The Brooklyn Nets overtook the Los Angeles Lakers as the 2021 title favorites roughly one month ago. If bettors revisit the odds during the buffer period before the play-in tournament begins, they'll notice another boost from Brooklyn, which has officially separated from the rest of the pack.
Brooklyn paces the NBA in offensive rating (116.3), and the sky's the limit with its Big Three healthy. A lack of chemistry was a major worry, but the Nets are firing on all cylinders heading into the postseason.
76ers (+1200 to +600)
The Nets aren't the only risers in the East. The Philadelphia 76ers - who finished one game ahead of Brooklyn in the regular season - slashed their odds in half since the final week of April.
Philly ranks No. 2 in the league in defensive efficiency and No. 5 in net rating. The sixth-best team against the spread (38-31-3, 55.1%) also closed out the year strong, winning 10 of its final 12 games.
Nuggets (+1800 to +2800)
The public simply isn't buying the depleted Denver Nuggets. Though they've gone 13-5 since losing star guard Jamal Murray to an ACL injury, the absences of Will Barton and PJ Dozier leave the backcourt extremely thin.
Celtics (+6000 to +13000)
The Boston Celtics still have a clean slate entering the play-in, but this just doesn't feel like the year for a team struggling to field a consistent starting five.
This would be the true definition of a flier.
Alex Kolodziej is a betting writer for theScore. He's a graduate of Eastern Illinois who has been involved in the sports betting industry for 12 years. He can quote every line from "Rounders" and appreciates franchises that regularly wear alternate jerseys. Find him on Twitter @AJKolodziej.