Are The Lakers And Bucks Overrated In Round 1?

  • The Los Angeles Lakers are favored to lose under 2.5 games at -140 odds.
  • The Milwaukee Bucks are favored to lose under 1.5 games with -170 odds.
  • The Trailblazers' odds to sweep the Lakers are at +1200.

ORLANDO, Fla.The Orlando Magic and the Portland Trailblazers have shocked the NBA world and have marked their names in history.

Both of the eighth-seeded teams have beaten their first seeded opponents in the first game of their series.

The last time that this happened was back in the 2003 playoffs when the Orlando Magic defeated the Detroit Pistons and the Phoenix Suns defeated the San Antonio Spurs.

With both the Lakers and Bucks dropping their first games, online sportsbooks have odds on how many games they will lose in the first round as well as if there is a potential sweep on the Lakers.

How Many First Round Games Will Lakers Lose?

  • Under 2.5 Games -140
  • Over 2.5 Games +110

Barkley Is Correct And Trailblazers Sweep Lakers

  • No -3300
  • Yes +1200

Looking at the Los Angeles Lakers' first-round matchup, many would think that 2.5 is a bit high for a team that has the greatest player on the planet in LeBron James. The truth is that, the Portland Trailblazers are no joke and should not be taken lightly at all.

They have all the pieces necessary to be able to compete with the Lakers as they have arguably the best point guard in the league right now. In his last four games, Damian Lillard has not scored under 30, including both a 51- and a 61-point game.

Where the Blazers are currently thriving over the Lakers right now is with their three-point shooting. They simply overpower LA with shots from beyond the arc as the Lakers do not have great three-point shooting at all.

That being said, the Blazers can very well force seven games in this series and those willing to take the chance could be met with a great payout.

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Looking at if the Blazers will sweep the Lakers, Charles Barkley made an interesting prediction that they will if they win Game 1.

Forcing seven games is one thing and is highly doable, but sweeping is just not in the stars for the Blazers during this series. Bettors should not be fooled here as LeBron James is still LeBron James and will not be swept. Plain and simple.

Bucks Vs. Magic

As for the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic Series, it is safe to say that the Bucks are just as surprised as everyone else that the Magic stole the first game.

The Magic actually pulled off a similar stunt last year when they were the seventh seed and defeated the defending champions, Toronto Raptors.

How Many First Round Games Will Bucks Lose?

  • Under 1.5 Games -170
  • Over 1.5 Games +140

The fact that they won the first game, however, should not be taken too seriously as the Orlando Magic are still shorthanded following the loss of Jonathan Isaac for the season. Now, Giannis Antetokounmpo will more than likely come out swinging from the start.

The NBA odds are favored here for a reason and bettors can expect that the Bucks do not give up any more games.