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In the Eastern Conference, the No. 7 seed Boston Celtics host the No. 8 seed Washington Wizards and the No. 9 seed Indiana Pacers host the No. 10 seed Charlotte Hornets, both games taking place on Tuesday, May 18. The winner of Celtics vs. Wizards will advance to the NBA Playoffs as the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference, with the loser moving on to play the winner of Pacers-Hornets for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
In the Western Conference, the No. 7 seed Los Angeles Lakers host the No. 8 seed Golden State Warriors and the No. 9 seed Memphis Grizzlies host the No. 10 seed San Antonio Sputs, both games taking place on Wednesday, May 19. The winner of Lakers-Warriors will advance to the NBA Playoffs as the No. 7 seed, with the loser taking on the winner of Grizzlies vs. Spurs for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.
The Lakers and Celtics are currently atop the list of Play-In Tournament Futures, with Los Angeles -5000 to make the 2021 NBA Playoffs and the Celtics -625 to make the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
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PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT FUTURES: EAST
- #10 Hornets to reach the playoffs (YES: +450, NO: -715)
- #9 Pacers to reach the playoffs (YES: +320, NO: -455)
- #8 Wizards to reach the playoffs (YES: -500, NO: +340)
- #7 Celtics to reach the playoffs (YES: -625, NO: +400)
PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT FUTURES: WEST
- #10 Spurs to reach the playoffs (YES: +650, NO: -1250)
- #9 Grizzlies to reach the playoffs (YES: +390, NO: -590)
- #8 Warriors to reach the playoffs (YES: -500, NO: +340)
- #7 Lakers to reach the playoffs (YES: -5000, NO: +1200)
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You can find the breakdowns for the individual games here, so before we dive into the Play-In Tournament futures here, go and give that a read.
Truth be told, in the Western Conference, I’m struggling to see anywhere that we can drum up some value in the futures markets. The Lakers are not losing two games in a row. I’d be surprised if they lost their first game against the Warriors.
And I also don’t think that either the Spurs or the Grizzlies will be able to beat the loser of the 7-8 game. Like I said, the Lakers are not losing two in a row, and in a one-game setting, a win-or-don’t-make-the-playoffs game, Steph Curry is not going to go quietly into the night. He’s going to go nuts, like he did on Sunday, when he put 46 on Memphis in what amounted to a one-game playoff to be the No. 8-seed.
Things are a little bit more interesting in the Eastern Conference.
I think there is a very real chance that the Celtics are going to fold. I’m all in on the Wizards winning in Boston on Tuesday night. They’ve been the hottest team in the NBA for the last month, while Boston has lost Jaylen Brown and dropped all the way down to the No. 7-seed. Hell, they even lost to the Thunder, who pulled off one of the most epic tank jobs in the history of American sports this year.
So I think there is real value on Boston (+400) to miss out on the Playoffs. If you think they lose two in a row in this spot more than 20% of the time, then your bet is +EV. I also think there is value on the Hornets (+450) and the Pacers (+320) to get into the Playoffs, but I don’t have a great feel on who wins the 9-10 game, which is why I like Boston’s line more.