The Los Angeles Lakers are back in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010 and they’re gearing up for a series against the Miami Heat. This is going to be a lot of fun for NBA bettors and fans. Of course, the narrative of LeBron James facing his old team is going to be beaten into the ground, but this series is interesting enough because of the matchups themselves.

Regardless, the Lakers are opening up as significant favorites to win the series. It makes sense considering the fact that they have two first-team All-NBA guys in James and Anthony Davis. The Heat will counter with the stubbornness of Jimmy Butler and the versatility of Bam Adebayo. In terms of duos, the Lakers have the edge but don’t count out Butler and Bam just yet.

Here are some of the best NBA Finals futures via DraftKings Sportsbook.

 

NBA Finals Futures Odds

To Win The Series:
Lakers -400
Heat +300

Series Correct Score:
Lakers win 4-1 +300
Lakers win 4-2 +300
Lakers win 4-0 +400
Lakers win 4-3 +550
Heat win 4-3 +650
Heat win 4-2 +800
Heat win 4-1 +2500
Heat win 4-0 +7000

Total Games Played:
Over 5.5 -150
Under 5.5 +123
Over 6.5 +300
Under 6.5 -400

Game Spread:
Heat +1.5
Lakers -1.5
Heat +2.5
Lakers -2.5

The Lakers took care of business in the Western Conference. They only lost three games, one in each series, and became the heavy favorites to win it all after the Denver Nuggets knocked out the Los Angeles Clippers.

However, Miami’s impressive run through the Eastern Conference can’t be overlooked. The Heat only lost three games throughout their trek to the NBA Finals as well. The Boston Celtics were able to push the Eastern Conference Finals to six games, but Miami was in control throughout the entire series.

Coming in as the underdog is nothing new for Miami. They came into the last two series as the underdogs against the Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Lakers are a different animal, but the Heat will not be intimidated.

 

Lakers – Heat Game 1 Odds

 

Not only are the Lakers big favorites to win the series, but oddsmakers are showing confidence in them in Game 1. The Lakers open at -5 for Wednesday’s game and -200 on the moneyline. The total points are set to 217.5.

Teams that win the first game of a seven-game series in the NBA go on to win the series a little more than 75% of the time. If the Heat pull off the upset in Game 1, the odds on this series could see a dramatic shift.

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