NBA Betting: 2020 Conference Finals Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on September 24, 2020 in

The NBA’s Eastern and Western Conference finals are in full swing. It looks like we’re going to have two very exciting series. Let’s analyze each series and make a prediction at who will win each one so you can make your bets against their NBA odds.

NBA Betting Analysis: Who Will Win The Conference Finals in 2020?

Western Conference

Offense

The Lakers have arguably the best duo in the NBA in LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Davis is a very tough matchup for any defense. Even at age 35, James can still get to the rim at will.

If the Lakers can get some perimeter shooting to go with James and Davis, they can be very tough to stop.

As for the Nuggets, Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic have been the main cogs in their offense. Murray is capable of going off at any point in time. Jokic has a great arsenal of post moves and looks like a “throwback” big man.

Jerami Grant has played well of late, and when Michael Porter Jr. enters the game, he can be instant offense.

Right now, the edge goes to the Lakers. They have a few more weapons at their disposal. The Nuggets are too reliant on Murray and Jokic.

Advantage: Lakers

Defense

James and Davis are versatile enough to guard numerous positions on the floor. Danny Green and Rajon Rondo can handle tough guards. The biggest question surrounding the Lakers defense is if they’re actually interested in guarding. At times, they look like they don’t want to put in the effort to play defense.

The Nuggets had one of the worst defenses in the NBA throughout the regular season. Teams are usually able to exploit them using the pick and roll. Denver has some individuals that are a liability on the defensive end.

All in all, the Lakers have a better team defense than the Nuggets. The Lakers have even started to show a little zone defense that caused some issues for Denver in Game 3.

Advantage: Lakers

Who Will Win? Denver will give the Lakers all that they can handle. It will take seven games, but the Lakers will win Game 7 in a tight one.

Eastern Conference

Offense

Boston has two players that it can use an isolation game with. Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum are capable of beating their defenders in the iso game.

Brad Stevens is known for running great sets and has an offense built on movement. At times in this series, the Celtics have gone into one-on-one mode, which has gotten them into trouble. Boston has also struggled with Miami’s 2-3 zone.

Miami has run some great action to get open three-pointers for their shooters. Goran Dragic has stepped up and been huge for the Heat. Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson have shot the lights out for the Heat and are quickly becoming household names.

Combine their hot shooting with the pick-and-roll game and tough play from Bam Adebayo, and you have a very good offense. And we didn’t even mention Jimmy Butler’s offensive game.

Even though Boston has the better overall players, Miami’s team offense has been better thus far in the series.

Advantage: Miami

Defense

Boston can be exploited on the defensive end. Even though Jaylen Brown is a very good defender, teams seem to target Walker and Gordon Hayward. Boston is very versatile on defense and can switch anything, but having poor individual defenders leads to having a team defense that isn’t as strong as it could be.

The Heat have employed a 2-3 zone at different times in this series. That zone has given the Celtics a ton of problems. Boston hasn’t attacked it well, and Miami has stopped them and controlled the glass while in the zone.

Miami also has some very good individual defenders. Butler and Adebayo are two of the NBA’s top individual defenders.

Advantage: Miami

Who Will Win? The Heat are playing together and are shooting the ball well. Boston is too reliant on isolation basketball, and it has yet to solve Miami’s zone. Miami wins in six.