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The NBA Playoffs start in just a few days, which means we're only about a month and a half away from the NBA Finals. There's no telling what will happen or who will win as this NBA season has been a whirlwind of storylines and potential contenders, with the East in particular looking as wide open as it's been in years.
However, the Milwaukee Bucks won their 60th game and clinched the No. 1 seed in the East this past week. The NBA Championship oddsmakers took notice.
Latest Odds to Win 2019 #NBA Finals via @FDSportsbook— The Duel (@TheDuelSports) April 8, 2019
Spurs/Trail Blazers +8000
The Bucks were the only team to have their odds get better this week as they jumped up to +600 from +850. The Warriors are, of course, still the overall favorite, sitting at -210. But the Bucks are now bigger favorites out of the East.
Elsewhere in the East, the Raptors held at +1100 while the 76ers and Celtics both dropped off precipitously. Philadelphia dropped to +1700 from +1300 last week and Boston dropped to +2300 from +1800. Outside of the Top 4 in the East, the Pacers have +21000 odds, down from +18000, and the Nets are still at +24000 even after clinching a playoff berth. Orlando is sitting at +25000 alongside the trio of teams competing for the No. 8 seed.
Out West the Warriors continue their vice grip on the odds as Houston is the only Western team among the Top 5 favorites overall. Even still, the Rockets dropped to +1200 this week.
The Nuggets dropped from +2600 to +3200 after officially losing out on the No. 1 seed and losing to the Warriors head-to-head. Oklahoma City and Utah both stayed put at +4400 and +5500, respectively, as did the Spurs and Trail Blazers at +8000. The Clippers are the final team to suffer a drop as they go from +15000 to +18000.
Until they are literally eliminated from the playoffs, the Warriors will always be the favorite to win the title, but Milwaukee has positioned itself as well as possible heading into the playoffs. No one has been able to touch Golden State since it added Kevin Durant, but maybe the Bucks have a shot. Right now, they're at least gaining on them odds wise.
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