Way Too Early 2022 NBA Champion Betting Odds
There is no such thing as placing a bet too early. But if there was and you wanted to know the teams with the best odds of winning the title, this is the place to be. So without further ado, let’s look at the squads with the best chances of hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy in 2022.
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LOS ANGELES LAKERS/BROOKLYN NETS: +300
Of course, the teams with elite trios are tied with the best odds. Had Kyrie Irving and James Harden both been healthy in the playoffs, Brooklyn might have gotten past the Bucks and then the Hawks. It’s all speculation at this point, though, with last season effectively in the rearview.
The Nets have plenty of talent on their team and a coach who is now entering into year two. They didn’t exactly re-tool, but a few personnel changes were made. Adding guys like Patty Mills and James Johnson will help to improve the toughness while adding quality veteran voices to the locker room.
They have enough with their top three guys to get it done, but we will see if they can. As for the Lakers, they are pretty much a brand new team now. They won the title two years ago, but only four players from that team are left. And one of them is Dwight Howard, who spent last season in Philly before opting to now return.
The biggest acquisition for L.A. was Russell Westbrook, who brings a lot to the table. He’s one of the best facilitators in the game and can rebound as well as any big man. Putting him with LeBron James and Anthony Davis could give the team the spark they have been missing.
But like Brooklyn, L.A. just has to stay healthy. LeBron will turn 37 this year. AD missed too many games with injuries a season ago, and it doomed them. Staying healthy and building early-season chemistry will go a long way for the Lakers.
Milwaukee Bucks: +900
Coming in after L.A. and Brooklyn is the defending champs. The Bucks won it all for the first time since 1971 last year, marking 50 years between titles. The Warriors won in 2015, ending a 40-year drought. The Raptors won for the first time in 2019. It has been cool to see the “other” teams get it done.
With Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday all signed to long-term deals; they could possibly get back to the promised land. They lost a key cog in PJ Tucker, but added Grayson Allen, Semi Ojeleye, and Rodney Hood. They also brought back old friend George Hill, who they traded last offseason.
Plus, Bobby Portis is also back for more, likely to try and help his team accomplish the impossible again. The team’s big three is incredible and played out of their minds all Finals long. If they want to win, they will need to win games in Brooklyn before the end. Because most likely, they would be the ones in their way. Again.
Golden State Warriors: +1000
Despite losing out in the play-in last year, the Warriors come in with the fourth-best odds of winning the title. They have Steph Curry burying threes from half-court and in. Draymond Green is helping all his teammates to get an open look. Andre Iguodala is back. Klay Thompson is expected to play for the first time since the 2019 NBA Finals.
Plus, GS drafted two young studs in Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga. Both of them add a lot of value and can make an immediate impact. James Wiseman will be healthy. There is a lot going for them.
GS likely needs to make a trade or two to solidify their chances in a crowded West, but anything can happen. If the splash bros can work off one another as they used to do, it wouldn’t be impossible to envision them winning their conference.