Updated NBA title odds going into the conference finals - plus Game 1 lines
The NBA playoffs are officially down to four teams, and with it, DraftKings Sportsbook has updated its NBA title odds.
With Miami set to host Boston in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday, and the Western Conference Finals tipping off on Wednesday between Golden State and Dallas, here are updated title odds, via DraftKings Sportsbook:
Golden State (+135)
Before we get to the Game 1 lines, here are some quick thoughts on all four teams:
Golden State (+135): In not-surprising news, Golden State opens as favorites to win the title after two rounds of the NBA Playoffs. And it's with good reason. The obvious of course is that Golden State has been here before, advancing to five straight NBA Finals between 2015-2019, and a big core of that roster - Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney - is still intact.
They should also be well rested, clinching on Friday, giving them five full days in between their Game 6 over Memphis and Game 1 against Dallas. Overall, Golden State will have played just two games in the previous 10 days prior to tip-off of Game 1. Dallas meanwhile is wrapping up a grueling seven game series with Phoenix which ended on Sunday night.
Boston (+190): And favored to come out of the East? It's the Boston Celtics. While the Celtics don't have homecourt advantage like Golden State, it's hard not to like this team, after knocking out Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets in Round 1, and coming back from a 3-2 series deficit to beat the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks in Round 2.
Jayson Tatum has emerged as a legitimate star in these playoffs, with 46 points in Game 6, while Grant Williams stepped up with seven three-pointers made in Game 7 vs. the Bucks.
Miami (+475): If you're looking for the best value left on the board, it may come from Miami - which has close to 5-1 odds to win it all. The Heat have homecourt advantage in their conference finals showdown with Boston, and are also well-rested, having last played in Thursday's closeout victory over Philadelphia.
They also lead the four remaining teams - and the entire playoffs - in defense, allowing just 97.5 points per game in these playoffs.
Dallas (+550): Finally, there's Dallas, which is unquestionably the best story left in the playoffs, but also rightly has the toughest road to a title. The Mavericks are coming off a grueling seven game series against Phoenix, and won Game 7 late into the night on Sunday. Thankfully at least, they didn't have to play their starters deep into the game in a 33-point victory.
Still, when you've got Luka Doncic, you've got a chance, as Dallas will travel to face Golden State in Game 1 on Wednesday.
Also, for those wondering, here are the Game 1 odds - courtesy of Draftkings:
Boston at Miami (-1.5) - Over/Under 204
Dallas at Golden State (-5) - Over/Under 214.5
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