2023 NBA Title Odds Tracker: Lakers Make Big Move Overnight

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The Warriors were favored to win the NBA title again in 2023 after capturing their fourth championship since 2015 with a six-game triumph over the Celtics.

But it couldn't be so simple.

Thursday, Kevin Durant requested a trade out of Brooklyn. The Action Network's Matt Moore reports the Suns are one of his preferred destinations, and Phoenix is now down to +600 from +900, making it one of the favorites with Golden State. Brooklyn dropped from +750 to +3000, the 11th betting choice.

Overnight Thursday, we saw another huge move -- the Lakers went from +2200 to +1000. There are rumors swirling that L.A. is pursuing Kyrie Irving via trade, and not Kevin Durant.

Most sportsbooks pulled all NBA futures off the board and reopened shortly after, moving the Eastern Conference teams down significantly with Durant likely leaving Brooklyn and the conference as a whole. The Heat went from +1600 to +800; the Sixers from +1800 to +1200. Both teams could also be contenders for KD.

The next tier of teams looks pretty similar to most years -- they have something going for them, but also plenty of uncertainty. Can the Mavs (+2200) do enough to support Luka Doncic; or the Nuggets (+2200) for Nikola Jokic? Can the Grizzlies (+2000) repeat a marvelous breakout season?

After the Nuggets and Nets, there's a big drop. The Pelicans, Raptors, Bulls, Timberwolves and Jazz are all +4000 or longer.

The NBA title, as you'd expected, goes to favorites. According to SportsOddsHistory, just eight champions since 1984 have started the year at double-digit odds to win the title.

Odds via Caesars, updated in real-time.

PlayerOdds
Boston Celtics
+575
Golden State Warriors
+600
Phoenix Suns
+600
Los Angeles Clippers
+700
Milwaukee Bucks
+700
Miami Heat
+1000
Los Angeles Lakers
+1000
Philadelphia 76ers
+1300
Dallas Mavericks
+2200
Denver Nuggets
+2200
Memphis Grizzlies
+2200
Minnesota Timberwolves
+4000
New Orleans Pelicans
+4000
Toronto Raptors
+5000
Chicago Bulls
+5000
Atlanta Hawks
+5000
Brooklyn Nets
+5000
Portland Trail Blazers
+10000
Cleveland Cavaliers
+10000
Utah Jazz
+12500
New York Knicks
+12500
Charlotte Hornets
+15000
Washington Wizards
+30000
Detroit Pistons
+50000
Oklahoma City Thunder
+50000
Orlando Magic
+100000
Sacramento Kings
+100000
Houston Rockets
+100000
Indiana Pacers
+100000
San Antonio Spurs
+100000

NBA Title Favorites

1. Golden State Warriors (+600)

The Warriors won their fourth title in eight years in what seemed like pretty easy fashion. They cruised through each round in no more than six games, and lost six games total in four rounds.

Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are getting older but Andrew Wiggins took a big step forward this year, and there's plenty left in the tank for this team.

2. Boston Celtics (+600)

Being the runner-up does not always mean you'll be among the favorites the next season, but the Celtics showed oddsmakers enough to be the second betting choice entering the 2022-2023 season. They'll return a strong young core with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

3. Phoenix Suns (+600)

The Suns went from +900 to +600 after news surfaced that Kevin Durant made Phoenix one of his preferred destinations.

4. Milwaukee Bucks (+750)

The Bucks will be quiet this offseason but remain one of the best teams in the East and a legit title contender.

...11. Brooklyn Nets (+3000)

The Nets remained a title favorite in all of 2021-2022 despite their obvious flaws and lack of results. They bowed out to the Celtics quickly in a first round sweep. After Kyrie Irving's future with the franchise became uncertain, things got even cloudier, but his opt-in kept Brooklyn toward the top of the board.

Then all hell broke loose Thursday when Kevin Durant requested a trade out of Brooklyn. Sportsbooks began pulling title odds for the Nets and others off the board.

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