Andrew Wilson | Wed 16/06/2021 - 05:26 EDT

2021 NBA Playoffs Betting Picks Updates

2021 NBA Playoffs Betting Picks Updates
With the Conference Finals nearly here, it is a great time to check out NBA futures and make some NBA bets on who will win the remaining series and the Conference Finals.

NBA Playoffs Futures Bets June 16 Update

A week ago, it felt like no one could beat the Brooklyn Nets. Now we could see a path for any of the remaining seven teams in the NBA playoffs winning the NBA Finals. However, with round two series going and the Conference Finals nearly here, we will focus on them in our NBA Playoffs betting update.  

The Phoenix Suns the Hot Team to Bet to Win the Western Conference

Win the Western ConferenceSports InteractionBetwayBetWarrior
Phoenix Suns2.302.302.30
Utah Jazz2.752.752.75
Los Angeles Clippers3.503.503.50

At the start of the playoffs, the Phoenix Suns got the distinction as the first two seed to be an underdog against a seven seed. Despite online sportsbooks not giving the Suns a great chance to beat the Los Angeles Lakers, they took care of business in round one. They rode their great play to a sweep over the Denver Nuggets.

With some time off to rest – and hopefully ensure Chris Paul is 100% entering the Conference Finals, the Phoenix Suns are the best team to wager on NBA betting odds will win the Western Conference.

Health has been a significant factor this year in the NBA. With the preseason condensed, we have seen injuries ravage teams all year. But the Suns, for the most part, have managed to stay mostly healthy.

The Suns will face the winner of the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers series (tied 2-2 at the time of publication). While the Utah Jazz had the best record in the NBA this year and the Clippers have arguably the best player left in the Western Conference, we are picking the Suns to beat the winner of that series.

Chris Paul is a significant reason we are betting on the Suns. Paul was stellar against the Denver Nuggets. In the four games, he averaged 25.5 points and 10.3 assists. Most impressively, he had his third playoff game with 15 assists, 15+ points and no turnovers. He now owns three of the six such games in the history of the playoffs.

The Suns also have a rising star, Devin Booker. Booker's looked like a seasoned vet in these playoffs (despite it being his first NBA playoffs ever). He is averaging 27.9 points per game and shooting a solid .487-.377-.917. Throw in Jae Crowder – who has 82 games of postseason experience – and the Suns are real.

Pick: Phoenix Suns (2.50) to Win the Western Conference

Atlanta vs. Philadelphia Series Full of Betting Intrigue

To Win the SeriesSports InteractionSports InteractionTo Win the Series
Atlanta Hawks3.551.28Philadelphia 76ers

Despite owning the best record in the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia is tied with the Atlanta Hawks going into game five of their series. It has been a bit of an unpredictable series – with Hawks looking excellent in game one before losing convincingly in games 2 and 3. Their game four win was undoubtedly impressive, with Trae Young shaking off a cold start to lead the team to victory.

Some of Philadelphia's previous playoff demons are starting to show up again this series. Ben Simmons – for all his defensive IQ and other offensive skills – cannot hit a free throw (32.1% for the series). Embiid has been great during the playoffs – but his health such a factor it is hard to believe he can stay healthy for four rounds. If he is ever out, the offensive production falls heavily on Tobias Harris and Seth Curry.

Both guys have been great in the playoffs – but can you trust them as your top players if Embiid goes out? You probably can if Simmons can play great defence on Trae Young for the final three games of the series. You probably cannot trust them if you need them to beat the Brooklyn Nets four times in seven games.

Take Philly to win the series but expect them to fall short against the winner of the Nets-Bucks series on the opposite side of the bracket.

Pick: Philadelphia 76ers (1.28) to Win the Series

Kevin Durant Saves the Nets – But Can they Still the Championship

Durant put on an absolute clinic in game five against the Bucks – dropping 49 points in 48 minutes. The effort could have saved the Nets' season – as they fell behind by 17 points, and outside of Durant and Jeff Green, it did not look like the Nets came to play.

The Nets won the game and took a 3-2 series lead. They likely beat the Bucks in either game 6 or 7, but I do not know if they can win another two rounds if they have to play Kevin Durant 48 minutes everything night.

The Nets can still win the East. If they play the 76ers, their shooting advantage can overcome the 76ers stifling defence. If they match up against the Hawks, their experience should be too much for Trae Young and the Hawks to best in seven games.

Winning the Finals will require James Harden and Kyrie Irving to be healthy and efficient. Harden was clearly bothered by injuries in game five against Milwaukee and may not get back to 100% these playoffs. Irving has been an enigma this season – and we cannot be sure he will return to the team at any point. The Nets winning the East is a good bet, but against the three great teams left in the West – they may be too gassed and thin by the time they make the NBA Finals.

Pick: Brooklyn Nets (1.80) to win the Eastern Conference

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