The 2021-22 NBA season is in full swing with a an 82-game schedule playing out. The league calendar is back on track with the playoffs slated to start on April 12 with the play-in tournament and the NBA Finals scheduled for June 2 with a potential Game 7 running to June 19. Here we take a look at live NBA Finals odds with the Brooklyn Nets the favorites to win it all.
NBA Finals odds
NBA Finals odds have been released by top US sportsbooks. Click on the price you like to bet on the pro basketball title winner.
Pro basketball futures report
Brooklyn Nets (): Even with Kyrie Irving essentially suspended from team activities unless he decides to get vaccinated, the Nets are heavy favorites to win the title. They nearly won it all with Irving out and James Harden (hamstring) playing hurt last season. Now they have better role players and Harden is fully healthy, as he forms a terrifying duo with Kevin Durant.
Los Angeles Lakers (): The Lakers also shored up the edges of their roster this offseason and added 11 new players, including Russell Westbrook, to form a Big 3 alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. They’re one of the few contenders in the Western Conference entering the year without many injury concerns.
Milwaukee Bucks (): Despite winning the title last summer, the Bucks have worse odds to win the championship than they have in recent years. Giannis Antetokounmpo took over in the playoffs and is also a value pick to win another regular season MVP at +900 odds.
Golden State Warriors (): The Warriors are a surprising contender at these odds considering their roster is largely unchanged except for the expected return of Klay Thompson from catastrophic ACL and Achilles injuries. Thompson should be playing by early 2022, but it remains to be seen whether he can regain his All-Star form.
Utah Jazz (): After posting the best record in the NBA with a terrific net rating and point differential, the Jazz flamed out in the WCF semifinals with four straight losses to the Clippers. They will have to prove that their regular season success can translate to the playoffs.
Los Angeles Clippers (): The Clippers are hoping to get Kawhi back from ACL recovery by March and ramp him up before the playoffs. If they can stay afloat until then and avoid the play-in tournament, they’ll be a tough out in the postseason under Ty Lue.
Phoenix Suns (): Chris Paul led a young roster on a surprising run to the NBA Finals, where they won the first two games before losing four straight to Milwaukee. That might have been the best chance for the veteran PG to grab a ring.
Denver Nuggets (): Another Western Conference contender hoping for reinforcements later this season, Denver should get Jamal Murray (ACL) back in the fold early in 2022. They have the reigning MVP – Nikola Jokic – and the favorite for Most Improved Player in Michael Porter Jr.
Miami Heat (): NBA GMs voted overwhelmingly in favor of Miami as the team that had the best offseason. The Heat added Kyle Lowry and P.J. Tucker to provide toughness, leadership, and more playoff experience to a loaded squad that made a run to the Finals in the Bubble in 2020.
Philadelphia 76ers (): The Sixers are dealing with dysfunction surrounding their stars, with Ben Simmons still wanting out and Joel Embiid having publicly denounced his co-star. Those practices must be awkward.
Dallas Mavericks (): Luka Doncic (+380) is the favorite to win MVP this year, but the Mavericks don’t have a ton of help around him and Jason Kidd is largely unproven as a head coach. Perhaps Dallas can make a big trade to bolster their chances in the West.
Atlanta Hawks (): Trae Young led the Hawks on a surprising run to the ECF Finals last season and this team should only be stronger in a full year under Nate McMillan with several players set to bounce back from injury.
Boston Celtics (): The Celtics were forced to make a coaching change after a couple of lackluster seasons and Ime Udoka could get the best out of an extremely talented young corps. Reuniting with veteran Al Horford should also help Boston stay focused this year.
How the odds are changing
NBA Finals odds for the 2021-22 season have been posted at DraftKings Sportsbook for months. Here we will monitor how the odds are changing in the days leading up to the start of the 2021-22 campaign, and during the season.
|Team||Opener||August 5 Odds||October 18 Odds|
|Golden State Warriors||+1200||+800||+1100|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+5000||+5000||+8000|
|New Orleans Pelicans||+8000||+9000||+11000|
|New York Knicks||+10000||+8000||+10000|
|San Antonio Spurs||+25000||+25000||+35000|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+50000||+50000||+100000|
How the 2022 NBA Playoffs will work
The 2021-22 NBA regular season will consist of 82 games for each team with the top six teams in each conference earning an automatic playoff berth. Teams that finish in the 7-10 spots in each conference will participate in the Play-In tournament.
The 9th seed in each conference will have a chance to play their way into the playoffs by beating the 8th seed twice in a row. The 8th seed will have to win one of those games to advance. The scenario is the same for the 10th seed and 7th seed in each conference if the 10th seed qualifies.
The NBA will then run best-of-seven series formats for the quarterfinal, semifinal and finals in both the Eastern and Western Conference.
NBA Finals odds: Futures betting 101
NBA futures bets function like futures bets in other sports. They’re typically based on an end-of-season outcome. Futures bets are usually made available on both the team and player level.
Prior to the start of a season, team-level futures could include a wager on the minimum number of wins a team will capture in that season or whether a team will win its division or conference.
Player-level futures include whether a player will win the MVP, Rookie of the Year or Sixth Man of the Year awards, for example. Other player-level futures are based on whether a player will reach certain benchmarks in common statistical categories such as points, 3-point shots, rebounds or assists for the season.
Where do I find futures bets in an online sportsbook?
In an online sportsbook, available futures wagers are typically found under their own tab as a subcategory of wagers available for a particular sport. Like the odds for other bet types, futures bets are typically labeled with a number that has a “plus” or “minus” sign next to it.
In the case of futures bets, a “minus” sign would be placed next to a team or player that has a higher probability of reaching the statistical goal. Teams or players with a “plus” sign are considered by oddsmakers to have a lesser chance of reaching that goal. The higher the number next to the plus sign signifies the lower the probability the team or player achieves it.
It’s also important to note that futures odds for both players and teams can certainly fluctuate throughout the course of a season.
Common questions regarding wagering on the NBA Finals
Where can I bet on the NBA Finals in the US?
Bettors can currently bet on the NBA Finals in the US at a regulated sportsbook in one of the following states:
- Colorado Sportsbooks
- Indiana Sportsbooks
- Iowa Sportsbooks
- Michigan Sportsbooks
- New Jersey Sportsbooks
- New Mexico
- New York Sportsbooks
- Pennsylvania Sportsbooks
- Rhode Island
- Tennessee Sportsbooks
- West Virginia Sportsbooks
- Virginia Sportsbooks
Who is the favorite to win the NBA Championship in 2022?
The Nets were initially installed as favorites to win the 2022 crown with NBA title odds of +200 at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Lakers and Bucks had the second and third lowest futures odds respectively.
When will the 2021-22 NBA season start?
The 2021-22 NBA regular season will start on Oct. 19 start in mid-October with the playoffs slated to begin in April and run until late June 2022.
When do the NBA Finals start?
The 2022 NBA Finals are expected to begin in early June of 2022.
Where can I get NBA betting tips?
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