Before the 2021-2022 NBA season even comes to a close, you can already start placing bets on who the 2022-2023 NBA Champion will be. Prior to Game 3 of the NBA Finals, with the series tied at one game a piece, the Boston Celtics (-115) are favored just slightly over the Golden State Warriors (-105). However, next season’s NBA Finals winner is favored to be the Golden State Warriors (+475) followed by the Boston Celtics (+500). One would imagine the odds shifting in the favor of the Boston Celtics should they emerge victorious in this years’ Finals but only time will tell if they are the second favorites on the online sportsbooks.
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Golden State Warriors
With the best odds to win the 2022-2023 NBA championship, the Warriors have essentially been the same team throughout their dynasty. Led by a core three of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, the Warriors have a high powered offense that lives and dies by the three. The only difference between how they started their dynasty and their current team’s outlook is the young supporting cast that assists the big three. The Warriors are loaded with young talent and although their stars are aging, there’s no real sign of anyone stopping them any time soon.
There is no one that thinks that the Boston Celtics shouldn’t be in the NBA Finals this year. They had arguably the hardest road to the Finals that any team has seen as of late. A first round matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and then back to back game seven series going against the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat showed that the Boston Celtics are not a team to take lightly. A team that could be the champion of this season led by young studs Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown could potentially be back to back champions if all goes right for the 2021-2022 season.
Currently tied with the Boston Celtics for the second best odds are the Brooklyn Nets (+500), which is a very interesting comparison. Before the 2021-2022 NBA season started, the Brooklyn Nets had the best odds to win the championship at +230. A lack of a full season of Kyrie Irving and the internal issues with James Harden before trading him saw this team barely make the playoffs as a seven seed and get swept by the Boston Celtics, the very team who’s odds they are tied with.
Los Angeles Clippers
The team with the next best odds to win the championship are considered a head-scratcher by many in the sports betting industry, the Los Angeles Clippers with +650 odds. While the Clippers have some very solid players, including one of the best in the game in Kawhi Leonard, they did not make the playoffs for this season. Many can explain this away with Leonard missing the entire season. However, both Leonard and Paul George are one year older and with an injury history plus concerns about Leonard’s interest in playing, it makes many weary about the Los Angeles Clippers’ status for next season and the future.
A team that many can get behind for winning it all is the team tied with the fifth best odds in the Milwaukee Bucks (+700). Led by former MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks fell to the Boston Celtics in a hard fought, seven game series in the Eastern Semi-Finals. The Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA Championship last season with many seeing the emergence of Khris Middleton and Antetokounmpo as a dynamic duo. The Bucks were missing Middleton due to injury which led to an early exit for the defending champions. With both of them returning next season with a similar supporting cast, their championship odds could shift very quickly as the season approaches.
Tied for the fifth best odds with the Milwaukee Bucks is the Phoenix Suns (+700). The number one seed in the West for this years’ playoffs was upset in the Western Semi-Finals by the Dallas Mavericks (more on them later). The Suns have a very solid core with Devin Booker, Chris Paul, and Deandre Ayton. As a team that’s tied for the 5th best odds in the NBA, you would not believe that there should be as many red flags as there are moving into next season. Paul turns 38 next season and is knocking on the door of retirement. Ayton has already voiced his displeasure with the team and seems ready to move on before next season starts. Without their main core, it may be hard for them to not only reach the point they made it to this year, but potentially to make the playoffs at all.
While not necessarily a dark horse, the Dallas Mavericks have the tenth best odds (+1500) which are longer than many expected. While they were beat pretty soundly by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, the general consensus among NBA fans was that the Dallas Mavericks were ahead of schedule from where their talent should be and seem to be only one piece away from making a real run at the championship. Many believe that the one missing piece is a center and with Deandre Ayton wanting out of the Phoenix Suns, the Dallas Mavericks could be the perfect fit. The Dallas Mavericks are looking to acquire a big name over the offseason. If this happens, expect their odds to not be as much of a value as they are now.