The NBA playoffs are heating up as we go from 16 teams down to eight for the conference semifinals. Cole Ryan prepared the loyal listeners of Betting the Buckets for the games left in the first round and looked ahead to the second round on this Friday edition of BangTheBook’s outstanding NBA betting podcast. Listeners of the show were treated to plenty of good thoughts and observations about the playoffs to date with insight into how those things will have an impact on the second round. It was blazing quick with some picks, just how Cole and his listeners like it.
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Taking a look Beyond the Box Score to kick off this weekend show, Cole had some thoughts on the Memphis Grizzlies and their series victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. What stood out about this series that could help the Grizzlies as they look ahead to their series against the Golden State Warriors?
Everybody is focused on the playoffs, but the time is now to start looking into how teams might change over the offseason. We’ve already seen a major splash in the coaching world with Oklahoma City’s hiring of Billy Donovan. What other teams have some big questions to answer during their downtime? During this segment, Cole discussed a couple of teams to keep an eye on and some tips on how to keep from getting too far behind the curve.
Looking ahead at some second-round matchups, the Cleveland Cavs and Chicago Bulls battle in the East and the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies square off in the West. Cole had a surprise upset pick for one of these two series that listeners will be very interested in. This is one of the best parts about Betting the Buckets because Cole is not afraid to go against the grain and discuss some tough bets to make.
Finally, there are some big games over the weekend, with Game 6 between the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks and Game 7 of the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers series. Cole gave out his thoughts and picks on both of those series, as well as a pick for Game 1 between the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors.
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Adam Burke is a freelance writer and amateur handicapper with a knack for finding value through matchup analysis and a deep understanding of the sports betting market. His main area of expertise is baseball, with a background in sabermetrics and advanced statistics. He is the host of The Gridiron Gambling Report and our college football and college basketball BangTheBook.com podcasts on the BlogTalkRadio Network.