- The Utah Jazz dominated the Western Conference this year.
- The Los Angeles Clippers are likely the next best team in the West, according to the sportsbooks.
- A series between the two is set to kick off on Tuesday.
LAS VEGAS - The Los Angeles Clippers managed to scrape past the Dallas Mavericks and set up a meeting with the Utah Jazz.
The Clippers and the Jazz are arguably the two title favorites in the Western Conference, and the futures odds to win the NBA Championship reflect this.
2021 NBA Champion Odds
- Brooklyn Nets +110
- Utah Jazz +375
- L.A. Clippers +500
- Phoenix Suns +750
- Philadelphia 76ers +1400
- Milwaukee Bucks +1600
- Atlanta Hawks +2800
- Denver Nuggets +3000
The Clippers and the Jazz are second and third on the odds boards at the online sportsbooks, behind the obvious favorites in the form of the Brooklyn Nets.
When one of these two teams comes out of the series, it’s highly likely that they’ll be the second place team on the odds boards.
In fact, despite the fact that one of them will be eliminated soon, both the Clippers and the Jazz are the favorites to win the Western Conference.
2021 Western Conference Champion Odds
- Utah Jazz +140
- L.A. Clippers +200
- Phoenix Suns +230
- Denver Nuggets +1400
In a sense, this series is the real Western Conference Finals, with the two favorites facing off.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz Series Odds
- Los Angeles Clippers +110
- Utah Jazz -130
The Jazz will have home court advantage throughout the series, while the Clippers will be looking to steal it in the first two games.
The Jazz were remarkable at home, with a record of 33-6 all season, including the playoffs, and a 25-14 home ATS record.
This should be enough to tell anyone that their home court advantage is one of the strongest in the league, and should be respected as such.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz Game 1 Odds
- Los Angeles Clippers +155
- Utah Jazz -175
However, the Clippers are an excellent road team, with a 24-15 road record straight up through the regular season and the playoffs.
In addition, they proved themselves as a road team in their series against the Dallas Mavericks, in which they won all three away games that they played.
The most amazing part of this series is that Ty Lue said after Game 2 that the Mavs did the easy part by winning 2 on the road but now they have to defend home court, everyone was like “What are you talking about?” and then a home team literally never won a game. Genius foresight
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) June 5, 2021
This series isn’t just the best two teams in the Western Conference, it’s a team that excels at home against a team that just won a playoff series almost entirely on road games.
This could be one of the most fascinating playoff series’ in recent memory, especially for sports betting fans.