It’s hard to believe, but the regular season is coming to an end, and the NBA playoffs are just around the corner. Teams are fighting for playoff seeding and are preparing for a long playoff run. Let’s take a look at some of the top contenders in each Conference with the best NBA Conference odds to make it to the 2021 NBA Finals.
NBA Betting | Updated Eastern Conference and Western Conference Odds
- Brooklyn Nets -113
The Nets are currently the favorite to win the Eastern Conference, but that’s assuming that Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving are all healthy. These three superstars have only played in seven games together since Harden was acquired. Even though the Nets are one of the worst defensive teams in the league, the oddsmakers are banking on them being able to outscore everyone throughout the playoffs.
- Milwaukee Bucks +350
Mike Budenholzer has made numerous changes to the Bucks offense, and those changes have been geared towards making the Bucks more successful in the playoffs. In the last two years in the playoffs, teams have been able to employ a defensive strategy that wouldn’t allow Giannis Antetokounmpo to get to the rim. Now that the Bucks have Jrue Holiday and some other scoring options, the Bucks could make a run at the Eastern Conference title.
- Philadelphia 76ers +440
When Joel Embiid is on the floor, the Sixers have the potential to win the Eastern Conference. After an offseason of change, including hiring Doc Rivers, and signing numerous shooters to surround Embiid and Ben Simmons, the Philadelphia 76ers have put themselves in a position to win the Eastern Conference. Tobias Harris could be a huge key to a long playoff run, as he has come up huge in the clutch numerous times throughout the regular season.
- Los Angeles Lakers +175
The oddsmakers are banking on LeBron James being healthy and back to full strength for the playoffs. The combination of James and Anthony Davis will be hard for anyone to stop. The Lakers are also one of the top defensive teams in the NBA and come playoff time, teams that guard well seem to last longer.
- Los Angeles Clippers +260
The Clippers can also guard. They may have the most versatile defensive team in the league. With Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both being very good two-way players, the Clippers are in a very good position. The addition of Rajon Rondo at the trade deadline was big for the Clippers. Rondo has been excellent in the playoffs throughout his career, and the Clippers have lacked a true point guard the past few seasons.
- Utah Jazz +310
The Utah Jazz currently has the best record in the league, but many people in the know aren’t sold on them. Analysts feel that teams will employ a strategy that will make Rudy Gobert come out of the paint and guard the pick and roll, and that will hurt the Jazz defense. Utah also relies heavily on the perimeter shot, so if shots aren’t falling for them, they could be in big trouble.