NBA Title Odds Show Warriors At +700 And Bucks At +550


The Golden State Warriors are once again sitting on the pro basketball throne, but they have plenty of company atop NBA title odds boards for 2023. The Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, LA Clippers, Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns all had NBA title odds lower than +1000 on Nov. 11. Check out championship odds for all 30 teams below.

NBA championship odds

Compare NBA title odds below. Championship futures are available for the 2022 – 2023 pro basketball season.

NBA title odds

NBA 2023 Championship Favorites

Boston Celtics : Joe Mazzulla has stepped in seamlessly to coach the Celtics to a 119.5 offensive rating, the best mark in the league by far. Boston should get Robert Williams III (knee) back by January and Jayson Tatum (+450) is playing at an MVP level.

Milwaukee Bucks : While Boston has the top defense in the league by far, the Bucks are leading the NBA in defensive rating despite missing Jrue Holiday (ankle) for a span and waiting on Khris Middleton (MCL) to debut. The Bucks are getting the same odds as Boston (+500) at most books, but DraftKings gives the C’s a slight edge.

LA Clippers : Kawhi Leonard (ACL) might not have been expected to play 60-plus games this season, yet making just two appearances off the bench before shutting it down is serious cause for concern. The Clippers are dead last in PPG (104.9) and are trailing the Warriors with +800 title odds at most books.

Golden State Warriors : The defending champs have started 0-7 on the road with some really poor defensive numbers, but they’re starting to right the ship on that end with James Wiseman relegated to the G-League and Donte DiVincenzo added to the active roster.

NBA 2023 Championship Contenders

Phoenix Suns : The Suns started to get hot before losing Cam Johnson (meniscus) for multiple months and losing Chris Paul (heel) for a few games. They’re an excellent regular season team, but question marks surround their playoff potential after last year’s Game 7 debacle against Dallas.

Brooklyn Nets : Jacque Vaughan helped shore up Brooklyn’s defense after taking over for Steve Nash, but their offense has plummeted with Kyrie Irving suspended. FanDuel lists the Nets at +1700 to win it all.

Denver Nuggets : Jamal Murray (ACL) and Michael Porter Jr. (back) continue to work their way back into shape, and the Nuggets will be thrilled if both scorers are healthy by the playoffs. They continue to struggle when Nikola Jokic is off the floor and need one of those stars to spearhead an effective second unit.

Memphis Grizzlies : Jaren Jackson Jr. (foot) only missed the first month of the season, and his return should help the Grizzlies improve their 19th-rated defense. However, Desmond Bane (toe) is slated to miss a few weeks.

Dallas Mavericks : Luka Doncic proved last year that he can dominate any playoff series and give the Mavs a chance to win it all. Christian Wood has become a valuable pick-and-roll partner for Doncic, and the Mavs continue to play excellent defense.

Philadelphia 76ers : Joel Embiid posted a pair of monstrous lines to lead the Sixers in wins over the Hawks and Jazz. Even with James Harden (foot) out, the Sixers are supposed to have enough depth to win without Embiid going nuclear.

Cleveland Cavaliers : The Cavs opened the season on fire with Donovan Mitchell carrying their offense. Darius Garland has been lighting it up lately, although Cleveland started struggling on the road. They’re getting +1500 odds to win it all at Caesars.

Miami Heat : Jimmy Butler’s confidence remains sky-high despite Miami’s 7-7 start. In typical Heat fashion, the starting lineup has rarely played together, but this squad should be dangerous come playoff time.

New Orleans Pelicans : The Pelicans are only 6-5 with Zion Williamson active this season. They’ve shown that they can beat anyone and can lose to the dregs of the NBA as well.

Atlanta Hawks : Dejounte Murray is fitting in well alongside Trae Young with the Hawks improving sixth in defensive rating after finishing 26th in defense last season.

Toronto Raptors Pascal Siakam was playing at an All-NBA level before getting shut down with a groin injury. The Raptors look like an elite team when Siakam and Fred VanVleet are both active.

