NBA Odds: Clippers Gather Steam, Emerge as Western Conference Force

The Los Angeles Clippers survived a dramatic first round series with the Golden State Warriors last weekend and now hold a one-game lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semis. Is the betting world finally ready to start taking L.A.’s NBA odds seriously?

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While their first series went down to the wire, Chris Paul and company looked every bit the force that remained within contention for the top seed in the conference up until the final week of the regular season when they tipped off against OKC. The Clippers now have 5/1 odds of winning the NBA championship.

Can the squad keep the momentum rolling on into Game 2 of their best-of-seven with Kevin Durant and the Thunder? Oklahoma City, don’t forget, has been an NBA futures favorite for the better part of the past three seasons. Trailing to the Clips, they now have 7/1 odds of winning the title.

Expect big things out of the series as the winner will likely have a significant shot of representing the West in the NBA Finals. Once there, anything can happen.