The NBA season is near the halfway point, and the All Star Break is this coming weekend. The contenders have separated themselves from the pretenders. However, with the expanded playoffs happening again this season, we could see some surprises late in the season. Let’s take a look at the most updated odds to win the NBA Western Conference and give a brief analysis of some of the teams with the best NBA odds to make it to the NBA Finals.
Updated Odds to Win the 2021 NBA Western Conference
Los Angeles Lakers +115
Even though the Lakers haven’t been playing well recently, they still have the best odds to win the West. The Lakers lull has come due to injuries and COVID issues. Anthony Davis has been out with an injury, while Dennis Schroder has been out due to COVID issues. LeBron James is playing at an elite level, although the abundance of minutes that he’s playing could come back to get him. The Lakers have great depth, and they play very good defense. If they can find another big to help them out, they have a great shot at winning their second straight championship.
Los Angeles Clippers +270
The Clippers have the ability to make a long playoff run. Paul George has upped his game this season, and when he and Kawhi Leonard are playing well together, the Clippers can beat anyone. George, Leonard, Patrick Beverley and the Clippers play strong defense, so they’ll have that going for them in a tough playoff series. George and Leonard are matchup issues for other teams, so this could be a huge advantage for the Clippers come playoff time.
Utah Jazz +450
The Jazz used to struggle on the defensive end, but this year, they have one of the best defenses in the league. Rudy Gobert anchors their defense, as he is the best rim protector in the NBA. Utah’s offense is also playing very well, as Jordan Clarkson has been a big surprise for the Jazz this season. They currently have six players averaging double figures in scoring. With the best record in the NBA, the Jazz are showing everyone that they’re for real. If they continue to play at this level, the oddsmakers may need to give the Jazz some better odds.
Denver Nuggets +1300
The Nuggets have not had a good first half of the season. At 18-15, they’re currently sitting in eighth place in the Western Conference. Nikola Jokic is having another great season, as is Jamal Murray, but the rest of the squad has been inconsistent. Injuries have played a huge part in their inconsistent play. They’ve also struggled defensively. Once the Nuggets get healthy, they could make a huge run.
Phoenix Suns +2200
Many didn’t think that the Suns would be a contender for the Western Conference title, but they are. Chris Paul has brought an intensity to the Suns. They have a great combination of youth and experience. Offensively they can score on the inside or from the perimeter. If they can stabilize their defense, the Suns could be a problem