Our friends at TIPS NBA, expert basketball handicappers, have some noteworthy trends for the Bucks-Celtics and Raptors-76ers series in the 2019 NBA playoffs. One eye-opener is this about two seeds: “Since 2002, No. 2 seeds are 80-51-1 (61.1 percent) as betting favorites versus No. 3 seeds in second round.”
When a one seed (Milwaukee) and four seed (Boston) clash (since 2002):
• The top seed is 6-12 SU and 4-12-2 ATS in away games following a contest in which they covered the prior spread.
• No.1 seeds are 2-14 SU and 3-12-1 ATS in away games when they allowed their previous opponent to surpass their projected team total by 3 points or more.
When a two seed (Raptors) and three seed (Philadelphia) clash (since 2002):
• No. 2 seeds, as underdogs in away games, are 15-31 SU (32.6 percent) and 16-30 ATS (34.8 percent) overall.
• No. 2 seeds are 4-20 ATS (16.7 percent) coming off a contest that finished 13 points or more below the final betting total.