- The Phoenix Suns were +4000 longshots to win the NBA Finals prior to the season start.
- Should they beat the Milwaukee Bucks, they would have had the longest odds of any NBA Champion.
- Phoenix is now -250 favorites to win the NBA Finals.
PHOENIX – NBA futures betting has always been the biggest way to cash in on single wagers while betting on the NBA thanks to the long odds available early at online sportsbooks.
The Phoenix Suns have emerged as title favorites to win the 2021 NBA Finals, but they were not initially viewed as contenders by the sports betting community.
Should Phoenix win it all this year, then they will have had the longest preseason odds of any NBA Champion in history, making NBA betting players who placed action on the Suns major winners at an all-time level.
From Underdogs To Favorites
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) July 12, 2021
There were a few factors as to why NBA betting fans were so low on the Phoenix Suns. For starters, Phoenix had not made the playoffs since 2010 and was coming off of a 34 win season in 2019-2020.
The Suns were consistently in the bottom 10 of the league defensively, and star player Devin Booker had only made one All-Star team in his career; an achievement earned due to injury opening up another spot.
The Suns opening up with +4000 odds to win the NBA Championship makes sense considering. Phoenix had the 15th shortest odds to win it all this year.
The longshot odds may have also swayed sports betting fans from placing action as well. Prior to this season, the team with the longest odds to win the NBA Finals were the 2014-2015 Golden State Warriors who opened with +2800 odds at online sportsbooks.
Golden State is followed by the 2010-2011 Dallas Mavericks who had +2000 odds, The 2018-2019 Toronto Raptors with +1850 odds, and the 2003-2004 Detroit Pistons with +1500 odds to win it all.
If the Suns host the trophy at the end of the series against the Milwaukee Bucks, this will be the most unlikely championship in NBA history.
The Suns could very well win as they are currently sitting with a 2-1 lead against the Bucks and sportsbooks have them as heavy favorites in the series, a big turnaround from their preseason designation.
NBA Finals Odds
- Milwaukee Bucks +210
- Phoenix Suns +250
The Bucks are also just slight favorites to win Game 4 at home, showing that sports betting fans aren’t heavy on the side of Milwaukee over Phoenix.
Phoenix Suns Vs. Milwaukee Bucks
- Moneyline: Bucks -180, Suns +160
- Spread: Bucks -4.5
- Totals: Over/Under 220.5
The Suns are a cautionary tale for those on the fence when it comes to NBA Futures betting. Odds as good as +4000 for a title contender do not come often and are only available early on in the season.
NBA fans betting at legal sports betting sites should use this as an example.
If the Suns win it all, lucky underdog bettors who took the risk early on will be seeing major payouts at online sportsbooks. NBA futures betting is really the best way to play.
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