Miami Heat in the Playoffs

NBA Championship Updated Odds and Quick Playoff Preview

14 April, 2023

The Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks both secured the seventh seed in their respective conferences with victory in play-in tournaments on Tuesday, one over the Minnesota Timberwolves and the other over the Miami Heat. The No. 8 seeds in the Western Conference are at stake on Friday, and the outcomes of Wednesday’s games between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans and the Chicago Bulls and the Toronto Raptors will decide who will face Minnesota and Miami.

On Saturday night, the reigning champion Golden State Warriors will begin their title defense against the Sacramento Kings in a Game 1 game scheduled for prime time. While the Warriors’ road woes have been well documented this season, at least their playoff series can be played locally. For an experienced Warriors team that appears to have found its footing with three consecutive victories by double digits to finish out the regular season, this is the greatest possible outcome.

The Warriors scored 55 points in the first quarter of their season-ending game against the Portland Trail Blazers and went on to win by a final score of 157-101. The Kings will give the reigning champions more of a challenge, but their lack of playoff experience might be a deciding factor in the series.

Following a thrilling regular season, the playoffs, especially the first round, are guaranteed to deliver even more action in the coming weeks.

NBA Championship Odds


Milwaukee Bucks +275
Boston Celtics +325
Phoenix Suns +425
Golden State Warriors +750
Denver Nuggets +1000
Philadelphia 76ers +1000
Los Angeles Lakers +1400
Memphis Grizzlies +2000
Los Angeles Clippers +4000
Cleveland Cavaliers +4000
Sacramento Kings +6000
New York Knicks +10000
Miami Heat +25000
Minnesota Timberwolves +25000
Atlanta Hawks +25000
Brooklyn Nets +50000
Chicago Bulls +50000
Oklahoma City Thunder +50000


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