The NBA Finals betting market has shifted following the Lakers departure from the playoffs on Thursday night.
Los Angeles has had the second-shortest title odds since Brooklyn acquired James Harden. Anthony Davis tried to give it a go in Thursday’s elimination game, but he was unable to make it through the first quarter.
With the Lakers loss, one Borgata Sports bettor in New Jersey took a huge hit. He or she had wagered $335,000 on Los Angeles (-335) to win the series following Game 2.
Phoenix was 25/1 to win the Western Conference one week ago, but it has now jumped to +200 as of Friday morning. The Suns went from 60/1 to 6/1 to win the NBA Finals.
Brooklyn got past Boston in five games and has seen its title odds move from +190 to +170. The Nets opened at -220 to beat Milwaukee in an intriguing second-round series. They are four-point favorites for Saturday’s series-opener.
Now that LeBron James and Co. are out of the mix, Utah has moved into second position in the NBA futures market. The Jazz are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and are +320 to win the Finals. They are the +125 ‘chalk’ to win their conference.
Dallas will be hoping to close out its series against the Clippers in Game 6 on Friday night. The Mavericks are +120 to pull the upset, but they are -180 to win the series at DraftKings.
In an interesting twist, the Clippers still have better title odds. They are 11/1 to win the Finals, while Dallas is a 33/1 longshot. Los Angeles is +650 to win the Western Conference and Dallas is 13/1.
A BetMGM customer won the biggest single-game bet of the season in Game 5, wagering $400,000 on the Mavericks at +250. The bet cashed for a cool $1 million when Dallas picked up the 105-100 win as a 7.5-point underdog.
Philadelphia is 10/1 to win the title and Atlanta is 33/1. There are several monster futures bets on Atlanta at various sportsbooks. The biggest is $20,000 on the Hawks at 100/1, which was placed at DraftKings.
BetMGM took a $10,000 ticket on Atlanta at 150/1 and also accepted a $7,000 wager at 80/1.