NBA Playoffs 2020: Postseason Schedule, Bracket Format and Odds

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) handles the ball against Indiana Pacers forward Doug McDermott (20) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

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Lofty expectations accompany the Los Angeles Lakers into the NBA postseason. 

LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Co. have looked strong all season, but now they have to get through three potentially difficult series just to reach the NBA Finals. 

Even with a tougher road ahead compared to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Lakers are viewed as the favorite to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

The Lakers, Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers carry the three best NBA Finals odds going into the playoffs, which start Monday.

While those odds seem right at this point, there is one surprising number attached to a potential title contender that could give it the best title-winning value.  


NBA Playoff Bracket




To Win the Championship

Los Angeles Lakers (+200; bet $100 to win $200)

Milwaukee (+300)

Los Angeles Clippers (+300)

Boston (+1100)

Toronto (+1100)

Houston (+1200)

Denver (+2000)

Portland (+3000)

Miami (+3500)

Oklahoma City (+3500)

Dallas (+4000)

Philadelphia (+5000)

Utah (+7500)

Indiana (+15000)

Orlando (+50000)

Brooklyn (+100000)

Odds via Caesars Palace.

The two Los Angeles teams and Milwaukee are worth the bet now because their prices will likely drop as the postseason goes on. 

Even though they could face tests along the way, each of the three is expected to win at least two postseason series. 

Milwaukee has the easiest path of the trio, since it opens with Orlando and then has to face Miami or Indiana. 

The Lakers could be forced to slow down Damian Lillard and James Harden in back-to-back series, which would be a tough task for their revamped backcourt. 

The Clippers have to deal with Luka Doncic in the first round, but the defens