For the first time in their 47 years in the NBA, the Denver Nuggets are NBA champions. For the first time in the history of Las Vegas, they have a professional sports championship unless you want to count the UNLV basketball team from 1990 coached by Jerry Tarkanian.
We won’t see either champion play again until October, but the betting on the champions for next season is already open.
2024 NBA Champion Favorites
Denver Nuggets (+450)
Boston Celtics (+550)
Milwaukee Bucks (+700)
Phoenix Suns (+900)
Golden State Warriors (+1200)
Los Angeles Lakers (+1200)
Two-time MVP and new NBA champion Nikola Jokic is establishing himself as one of the best players of all-time. He is just 28, and that makes him the oldest of the Nugget’s core. They are the favorites to win another championship because they were easily the best team in the playoffs, and they bring back everyone for another year.
The Boston Celtics are the second betting favorite because of the youth of stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The team around them was a title contender this year, and it will be again a year from now.
The Miami Heat, who beat the Celtics in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, are only ninth on the favorites list.
2024 Stanley Cup Champion Favorites
Colorado Avalanche (+700)
Vegas Golden Knights (+800)
Carolina Hurricanes (+1000)
Florida Panthers (+1000)
Edmonton Oilers (+1200)
Boston Bruins (+1200)
Dallas Stars (+1200)
Never before has an expansion team won the Stanley Cup as fast as the Vegas Golden Knights. In just their sixth season in existence, Vegas is the Stanley Cup champion. They took out the Florida Panthers in five games, outscoring their Eastern Conference opponent 26-12.
It was a dominant performance, but it was not enough to put them atop the favorites board to repeat as champions next year. That honor belongs to the Colorado Avalanche, the 2022 champion that was undone this last season by a host of injuries.
It’s worth noting that despite the historic season of the Boston Bruins, they are only tied for fifth on this list with the Oilers and Stars – two teams that lost to Vegas in the playoffs. The Bruins set the record this year for most wins in a season with 65, and most points with 135. However, they became the seventh President’s Trophy winner since 2000 to lose in the first round.
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