NBA: Nets open playoffs as title favorites over Lakers, Clippers

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at May 18 2021 03:43 AM

Brooklyn forward Kevin Durant, Brooklyn forward Blake Griffin, and Brooklyn guard Kyrie Irving react during their game against Dallas on May 6. Kevin Jairaj, USA Today Sports/Reuters

With the NBA playoff field nearly finalized, the Brooklyn Nets are the favorites over the Lakers and Clippers.

The Nets are +210 ahead of the defending champion Lakers (+500) and Clippers (+600), with the Los Angeles teams nearly even in the odds to win the Western Conference.

The Lakers are playing for the No. 7 seed in the play-in format against the Golden State Warriors. Led by scoring champion Steph Curry, Golden State is +16000 to win the title.

Utah is even with the Clippers at +600. The Jazz expect Donovan Mitchell (ankle) to play in their first-round series.

After the Milwaukee Bucks (+800) and Philadelphia 76ers (+800), there's a steep dropoff to the next set of contenders. The Bucks open the playoffs with a series against reigning Eastern Conference champion Miami.

The Heat have +3000 odds to win the championship.

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