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DraftKings Sportsbook NBA Picks: Top 5 Finals Matchup Bets

DK Playbook looks at NBA Finals matchup odds on DraftKings Sportsbook as the the league prepares to resume play on July 30.

Los Angeles Clippers v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Below, we take a look at the NBA Finals matchup odds on DraftKings Sportsbook as the NBA prepares for its restart on July 30 in Orlando. Place your bets here. You can also download the DK Sportsbook app.

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NBA Finals Matchup Odds on DraftKings Sportsbook

  • Bucks vs. Lakers +310
  • Bucks vs. Clippers +350
  • Bucks vs. Rockets +1100
  • Bucks vs. Nuggets +1900
  • Celtics vs. Lakers +1900
  • Raptors vs. Lakers +1900
  • Celtics vs. Clippers +2000
  • Raptors vs. Clippers +2000
  • Bucks vs. Jazz +2300
  • 76ers vs. Lakers +2500
  • Heat vs. Lakers +2500
  • 76ers vs. Clippers +270
  • Heat vs. Clippers +2700
  • Celtics vs. Rockets +6000
  • Raptors vs. Rockets +6000
  • Thunder vs. Bucks +6000
  • 76ers vs. Rockets +8000

My Favorite Bets

Number Five: 76ers vs. Rockets (+8000)

If you are a believer that this year’s NBA Playoffs will have parity to a degree that has never been seen before, then this is the bet for you. Both teams are currently the sixth seeds in their respective conferences, and there have been only three six seeds or worse to ever make the NBA Finals. The Rockets are responsible for two of those appearances in 1981 and 1995, but even those with the wildest imaginations cannot make a case of how that impacts this year’s team. The best argument for this Finals matchup is that the 76ers’ two stars, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and the Rockets’ two stars, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, come back from the break in great shape and thrive on not having to play any road games.

Number Four: 76ers vs. Lakers (+2500)

This would be the sixth time the 76ers and Lakers franchises have met in the NBA Finals, dating as far back to when the Minneapolis Lakers faced off against the Syracuse Nationals. Their most recent NBA Finals matchup was in 2001, which is a series that gave birth to the Allen Iverson stepping over Ty Lue meme. I already explained what it would take for the 76ers to make the Finals as a six-seed, but the Lakers should be able to clinch the one-seed within their first few seeding games and have an easier road to the NBA Finals. If stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis stay healthy, the Lakers will be big favorites in the first and second rounds of the playoffs.

Number Three: 76ers vs. Clippers (+2700)

With NBA offenses becoming more three point heavy each year, both teams are in the bottom half of the league in 3-pointers attempted per game. The time off, unusual arena settings and lack of fans could benefit teams who do not rely on making threes to win games. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons of the 76ers and Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Patrick Beverley of the Clippers are among the best defenders in the league, and they may be able to use that playing style to create an all red, white and blue NBA Finals.

Number Two: Bucks vs. Lakers (+310)

Finally, a matchup that does not involve the 76ers! There have been only three one-seed versus one-seed NBA Finals matchups since 2000, which is a shockingly low number for a league known for its lack of parity. Even without home-court advantage this season, the one-seed will still be a huge advantage for both teams. The Lakers and Bucks will both likely have first round matchups against teams hovering around .500, which should allow them to quickly win those series and rest for later rounds of the playoffs. If the current standings hold, the Lakers would not have to worry about facing the Clippers until the Western Conference Finals, and the Bucks would avoid three of their biggest threats; Boston, Toronto, and Philadelphia until the Eastern Conference Finals.

Number One: Bucks vs Clippers (+350)

My logic for this pick is the same as with my no. 1 pick in my Western Conference champion article. I am going with Bucks versus Clippers instead of Bucks versus Lakers because of the longer odds. The Clippers and Bucks also have the balance needed to be considered championship contenders since they are both Top 10 in the league in Offensive and Defensive rating. Not to mention, this would also be a matchup of the league’s reigning MVP and Finals MVP with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard, respectively. The Bucks have not made an NBA Finals since 1974, when they were in the Western Conference, and the Clippers have never made an NBA Finals in their franchise’s history, so this would be a great matchup for two patient fan bases.

— Analysis by Tyler Stevens

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