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Best NBA Finals bet among favorites, long shots for Houston Rockets

We take a look at the matchup odds for the Rockets in the NBA Finals and pick out two potential bets to consider.

James Harden of the Houston Rockets reacts in the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Toyota Center on March 10, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Houston Rockets have the third best odds (+1300) to win the NBA Finals in the Western Conference and the fourth best odds overall. While they are sixth in the Western Conference standings with a 40-24 record, they have two elite All-Stars in James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Houston added a top-notch 3-and-D player in Robert Covington before the season was put on hold by the Covid-19 pandemic to pair with other complementary pieces like Eric Gordon, Austin Rivers, and others.

The Rockets are .500 against the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers this year. If James Harden gets out of the shooting slump he suffered through before the break, Houston could make some noise. Let’s take a look at two of the best bets you can make for if you think the Rockets can make it to the final stage.

Houston Rockets NBA Finals matchup odds

Best Favorite: Rockets vs. Bucks (+1100)

The Rockets are 0-1 against the Bucks this year after losing in their season opener. Houston led by 16 at the half before Giannis Antetokounmpo became the driving force in a tremendous comeback. The budding feud between the MVP frontrunner and Harden is a storyline that’s been forgotten lately, but it’s something to look out for. The Rockets and Bucks are the two highest scoring teams in the NBA and love to hoist up shots from beyond the arc. The odds of these two meeting up aren’t ridiculous.

Best Longshot: Rockets vs. 76ers (+8000)

The 76ers could be a trendy pick to reach the finals now that Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid should have a clean bill of health. Although Philadelphia has the fourth best odds (+900) to make it out of the Eastern Conference and the eighth best odds (+2800) to win the title, the team was one shot away from knocking off last year’s champs in the playoffs. The 76ers are one of the best sleeper picks you can make in my opinion, and betting on this outcome could pay off with some major cash.

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