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Best bets for the 2021 NBA playoffs

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The NBA playoffs are in full force, and there are plenty of betting opportunities each night and in futures. Which teams will emerge from the postseason?

Our analysts -- Doug Kezirian (29-16 regular season, 1-2 play-in, 14-10 playoffs), Joe Fortenbaugh (14-14, 1-1, 11-12, André Snellings (61-42-1, 5-4, 43-49-2), Tyler Fulghum (24-30, 1-1, 18-10) and Anita Marks (24-17, 0-6, 23-17) -- are here to give their best bets for the playoffs.

Records through Sunday. Odds by Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill unless noted otherwise.


Tuesday's best bets

Game 2: LA Clippers at Phoenix Suns (-6, 224)

(Suns lead series 1-0)

Fortenbaugh: Game 1 closed with a total of 220 points and soared over thanks to Phoenix's impressive 120-114 victory. As a result, the Game 2 total has been bumped north four points to 224, which has me itching to fire on the under. Sunday's series opener featured two teams that combined to shoot over 40 percent from deep and over 50 percent from the floor. I don't see that happening again, as two of the league's better defenses make the necessary adjustments to compliment their below-average pace metrics.