Updated 2022 NBA Championship Odds: Title Chances for All 30 Teams
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- Who is favored to win the 2022 NBA championship? BetMGM and most other sportsbooks list the Nets and Lakers a cut above everyone else, with the Bucks and Warriors next.
- Get updated NBA title odds ahead of the first full slate of the season on Wednesday.
2022 NBA Title Odds
|Los Angeles Lakers||+400||16.39%|
|Golden State Warriors||+900||8.19%|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+1600||4.82%|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+5000||1.61%|
|New York Knicks||+8000||1.01%|
|New Orleans Pelicans||+10000||0.81%|
|San Antonio Spurs||+30000||0.27%|
There are only a handful of teams that have a chance to win an NBA title in a given year. And the NBA championship odds board will reflect that.
BetMGM (and most other shops like DraftKings Sportsbook) give just five teams a greater than 5% chance to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy. This year it’s the Nets, Bucks, Lakers, Warriors and Jazz. This chart represents the disparity between the NBA’s best teams and its mid-tier.
The Nets are +240 ($10 wins $24) to bring home the title, with the Lakers at +400 ($10 wins $40).
The Raptors were the first longshot NBA champion in the last two decades. They opened 66-1 and closed closer to 20-1, per SportsOddsHistory.
So we know that the champion will most likely come from the top of the board, but who will it be? We’ll be tracking odds all season below.
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Who Will Win the NBA Title?
1. Brooklyn Nets (+240)
At their best, the Nets are probably the best team in the league thanks to a trio of superstars in Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. They could have won the NBA championship last year but lost to the eventual winner Milwaukee in seven games, and the seventh came down to the final shot.
The Eastern Conference isn’t as deep as the West, so the Nets could have an easier time getting through the earlier stages of the postseason than the Lakers or Warriors, for instance.
2. L.A. Lakers (+400)
They added Russell Westbrook, who may not be a playoff difference-maker but will raise their floor in the regular season when AD and LeBron are out.
3. Milwaukee Bucks (+900)
4. Golden State Warriors (+900)
The Warriors might be the highest variance team at the top of the board. Klay Thompson is out until at least December as he recovers from a torn Achilles. James Wiseman will miss time as well.
If you really believe in the Warriors, you can take a prop bet like 40-1 for Golden State to lead the NBA in regular-season wins.
5. Phoenix Suns (+1500)
The Suns will look to avenge last year’s loss in the NBA Final to the Bucks, but it won’t be easy in a loaded Western Conference. Like the Jazz, the Suns have a higher win total than the Warriors but worse title odds.
6. Utah Jazz (+1600)
The Jazz finished with the best regular-season record in the NBA last year but fell to the Clippers in six games. This is another team with a pretty high floor and should slot into the NBA playoff bracket easily, but might not have the finals-winning upside.
7. Philadelphia 76ers (+1600)
If the Sixers do breakthrough for their first title since 1983, they’ll likely do it without Ben Simmons. Their NBA futures odds haven’t changed much amidst the Simmons drama.
8. Los Angeles Clippers (+1600)
Paul George will have to carry this team again with Kawhi Leonard set to miss half the season, at least. The market might be baking in Kawhi’s return, but you can probably find a better number than 16-1 at some point this winter if the Clips start slow.
9. Denver Nuggets (+2200)
10. Miami Heat (+2500)
11. Dallas Mavericks (+3000)
The Mavericks will be a popular play at 27-1 because of Luka Doncic. He’s the MVP favorite. And while the rest of the roster might not be title-worthy, basketball championships tend to go to teams with the best top-end talent.
12. Atlanta Hawks (+3500)
The Hawks broke through with an Eastern Conference Finals appearance last season, but the betting market sees that result as a bit fluky. They’re the fifth or sixth-best team in the East, based on these NBA championship odds.
13. Boston Celtics (+4000)
The Celtics may draw some betting interest because of the price and the perceived upside. Though the team looks much different now, Boston has made the Eastern Conference Finals in three of the last five years.
14. Portland Trail Blazers (+5000)
15. Chicago Bulls (+6600)
The Bulls are on a trajectory that a lot of NBA championship futures bettors love:
- Stockpile talent and assets
- Young player takes a major step forward
- Put veteran pieces around him the next offseason
16. New York Knicks (+8000)
The regression monster is coming for Julius Randle. It began in the playoffs last season. The Knicks should be a league-average team and fight for a playoff spot, though. This might be a better team to bet on a game basis.
17. New Orleans Pelicans (+10000)
The Pelicans might be in the 50-1 range if they played in the Eastern Conference. But a playoff appearance will be an uphill battle as it is because the West is so deep. FanDuel Sportsbook’s NBA odds have New Orleans at -194 to miss the postseason, a greater than 60% chance.
18. Memphis Grizzlies (+10000)
Like the Pelicans, the Grizzlies will need to take a big step forward to guarantee an NBA playoff spot. And then go win four series against the league’s best teams. As fun as Ja Morant is, this team is still a little bit away from being a title contender.
19. Indiana Pacers (+10000)
20. Charlotte Hornets (+10000)
The Hornets have gotten some buzz as a team that can take another step forward after making the playoffs for the first time since 2015-16 last year. But they’re still a ways away from an NBA championship.
21. Washington Wizards (+15000)
22. Toronto Raptors (+15000)
23. Sacramento Kings (+25000)
The Kings might be better than teams listed above them on this list, but remember, we’re trying to win an NBA title here, not finish above a win total or make the postseason. Sacramento plays in a division with the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors and Suns.
24. Minnesota Timberwolves (+25000)
25. San Antonio Spurs (+30000)
The Spurs’ first rebuild in decades appears to be underway, with DeMar DeRozan off to Chicago. The Spurs have loads of cap space and will likely wait until one of the next two summers to make a free agent splash, or stockpile assets and build from within.
26. Houston Rockets (+50000)
27. Detroit Pistons (+50000)
28. Orlando Magic (+50000)
29. Oklahoma City Thunder (+50000)
The Thunder hope that their stockpile of assets turns into an NBA title one day, but it won’t be this season.
30. Cleveland Cavaliers (+50000)
We’re done here.
NBA Title Odds FAQ
Who has the best odds to win the NBA Finals 2022?
The Nets, followed by the Lakers, have the best chance to win the NBA Finals this year.
How do NBA odds work?
If you’re confused about all this, read up on a few of these educational pieces:
- How American odds work
- 12 things for brand-new sports bettors to know
- 8 tips for betting on the NBA
- How point spreads work
- What is a moneyline?
How can you bet on the NBA Finals?
Previous NBA Title Winners
|2020||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2018||Golden State Warriors|
|2017||Golden State Warriors|
|2015||Golden State Warriors|
|2014||San Antonio Spurs|
|2010||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2009||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2007||San Antonio Spurs|
|2005||San Antonio Spurs|
|2003||San Antonio Spurs|
|2002||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2001||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2000||Los Angeles Lakers|