Seven NBA teams have punched their tickets to the second round of the playoffs, and it’s shaping up to be an exciting few weeks. The 2020 NBA Finals participants, the Lakers and the Heat, have both already been eliminated this season.
Betting odds and lines are available for the three second-round playoff series matchups that have already been determined. According to the odds, these matchups should be terrific, and there will be plenty of exciting games.
The Brooklyn Nets are -196 to win the series against the Milwaukee Bucks, while the Bucks are listed at +164. These are two of the best offensive teams in the NBA, and there will be plenty of points scored.
The Philadelphia 76ers are -180 to win the series over the Atlanta Hawks, but Atlanta has some decent odds set at +152. Philadelphia could be without Joel Embiid, and that will have an effect on the outcome.
In the Western Conference, the Phoenix Suns are big favorites to move past the Denver Nuggets. Phoenix is -205 to win this series, while the Nuggets are +172.
Conference Title Odds
Futures betting odds are still available as well, and the odds have been shortened for teams to win each conference. There is still some value in betting on conference title winners, but these odds will continue to change as the games are played.
The Nets are -140 to win the Eastern Conference, and the Milwaukee Bucks are right behind them at +220. The Philadelphia 76ers are +500 to win the East, despite being the top seed in the conference.
In the West, the Utah Jazz are now the betting favorites at +115. That title did belong to the Los Angeles Lakers, but they couldn’t even get out of the first round. The LA Clippers (+260), Phoenix Suns (+290), and Denver Nuggets (+900) are next on the list to win the Western Conference.
Odds to Win NBA Championship
The Brooklyn Nets entered the 2021 postseason as the favorites to win the NBA championship, and they remain the favorites at +170, heading into the second round. The Los Angeles Lakers were next on the list, but they are now off the board after being eliminated.
The Utah Jazz (+320) and the Milwaukee Bucks (+550) are the two teams looking to catch the Brooklyn Nets, and the Bucks will have a chance right away. The LA Clippers are at +600 to win the NBA title but have yet even advanced to the second round.
Clippers/Mavericks Head to Game 7
The final spot in the second round of the NBA Playoffs will belong to either the LA Clippers or the Dallas Mavericks. That spot will be claimed on Sunday as the series heads to a decisive Game 7.
The road team has won every single game so far in that series, and that could mean trouble for the Clippers as the game will be played in Los Angeles. LA was able to stave off elimination on Friday night by picking up a come-from-behind win to keep their season alive.
The Clippers are 6.5-point favorites over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 7.