NBA Finals Betting Odds: Suns Are The Underdogs Again

The Phoenix Suns started the season at +4000 to win the NBA Finals. 

But after they made it to the playoffs, the odds of the Suns winning the Finals improved. 

There was even a period of time where they were the favorites to win it. But after the Bucks took a 3-2 lead in the series, Milwaukee is now the favorites to win it all.

The Fall Of The Suns’ Odds

No one could have expected the Suns to make it as far as they have. Especially with the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets as front-runners. 

At the start of the season, top sports betting apps had the Nets at + 229 to win the Finals, but they were eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks. As for the Lakers, they were at +413 to win the championship again, but were eliminated in the first round by the Phoenix Suns. 

As the playoffs went on, the Suns started to climb their way to the top of sportsbooks like FanDuel. By the time Phoenix reached the Finals, they were finally the favorites at -190. They continued to be the ones likely to win the Finals until the Bucks won Game 5 and took the series lead. Now, the Suns are at +310. 

The Suns will need to win Game 6 in Milwaukee on Tuesday and Game 7 at home on Thursday to finally win an NBA Championship.   

Suns Odds Recap

  • Before signing Chris Paul: +10000
  • Start of the season: +4000
  • All-Star Break: +3300
  • End of season: +2000
  • Start of Playoffs: +1800
  • Before Semi-Conference Finals: +800
  • Before Conference Finals: +275
  • Before Finals: -190
  • Before Game 6:  +310

The Rise Of the Bucks’ Odds

The Bucks started off the season with better odds than the Phoenix Suns to win the Finals, at +500 by sportsbook apps like BetMGM. As the season went on, odds remained steady for the Bucks. But by the start of the playoffs, Milwaukee was at +850 to win the Finals.

Thanks to beating the favorites, the Brooklyn Nets, odds started improving for the Bucks. They started the Finals at +160, but now they are the favorites for the first time at -400.

If the Bucks win Game 6 on Tuesday, they will be winning at home, making it the first NBA title for the team in 50 years. But just because they have won the last three games, doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. After all, the Phoenix Suns hold the best road record in the league, with 24-12 this regular season.

Bucks Odds Recap

  • Start of the season: +500
  • All-Star Break: +750
  • End of season: +900
  • Start of Playoffs: +850
  • Before Semi-Conference Finals: +575
  • Before Conference Finals: +100
  • Before Finals: +160
  • Before Game 6: -400

The NBA Finals always make things interesting for sports bettors. But the NBA is no stranger to crazy playoff series. This is the 30th time the Finals has been tied 2-2. And unfortunately for the Suns, the team that has won Game 5 has gone on to win the title 72.4 percent of the time.

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Calli Varner

Calli is a freelance writer and football fanatic. As a lifelong resident of Arizona, she proudly cheers on her home team, the Arizona Cardinals. But her heart belongs to her number one team, the Kansas City Chiefs. (Go Chiefs Kingdom!)