Magic vs Bucks: How to bet on this series

The NBA playoffs are all set and one of the playoff series that is being overlooked is in the Eastern Conference. All the attention is now on the 76ers vs Celtics. But wait. The Milwaukee Bucks claimed the first top spot in the East and they will “host” the Orlando Magic who claimed the No. 8 seed. This series may not be as exciting as the Rockets vs Thunder, but it will be a good NBA match up. When previewing the Magic vs Bucks series, it is easy to be one-sided and favor the Bucks, but you need to dig deeper if you are going to bet on this series.

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Avoid number inflation

According to the top sportsbooks the Bucks are heavy favorites to win this series. With the best player in basketball in Giannis Antetokounmpo, they are also the favorites to win the East at (-160). Many sports betting sites are posting odds that lean to the Bucks sweeping the Magic out of the playoffs in the best-of-7-series. If you plan to bet on Milwaukee, it is best to get on this team now. The basketball betting line is only going to increase leading up to tip-off.

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Magic vs Bucks medical report

Magic coach Steve Clifford is underrated. He gets the most out of his team and they secured a playoff berth for the second straight season. They have the ability to be a tough underdog, but that will change when you look at the injuries. Injuries to Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon, and Michael Carter-Williams make things difficult for this team when they go up against Milwaukee. Isaac suffering a torn ACL means he will be gone for a long time. The Magic held players out to get healthy for the playoffs, so monitor the injuries before betting on this series.

Playoffs are different

When betting on this series try not to get caught up in the outcome of the regular season. The Magic went winless (-0-4) against the Bucks and they were crushed. The Bucks’ average margin of victory in those four meetings was 17 points (113.8-96.8). There is also a coaching mismatch. Milwaukee has won six of the seven meetings between the teams since Mike Budenholzer took over as Bucks’ head coach. This will drive the public to push up point spreads in this series and the Magic may be worth a bet early in this series.

When betting on this series, take caution. The Bucks will win this series, but laying double-digits on every game will only lead to trouble. Bet smart and good luck!

Magic vs Bucks pick: Bucks in 5

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