NBA Playoff Picture May 23

NBA Playoff Picture: Mavericks New Favorites in Western Conference

The NBA playoffs continue with the Conference Finals now underway. Dallas' dynamic duo of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving have the Mavericks surging in the Western Conference Finals odds. Let's dive into the latest NBA Playoff Picture:

2023-24 NBA Playoff Picture

NBA Playoff Picture May 23

Eastern Conference Favorite: Boston Celtics -1800 To win Conference

Boston has been the most dominant team in the NBA this season. Their 64 wins and 122.2 offensive rating both pace the Association.

Jayson Tatum (+110 NBA Finals MVP favorite) is smack dab in the middle of his prime and ready to banish the ghosts of playoff past. Many prognosticators shook their heads when Brad Stevens traded for Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday. Now, those moves look like masterstrokes for the NBA Championship favorites.

The Celtics are undoubtedly the team to beat as they chase their NBA record 18th Championship banner. Joe Mazzula's team has run roughshod through Miami and Cleveland, losing a combined two games. Boston leads the NBA playoffs with a +11.3-point differential. They're also first in 3-point percentage differential (+3.8), rebounding differential (+9.1), and blocks per game differential (+3).

Western Conference Favorite: Dallas Mavericks -164 to Win Conference

After a thrilling Game 1 victory, the Dallas Mavericks have taken over as NBA Western Conference favorites.

Luka and co. shot nearly 50% from the field en route to the win. Despite the presence of Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, the Mavericks dominated with 62 points in the paint.

The Mavericks plethora of shooters, and the all-world presence of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving gives them all the tools to defeat the vaunted Timberwolves. Dallas is now 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games, and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on the road. Don't count out the experience Jason Kidd has from an NBA championship run as an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers. Dallas is a spectacular 32-16 ATS away from home this season.

Western Conference contender: Minnesota Timberwolves +138 To Win Conference

After holding the Nuggets to under 90 points three times in their second-round series, the Minnesota Timberwolves defense can keep them in games against anybody. Minnesota makes its first conference finals appearance in 20 years while leading the Western Conference playoffs in both defensive (107.6) and net (+8.5) ratings.

The Timberwolves are on a spectacular 8-4 ATS run while going 7-4 ATS in their last 11 games against the Western Conference.

Armed with the flair and scoring ability of superstar Anthony Edwards (+290 to win NBA Finals MVP), and backstopped by Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, the Timberwolves are bonafide NBA Championship contenders.

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