Updated NBA Playoff Series Odds: Clippers Listed as Favorites Despite 2-1 Deficit vs. Mavericks
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The NBA postseason has already given us some thrilling results in Round 1. Some teams that were favorites when odds opened up at the end of the regular season have seen their series odds fall while others have seen their odds rise sharply.
Monitoring how prices are shifting throughout the series can give insight into how oddsmakers are viewing the changes in a particular series.
Below you’ll find updated series odds for all eight NBA playoff series with the listed odds from before each series began, through the most recent game.
76ers vs. Wizards Series Odds
|After Game 1||-2000||+1000|
|After Game 2||-20000||+2500|
|After Game 3||N/A||N/A|
Game 3 Update: After a blowout win by the Sixers in Game 3, the series odds are off the board.
The 76ers entered the series as huge favorites and despite not covering Game 1, they are now -2000 in the series after the opener. The 76ers are +200 to sweep and +160 in five games.
Nets vs. Celtics Series Odds
|After Game 1||-2500||+1200|
|After Game 2||-10000||+2000|
|After Game 3||-5000||+1600|
Game 3 Update: The Celtics fought their way back into the series behind a 50-point game from Jayson Tatum. The Nets still have -171 to win the series in five games.
Game 2 Update: The Nets appear to be running away with this series the way they ran away with Game 2. After a 22-point win against the Celtics, the Nets have -115 odds to sweep the series. Jayson Tatum left the game after getting poked in the eye and his status is worth monitoring as the series shifts to Boston.
The Nets were huge favorites entering the series and after a big surge in the second half of Game 1 they managed to get a win. The Nets are the biggest favorites to win their Round 1 series, have +175 odds to sweep and sit at +150 to win in five games.
Knicks vs. Hawks Series Odds
|After Game 1||+200||-250|
|After Game 2||+120||-150|
|After Game 3||+240||-300|
Game 3 Update: The Knicks dropped Game 3 in Atlanta after another poor shooting night from Julius Randle. The Hawks have 75% implied odds to win the series and their odds to win in six games are +190.
Game 2 Update: The Knicks pulled out a win in the second game of their series with the Hawks to tie things up 1-1 heading back to Atlanta. Entering Game 3, the odds of the series ending in either six games or seven games are both listed at +140.
This series opened even on both sides. After a thrilling win in Game 1, the Hawks are now -250 to win the series and the shortest odds for the series score is Hawks in six games at +333 odds.
Bucks vs. Heat Series Odds
|After Game 1||-450||+350|
|After Game 2||-1110||+700|
|After Game 3||-10000||+2500|
Game 3 Update: The Bucks have won back-to-back games by 25-plus points and lead the series 3-0. Entering Game 4, there aren’t any odds available for the length of the series and the Heat have 3.85% implied odds to come back and win the series.
After a tight Game 1 between the Bucks and Heat that went into overtime, the Bucks beat the Heat by 34 points in Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead. The Heat head back to Miami as +700 underdogs in the series ahead of Game 3. The Bucks’ odds to win the series in fives games are listed at +170, but they’re also +200 to sweep the reigning Eastern Conference champions.
Jazz vs. Grizzlies Series Odds
|After Game 1||-325||+260|
|After Game 2||-625||+425|
|After Game 3||-2500||+1200|
Game 3 Update: The Grizzlies continue to push the Jazz in this series, but not enough to get the win in Game 3. PointsBet has Utah’s odds to win the series in five games listed at -125.
Game 2 Update: The Jazz won Game 2 behind a red-hot 3-point shooting night (19-of-39) and were able to counter a 47-point game from Ja Morant. Utah’s odds to win the series have shifted back to where they were before the series started and the Jazz are +175 to win the series in five games.
The Jazz were supposed to have Donovan Mitchell back in the lineup for this series, but he was a late scratch just before Game 1, which the Jazz lost as 8.5-point favorites. Mitchell is expected to play in the series, but the Utah’s odds have shifted significantly. According to the odds, they’re more likely to win the series in seven games (+250) than in five games (+280) entering Game 2.
Suns vs. Lakers Series Odds
|After Game 1||+100||-120|
|After Game 2||+240||-300|
|After Game 3||+525||-800|
Game 3 Update: The Lakers held the Suns below 100 points for the second time in this series and now lead 2-1 after Game 3. Their odds to win the series have soared to -800 and no odds are being offered on exact series score.
Game 2 Update: The Lakers stole homecourt and pulled even in their first round series with the Suns. The reigning champs and No. 7 had not been dogs in this series and the Lakers’ odds shot up after the win. As the series shifts to Los Angeles, the Lakers have +175 odds to win the series in six games.
The Lakers opened as favorites in this matchup despite being the No. 7 seed and starting the series on the road after competing in the play-in games. A Game 1 loss did not move the odds in the Suns’ favor — L.A. still has 54.55% implied odds to win despite the 0-1 hole. The best odds for exact series score is on the Lakers to win in six games (+333).
Nuggets vs. Blazers Series Odds
|After Game 1||+225||-300|
|After Game 2||+130||-155|
|After Game 3||-205||+170|
|After Game 4||-105||-120|
Game 4 Update: No series has swung back and forth more than this one. The Trail Blazers went from underdogs to slight favorites after tying up the series at two games apiece. The Blazers have +225 odds to win the series in six games.
Game 3 Update: The Nuggets stole back homecourt advantage with a Game 3 win over the Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. The odds in this series have shifted back and forth even before Game 1 and the Nuggets now have 67.21% implied odds to win the matchup.
The Nuggets’ odds to win in five, six, or seven games are all listed at +300. The odds that the series goes seven games are listed at +120.
The Trail Blazers moved from -105 at opening to -140 just before the start of the series. They took Game 1 in convincing fashion, then lost the second game by double digits. The line entering Game 3 is right around the price (-155) and the best odds for exact series score is on the Blazers in six games (+275).
Clippers vs. Mavericks Series Odds
|After Game 1||-165||+135|
|After Game 2||+220||-286|
|After Game 3||-115||-105|
Game 3 Update: The Clippers got back into their series after a win in Game 3 and are now slight favorites in the series despite being down 2-1. L.A. has +210 odds to come back and win the series in seven games.
Game 2 Update: The Mavericks pulled off another stunning win at Staples Center to take a 2-0 lead over the Clippers in the first round. The Mavericks now have better odds to sweep the series (+300) than the Clippers have to win in seven games (+350).
The Clippers were listed at -400 just before the start of their series with the Mavericks and promptly lost Game 1 on their home floor. They’re still favored to win the series, but their odds fell sharply to -145 before being bet back up to -165 ahead of Game 2. The odds on the series reaching six or seven games are +150 on each prop and the Clippers are listed at +275 to win in six games.