As we head into the NBA’s All-Star weekend, it is the perfect time to check in and see who are the current betting favorites to win the NBA Finals in June.
Boston Celtics (+270)
The favorite to win the title is the best team in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics. They have the best depth in the league, Jayson Tatum is having a career-year with more than 30 points scored per game, and Marcus Smart came back on Wednesday from an ankle injury and was immediately his usual great defensive self.
The break is needed with the Celtics nursing a few injuries, but this is a team built to win a title.
Milwaukee Bucks (+410)
Two years ago, the Bucks were champions, beating the Suns in six games. Still around from the team is of course one of the best players in the NBA, Giannis Antetokounmpo, as well as Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez – their three leading scorers this season.
The wildcard is Khris Middleton, who has twice missed long stretches this season because of injury. He was critical to the Bucks’ championship run, and they need him to stay healthy if they hope to get to the Finals again this year.
Phoenix Suns (+500)
The Suns were the best regular season team a year ago, but they were bounced in the conference semifinals by the Dallas Mavericks. Of course, that roster did not include Kevin Durant, and this year’s roster does. Adding him at the trade deadline to Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Deandre Booker, and Mikal Bridges has the fans in Arizona expecting a better playoffs in 2023.
Denver Nuggets (+750)
Nikola Jokic is a heavy favorite to win yet another MVP award. It would be his third in a row if he does in fact win it. So far, however, his personal dominance has yet to work out for the Nuggets. They made the conference semis when Jokic won the award in 2021, but were knocked out in the first round last year in his MVP repeat season.
This Nuggets team does have the best record in the West heading into the All-Star break, so maybe this postseason will be different.
Los Angeles Clippers (+1200)
Still, in search of their first-ever trip to the NBA Finals, the Clippers are paying the fifth shortest odds on winning the NBA title. That’s quite high on the odds board, considering that the Clippers are only fifth in the Western Conference and unlikely to climb any higher than third.
It all comes down to health for this team. If Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are healthy in the playoffs, they could be dangerous. If they aren’t healthy, the Clippers have no shot.
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