2023/24 NBA Championship Betting Odds - NBA Playoffs Lines

2023/24 NBA Championship Betting Odds

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If you thought the futures odds for the Boston Celtics were low following the completion of the first round of the NBA Playoffs, they’re getting even shorter now that they’ve advanced to the Eastern Conference final for the third straight season and for the sixth time in the last eight years. The Cs have been the futures odds favorite since before the season started and they lived up to odds. Boston won 64 games finishing 14 games better than second place New York. The Celtics are a massive favorite to win the conference and they boast negative odds to claim their record 18th NBA championship trophy.

As has been mentioned in previous articles, the best team doesn’t always win the championship. However, after so many close calls, including a NBA Finals loss to Golden State in 2022, the Celtics are focused on the task at hand. Boston cruised through the first two series losing just one game in each while going 4-0 on the road. They did have some good fortune, though. In the first round the Miami Heat played without Jimmy Butler and several other key players were injured. The Cavaliers were minus leading scored Donovan Mitchell for the final two games of their series. Mitchell averaged more than 31 points in the three games he played and scored 29 in Cleveland’s lone victory. So, yes, there is some luck involved in winning a title.

The defending champion Denver Nuggets have the second shortest odds and will look to complete the comeback in their Western Conference semifinal series with Minnesota. After dropping the first two games at home, the Nuggets futures odds ballooned. However, they responded with three straight wins before the Wolves forced a winner-take-all Game 7. The Dallas Mavericks might be the team to beat in the West, though, after taking out No. 1 seed Oklahoma City. The mid-season acquisition of P.J. Washington is paying dividends relieving some pressure off Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.

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NBA Championship Betting Odds

Boston Celtics -179 Dallas Mavericks +343
Indiana Pacers +3450 Minnesota Timberwolves +440

*Odds as of Thursday, May 23, 9:00 AM ET

Boston Celtics

What makes the Celtics scarier is the imminent return of Kristaps Porzingis, who missed the last few weeks with an injury. The club is so balanced that his ability to spread the floor was hardly missed. Boston made quick work of Miami and Cleveland winning each series in five games. There may be more resistance from an Indianapolis Pacers squad that’s healthier and fearless. While there’s no need to win a road game since they have homecourt advantage, the Cs have yet to lose on the road this postseason making up for their inconsistent play at home.

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Northwest Division will be represented in the West final with Sunday’s Game 7 determining who faces Dallas. The Wolves don’t have a large NBA playoff history but they have a roster of talented individuals who are looking to create some. Facing elimination in Game 6 with Denver, the Wolves had a championship effort burying Denver 115-70. Their balanced roster includes scoring machine Anthony Edwards and DPOY Rudy Gobert. That would be enough, but Karl-Anthony Towns, Jaden McDaniels and Mike Conley among others makes them a tough out.

Dallas Mavericks

Congratulations to the Mavs for making a few in-season trades to bolster the roster. P.J. Washington was one of the players added and he’s been money in the playoffs averaging nearly 15 points. He’s also been a key defender helping the Mavs shut down OKC’s offense in the six game series win over the top-seed in the West. Dallas held the Thunder to fewer than 100 points in three games and 101 in another. It’s an added element that we didn’t see during the regular season. It’s still about Doncic and Irving, though, with the pair combining to average nearly 50 points with neither one of them going off in a game yet.

Indiana Pacers

We knew there could be a surprise with the East playoff field tightly congested after the Celtics. Indiana may have been the biggest surprise, though. The Pacers went into MSG on Sunday and blitzed the No. 2 seed Knicks, 130-109, to reach the East final. The Pacers were the highest scoring team in the NBA during the regular season and they scored at least 120 points in six playoff tilts. Seven players average in double figures led by Pascal Siakam at 21.1.

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NBA Teams

Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets Cleveland Cavaliers Charlotte Hornets
New York Knicks Detroit Pistons Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers Indiana Pacers Orlando Magic
Toronto Raptors Milwaukee Bucks Washington Wizards
Denver Nuggets Golden State Warriors Dallas Mavericks
Minnesota Timberwolves Los Angeles Clippers Houston Rockets
Oklahoma City Thunder Los Angeles Lakers Memphis Grizzlies
Portland Trail Blazers Phoenix Suns New Orleans Pelicans
Utah Jazz Sacramento Kings San Antonio Spurs

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