Oddsmaker has Phoenix Suns as heavy favorites to win NBA Finals

Jul 1, 2021, 9:44 AM
Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker, left, celebrates with Suns owner Robert Sarver, center, as time runs ou...

Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker, left, celebrates with Suns owner Robert Sarver, center, as time runs out in Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Los Angeles. The Suns won the game 130-103 to take the series 4-2. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Suns are headed to the NBA Finals, and one oddsmaker is already favoring Phoenix to take home the Larry O’Brien Trophy. has Phoenix as the biggest title favorite this entire season at -240.

That’s well above the Milwaukee Bucks at +325 and Atlanta Hawks at +575, who are still battling it out in the Eastern Conference Finals. Entering play Thursday, the series is tied 2-2.

The Suns put an exclamation mark on their Western Conference Finals series on Wednesday night, clinching a spot in the Finals with a 130-103 beatdown of the Los Angeles Clippers. Chris Paul led all scorers with 41 points to go along with eight assists, four rebounds and three steals over 35 minutes of action.

The betting site isn’t the only entity believing the Suns have what it takes. FiveThirtyEight gave Phoenix a 72% chance to win the championship in its updated predictions. The Bucks sit with the second-best chance at 23%, followed by the Hawks at 5%.

As for whom the Suns will be facing, has the Bucks as favorites to head to the NBA Finals at -125, while the Hawks are +105. Milwaukee is favored despite Giannis Antetokounmpo’s status being up in the air for Game 5 and beyond.

The All-Star hyperextended his left knee against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4 but reportedly avoided serious injury.

He’s not the only player hobbled in the series, however, as Hawks guard Trae Young (bone bruise in right ankle) and Clint Capela (right eye inflammation) are also dealing with injuries.


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