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Odds to win NBA Championship entering the second round of 2023 playoffs

We take a look at the odds to take home the 2023 title entering the second round.

2023 NBA Playoffs Game 6 - Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis and Austin Reaves of the Los Angeles Lakers high fives during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies during round One Game Six of the 2023 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2023 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

The second round of the 2023 NBA playoffs is set to begin Saturday with Game 1 between the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets. There’s still one game left in the first round which will take place Sunday, but seven of the eight spots available in the second round are set. Here’s a look at the updated title odds entering the second round courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

The most notable change here is the absence of the Milwaukee Bucks, who became the sixth No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 8 seed in the opening round. The Miami Heat, behind a monster series from Jimmy Butler, took down the Bucks in five games. In a slightly less surprising result, the Memphis Grizzlies entered the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the West and lost to the Lakers in six games. That result should further boost LA’s title stock.

Odds to win 2023 NBA Championship ahead of second round

Boston Celtics: +165
Phoenix Suns: +380
Los Angeles Lakers: +650
Philadelphia 76ers: +800
Denver Nuggets: +800
Golden State Warriors: +1200
New York Knicks: +2200
Miami Heat: +4000
Sacramento Kings: +4500

The Lakers are an intriguing play at +650 for one major reason; two of the Celtics, Suns, 76ers and Nuggets will not make the conference finals. The Lakers are going to play either the Kings or the Warriors, depending on who wins Sunday’s Game 7. Golden State remains an intriguing play at +1200 but could easily be eliminated Sunday. The Warriors might be worth backing if they advance from Sunday’s game but the Lakers do hold the best value at the moment.