Milwaukee Bucks are only one win away from their first NBA title in 50 years when they face Phoenix Suns in Game 6 in the early hours of Wednesday. The Bucks were trailing 2-0 to Phoenix after Monty Williams’ side won back-to-back home games but Milwaukee are on a roll after three straight triumphs to leave them on the cusp of their first success since 1971.
We’ve reached the Divisional Round with this season’s NFL predictions and are hoping to land a near-10/1 accumulator from handicap picks on all four matches. Teams are now just two wins away from featuring in Super Bowl LV, which is scheduled to take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on February 7.
Boston Celtics will continue their home campaign with another tough encounter at TD Garden when Eastern Conference rivals Milwaukee Bucks look to maintain their early season form. The Bucks and Celtics both boast 2-1 records to be among the front-runners of a congested Eastern Conference, where only the Philadelphia 76ers hold a 100 per cent record after three games.
The excitement of the NBA season continues into night two when there is a huge Atlantic Division clash at the Wells Fargo Center between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics. Boston took the four-game series 3-1 during a productive season as they made the play-offs alongside Philadelphia but both crashed out at the Eastern Conference semi-final stage.
Los Angeles will host one of the most eye-catching NBA matches of the season on opening night as the Lakers take on city rivals Clippers at the Staples Center. The Clippers took the series 3-2 during the 2018-19 season but after a busy summer for both teams, the Lakers and the Clippers will be desperate to get off to a perfect start by defeating their their bitter rivals.
Ahead of the NBA play-offs this weekend, we’ve taken a look at every past season since the bracket was expanded to 16 teams in 1984 to reveal some interesting patterns. We’ve looked at which seeds tend to go deeper in the tournament and the likely source of any upsets to help you with your betting before the curtain goes up on Saturday.