While the 2021 NBA Playoffs are underway, it’s time to take another look at the favorites to win each conference so you can continue planning your bets against their NBA Conference Championship odds.
Which team is favored to win each conference in 2021?
The Brooklyn Nets are the oddsmakers’ favorites to win the Eastern Conference. At a +105 to win, the #2 seed in the East is favored over the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers, who come in at +270. Why are the Nets favored over the top seed? We’ll give you three reasons, their names are Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving.
The latest “Big 3” in the NBA is a combination of scorers on one team that we’ve never seen before. These three offensive weapons are more powerful than the original Big 3 of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, and many believe they’re even better than the trio that Durant was in at Golden State along with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
The oddsmakers believe that even though this Nets team struggles on the defensive end of the floor, that they will have the firepower to outscore anyone and will be able to win close games at the end because teams won’t be able to key on just one superstar.
Another reason that the Nets are favored is that even if teams find a way to slow down the trio of stars, the Nets also have Joe Harris, who is one of the top shooters in the game. Harris can help spread the floor for Durant, Irving, and Harden. Blake Griffin has also played well for the Nets after he was let go by the Detroit Pistons. At times during the season, Griffin has looked rejuvenated.
The one thing that could hinder the Nets is their lack of chemistry. Since February, Harden, Irving, and Durant have only played together in two games. According to head coach Steve Nash, his best lineups have seen very little time on the floor together this season, so that could be an issue. Another issue is Nash’s lack of experience. Even though he has surrounded himself with a great staff, having a rookie head coach could hinder the Nets in critical situations.
All in all, the Nets are the most talented team in the East, and if they play well, they’ll be awfully hard to stop.
Out West, the Los Angeles Lakers at +210 are slight favorites to win the Western Conference. The seventh-seeded Lakers fought injury issues throughout the second half of the season and limped into the playoffs. Now that LeBron James and Anthony Davis have returned from their injuries, the oddsmakers think that the Lakers have what it takes to make another trip to the NBA Finals.
Although things didn’t get off to a good start for the Lakers, as Phoenix beat them in Game 1 of their series, the odds are still in their favor. Many still feel that LeBron James is the best player in the world and that when he plays well, he can’t be stopped. Anthony Davis is also one of the best players in the world, and he can be an unstoppable force as well.
The Lakers are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, and come playoff time, if you can guard well, you can go far. The Lakers have very good perimeter defenders, and with Davis protecting the rim, it helps the Lakers.
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