Milwaukee New NBA Favorite as Conference Finals Begin

Posted on June 22, 2021

We are down to the final four in the NBA. After both top seeds fell in the conference semis, two new teams have emerged at the top of the futures table and after scouring all the NJ online sportsbook apps, we found the BEST NBA betting odds throughout the playoffs for you to take advantage of:

The Best NBA Betting Odds – Playoff Lines LIVE:

New NBA Favorite – NBA Championship Futures

Milwaukee survived a classic seven-game series against Brooklyn to advance, literally by the inches of Kevin Durant’s oversized shoe that touched the three-point line at the end of regulation Saturday. They’ll take home-court advantage for the East finals against a surprising Atlanta team that outdueled Philadelphia.  

In the West, Phoenix has a 1-0 lead against the LA Clippers. That advantage moved them from a value pick when the postseason started to a major favorite. They have a fairly fresh lineup after their sweep of Denver, despite the uncertainty of when Chris Paul will complete his coronavirus quarantine. 

For those still holding tickets, congrats on the foresight. BetMGM alone had over half their handle on the NBA Champs market on three teams (Nets, Lakers, Sixers) that have been eliminated. 

Here are the prices on the major sportsbooks for the NBA Championship futures:

BetMGM DK FanDuel FoxBet PB WillHill
MIL +110 +100 +105 +105 -110 +105
PHX +160 +140 +150 +150 +155 +150
LAC +750 +800 +800 +700 +700 +800
ATL +1100 +1100 +1100 +1100 +1100 +1100

With the East Finals starting Wednesday, the interesting match-up will be the Bucks’ home form versus the Hawks’ success on the road. Milwaukee is five for five at Fiserv Forum, including all three victories at home against Brooklyn, erasing 2-0 and 3-2 series deficits. Atlanta have won five of seven on the road, including the Game 7 victory at the Wells Fargo Center.

This series will likely come down to how well Milwaukee executes offense against the swarming and chaotic Atlanta defense. The Bucks enter heavy favorites against a younger Hawks team. Points were scarcer in the semifinals but expect Milwaukee’s perimeter game to test and stretch the floor, opening up some inside play. 

The Clippers’ depth came up big after Kahwi Leonard’s knee injury took him out of the rotation. They’ll need more of that to get back into this series against Phoenix, who won at home in Game 1 120-114. In the loss, the Clippers tried more 3-pointers (47) than 2-pointers (41), making 20 each. 

Phoenix won the fourth quarter and the game Sunday afternoon with some strength inside. They went 36-57 from inside the arc. If young center DeAndre Ayton can continue to leverage his dominance, the Suns can make this a short series and go to the Finals for the first time since 1993.

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