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NBA Playoffs 2019: Odds and Predictions for All 16 Teams

The field for the NBA playoffs is set and the race to dethrone the Golden State Warriors begins in earnest on Saturday.

The Warriors are bidding to become the first team to win three titles in a row since the Los Angeles Lakers clinched a three-peat between 2000 and 2002, and the bookmakers have them as runaway favorites to do so.

Bovada has Golden State as 9/20 favorite (-220 in moneyline terms) to win a third title in a row,  while Steve Kerr’s men are 1/2 at VegasInsider.

The defending champions have gone 57-25 this season, winning one fewer game than last year but still finishing with the third-best overall record in the NBA.

The fact that this is the team's worst record over the last five seasons illustrates the incredibly high standards Golden State has set for itself and for the rest of the league.

Behind Golden State, the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to bring the title back to Wisconsin for the first time since 1971. So far, the omens are good. The Bucks finished the regular season with the best record in the league for the first time since 1974 when, inspired by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee reached the NBA Finals.

Abdul-Jabbar claimed a third MVP crown in four years, but the Bucks lost to the Celtics in seven games in the Finals. With Giannis Antetokounmpo the favorite to win the MVP race, history could repeat itself, although the Bucks will hope the story will have a slightly different finale.

The Bucks are second-favorite to win the title at 15/2 and a first-round matchup against the Detroit Pistons shouldn’t pose too many troubles.

The Raptors are third-favorites at 10/1, followed by the Rockets and Sixers at 11/1 and 13/1 respectively.

The trade for Kawhi Leonard in the summer turned Toronto into a title contender and the addition of Marc Gasol in February has proved to be a shrewd piece of business.

At least this year the Raptors won’t have to face the Cleveland Cavaliers, whom they lost to in each of the last three seasons.

Houston, meanwhile, arrives in the postseason with more answers than questions. The Rockets turned around a disastrous 11-14 start to the season and rode James Harden’s scoring spree to a very respectable 53-29 record.

However, there are doubts over whether Harden’s ball-dominant style—he made 317 unassisted three-pointers in the regular season, more than double that of any other player in the league—can be effective in the playoffs and whether Chris Paul can stay fit.

The Sixers, meanwhile, added Jimmy Butler to a roster that was good enough to reach the conference semifinals last season but in doing so they have weakened their bench. Add to that Philadelphia’s notorious lack of shooting—aside from Redick and Harris, the Sixers’ threat from beyond the arc fluctuates between sporadic and non-existent—and it’s not difficult to see why they’re a long shot to win the title.

Complete odds for 2019 NBA playoffs

9/20—Golden State Warriors

15/2—Milwaukee Bucks

10/1—Toronto Raptors

11/1—Houston Rockets

13/1—Philadelphia 76ers

18/1—Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets

35/1—Oklahoma City Thunder

50/1—Portland Trail Blazers

65/1—Utah Jazz

70/1—Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs

80/1—Indiana Pacers

100/1—Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic

125/1—Brooklyn Nets

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry, #30 of the Golden State Warriors holds the championship trophy during the Golden State Warriors Victory Parade on June 12, 2018 in Oakland, California. The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 to win the 2018 NBA Finals. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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