|NBA Playoffs Opening Lines, Odds & Totals for April 16, 2011|
|Written by Nate Steele|
|Saturday, 16 April 2011 06:30|
Saturday NBA Opening Odds
(The Spread) – The Big Three of the Miami Heat enter the NBA Playoffs with all eyes on them as they begin their series Saturday afternoon with the Philadelphia 76ers, one of four games on the first day of the postseason schedule.View Current NBA Betting Odds
Miami, which won all three meetings during the regular season, will tip off against Philadelphia at 3:30PM EST. According to oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com, the Heat are 10.5-point favorites in the matchup and the over-under is set at 190.
According to the latest NBA trends, Miami is 6-5 against the spread versus Philadelphia over the last three seasons. Miami is 9-2 straight up against Philadelphia over the last three seasons. Six of 10 games in this series have gone under the total over the last three seasons.
LeBron James led Miami this season after signing his huge offseason contract, averaging 26.7 points per game along with 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists. Elton Brand paces a balanced 76ers offense at 15.0 points per game.
The Chicago Bulls, the top overall seed in the NBA Playoffs, will open the day with their 1:00PM Game One clash with the Indiana Pacers at the United Center. The Bulls are 11.5-point favorites and the over-under is 188.5.
Orlando hosts Atlanta at 7:05PM EST, a year after the Magic thrashed the Hawks in an Eastern Conference semifinals sweep. Orlando is an 8.5-point favorite and the over-under is 179.5. The day wraps up at 9:35PM EST when the Dallas Mavericks start their series at home against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Mavericks are 5-point favorites with an over-under listed at 186.
Saturday NBA Opening Point Spread Odds & Over/Under Totals
701 Indiana Pacers +11.5 (188.5)
702 Chicago Bulls -11.5
703 Philadelphia 76ers +10.5 (190)
704 Miami Heat -10.5
705 Atlanta Hawks +8.5 (179.5)
706 Orlando Hawks -8.5
707 Portland Trail Blazers +5 (186)
708 Dallas Mavericks -5