The NBA season is approaching its climax. With four teams remaining, the stakes couldn’t be higher as the Conference Finals get underway.
While they might not be the four teams that many expected, this round features two incredible matchups that should make for long series.
As always, bettors can wager on all of the action on the hardwood with West Virginia sportsbooks. They include plenty of markets for every individual game, as well as updated team and player futures.
In the West, the Phoenix Suns are taking on the Los Angeles Clippers. Phoenix swept Denver in its last series, while the Clippers held on to advance past Utah in six games.
Then in the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks host the Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks defeated Brooklyn in overtime in Game 7 to reach the conference finals, whereas Atlanta upset Philadelphia on the road in their seventh game.
Let’s break down both of these series and what the odds are saying at WV online sportsbooks.
NBA Conference Final odds at WV Sportsbooks
West Final – Suns vs. Clippers preview
Despite finishing second in the conference with 51 wins in this shortened season, many doubted the Suns in the postseason. Most experts picked the Los Angeles Lakers to take them down in the opening round, especially after the Lakers went up 2-1.
Since that point, Phoenix has reeled off eight straight wins, including Game 1 of the West Finals. The series began on Sunday afternoon, before the teams in the East were completely set.
Even with Chris Paul sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols, the team took care of business in the opener and won 120-114.
The Suns are now getting the respect they deserve, in the media and at sportsbooks.
Of course, the opening victory of the series impacts the odds a lot; however, the Suns are now favored at -455 to finish it out. DraftKings Sportsbook WV shows the Clippers available at +340 to win the series.
Besides the loss in the first game, the health of star Kawhi Leonard is crucial for the Clippers’ success. The two-time NBA Finals MVP missed the opener of this series and is now ruled out for the second tilt as well.
Leonard sprained his right knee late in Game 4 against the Nuggets and missed the last two games in that series. His status for the rest of the current series is unknown.
So with Paul and Leonard down for Tuesday night’s second contest, the Suns are laying -5 in the point spread, according to DraftKings. Bettors can take Phoenix at home on the moneyline at -200 or the Clippers with odds of +165.
While LA would love to steal a game on the road, it’s not feeling any added pressure to do so. It’s already come back from two 2-0 series deficits in these playoffs, the first team in NBA history to accomplish this.
If the Clippers are going to do this, they will need Paul George to continue to deliver amazing performances. He’s scored 37, 28 and 34 points in the three games since Leonard’s gone down.
East Final – Bucks vs. Hawks preview
The other conference final involves one team that many predicted would be here and one they did not.
Milwaukee was among the favorites in the conference all season and appears to be better than ever. It beat the Brooklyn Nets in a great series, even though the Nets weren’t at full strength.
The Bucks won in seven behind strong showings from Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Giannis scored 40 in the series-clinching win, while Middleton added 23 points, 10 boards and six assists.
They’ll now face the Hawks, who have pulled off the upset in both of the first two rounds.
Atlanta was a slight underdog going up against the Knicks in the opening series, then was a sizable dog playing Philadelphia.
After falling behind 2-1, it won three of the next four behind Trae Young’s efforts. He’s been spectacular in the postseason thus far, averaging over 29 points and 10 assists per game, while shooting better than 41%.
Similar to the Clippers’ current situation, the Hawks need Young to keep playing at a high level to have a chance.
At FanDuel Sportsbook WV, the Bucks are favored to win the series at -460. It lists the Hawks at +360.
As for the opening game, the online sportsbook has Milwaukee giving -7 in the spread at home. Bettors can take its moneyline at -300, or the Hawks’ odds of +245.
Although it seems fair that the Bucks are favored, it is difficult to count out the Hawks after what they’ve done recently. Milwaukee might have more postseason experience overall, but it’s not like it has several titles under its belt.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see this series go at least six games.
FanDuel shows the Bucks as the favorite to win it all, too. They’re posted at +105, followed by Phoenix at +150, LA at +800 and Atlanta with odds of +1100.