where the total has gone under in 13 of their last 20 home games. Offensively, the absence of Leonard should free up space for PF Kevin Durant, since San Antonio won’t have a matchup for the four-time NBA scoring champion.

That said, the Warriors will need perimeter shooting from their supporting cast, not just Curry and SG Klay Thompson. With SF Andre Iguodala (knee) questionable, Golden State might be hard up for a complementary shooter to hit open threes.

The other big variable for Golden State is that assistant coach Mike Brown is running the bench in the absence of Steve Kerr (back surgery). Brown does not seem to have Kerr’s deft hand with making the right substitutions, which was why Golden State found itself in a 25-point hole in Game 1.

The total has gone over in 12 of the Spurs’ last 15 games overall and has also gone over in eight of their past 10 road games. The total has gone over in 10 of the Warriors’ last 15 games.