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NBA Finals odds: Betting on Eastern underdogs

by Covers.com
Updated On: June 12, 2020, 6:12 pm ET

Who are people betting to win the NBA championship?

Since reposting NBA odds, The SuperBook has seen some rather interesting wagering, straying from teams such as the Lakers, Clippers and Bucks.

“We’ve seen significant betting on the Nuggets, 76ers and the Celtics,” SuperBook manager Derek Wilkinson said. “Most of the betting on the Sixers and Celtics is due to the news that neither Kevin Durant nor Kyrie Irving will play for the Nets the rest of the season.”

Boston has the shortest odds of those three teams, at 16/1, followed by Philadelphia at 20/1 and Denver at 25/1.

On the flip side, BetMGM is drawing dollars on the more predictable outfits.

“It’s the same as usual, with the Lakers and Clippers seeing the majority of the money. Very little for the Bucks,” BetMGM vice president of trading Jason Scott said.

BetMGM has the Lakers as +250 favorites to win it all, with Milwaukee a +280 second choice and the Clippers third at +325.



Which teams present the most liability to win the NBA Finals?

With such a long delay due to the COVID-19 shutdown, there was speculation that Brooklyn might get a huge boost. Not only would the layoff potentially allow Irving to return from shoulder issues, but Durant could make his Nets debut, returning from a torn Achilles suffered in the 2019 Finals while with Golden State. That prospect led to significant betting on the Nets.

“We have seen consistent speculative money on Brooklyn, likely based on the possible return of Durant,” Scott said. “That return was unequivocally ruled out this week, so I expect that money to dry up.”

So while BetMGM has liability to Brooklyn, the 50/1 shot is quite unlikely to cause any problems for the book. Meanwhile, at The SuperBook, Wilkinson said the Lakers – +250 co-favorites with the Bucks – still present the most liability, followed by the Trail Blazers (80/1) and Celtics (16/1).


Which NBA props are being bet?

The NBA prop bet menu is rather limited at some books and nonexistent at others, with several markets canceled due to the league not playing a full 82-game regular season. But The SuperBook came up with an interesting market: Which team will land the eighth and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, and which team will do likewise in the Western Conference.

On the East prop, the Nets are -110, the Magic even money and the Wizards 25/1. Out West, there are seven teams listed, led by the Grizzlies at -120, the Pelicans at +275 and the Blazers at 4/1.

“Not a lot of action, but we have seen a few bets on the Magic for the East and the Spurs for the West,” Wilkinson said, noting San Antonio is a hefty 50/1 to nab the West’s final playoff spot.


Who will win the NBA Finals?    

Team Odds to win NBA Championship
Los Angeles Lakers +250
Milwaukee Bucks +280
Los Angeles Clippers +325
Houston Rockets 12/1
Boston Celtics 20/1
Toronto Raptors 20/1
Denver Nuggets 22/1
Miami Heat 25/1
Philadelphia 76ers 25/1
Utah Jazz 25/1
Dallas Mavericks 30/1
Brooklyn Nets 50/1
Indiana Pacers 100/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 100/1
Orlando Magic 250/1
Portland Trail Blazers 250/1
Memphis Grizzlies 500/1
New Orleans Pelicans 500/1
Sacramento Kings 500/1
San Antonio Spurs 500/1
Washington Wizards 500/1
Phoenix Suns 1,500/1

Odds courtesy of BetMGM