Heading into Memorial Day weekend, there are only a handful of teams remaining in the NBA and NHL Playoffs. The NBA is just one game away from having an NBA Finals matchup set, while there will soon be just four teams left in the NHL.
This is always the time of year when both leagues are deep into the playoffs, and that makes for an exciting time. The future betting odds in each league have been changing since the postseason began, and they will continue to change as teams are eliminated.
Here is a look at the up to the minute betting odds to win each championship.
Warriors Waiting on Opponent
The Golden State Warriors are back in the NBA Finals, their sixth appearance in the last eight years. This is the best run of NBA dominance since Michael Jordan, and the Bulls controlled the league in the 1990s.
Golden State is the clear betting favorite to win the NBA Finals this year, as they have odds set at -195. The Warriors entered the season as one of the favorites, but they have clearly jumped to the top of the list.
The Warriors still don’t have an NBA Finals opponent yet, though, as the Eastern Conference Finals still has one final game to play. The Miami Heat will host the Boston Celtics for Game 7, and the winner will head to Golden State.
Miami is currently listed at +600 to win the NBA Championship, while Boston is ahead of them at +300. The winner of Game 7 will have different odds before the NBA Finals are set to begin.
The Game 7 matchup has the Boston Celtics as 2.5-point road favorites over the Miami Heat on Sunday. Miami was able to stave off elimination on Friday night with a dominant performance in Boston.
The NBA Finals are set to begin on June 2, and a champion will be crowned by June 19 at the latest.
Avalanche Favored in NHL
There are still five teams remaining in the NHL Playoffs entering Saturday, but that number could be reduced to four later that night. The Carolina Hurricanes can punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals with another win over the New York Rangers.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are already in the Eastern Conference Finals, and that’s a place that is familiar to them. Tampa Bay has won two straight Stanley Cup titles, and the Lightning are starting to look like betting favorites to win it again.
The Lightning now have future betting odds of +250 to win the Stanley Cup, and those odds have changed significantly since the postseason began. Carolina (+450) and New York (+2400) will have their odds set after one team is able to punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Western Conference Finals will feature the Colorado Avalanche and the Edmonton Oilers in what should be an absolute showdown. This series will feature two of the best offensive teams in the NHL, and there could be plenty of goals scored in this matchup.
It will also be a matchup of Nathan MacKinnon against Connor McDavid, who are two of the best players in the league. Colorado has cruised to the playoffs up to this point, and Edmonton just stunned the Calgary Flames in their most recent series.
The Avalanche are the current betting favorites to win the Stanley Cup, with odds set at +125. Edmonton isn’t too far behind at +550, and those odds will shift dramatically depending on what happens in the first few days.
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