NBA Play-offs pick up the pace with Conference Final showdowns

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This season’s NBA campaign has faced a number of challenges, but it now looks it will reach a conclusion. The players who remain in the finals have reportedly reached an agreement with the NBA to finish the competition.

Doubts over whether the 2019/20 would be completed were raised when the Milwaukee Bucks opted to cancel their game against Orlando Magic in Game 5 of their first-round encounter. The number one seed in the Eastern Conference wanted to protest over the police shooting in Wisconsin the weekend before.

This decision by the Bucks led to the NBA postponing all their scheduled matches to the following day. There were a lot of discussions between teams about how they should proceed with the rest of the play-offs, but they have decided to play on. Instead, those involved in the NBA bubble will continue to raise the conversation about the racial injustices and police brutality in the United States through their respective platforms.

Heat to Face Celtics in Eastern Conference

Miami Heat are the highest seed still in the play-offs. They had an excellent 4-1 victory over the Bucks in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. The Heat are bidding for their first championship since 2013. They have lost just one game so far in the play-offs and they have found their form at exactly the right time of the season.

Boston Celtics, on the other hand, had to hold their nerve in a decider against the defending champions Toronto Raptors in order to reach the Eastern Conference Finals. Jayson Tatum starred in the 92-87 victory with 29 points and 12 rebounds.

The Celtics are the marginal favorites in the betting on the NBA for this series against the Heat. There are a number of ways to bet on the Eastern Conference Finals, including the moneyline for each game, over/under total points and point spread.

Lakers To Meet Nuggets for Western Conference Title

At the start of the regular season, it was the two Los Angeles franchises who topped the outright market to win the championship. Denver Nuggets spoiled any possibility of an all LA Western Conference Finals as they beat the Clippers in the semi-final.

Last season’s NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard has excelled in the play-offs but he was unable to deliver the Clippers the championship in his first season in LA.

Denver reached the Western Conference finals after winning a series decider against Utah in the first round. They then held their nerve to defeat the Clippers 104-89 in Game 7. If you are looking to back the Nuggets to prevail this year, the howtobet guide on the NBA Finals will provide you with all the information you need to place the bet.

The Lakers had no problem progressing from their semi-final tie with the Houston Rockets as they prevailed 4-1. LeBron James is looking for his fourth NBA Championship this year and is in excellent form. They are the favorites in the betting to defeat Denver in the Western Conference Finals.

The NBA Finals begin on September 30 and could run through to October 13 if a seventh game is required.