The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers are tied at one game each in their first-round series in the 2023 NBA Playoffs. Despite having their hands full in the first round, the Suns are still the favorite to win the Western Conference and make it to the NBA Finals.
NBA betting sites are also suggesting that the Boston Celtics will meet the Suns in the 2023 Finals. That means the Celtics will likely have to beat last year’s champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The following NBA Playoff series prices are currently being offered at Bovada Sportsbook.
NBA Playoffs: Western Conference
- Los Angeles Lakers -275
- Memphis Grizzlies +225
LeBron James and the Lakers are projected to get beyond the higher-seeded Grizzlies in the first round by a significant margin in the moneyline odds. LA is the third-rated team in the West according to the futures posted at NBA Playoff sportsbooks, but their current path would place them in the Conference Finals against the winner of the Suns and Nuggets in Round 2.
- Sacramento Kings -180
- Golden State Warriors +150
The Warriors were recently favored to reach the Western Conference Finals, but now they’re underdogs to Sacramento, who holds a 2-game lead. Golden State is favored to win at home tomorrow night, and these series prices are pretty close to even already.
- Phoenix Suns -300
- L.A. Clippers +250
The Suns and Clippers’ series is tied at one game apiece. Pheonix is still the top team from the Western Conference listed in the odds for betting on the NBA Finals, and they’re -2.5-point favorites to win Game 3.
- Minnesota Timberwolves +700
- Denver Nuggets -1200
The Nuggets’ odds are near-certain, and they’re 8.5-point favorites to take Game 2 at home against the Timberwolves. That’ll give Denver a 2-0 lead in the series.
NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference
- Miami Heat +200
- Milwaukee Bucks -250
The Bucks have a 1-0 lead on the Heat, and current projections have them losing to Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals. Miami last made the NBA Finals in 2020, but they’re 8-point underdogs to Milwaukee for Game 2 of their series.
- Brooklyn Nets +1600
- Philadelphia 76ers -5000
The 76ers look to put their first-round series against the Nets on cruise control with a 3-0 lead. Brooklyn is favored by -4.5 on the road in Game 3 and appears poised to face the Celtics in the second round.
- Atlanta Hawks +1600
- Boston Celtics -10000
The Hawks are in a tw0-game hole against Boston in Round 1. The Celtics are favored to win Game 3 in Atlanta by a slim margin, which will give Boston a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.
- New York Knicks EVEN
- Cleveland Cavaliers -120
The Knicks and Cavs are tied up at 1 game each. New York is favored by a point in Game 3 at home, which means the contest could easily go either way. The series is also up in the air, as series prices are as close to even as are being offered on the NBA betting boards.
The 2023 Finals are scheduled to begin on June 1st.