Every day we’re getting closer and closer to crowning an NBA champion. With the Western Conference finals being settled on Saturday, followed by the Eastern Conference finals concluding on Sunday, we’re down to just two more teams matching up in the NBA Finals starting Wednesday. Let’s take a look at what has happened over the last few days of playoff action so you can keep on betting against their NBA odds.
A Rundown Of The 2020 NBA Playoffs
The Denver Nuggets had overcome 3-1 deficits in their first two playoff series, but they weren’t able to overcome their 3-1 deficit against the Los Angeles Lakers. On Saturday night, the Lakers finally put an end to the Nuggets’ playoff run and won the Western Conference.
Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic just didn’t have enough of a supporting cast to defeat the superior Lakers squad. Between the Lakers doing a great job of stopping Murray and Jokic, and the Nuggets’ inability to slow down LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers took the series 4-1.
Whether or not the Nuggets just ran out of gas, we’ll never know, but the Lakers looked like the better team throughout the series.
One thing that helped the Lakers was the resurgence of Dwight Howard. Howard moved into the starting lineup and looked like he had found the fountain of youth.
Howard played like the Orlando Magic version of himself, and at times dominated Jokic. He gave Jokic fits on the defensive end and owned Jokic on the glass.
James didn’t look like an aging veteran in this series. He capped the series with a triple-double, scoring 38 points with 16 rebounds and 10 assists. The Nuggets could never find a way to stop James during the series, and he looked like the James of yesteryear.
The Lakers will now move into the NBA Finals to take on James’ former team, the Miami Heat.
With the Miami Heat leading the series 3-1, the Celtics knew that their backs were against the wall. Boston came out fighting and took Game 5 by a score of 121-108. All five of the Celtics’ starters scored in double figures, led by Jayson Tatum’s 31 points.
Jaylen Brown hit some huge shots late in the game as part of his 28 points, and Kemba Walker had 15 points along with seven assists.
The key to the Celtics’ victory was Daniel Theis, who thoroughly outplayed Bam Adebayo, putting up 15 points with 13 rebounds. Boston usually doesn’t look to Theis to score much, but he really stepped it up in Game 5. Theis was also very strong defensively and made things difficult for Adebayo.
Adebayo and the Heat got their revenge on Sunday in Game 6, though, beating the Celtics 125-113, to advance to the NBA Finals. Adebayo scored 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Miami, which pulled away late in the fourth quarter.
Jimmy Butler added 22 points as the Heat won the Eastern Conference for the sixth time in team history.
The NBA Finals begin on Wednesday night, as the bubble experience gets that much closer to coming to an end.