2021 NBA Finals Exact Matchup Odds
The Atlanta Hawks' stunning upset in Game 7 against the No. 1 seeded Philadelphia 76ers has set the field for the 2021 NBA Conference Finals.
The best-of-seven matchup in the Western Conference has already gotten underway with the No. 2 Phoenix Suns beating the No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers 120-114 as four-point home favorites in Sunday's series opener. The total line went OVER 219.5 points. Game 2 is set for Tuesday night in Phoenix with the Suns listed as six-point favorites. The total line for that game has been boosted to 224 points.
No. 5 Atlanta will travel to Milwaukee for the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals. The No. 3 Bucks are set at 7.5-point favorites for Wednesday night's series opener. The total for that game has been listed at 229 points. Game 2 of that series will be played on Friday, June 25.
BetOnline sportsbook has released the series price odds for both showdowns and it is no big surprise that the team with the home court advantage is an overwhelming favorite to win each matchup.
Holding the early 1-0 series lead, Phoenix is a -430 favorite to make its first trip to the NBA Finals since 1993. The series price odds that the Clippers are the first team to win four games are set at +350. The Clippers have never advanced to the NBA Finals.
The series price odds to win the Eastern Conference title favor Milwaukee at -455. The Bucks last trip to the NBA Finals was in 1974. Atlanta is a +365 longshot to keep its impressive playoff run going past this series. The Hawks were in the 1961 NBA Finals when the team still played in St. Louis. Moving to BetOnline's NBA futures for the exact matchup in this season's championship series, Phoenix facing Milwaukee is the top choice at -210. A Clippers vs. Bucks showdown for the title is set at +425 closely followed by an Atlanta vs. Phoenix pairing at +450. A Hawks vs. Clippers best-of-seven battle has the longest odds on the board at +1900.
As far as the NBA futures odds to win it all, the final four breakdown as follows:
- Milwaukee +110
- Phoenix +140
- Los Angeles +800
- Atlanta +1100
It is hard to bet against the Bucks after winning Game 7 against the favored Brooklyn Nets. However, going back to three-straight wins against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Suns are 8-0 both straight-up and against the spread in their last eight postseason contests. They have the overall talent to carry this momentum all the way to a NBA championship.
The Clippers are in the early 0-1 hole to drain value from their betting odds. Atlanta may be the best story of the postseason. Yet, this team's chances to get past both the Bucks and the Western Conference winner are slim at best.
None the less, that is why they play the games. The simple fact that both No. 1 seeds and a No. 2 seed are out of the playoffs is a shocker. The NBA playoffs have been known to go chalk over the past several years behind dominating teams in each conference. This is the first time that you get the feeling that anything can still happen.
2021 NBA Finals Pick
Take the Suns and Bucks in the NBA Finals with Phoenix winning in seven games.