The stage is set for a Bubble rematch, with the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers going at it in the West and the Boston Celtics hosting the Miami Heat in the East.
And now that we know the four teams that are still in contention, oddsmakers believe the Celtics should be the team to beat going forward, according to the latest odds.
The Celtics have +105 odds of taking the Larry O’Brien trophy home, followed by the Denver Nuggets (+200), Los Angeles Lakers (+300), and Miami Heat (+1300).
Updated NBA Championship odds:
Boston Celtics +105
Denver Nuggets +230
Los Angeles Lakers +300
Miami Heat +1300 pic.twitter.com/0UKCMmgO4V
— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) May 14, 2023
That’s a notable disparity from the Heat as compared to the rest of the field.
The Heat entered the playoffs as the No. 8 seed after losing their first Play-in game to the Atlanta Hawks.
However, Erik Spoelstra’s mastermind and Jimmy Butler’s dominance have led them to back-to-back upsets, even taking down the team with the best record in the league in just five games.
The Heat already beat the Celtics at this stage in the NBA bubble, although this Boston team is better and deeper.
The Celtics have more than enough depth and firepower to get back at Spoelstra and Butler this time around, but they’ve been fairly inconsistent throughout most of the playoffs.
The Nuggets, on the other hand, have found little trouble reaching this stage, yet they continue to be somewhat overlooked by oddsmakers and fans alike.
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