2021 NBA Playoffs First Round Overview: Playoff Schedule, Odds and More

By | May 22, 2021

After determining the final four participants via the play-in tournament, the first round of the NBA playoffs begins today with a quartet of games.

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are the defending champions, having defeated the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals last October. This season, the Lakers are favored to repeat as Western Conference champions, even though they enter the playoffs as the seventh seed in the Western Conference. The Lakers face the second-seeded Phoenix Suns in the first round.

While the Lakers are favored to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals, the Brooklyn Nets and their Big Three of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving are favored to win the Eastern Conference and to win the NBA Finals. The Nets, who are the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference, face the seventh-seeded Boston Celtics in the first round.

Here are the latest NBA futures odds, as we take a look at the conference title odds, NBA Finals odds, and the odds for each first round series.

All odds below are via FanDuel Sportsbook as of Saturday, May 22 at 12:15 pm ET.

2021 NBA Playoffs Odds

Odds to Win the 2021 NBA Finals

  • Brooklyn Nets +220
  • Los Angeles Lakers +460
  • Los Angeles Clippers +600
  • Utah Jazz +600
  • Milwaukee Bucks +800
  • Philadelphia 76ers +800
  • Phoenix Suns +2500
  • Miami Heat +3000
  • Denver Nuggets +3800
  • Dallas Mavericks +4200
  • Portland Trail Blazers +5500
  • Atlanta Hawks +10000
  • Boston Celtics +11000
  • Memphis Grizzlies +12000
  • New York Knicks +12000
  • Washington Wizards +24000

Odds to Win the Eastern Conference Title

  • Brooklyn Nets +105
  • Philadelphia 76ers +270
  • Milwaukee Bucks +350
  • Miami Heat +1300
  • Atlanta Hawks +3000
  • New York Knicks +4200
  • Boston Celtics +4900
  • Washington Wizards +8000

Odds to Win the Western Conference Title

  • Los Angeles Lakers +210
  • Utah Jazz +250
  • Los Angeles Clippers +270
  • Phoenix Suns +850
  • Denver Nuggets +1500
  • Dallas Mavericks +2000
  • Portland Trail Blazers +2000
  • Memphis Grizzlies +6500

2021 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups and Schedule

Eastern Conference

#1 Philadelphia 76ers vs #8 Washington Wizards

#4 New York Knicks vs #5 Atlanta Hawks

#2 Brooklyn Nets vs #7 Boston Celtics

#3 Milwaukee Bucks vs #6 Miami Heat

Western Conference

#1 Utah Jazz vs #8 Memphis Grizzlies

#4 Los Angeles Clippers vs #5 Dallas Mavericks

#2 Phoenix Suns vs #7 Los Angeles Lakers

#3 Denver Nuggets vs #6 Portland Trail Blazers

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