Portland Trail Blazers : The Blazers have shuffled up their roster with Jerami Grant, Josh Hart, and Jusuf Nurkic keying the seventh-rated scoring defense. Portland is playing at the third-slowest pace and might be better positioned to win playoff games under that style.

Minnesota Timberwolves : Pairing Rudy Gobert with Karl-Anthony Towns has been a disaster and Anthony Edwards appears out of shape early in the season. The Wolves badly need a veteran presence to maintain consistency so they can keep pace in the West.

NBA 2023 Championship Longshots

Los Angeles Lakers :  Only the tanking Rockets have had a worse start than the Lakers (3-10), although their offense has improved since Russell Westbrook started coming off the bench. LeBron James (abdomen) is going to miss some time and FanDuel has the Lakers as massive +12000 dogs to win it all after they opened at +2000 this season.

Chicago Bulls : The Bulls have been surprisingly gritty on the defensive end to open the season, but rank 28th in fourth quarter scoring after DeMar DeRozan led an unreal clutch offense last year.

Utah Jazz : Will Hardy has coached the Jazz to a surprising 10-6 start with a 5-1 record at home. While this strangely constructed team might not maintain that pace throughout the regular season, they appear to be set on competing rather than tanking.

New York Knicks : After his team gave up an NBA season-high 145 points to the Thunder, Tom Thibodeau is on the hot seat. Jalen Brunson has stabilized their offense, but the Knicks’ defense continues to slide backward.

Washington Wizards : Kyle Kuzma and Kristaps Porzingis are starting to find a rhythm in this offense with Bradley Beal taking on more of a facilitating role. The Wizards rank 11th in defensive rating but are scoring the second-fewest PPG (108.1).

Sacramento Kings : The Kings are getting -140 odds to top a projection of 38.5 wins and +225 odds to snap their long playoff drought. They should be considered likely to come through at +105 to earn a spot in the play-in tournament.

Charlotte Hornets : LaMelo Ball (ankle) is back on the court, and the Hornets are still struggling. They might throw in the towel soon and start tanking for Victor Wembanyama.

Detroit Pistons : Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey will get all the reps they can handle as the future backcourt for the Pistons.

San Antonio Spurs : Gregg Popovich joked that nobody should bet on the Spurs to win it all this year. Of course, his team has still been competitive on a nightly basis thanks to a sophisticated scheme.

Oklahoma City Thunder : Shai-Gilgeous Alexander is lighting up the league, and OKC has been a fun team to watch. Sam Presti might pull the plug on his top players during the second half as he looks toward an enticing draft class

Indiana Pacers : Buddy Hield and Myles Turner are still on the trading block and the Pacers would become far less competitive if those veterans are moved.

Orlando Magic (: Paolo Banchero was clearly the right choice for Orlando with the first overall pick, and the Magic have been thriving with the Duke product playing SF in massive lineups.

Houston Rockets : The Rockets have the worst record in the NBA and might have struck out on the third overall pick with Jabari Smith struggling early.

NBA championship odds

Below we will look at how NBA title odds change over the course of the 2022 – 2023 season.

NBA TeamNBA Title Odds June 17NBA Title Odds August 24NBA Title Odds October 10NBA Title Odds October 18
Boston Celtics+600+500+600+600
Milwaukee Bucks+750+650+800+800
Golden State Warriors+600+700+600+600
LA Clippers+600+700+550+600
Brooklyn Nets+600+700+700+700
Phoenix Suns+900+1000+1200+1200
Miami Heat+1400+1700+2000+2000
Philadelphia 76ers+1400+1700+1500+1500
Memphis Grizzlies+1400+2100+2200+2200
Denver Nuggets+1500+2400+1800+1800
LA Lakers+2000+2400+1800+1800
Dallas Mavericks+1500+2500+2000+2200
Minnesota Timberwolves+5500+3300+3500+3500
Toronto Raptors+5500+4500+4500+4500
New Orleans Pelicans+4000+5000+3500+4000
Atlanta Hawks+8000+5000+4500+5000
Chicago Bulls+5500+5000+6500+6500
Cleveland Cavaliers+10000+10000+3000+3000
New York Knicks+20000+10000+15000+15000
Charlotte Hornets +10000+12000+18000+25000
Portland Trail Blazers+10000+12000+8000+8000
Utah Jazz+4000+20000+100000+100000
Washington Wizards+30000+20000+40000+40000
Sacramento Kings+80000+43000+70000+70000
San Antonio Spurs+30000+50000+100000+100000
Indiana Pacers+50000+50000+100000+100000
Detroit Pistons+70000+50000+70000+70000
Oklahoma City Thunder+100000+50000+100000+100000
Orlando Magic+200000+50000+100000+100000
Houston Rockets+200000+50000+100000+100000

