The Home-Away schedule is different in the NBA Finals than it is for other playoff series. In all other playoff series, the schedule is:
But in the NBA finals, the schedule is like a baseball playoff series:
I have no idea why they change. They shouldn't. It really isn't a big deal traveling from coast to coast these days, and if it was, all they have to do is build in an extra day or two of rest between games 4-5 and 5-6.
This scheduling change probably makes a small difference in the series pricing, but it makes a huge difference in series props. Such as: Lakers to win in 5 games or Celtics to win in 6 games. The Lakers are the home team in game 5, the Celtics are the home team in game 6. If the linemaker did not adjust for the scheduling change, there may be value in those series props. Hint hint. That's all I'll say on that topic.