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Heat favored to win series, conference, title

Set as double-digit favorites in their opening playoff game on Sunday night, the Miami Heat are also big chalk to win both the Eastern Conference and the NBA championship once again this year.

The Heat host the Bucks on Sunday night, and Miami is pegged as a 13-point favorite for the game at Bovada. Miami is 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS over its past five games against Milwaukee, and they finished 28 games ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings.

Miami is expected to roll through the Eastern half of the NBA playoff bracket, as Bovada has them listed as the heavy 2/9 favorites to win the conference title. The Knicks are next at 7/1 on the odds to win the Eastern Conference, followed by the Pacers at 12/1, the Bulls at 25/1, the Nets and Celtics at 30/1, the Hawks at 66/1, and the Bucks at 200/1.

The Oklahoma City Thunder held off the San Antonio Spurs to claim top spot in the Western Conference standings during the regular season, and they'll play their first game of the playoffs on Sunday night at home against the Houston Rockets. The Thunder are set as 10-point favorites on the NBA betting lines at Bovada for that contest.

The Thunder are just 2-3 both SU and ATS in their last five games against the Rockets, but they're also the 6/5 favorite to win the Western Conference title at Bovada. The Spurs, who ended up two games back of the Thunder in the West, are next at 11/4 on those futures, with the Nuggets and Clippers at 6/1, the Grizzlies at 15/1, the Lakers at 20/1, the Warriors at 40/1, and the Rockets at 50/1.

On the NBA championship odds at Bovada it's the Heat as the 5/8 favorite, followed by the Thunder at 17/4, and the Spurs at 10/1. New York has 16/1 NBA title odds, with Denver, Indiana, and the Clippers all at 25/1, Memphis and the Lakers at 40/1, Brooklyn and Chicago at 60/1, Boston at 66/1, Golden State and Houston at 100/1, Atlanta at 150/1, and Milwaukee at 500/1.

The NBA playoffs open on Saturday with Boston at New York (3:00pm ET), Golden State at Denver (5:30pm ET), Chicago at Brooklyn (8:00pm ET), and Memphis at the Clippers (10:30pm ET). The Clippers are 4-1 both SU and ATS over their past five games against the Grizzlies.

Sunday's Game 1 matchups are then Atlanta at Indiana (1:00pm ET), the Lakers at San Antonio (3:30pm ET), Milwaukee at Miami (7:00pm ET), and Houston at Oklahoma City (9:30pm ET).