What a difference a day makes!
On Tuesday, the Clippers were coming off of a big victory over the Utah Jazz to even the series at two games apiece. The Phoenix Suns were waiting in the wings for the winner of the Utah-Los Angeles series, coming off of a sweep over Denver. On Wednesday morning, it was announced that Kawhi Leonard could be out for the rest of the playoffs with ACL issues. And if that wasn’t enough bad news for the Western Conference, Chris Paul was put in the league’s COVID protocol, and it’s unknown how much time he may miss.
This news changed the odds for the Western Conference title. In the Eastern Conference, Brooklyn’s big Game 5 win over the Bucks to take a 3-2 lead further solidified their status as the favorite to win the East. Let’s take a look at the odds of winning both conferences so you can continue betting against their NBA Conference Championship odds.
2021 NBA Playoffs Betting – Updated Odds to Win the Conference Championship
- Brooklyn Nets -135
Even though Kyrie Irving is out for the rest of the series with Milwaukee, the Nets are still the favorites. With James Harden coming back from his injury and Kevin Durant playing like a man possessed, the Nets look like the team to beat in the East.
- Philadelphia 76ers +275
The Sixers blew a 26-point lead and lost to the Hawks at home to go down 3-2 in their series with Atlanta. They go to Atlanta for Game 6 with their season on the line. We’ll see if Joel Embiid and crew can bounce back from their huge collapse.
- Milwaukee Bucks +350
Giannis Antetokounmpo disappeared at the end of Game 5 against the Nets. We’ll see if he can step things up or if he’s just a stellar regular season player. Could we see Giannis on Kevin Durant in Game 6?
- Atlanta Hawks + 650
After their huge comeback win over the Sixers, the Hawks’ odds changed dramatically. Trae Young is playing at an elite level and is carrying the Hawks. Can he carry them all the way to an Eastern Conference title?
- Phoenix Suns +130
Prior to Wednesday morning’s news about Chris Paul, the Suns were the favorite to win the Western Conference. If they have to play without Paul, they’re a drastically different team. We’re not sure when he’ll return, but when he does, the Suns will be back at full strength and will be the favorite to win the West.
- Utah Jazz +175
Now that Kawhi Leonard could be out for the rest of the playoffs, the Jazz look like a better bet to win the West. Donovan Mitchell is playing well, and Mitchell, along with Jordan Clarkson, is putting up huge numbers. We’ll see if the Jazz can take advantage of the undermanned Clippers.
- Los Angeles Clippers +275
After their Game 4 win, it looked like the Clippers had a lot of momentum heading into Game 5. Then the Kawhi Leonard news came out, and things changed for the worse. It will now be time to see if Paul George is worth the max deal that he signed earlier this season.
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