- The Miami Heat and the LA Lakers both have a 3-1 lead in the second round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs but neither are the favorite to win the NBA Finals.
- Miami’s +13000 odds have shortened since the playoffs started, but they still have the second longest at +1800.
- The Lakers started the first round with +2100 odds but now have the second shortest at +350, behind Boston.
LOS ANGELES – The LA Lakers and the Miami Heat are one win away from playing in their respective conference finals as an eighth seed. When the playoffs first started, the Lakers had +2100 odds, and the Heat had +13000 odds to win it all.
Since both teams took a commanding lead in their series, NBA odds at legal sportsbooks look much different.
Updated NBA Finals Odds
- Boston Celtics+150
- Los Angeles Lakers+350
- Denver Nuggets+500
- Phoenix Suns+650
- Philadelphia 76ers+1000
- Golden State Warriors+1800
- Miami Heat+1800
- New York Knicks+10000
Even though the Heat have been dominating in the playoffs, they still have the second longest odds of any team remaining. If Miami beats the NY Knicks Wednesday night and closes the series, legal betting sites will shorten their odds significantly.
The Celtics are favored, as they have been all season, but saw their odds shorten after the Milwaukee Bucks’ early exit to the Heat.
Somehow, it did not flip the NBA Finals odds for Miami.
The Heat have only lost two games in the 2023 playoffs, with Jimmy Butler missing one of those games entirely.
The Lakers will also have the chance to close out their series against the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night. The Lakers are undefeated at home and have gone 7-3 in the postseason.
With the Heat at +1800 and the Lakers at +350, the 2020 NBA Finals rematch odds continue to shorten.
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Ben has been an avid sports fan his whole life and mostly follows football and basketball, both professional and collegiate. He has been covering topics that vary from Super Bowl prop bets to articles about the generated revenue from regulated sports betting. He is currently finishing his Editing, Writing, and Media Degree at Florida State University, with a minor in Business. Diving into the world of sports betting, he is ecstatic to work in an area that has combined his two passions of sports and writing.