The 1st Round of the NBA Playoffs is about to begin. The Warriors and Cavs are big favorites but how have teams performed by seed in the postseason?

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1-seed vs. 8-seed

1-seeds are 91-34 straight-up in the 1st Round since 2005. Only five 8-seeds have upset the top seed in a series but it has happened three times since 2007 (Warriors over Mavericks 2007, Grizzlies over Spurs 2011 and 76ers over Bulls 2012).

1-seeds have been favored in 113 out of 122 1st Round games since 2005. The top seeds perform better at home as favorites going 35-29 ATS than on the road (22-27 ATS).

8-seeds have the most success against division rivals in the 1st Round: 20-14 ATS

2-seed vs. 7-seed

2-seeds are 92-32 straight-up vs. 7-seeds in the 1st Round. Last 7-seed to win a series was the Spurs in 2010.

2-seeds are a ridiculous 72-45 (61%) ATS since 2005 in the 1st Round. It hasn’t happened often but as underdogs 2-seeds have gone 11-5 ATS.

When 2-seeds get 40% or less of the spread bets they have gone 8-2 ATS.

3-seed vs. 6-seed

3-seeds win less than 60% of their First Round games (82-59) since 2005. As underdogs, 3-seeds are 14-25 (35.9%) straight-up.

3-seeds have a losing against-the-spread record as favorites and dogs. 3-seeds have been .500 or worse against-the-spread in five straight years.

6-seeds have gone 15-8 ATS when they get 60% or more of the bets and 25-15 ATS vs. division opponents.

4-seed vs. 5-seed

Seeding doesn’t matter much in this matchup. 5-seeds have gone 73-66 straight-up since 2005. The team that is favored tends to win. Favored 4-seeds are 51-31 (62.2%), favored 5-seeds are 42-15 (73.7%).

Since 2010, 4-seeds are 25-40 (38.5%) ATS vs. 5-seeds and 15-27 (35.7%) ATS as a favorite in that time frame.

Since 2010, betting 5-seeds getting less than 50% of spread bets vs. 4-seeds has gone 20-9 (69.0%) ATS


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