Which Teams Are Favored To Win the 2022 NBA Title?

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The confetti is still on the court in Milwaukee. The champagne is still soaked in the uniforms. The NBA trophy still has the handprints of every player, coach, and front office employee for the Bucks, and probably a lot of fans and family members too.

The 2021 NBA Finals has just ended and a champion has been crowned. But that doesn’t mean that folks who like to bet on the NBA can’t look forward to next year and a Futures Bet on the 2022 NBA Finals.

Here are the current odds for the top teams according to three sportsbooks: FanDuel, William Hill, and PointsBet.

Odds For 2022 NBA Finals Champion

NBA Finals 2022FanDuelWilliam HillPointsBet
Brooklyn Nets+195+225+250
Los Angeles Lakers+600+400+650
Milwaukee Bucks+850+900+800
Phoenix Suns+1200+1500+900
Los Angles Clippers+1200+2000+1400
Golden State Warriors+1300+1000+900
Utah Jazz+1300+1500+1100
Philadelphia 76ers+1600+1800+1200
Denver Nuggets+2400+2500+3000
Dallas Mavericks+3000+3000+3300
Atlanta Hawks+3500+3000+3300
Miami Heat+3500+3000+2000

Notes On 2022 NBA Finals Odds

  • The oddsmakers aren’t giving the Suns much love. The Suns are only the third or fourth team in line to come out of the Western Conference next season, according to the sportsbooks. Many experts seem to think the Suns caught lightning in a bottle, with veteran Chris Paul making his first (and possibly last gasp) run for the trophy. Unless the Suns get tougher inside, and give Paul another teammate who can score close to the hoop, Phoenix might shuffle their back into the middle of the pack of playoff teams next season.
  • LeBron James is a bankable asset. As long as the Lakers have LeBron (and the 36-year old should be healthy for the start of the next season) they are among the faves to hoist the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
  • The Bucks may be champions, but they aren’t favored to win the NBA Eastern Conference. All three sportsbooks list the Nets as favorites to go the Finals. That’s rough, considering Giannis Antetokounmpo has not only the longest and most difficult surname, but also has two MVP awards and a Finals MVP. The Greek Freak will only be 26 years old when the 2021-22 season begins, which has to be scary for the other teams in the conference.
  • I say here that the Nets are a good team with a great player, but not a great team. Which is why I would be suspicious of the favorite status the oddsmakers have placed on Brooklyn. The last time a Brooklyn professional team won a title, John F. Kennedy was just another U.S. Senator, and The Mickey Mouse Club was the top-rated show on television.
  • One of the fascinating stories of the 2021 NBA Playoffs was the Hawks, a fifth seed that knocked off two better teams and won several games on the road. The Hawks are talented and hungry, and those long odds are tempting in a suddenly wide-open NBA landscape.
  • The Jazz had the NBA’s best record, but that doesn’t impress the oddsmakers that much. In a shortened season that still had all sorts of hiccups and regulations due to the pandemic, the Jazz were great, but it apparently hasn’t impressed the oddsmakers to make them a stronger favorite.

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Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.

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