NBA playoffs 2021: Which teams are most likely to meet in the Finals?

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NBA playoffs 2021: Which teams are most likely to meet in the Finals? originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

While the start of the 2021 NBA Playoffs has just kicked off, it’s fun to jump ahead and think about the championship matchup. That’s what these teams are really playing for, right?

The NBA play-in tournament came to a close for the East on Thursday night where the Washington Wizards defeated the Indiana Pacers for the eighth seed to advance to take on the No. 1 seed Philadelphia 76ers.

While the tournament was met with opposing opinions it proved to be successful and highly competitive with many games coming down to the wire and finding their way into the playoff picture.

Let’s take a look at the teams most likely to make it all the way through the postseason and face each other for the 2021 trophy.

When are the 2021 NBA Finals?

The 2021 Playoffs will begin on May 22. The NBA Finals series is scheduled to start on July 8. If the series goes to a Game 7, they will conclude on July 22.

What is the most likely matchup in the 2021 NBA Finals?

The Brooklyn Nets are involved in the three most likely NBA Finals matchups, with a showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers having the best odds at +450. The Lakers edged out the Clippers, who are +500 to meet the Nets in the Finals. A Nets-Jazz matchup is in third at +650.

The most likely Finals not featuring the Nets? That would be the Lakers against the Sixers at +1100.

There’s a four-way tie for the least likely Finals matchup, all involving the Grizzlies, with Memphis-Atlanta, Memphis-Boston, Memphis-New York and Memphis-Washington all at +50000.

Here are the current top 25 matchups most likely to be featured in this year’s championship, provided by PointsBet.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Brooklyn Nets

+450

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Brooklyn Nets

+500

Utah Jazz vs. Brooklyn Nets

+650

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers

+1100

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Philadelphia 76ers

+1200

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks

+1200

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Milwaukee Bucks

+1400

Utah Jazz vs. Philadelphia 76ers

+1500

Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks

+1600

Phoenix Suns vs. Brooklyn Nets

+1800

Denver Nuggets vs. Brooklyn Nets

+2200

Denver Nuggets vs. Philadelphia 76ers

+2500

Phoenix Suns vs. Philadelphia 76ers

+4000

Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks

+4500

Dallas Mavericks vs. Brooklyn Nets

+5000

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat

+5000

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets

+5000

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Miami Heat

+5500

Utah Jazz vs. Miami Heat

+6600

Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks

+7500

Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers

+10000

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Atlanta Hawks

+10000

Los Angeles Clippers vs. New York Knicks

+10000

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks

+10000

Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks

+10000

Editor's note: All odds are provided by our partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.