The 2022 NBA Playoffs are underway, as the Play-In Tournament began Tuesday night.
The Nets clinched the No. 7 seed with a win over Cleveland, and in the West, the No. 7 seed goes to Minnesota for its win over the Clippers.
As for which team will still be standing when the 2022 NBA Playoffs conclude two months from now, these are the favorites.
Odds to Win 2022 NBA Championship
- Phoenix Suns (+270)
- Milwaukee Bucks (+475)
- Brooklyn Nets (+650)
- Golden State Warriors (+900)
- Boston Celtics (+1000)
- Miami Heat (+1200)
- Philadelphia 76ers (+1300)
- Memphis Grizzlies (+1500)
- Dallas Mavericks (+2200)
- Utah Jazz (+2800)
The Suns were paying over +1500 when the season began, and now they easily have the shortest odds of anyone in the playoffs. The No. 1 seed in the West will begin its postseason on Sunday against the team that secures the No. 8 seed.
The Bucks are paying +475 to win a second consecutive NBA title. They begin the playoffs on Sunday when the No. 6 Bulls go to Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo is paying +650 to win the MVP award. He was the Finals MVP last season.
The Nets didn’t clinch their playoff spot until Tuesday night, but they have the third shortest odds of anyone in the group. Those odds and Brooklyn’s prospects are subject to change based on the health of Ben Simmons. According to reports, he’s targeting Game 3 against the Celtics as a return to the court.
The Warriors dropped behind the Nets on the odds board when Steph Curry went down with an injured foot. He will put his foot to the test during a scrimmage on Thursday to determine his availability against the Nuggets in Game 1. The task against the Nuggets and likely repeat-MVP Nikola Jokic will be challenging, with Curry or without.
Longshots to Win 2022 NBA Playoffs
Of the teams that have secured a spot in the NBA Playoffs, the Chicago Bulls are paying the longest odds at +10000. Chicago finished as the No. 6 seed in the East and drew the defending champions in the first round. That is why their odds are so long.
The Raptors are the No. 5 seed in the East and take on the No. 4 seeded Sixers. Toronto is paying +6000 to win the NBA Championship, with Philadelphia expected to easily take care of business against the Raptors.
The Timberwolves, the newly minted No. 7 seed in the West, is also paying +6000 to win the title. They begin the 2022 NBA Playoffs at Memphis on Saturday.
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