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Best bets for the 2021 NBA playoffs

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The NBA playoffs are reaching the end, but 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, 16-11 playoffs), Joe Fortenbaugh (14-14, 1-1, 16-16, André Snellings (61-42-1, 5-4, 54-60-2), Tyler Fulghum (24-30, 1-1, 23-14) and Anita Marks (24-17, 0-6, 28-25) -- are here to give their best bets for the playoffs.

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


Saturday's best bets

Game 6: Milwaukee Bucks at Atlanta Hawks (-2, 216.5)

Bucks lead series 3-2

Kezirian: The Bucks responded off an embarrassing loss just as I thought they would and dominated Game 5. Similarly, I expect the Hawks to do the same at home. Part of that handicap is a likely return of Trae Young. Regardless, Nate McMillan rightfully criticized his team's effort and they should bounce back in front of their home crowd. Plus, the Hawks now have a better idea of how Milwaukee plans to attack without Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Hawks should fire from the gates.