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NBA playoffs: Best bets for every Round 2 series

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the top-seeded Bucks are favorites to reach the East finals. Chris Schwegler/NBAE/Getty Images

The top seeds in the Eastern Conference didn't have much trouble dispatching their first-round opponents, while the West has been more competitive. So how will teams fare in the conference semifinals? And which ones are worth a wager?

Our experts -- Preston Johnson, Jordan Schultz, Doug Kezirian and Joe Fortenbaugh -- are here to help, giving their best bets for the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Note: All odds are via Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of April 26. As always, shop around for the best price. We'll add Western Conference series to the file as odds are released.

Eastern Conference

(1) Milwaukee Bucks (-310) vs. (4) Boston Celtics (+250)

Johnson: There are way too many questions for me in this series to get involved before it starts. Are the Bucks ready to make a legitimate leap, or is this just another regular-season Mike Budenholzer darling? How bad were the Pistons without a healthy Blake Griffin? Is Milwaukee as elite as it has seemed? Is Malcolm Brogdon (out the first two games) going to be able to play effectively or even see the floor at all? Will his absence finally catch up to the Bucks in this matchup? Are the Celtics we all anticipated before the regular season started finally here?

My projections for the series have Milwaukee advancing 71.6 percent of the time, or a true line of -252. There isn't any value right now from a numbers perspective, so I won't be forcing anything.

Best bet: Pass for now

Kezirian: I understand some optimism surrounding Boston, given last year's run to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. However, I disagree with the series price. The Bucks have been incredibly dominant this season. A team with home-court advantage that is rated high enough to be favored by 7.5 points in Game 1 sure feels like value opening at -275 for the series. In my eyes, Boston took care of business against Indiana. Nothing more. And the Celtics will be in for a rude awakening if they play similar defense.

Milwaukee will make them pay for sloppy perimeter rotations; Indiana shot just 32.6 percent on "wide-open shots" (no defender within 6 feet). The Bucks were the most dominant team during the regular season and I side with them here, even though I am a giant fan of Brad Stevens.

Pick: Bucks -310