So Far In The NBA Finals, There’s No Place Like Home

Posted By Russ Mitchell on July 16, 2021

The NBA Finals are now a best-of-three series after Milwaukee protected home court on Sunday and Wednesday.

But sportsbooks in Iowa think Phoenix will guard its home court, too. The Suns remain a slight favorite to win the NBA Championship over the Bucks.

The remaining games are all at 8 p.m. on ABC:

  • Saturday, July 17 — Bucks at Suns
  • Tuesday, July 20 — Suns at Bucks
  • Thursday, July 22 (if necessary) — Bucks at Suns

NBA Finals Game 5 odds

 

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Milwaukee will need to win Game 6 at home and steal either Game 5 or Game 7 in Arizona to lift the trophy for the first time since 1971.

That team featured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. The Suns are in the NBA Finals for the third time in franchise history, but they have never won.

Here’s how the series has gone so far:

  • Suns 118-105 in Game 1
  • Suns 118-108 in Game 2
  • Bucks 120-100 in Game 3
  • Bucks 109-103 in Game 4

A Game 7 win by the Suns is the most likely outcome for the series at +190, according to DraftKings odds. Suns in six games is the second most-likely outcome (+275) at DraftKings. Milwaukee in six games (+300) and seven (+350) have longer odds on the moneyline, however.

William Hill odds match the DraftKing, except they place Suns in six games odds at +280 and Bucks in seven games at +325.

For the entire series, FanDuel odds place Phoenix at -145 and the Bucks at +125.

Game and series predictions aren’t the only way to bet on the NBA Finals. Sportsbooks have a lot of creative ways for you to enjoy the final two or three games. You can bet on the pace of scoring in a quarter, halftime results or whether the game will go to overtime, for example.

Many sportsbooks offer promotions as well. It’s important to read all of the terms and conditions before opting in.

NBA Championship betting offers at IA sportsbooks

DraftKings: Bet $1 to win a $150 bonus for picking the correct team to win an NBA Finals game. There’s an odds boost of +300 if Devin Booker is the top scorer in Game 5. Odds have Booker at +220 without the boost.

William Hill: Root for a Game 7. Customers who place a $50 point spread bet on their team will get an extra $100 if they win and one of the players finishes with a score that ends in a seven.

FanDuel: Make a $25 bet or more on the Game 5 moneyline. If the team makes a second-half comeback for a winning bet, you will receive a $10 site credit. FanDuel has two additional offers for new customers only. Place a same-game parlay wager of at least +200 and FanDuel will double the winnings, up to $500. New customers also can receive a +3000 odds boost on a $5 single-game moneyline wager during the NBA Finals.

BetMGM: Score $2 for every Giannis Antetokounmpo field goal if you opt into the promotion and place a $50 bet on odds of at least -200. You don’t need to win the $50 bet to collect from the “Greek Freak” promotion. BetMGM offers overtime insurance of up to $20 if your moneyline bet loses because of overtime.

Betfred: This Iowa sportsbook has a same-game parlay promotion during any game of the NBA Finals. Wager $40 or more in a two-leg parlay (minimum -500 odds) and get 30% of the bet back in Betfred promo cash, up to $150.

PointsBet: A customer’s first single-game three-leg+ parlay bet during the NBA Finals is free — up to $25 — if your bet loses. PointsBet also offers single-game parlay boosters and insurance for basketball and baseball.

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Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.

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