How NBA Finals odds changed

Here are how NBA Finals odds changed throughout the course of last season.

TeamOpenerAugust 5 NBA Title OddsOctober 18 NBA Title OddsFebruary 4 NBA Title OddsApril 13 NBA Title OddsApril 26 NBA Title OddsMay 17 NBA Title OddsMay 30 NBA Title Odds
Brooklyn Nets+210+220+205+270+600OTBOTBOTB
LA Lakers+450+380+400+1900OTBOTBOTBOTB
Milwaukee Bucks+800+950+900+700+475+750OTBOTB
Golden State Warriors+1200+800+1100+475+850+280+140-150
LA Clippers+1200+2200+1700+4000+5500OTBOTBOTB
Phoenix Suns+1300+1600+1700+500+255+450OTBOTB
Utah Jazz+1400+1800+1500+1400+2200+7000OTBOTB
Philadelphia 76ers+1600+1800+2000+1900+1400+1400OTBOTB
Denver Nuggets+2000+2000+2000+4000+3500+50000OTBOTB
Dallas Mavericks+2800+2800+2800+4000+4000+1600+550OTB
Atlanta Hawks+3500+3500+3500+8000+18000+60000OTBOTB
Miami Heat+3500+2800+2500+1300+1000+650+500OTB
Boston Celtics+5000+5000+4000+7000+950+370+190+130
Portland Trail Blazers+5000+5000+8000+50000OTBOTBOTBOTB
Toronto Raptors+8000+12000+25000+17000+8000+15000OTBOTB
New Orleans Pelicans+8000+9000+11000+100000+50000+12000OTBOTB
Memphis Grizzlies+10000+10000+10000+2500+1300+1200OTBOTB
New York Knicks+10000+8000+10000+25000OTBOTBOTBOTB
Indiana Pacers+10000+10000+10000+100000OTBOTBOTBOTB
Chicago Bulls+10000+6000+6000+2200+10000+60000OTBOTB
Charlotte Hornets+10000+10000+18000+10000+70000OTBOTBOTB
Washington Wizards+15000+15000+25000+50000OTBOTBOTBOTB
Minnesota Timberwolves+25000+25000+25000+20000+6500+12000OTBOTB
San Antonio Spurs+25000+25000+35000+100000+100000OTBOTBOTB
Sacramento Kings+25000+25000+25000+100000OTBOTBOTBOTB
Houston Rockets+50000+50000+100000+100000OTBOTBOTBOTB
Oklahoma City Thunder+50000+50000+100000+100000OTBOTBOTBOTB
Orlando Magic+50000+50000+100000+100000OTBOTBOTBOTB
Detroit Pistons+50000+50000+100000+100000OTBOTBOTBOTB
Cleveland Cavaliers+50000+50000+100000+8000OTBOTBOTBOTB

How the NBA Playoffs work

The 2022 – 2023 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

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.

You are also able to bet on NBA games every day during the regular season. View NBA odds for every game here.

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:

Who is the favorite to win the NBA Championship in 2023?

The LA Clippers were the NBA title odds favorite at the start of the 2022 – 2023 season with a +550 price at most sportsbooks. The Celtics, Warriors, Nets and Bucks weren’t far behind with NBA championship odds ranging from +600 to +800.

When will the 2022-23 NBA season start?

The 2022-23 NBA regular season starts on Tuesday, October 18.

When do the NBA Finals start?

The 2023 NBA Finals are expected to begin in early June of 2023.