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2021 NBA Playoffs: Series Prices

The New York Knicks face the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs and you can bet their series price odds.

It’s the best time of the year to be a basketball fan. Sixteen teams will compete for the 2021 NBA championship after the play-in tournament in the quest to win the title and oddsmakers have wasted no time posting NBA playoffs series prices.

The best basketball betting sites are just as pumped as we are to have NBA postseason basketball and have already started the process of releasing 2021 playoff series prices for first-round matchups. Bettors can wager on these types of props right up until the final buzzer in the NBA Finals.

Here at Odds Shark, we’ll be adding series props and updating odds and notes through to the NBA Finals. With the play-in tournament yet to finalize the matchups for the 1 vs 8 and 2 vs 7 seeds, below are the odds for the rest of the matchups until those series are determined.

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2021 NBA Playoff Series Prices

Atlanta Hawks (5) vs New York Knicks (4)

Hawks vs Knicks Series Price (Series Tied 0-0)
WinnerCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Atlanta Hawks-110-110
New York Knicks-110-110

Odds as of May 17 at Bovada

  • Going into the first-round matchup, the Knicks defeated the Hawks three straight times this season with New York winning two of those by double digits.
  • The Knicks were arguably the best defensive team in the NBA this season, ranking first in opponent points per game (104.7), field-goal percentage and three-point shooting percentage.
  • The Knicks finished the 2020-21 season with the best ATS record in the league at 45-26-1.

Miami Heat (6) vs Milwaukee Bucks (3)

Heat vs Bucks Series Price (Series Tied 0-0)
WinnerCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Miami Heat+220+220
Milwaukee Bucks-270-270

Odds as of May 17 at Bovada

  • The Bucks were the highest-scoring team in the NBA this season at 120.1 points per game while the Heat were 25th at 108.1.
  • The Heat finished the month of April at 16-8 SU in 24 games while the Bucks were also 16-8 SU in April.
  • The Heat and Bucks faced each other last season in the playoffs in the second round with Miami winning that series 4-1. 

Dallas Mavericks (5) vs Los Angeles Clippers (4)

Mavericks vs Clippers Series Price (Series Tied 0-0)
WinnerCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Dallas Mavericks+225+225
Los Angeles Clippers-275-275

Odds as of May 17 at Bovada

  • The Mavericks were 2-1 SU and ATS in three games vs the Clippers this season.
  • Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined to score 48.1 points per game during the regular season.
  • The Mavericks had five players average double-digit points this season, led by Luka Doncic at 27.7 PPG.

Portland Trail Blazers (6) vs Denver Nuggets (3)

Blazers vs Nuggets Series Price (Series Tied 0-0)
WinnerCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Portland Trail Blazers+110+110
Denver Nuggets-130-130

Odds as of May 17 at Bovada

  • The Nuggets are led by presumed NBA MVP Nikola Jokic and finished 13-4 SU in 17 games after guard Jamal Murray went down with an injury.
  • The Blazers were one of the best ATS teams on the road this season at 23-13 and were 17-12 ATS as an underdog overall.
  • These two teams met in the 2019 NBA playoffs and the Blazers won that series 4-3.

How To Read NBA Series Prices Odds

At any sportsbook offering NBA series prices 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.

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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.