NBA playoff betting: Bettors like Miami and Phoenix's chances to go up 2-0

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Bettors are again backing the teams up 1-0 in their NBA playoff series.

A day after a majority of money and bets at BetMGM were backing both the Bucks and Warriors after their Game 1 wins, bettors are liking the chances of the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. Can they go up 2-0 after the Bucks and Warriors both lost on the road Tuesday night? Most bettors are certainly hoping so.

The Miami Heat are 8.5-point favorites over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers are again without Joel Embiid after he fractured his orbital bone and suffered a mild concussion in their series-clinching win over the Raptors.

Miami easily won Game 1 106-92 over the Sixers and is getting 60% of bets and 66% of the money to cover that 8.5-point spread on Wednesday night. The number hasn’t moved at all since it opened, though the total has gone up a point to 207.5. Just over half of the bets and money are on over 207.5 so far.

The Heat are -400 to win the game straight up while the Sixers are +310 to even the series. Over 70% of money line bets are on Philadelphia, though those bets make up just 41% of the total money on the money line. Big money bettors are liking the Heat’s chances to go up 2-0.

The Suns took care of the Mavericks on Monday night and are 6.5-point favorites on Wednesday. Phoenix is getting an even bigger percentage of bets than Miami with 76% of bets and 71% of the money against the spread. Phoenix opened up as a 5.5-point favorite and the line has nudged up a point.

The total in Phoenix also went up a point to 216.5 as 60% of bets and 41% of the money is on the over. Sharps like the under and Phoenix on the money line. The Suns are -250 to win straight up and are getting 57% of bets and 68% of the handle to go up 2-0 in the series before it heads to Dallas.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MAY 02: Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball against Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of Game One of the Western Conference Second Round NBA Playoffs at Footprint Center on May 02, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Mavericks 121-114. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MAY 02: Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball against Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of Game One of the Western Conference Second Round NBA Playoffs at Footprint Center on May 02, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Mavericks 121-114. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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