And just like that, we are down to the final four teams in the NBA playoffs. The one thing that we can say for sure is that we will have a new champion this season, but who that team will be remains to be seen. There are 4 possible matchups for the NBA Finals, a couple of which seem more likely than the others. What we are going to do now is take a look at the possibility of all those different matchups happening so you can bet against the NBA Championship Odds. Let’s get right into it.
Possible Finals Matchups to Foresee | NBA Playoffs Betting
Golden State Warriors Vs Boston Celtics
Given that each of these teams are the favorites to win their respective series, this looks to be the most likely NBA Finals scenario. The Warriors are in as a favorite to beat the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Final, as well as being the favorite to win it all, but it should be noted that they lost 3 of 4 to the Mavericks in the regular season. The Warriors knocked off the Nuggets in 5 before down Memphis in 6 games. The Boston Celtics are also in as favorites against the Miami Heat after knocking out the defending champions in 7 games. We’ll get into more about them in a moment.
Golden State Warriors Vs Miami Heat
Another thing to take into account is that the Warriors have a ton of playoff experience, making them very tough to beat. They have been rolling along quite nicely, but they would have their hands full with the Miami Heat. The Heat did lose 2 of 3 to the Celtics in the regular season, so it is perhaps no real surprise that they are in as the underdog in the Eastern Conference Final. They won the East, so cannot be counted out, plus they had an 18-12 record versus teams from the West this season.
Boston Celtics Vs Dallas Mavericks
Like we said, the Miami Heat are in as the underdog versus the Celtics despite the fact that they are the #1 seed in the East and have home court advantage. As previously stated, though, they did not play particularly well versus the Celtics in the regular season, but we all know that this is something that tends to go out the window in the regular season. Similarly, the Dallas Mavericks have the longest odds to win the NBA Championship, but they cannot be written off after beating the Warriors in 3 of their 4 regular season meetings.
Dallas Mavericks Vs Miami Heat
As it stands right now, the Miami Heat are listed at +390 to win the NBA Finals, while the Mavericks are sitting at +540. That means that they are both the underdogs heading into their respective Conference Finals series, which would suggest that this meeting looks to be a bit of a longshot. Stranger things have happened, though, and both of these teams are very much deserving to be where they are right now. The Heat went 18-12 versus non-conference opponents, while the Mavericks went 16-14, so not a lot separating them there.