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2020 NBA Playoffs: Series Prices

NBA Series Prices - September 14, 2020 LeBron James and Anthony Davis

It’s the best time of the year to be a basketball fan: the NBA playoffs have arrived. Twenty-two teams went to Orlando, Florida, to compete for the NBA championship and the playoffs are in full swing with four teams remaining in title contention.

The best basketball betting sites are just as pumped as we are to have NBA basketball in September and are putting out playoff series prices for the two conference final matchups, the Denver Nuggets vs the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat vs the Boston Celtics.

Here at Odds Shark, we’ll be adding series props and updating odds and notes through the entire postseason for every matchup.

If you’re new to betting basketball, there are some very important betting resources below for you to check out to assist you in your handicapping:

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NBA Eastern Conference Series Prices

Boston Celtics (3) vs Miami Heat (5)

Celtics vs Heat Series Price (Heat Lead 3-2)
WinnerCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Boston Celtics+165-135
Miami Heat-190+115

Odds as of September 26 at Bovada

  • Going into the conference final, the Heat were one of the best bets in the bubble at 11-6 SU and ATS, including 8-1 SU and ATS in the postseason.
  • Prior to the bubble, the Celtics were 2-0 SU and ATS in two regular-season games vs Miami but they lost their matchup with the Heat in the bubble.
  • For totals, the Heat and Celtics played a combined 21 playoff games prior to the series and the UNDER hit in 15 of them. 


NBA Western Conference Series Prices

Los Angeles Lakers (1) vs Denver Nuggets (3) 

Lakers vs Nuggets Series Price (Lakers Lead 3-1)
WinnerCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Los Angeles Lakers-25000-650
Denver Nuggets+1800+425

Odds as of September 26 at Bovada

  • The Lakers were 7-3 ATS in 10 playoff bubble games and 5-2 SU in their previous seven games vs Denver prior to the start of the series.
  • The UNDER was 7-3 in the Lakers’ first 10 playoff games.
  • LeBron James (LAL) was averaging 26.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game in the playoffs going into this series.


How To Read NBA Series Prices Odds

At any sportsbook offering NBA series price odds, you’ll see the prop laid out like this:

Boston Celtics -440

Philadelphia 76ers +320

Similar to a moneyline bet, where favorites are designated with the minus sign (-), in this case the Boston Celtics are the overwhelming favorite, which means you’ll need to bet more to increase your potential return of profit.

For example, let’s say you think the Celtics are going to win the series over the Sixers. If you bet $100 on Boston, you’d only net a return of $122.73 – your $100 is returned along with $22.73 in profit. Large favorites come with less risk but that means you need to invest more to see a larger profit.

However, let’s say you think the Sixers are going to win the series. If you bet $100 and it hits, you’d get a return of $420 – the original $100 investment is returned along with a nice profit of $320. However, with underdogs comes larger risk as the probability of them winning is low, hence the larger reward.

To find out how much you’d win based on what you bet, check out our Odds Calculator.