Sports Betting - Tuesday 24 April 2012 by

NBA Playoff Betting Schedule: Usual Suspects In The East

As the 66 game abbreviated version of the 2011-12 National Basketball Association season is down to the short strokes, today we take a look at the possible 2012 NBA Eastern Conference playoff betting schedule. While the eight playoff spots have all been clinched in the East, there could be some positioning movement prior to regular season conclusion on Thursday night.

NBA Playoff Betting Schedule: Usual Suspects In The East

NBA Eastern Conference Contenders – Bulls and Heat

While the cast is complete in the East, the final three days of the NBA season still have some drama to be played out. The usual suspects, the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat, will finish as the top two seeds, while the surprising Indiana Pacers have locked up the three spot. By clinching the Atlantic Division, the Boston Celtics will settle in as the four seed in the East.

Playoff Bound In The East – The Best Of The Rest

After that, all 66 games of the lockout shortened NBA season will be needed to decide the playoff positioning in the East. The embattled Orlando Magic and Dwight Howard trail the Atlantic Hawks by two games. Both teams have two contests remaining in the race for the five and six seeds. The New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers each own a 34-30 record, with two games left to play. This battle, for the seventh and eighth seeds, is a war to get whacked by the Bulls and Heat in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs betting schedule.

New York gets the LA Clippers at home Wednesday, before closing out the season in Charlotte against the 7-57 Bobcats. Philadelphia has hang on and made the playoffs, as the likely eight seed, as they close out on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons.

Our top rated online sportsbooks have the final days of the NBA regular season handicaping action covered from backboard to backboard. They’ve also posted NBA Playoff future betting  options and will be all over the action – right up to the final buzzer of the NBA 2012 Finals.

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