Updated NBA Title Odds Heading Into the Conference Finals

by WagerHome Blog on June 21, 2021

We are down to the final four NBA teams in what has been one of the most exciting postseasons in years. We’re also seeing the new stars in the league step forward, and new teams in a position to win an NBA title for the first time in decades.

In fact, the Milwaukee Bucks has the short title droughts among the remaining playoff teams, with its last championship won 50 years ago in 1971.

Current Odds to Win NBA Finals

  • Milwaukee Bucks (+105)
  • Phoenix Suns (+150)
  • Los Angeles Clippers (+800)
  • Atlanta Hawks (+1100)

Milwaukee Bucks (+105)

Milwaukee is the obvious favorite of the remaining four teams. The Bucks are a battle-tested bunch, having played in the Eastern Conference Finals just two years ago. They’ve won 162 games over the last three seasons, recorded 23 playoff wins over the same span, and just knocked off the title favorite Brooklyn Nets.

The Bucks are also the only remaining team with a former MVP on the roster in the person of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

They opened the preseason paying +550 for an NBA title. Now it’s down to +105.

Phoenix Suns (+150)

The most unlikely of conference finalists, the Phoenix Suns have emerged as the favorite to come out of the West. They were a lottery team the previous 10 seasons before exploding this year with 51 wins, a Pacific Division title, and the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

They have no MVPs on the roster, but Devin Booker is playing like one, and the entire team is steamrolling opponents. Phoenix beat the Los Angeles Lakers 4-2, the Denver Nuggets 4-0, and on Sunday, they took a 1-0 lead on the LA Clippers.

A preseason championship bet on the Suns paid as much at +7500.

Booker, Ayton and Bridges break down Suns' second-half run, fan energy in  win over Nuggets - Bright Side Of The Sun

They have no MVPs on the roster, but Devin Booker is playing like one, and the entire team is steamrolling opponents. Phoenix beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

Los Angeles Clippers (+800)

The Clippers were able to get past the top-seeded Utah Jazz without injured superstar Kawhi Leonard, getting to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in team history. And while they are the only remaining team in Los Angeles, anything less than a championship will still have them playing second fiddle to the ousted Lakers.

Just how far can they get without Leonard, who is out for an undetermined amount of time? Most experts say this is the end of the road, even though LA is much more than just one superstar.

Interestingly a preseason bet on the Clippers only paid +650, so even though they are one of four teams remaining, the odds of a win are now longer.

Atlanta Hawks (+1100)

The underdog of the bunch are the Atlanta Hawks, returning to the conference finals for the first time since 2015. They were one series away from the NBA Finals. However, the Hawks were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Trae Young has grown into a superstar. But more importantly for Atlanta, they won Game 7 over the favored Philadelphia 76ers on the road when Young wasn’t at his best. This makes them more dangerous going forward, even as the longest shot to win the title. Although at +10000 in the preseason, their fortunes have definitely risen.

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Three Dark Horse NBA Title Contenders In Second Half Of Season

by WagerHome Blog on February 18, 2020

From a legendary slam dunk competition to a battle to the very end in the NBA All-Star Game, it was an All-Star weekend for the ages, all underscored with tributes to the life and play of the late Kobe Bryant.

The pause in the season came at the perfect time, allowing everyone to celebrate and reflect on what has happened in the last three weeks. And everyone seems to have left the weekend re-charged and with a new sense of purpose for the upcoming sprint to the postseason.

The favorites to compete for the title have already established themselves. But who might emerge in the second half as dark horse candidates that could give the heavyweights a run for their money?

Denver Nuggets

The favorites in the West are the two teams in Los Angeles, with the Lakers moving clear of the field in the week before the All-Star break. But both the Lakers and Clippers are an injury away from coming back to the pack. The Nuggets, on the other hand, run deep. They’ve rarely had everyone healthy at the same time, yet are still hanging around.

If Paul George’s bad hamstring acts up for the Clippers, or one of the big-two with the Lakers goes into the playoffs less than healthy, keep an eye on the depth of the Nuggets.

Miami Heat

No team has seen a bigger jump in its odds to win the NBA title over the course of the season more than the Miami Heat. They began the year at 600-to-1, and now stand as high 25-to-1.

No, that doesn’t make them a likely winner. But they’ve played great basketball inside the Eastern Conference, they’ve been absolutely dominant at home, and they added Andre Iguodala at the trade deadline.

That doesn’t necessarily put them in Milwaukee’s league, but it does put them in position to capitalize should the Bucks stumble.

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors have also seen a meteoric rise in their championship odds largely fueled by an amazing 15-game win streak right before the All-Star break. Power forward Pascal Siakam has emerged as a consistent scorer down low, and he’s been complimented on the outside by the great play of guards Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet.


They obviously lost Kawhi Leonard in the offseason, and expectations for this team were low because of that. But they still have plenty of playoff experience and the ability to get hot at a moment’s notice.

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