Elsewhere in the Western Conference, the No. 1 seed Phoenix Suns have a 2-1 lead over No. 8 New Orleans after winning Game 3 on the road without leading scorer Devin Booker (injury to the hamstrings).
are tied with No. 8 New Orleans and must play Friday’s Game 3 and potentially more games without leading scorer Devin Booker (hamstring). The Suns have been favorites to win the NBA title for most of the season, but have slipped to third at +390 since Booker’s injury.
No. 4 Dallas built a 2-1 series lead over No. 5 Utah despite playing without injured superstar Luka Doncic, but Utah evened the series with a win on Saturday night although Doncic returned for Dallas and scored a team-high 30 points.
In the East, the Miami Heat lead the Atlanta Hawks 2-1 and the Philadelphia 76ers lead the Toronto Raptors 3-0. The winner of these series will meet in the second round. Miami has the fifth-lowest NBA title odds at +950 while Philly is seventh at +1100.
The Boston Celtics lead the Brooklyn Nets 3-0 in what was expected to be an excellent first-round playoff. Boston has the second-lowest title odds at +340, while Brooklyn is 10th at +5000. Defending champion Milwaukee Bucks (+800) lead their best-of-7 series against the Chicago Bulls 2-1.