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How to bet the first round of the NBA playoffs

Steph Curry and the defending champion Warriors will take on the Clippers in the first round. Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

The NBA postseason is here. The Clippers are big underdogs against the Warriors. Can they pull off a miracle? Who will advance in the East?

Our experts -- Preston Johnson, Jordan Schultz and Doug Kezirian -- are here to help, giving their best bets for the first round of the playoffs.

Note: All odds are via Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook and DraftKings as of April 12.

Eastern Conference

(6) Brooklyn Nets (+425) vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers (-600)

Kezirian: On paper, this should be a one-sided series that separates a legitimate conference contender from a team that took a giant step forward and needs this playoff appearance under its belt. However, Joel Embiid is a major question mark and may not even play Game 1. That gives me some pause before granting Philly a five-game "gentleman's sweep." Plus, the Sixers' new starting lineup has played a total of only 10 games together. If the Nets hit their 3s and don't rely too heavily on D'Angelo Russell, this series could get wonky.

Pick: Nets +2.5 games (+140)

Johnson: Joel Embiid's health is a an obvious concern, but just how significant of an impact would Embiid missing games or playing limited minutes make? This season with Embiid off the court, the Sixers have a net rating of -5.5 points per 100 possessions. That ranks 27th percentile league-wide.