Even though we’re not even sure who the final playoff teams will be, the odds to win each conference have already been set. The favorite to win the Western Conference may not even be in the playoffs, as the Los Angeles Lakers will have to fight through the play-in tournament to get into the round of eight. In the East, the Brooklyn Nets, who are the #2 seed, have the best odds to win the Eastern Conference. Let’s break down each of these two teams and their chances to represent the respective conferences in the 2021 NBA Finals. With that being said, let’s jump right into action so you can keep planning your bets against their NBA Conference Championship odds.
Which Team is Favored By the Odds to Win Each NBA Conference in 2021?
Brooklyn Nets -109
The Nets are the overwhelming favorite to win the Eastern Conference. When Brooklyn acquired James Harden at the beginning of the season, they immediately became the team to beat in the East. Although the big three of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Harden have played very few games together this season, the oddsmakers are banking on them meshing once the playoffs start. These three have all missed numerous games due to injuries, so they haven’t seen much floor time together.
The Nets don’t have a lot of depth, and they have struggled mightily on the defensive side of the ball. The oddsmakers are banking on the Nets being able to outscore all of their opponents, as it will be a nightmare for any team to try to stop the combination of Durant, Irving, and Harden. As long as the Nets can stay healthy throughout the playoffs, they have a great shot at winning the Eastern Conference.
Los Angeles Lakers +200
What a season it has been for the Lakers. Between COVID issues and injuries, things haven’t gone exactly as planned. With Anthony Davis and LeBron James missing significant time due to injuries, the favorites to win the Western Conference find themselves as the #7 seed having to play the eighth-seeded Golden State Warriors to get into the first round of the playoffs.
It’s hard to believe that a team that is in the play-in tournament is still the favorite to win the Western Conference. The oddsmakers are thinking that LeBron James will step up his game, and combined with Anthony Davis, they’ll be hard to stop. When healthy, the Lakers have the top defense in the NBA. Even without Davis and James, the Lakers continued to play well on the defensive end of the floor.
If both the Nets and the Lakers make it to the NBA Finals, it will be a treat to watch. We’ll see one of the best offenses in the NBA go up against the top defensive squad in the league. It would also be a great matchup full of superstar power with Durant, Irving, Harden, James, and Davis. A matchup of James and Davis against the big three of the Nets would be the dream matchup that the NBA, along with ABC, would be thrilled to have, as this would likely draw great ratings. We know that it would be a treat to watch these two powerhouses face off against each other on the NBA’s largest stage.
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