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NBA finals betting preview & top picks | 2021/22 NBA Season

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With most NBA teams having only one game remaining in their regular season, the playoff picture is relatively set. After a long 82 game season, this is what it’s all about. Playoff basketball. This is the moment for legends to build their pedigree and young stars to prove themselves. With the amount of talent in the league, this NBA playoffs will be chock full of great games. It takes a great team to advance in this league, so here are the teams who are worth betting to win it all.

The Phoenix Suns have been the best team in the NBA for a large portion of the season. They currently have a 64-17 record and are eight games better than any other team. Led by a veteran Chris Paul and a true star entering his prime in Devin Booker, the Suns have the top end talent to win it all.

They were in the finals last year and despite losing a tough series, they have dominated this season and are ready for revenge. The Suns’ odds are as high as +280 in some betting markets and that is great value. For a team who has dominated on the level they have, this is a great value bet and the only thing going against the Suns is a losing reputation. This is a different team from the Suns of years past. Don’t overthink it. The Suns are elite.

The Suns lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in the finals last year and the Bucks are back in the finals picture. With Giannis Antetokoumpo, the Bucks will always have the talent to go on a deep playoff run. He is the best player in the NBA and is firmly in the NBA MVP picture. Beyond him, the Bucks have a good mix of role players who can shoot the ball and play good defense. With Giannis at the helm, that’s all you need.

Currently, the Bucks sit at +550 to win the NBA finals and while they are another favorite, that is a good value bet. They are the best team in the East and despite being the two seed, Milwaukee has been a better team than the one seed Miami Heat. In most games, Giannis will be the best player on the court and in the NBA playoffs, that matters a lot. Teams need a guy who can take over games and there is no one better than Giannis for that. While they won the Finals last year, the Bucks will be looking to repeat, and their odds represent a great time to buy in on that vision.

Beyond those two teams, there is not a lot of great value. Sure, the NBA playoffs can be unpredictable but the seven game series set-up allows the best teams to truly prove themselves. It’s different from March Madness due to that and the single elimination format of March Madness provides more random upsets. In the NBA, the best teams tend to find a way to advance, and that’s what makes the favorites so appealing, especially at their current prices.

However, there is one last team that is worth a bet. They have been up and down all season, but could finally be healthy for the playoffs and at their current odds, they are worth throwing some beer money on. That team is the Denver Nuggets and their odds are as high as +3000 with the top online betting sites.

With a record of 48-33, the Nuggets have been very good all year but not spectacular. They have largely been a one man show with presumptive MVP Nikola Jokic on their team. He is putting together one of the best seasons in NBA history and has the potential to carry this team for a round or two. He alone, however, is not enough for the Nuggets to win it all but he may have some help on the way.

There have been rumors that Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. will be returning for the Nuggets in the playoffs and if they do, watch out. They are the next two best players on the team after Jokic and will be imperative for Denver if they want to go on a deep playoff run. We’re not counting on this, but with the Nuggets being +3000 to win it all, it’s worth a shot. If they make a run, there will be ample opportunities to hedge. So lock it in now and at the very least, hope Jokic goes on a historic run like he has shown he is capable of doing.

Ultimately, those are the only good future prices at this point in time. Two favorites and one longshot. Anything can happen but these teams have been good all season and have the studs to win it all. It comes down to star power in the playoffs, and these teams have all the star power you need to win the NBA championship. It’s going to be a great playoffs, and these teams will make it all the more interesting for your viewing pleasure. Take these bets and watch the best, most intense basketball on the planet.

Phoenix Suns

+280
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Bovada

Milwaukee Bucks

+550
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Bovada

Denver Nuggets

+3000
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Bovada

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