2022 NBA Playoffs: Betting Odds

by WagerHome Blog on April 13, 2022

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.

2022 NBA Playoffs: Betting Odds

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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Comprehensive 2021 NBA Finals Betting Preview and Prediction

by WagerHome Blog on July 4, 2021

On Saturday night, and missing their former MVP, the Bucks won Game 6 over the Hawks and advanced to their first NBA Finals since 1974 and the days of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson.

2021 NBA Finals promise a great show for everyone involved and millions of fans across the globe, so let’s take a closer look and see which of these two teams will clinch te big W!

2021 NBA Finals Betting Preview

The Suns punched their ticket to the Finals with a win over the Clippers three days earlier, and it’s the first time they will be a series away from winning the NBA title since 1993 when they were led by Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson, and Dan Majerle.

Without the injury concerns of Milwaukee, it is the Suns who have opened as pre-Finals favorites to win their first-ever NBA championship.

Milwaukee Bucks: +160

The absence of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo looms large for the Bucks. However, let’s not forget that they just won Game 5 and Game 6 against the Hawks without Giannis in the lineup. It wasn’t easy, and it won’t be easy against the Suns, but it is doable.

Khris Middleton stepped up when needed, scoring 23 of his 32 points in an incredible third quarter on Saturday. He also scored 26 points in Game 5 and went off for 38 in Game 3. He’s not a total fill-in for Giannis, but he’s playing at a high level and this team will stay competitive.

And Giannis hasn’t been ruled out for the series just yet. The official word is that he is “day-to-day.” There had been some reports that he would be ready to play in a Game 7 against Atlanta if necessary. If those reports are true, then a Tuesday return for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, while not likely, is a possibility.

Phoenix Suns: -180

With the Bucks banged up the Phoenix Suns are the obvious favorite. And even if Giannis was healthy heading into the Finals, a strong case can be made that the Suns should be the favored team.

Chris Paul is a leader and just scored 41 to close out the Clippers. Devin Booker is a true scorer, and it’s easy to forget he is still just 24 years old. He’s averaging 27 points a game this, his first-ever trip to the playoffs. And this is the team that knocked off LeBron and the Lakers, this year’s MVP Nikola Jokic, and put together a nine-game playoff winning streak. They also played the Bucks twice this season and won each game by a point.

Prediction: Phoenix Suns

The Suns don’t beat themselves. They’ve been playing good and steady basketball all season long and have really turned it up in the playoffs. Each game might be close, but overall the series won’t be. Phoenix in five games. Six games if Giannis can play at 80-90%.

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