We are fast approaching the midway point of the 72-game NBA season, which means that it’s the perfect time to start thinking seriously about the playoff picture. Yes, we are well aware that things can change dramatically in the second half of the season, particularly once teams begin to start making moves at the trade deadline. For now, all we can do is look at what teams have done to this point and use that to see if they are deserving of their current odds or not. With that in mind, let’s take a look at who the bookies have as the favorites to win the NBA Championship. Will it be one of these teams that wins it all, or will we see a dark horse emerge once the playoffs roll around? Let’s find out so you can keep planning your bets against their NBA Championship odds.
Updated Odds to Win 2021 NBA Championship
LA Lakers (+220)
The defending champions are still in as the favorites to repeat this season, but one look at the Western Conference and you get an idea of just how tough it is going to be to get through that gauntlet. As it stands now, the Lakers are sitting in second in the West and trailing the Utah Jazz by 2 ½ games. The Lakers are currently without the services of Anthony Davis and are struggling a little without him on the court. They have lost 2 in a row at time of writing, but they still have a very solid 22-9 record on the season. You would certainly like them to get back to form sooner rather than later and they have to be considered a legitimate title threat.
Brooklyn Nets (+350)
If you are of the belief that the Brooklyn Nets are the team that is going to win it all this season, you may want to get your wager on now. They are now in as the second favorites, and with the way they are playing, chances are that their odds will shorten again in the near future. We always knew that it might take a moment for Durant, Irving, and Harden to gel and learn to play together, but that appears to be happening now. The Nets are on a 6-game win streak and are now just a ½ game out of first in the Eastern Conference. I would not be surprised to see them on top by the time this week comes to an end.
LA Clippers (+500)
As far as the Western Conference goes, the belief was that the LA Clippers would be the team most likely to dethrone the Lakers. That is not quite playing out as expected, with the Lakers currently sitting in 3rd in the conference, 3 games out of top spot, although just a half-game back of their rivals. The Clippers are at 22-10, which is not at all bad when you consider that they have had some serious injury issues to contend with. Once this team gets healthy again, you absolutely cannot count them out.
Milwaukee Bucks (+775)
While it may be more than a little unfair, nobody really cares about how good you are in the regular season if you can’t carry that over into the playoffs. That has been the knock on the Milwaukee Bucks over the past couple of seasons, as they have been unable to translate regular season dominance into playoff success. They have been a little inconsistent this season and are currently sitting down in third in the Eastern Conference. Perhaps they are going to flip the script and step it up when the playoffs roll around.
I have read enough, I need to place my bet now. What to do?