NBA Playoffs Odds: Kings A Record-Setting Series Underdog vs. Warriors

Written By Eli Hershkovich on April 14, 2023
NBA Playoffs Odds

Don’t strain your eyes. The No. 3 seed Sacramento Kings are indeed positioned higher than the No. 6 seed Golden State Warriors in the standings. Nevertheless, the betting market doesn’t see it that way. Not only is Steve Kerr’s bunch favored to advance among NBA playoffs odds, but the Kings’ price tag has also reached unprecedented territory.

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Will Kings Pull Off Historic Upset?

Among all-time No. 3 seeds, Sacramento represents the biggest NBA postseason underdog in a first-round series since 1990. With it set to square off against the defending NBA champions, that shouldn’t come as big of a surprise. In fact, Golden State possesses the second-shortest conference title odds ().

On the flip side, the most appealing number for the Kings to punch their ticket into the NBA finals is . That’s equivalent to an implied probability of just 3.45%.

For perspective, the 43-39 Los Angeles Lakers, which must advance past the play-in tournament to attain a best-of-seven playoff series, have better odds to win the Western Conference ().

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While Mike Brown’s team possesses the league’s top-rated offensive efficiency, paced by All-Stars De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis, the Kings own the sixth-worst defensive efficiency. They barely finished ahead of the imploding Dallas Mavericks in that department to boot. Considering the Warriors are fully healthy after both an injury-ravaged and load management-filled campaign, Sacramento will certainly have their hands full at that end of the court.

Mind you, no six-seed has ever showcased greater than -200 series odds in the first round — until now. As of Monday evening, PointsBet Sportsbook has the shortest price (-250) on Golden State to advance past Sacramento. Steph Curry & Co. emerged victorious in their season series (3-1), notching a 22-point victory in their most recent meeting on April 7.

Price shop Game 1 NBA odds for the Kings-Warriors series below. It all begins on Saturday. Continue the discussion in The Lines‘ free Discord sports betting channel — with nearly 4,300 members talking strategy and news daily.

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