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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 Finals have arrived. Twenty-two teams went to Orlando, Florida, to compete for the NBA championship and the playoffs will be coming to a conclusion soon, with only two teams remaining in the title hunt.

The best basketball betting sites are just as pumped as we are to have NBA basketball in the fall and have put out playoff series prices for the NBA Finals matchup between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Here at Odds Shark, we’ll be adding series props and updating odds and notes through the entire NBA Finals.

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2020 NBA Finals Series Prices

Miami Heat (East) vs Los Angeles Lakers (West)

Lakers vs Heat Series Price (Series tied 0-0)
WinnerCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Los Angeles Lakers-350-350
Miami Heat+275+275

Odds as of September 29 at Bovada

  • Going into the NBA Finals, the Heat and Lakers were the two best bets in the playoff bubble with the Heat at 12-3 SU and ATS while the Lakers were also 12-3 SU but 9-5-1 ATS. 
  • Prior to the bubble, the Lakers were 2-0 SU and ATS in two regular-season games vs Miami. Beginning the Finals, the Lakers had only been an underdog once in the bubble while the Heat had won eight of their previous 11 playoff games while being tabbed as the favorite only once.
  • For totals, the Heat and Celtics played a combined 30 playoff games prior to the NBA Finals and their O/U record was 15-15.

2020 NBA Finals Series Betting Props

NBA Finals: Lakers vs Heat - Exact Series Outcome
Winner and Games Odds
Lakers 4-1+285
Lakers 4-2+325
Lakers 4-0+375
Lakers 4-3+500
Heat 4-3+700
Heat 4-2+1000
Heat 4-1+1800
Heat 4-0+5000

Odds as of September 29 at BetOnline

NBA Finals: Lakers vs Heat - Number Of Games
Games Odds

Odds as of September 29 at BetOnline

NBA Finals: Lakers vs Heat - Correct Score After Game 3
Team and Games Odds
Lakers 2-1+100
Lakers 3-0+200
Heat 2-1+300
Heat 3-0+2000

Odds as of September 29 at BetOnline

NBA Finals: Lakers vs Heat - Series Handicap
Team and Spread Odds
Heat +2.5-155
Lakers -2.5+125

Odds as of September 29 at BetOnline

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.