The NBA Playoffs began with the Suns, Nets, Bucks and Warriors the favorites to win it all. Those four squads had title odds lower than +1000 on April 11. No longer on NBA title odds boards are the Nets, Bucks and Suns, who have all been ousted this spring. The Warriors remain on the board and were the favorite heading into the conference finals. Golden State was +140 to win it all on May 17.
Below we will look at updated NBA Championship odds for each team in the pro basketball postseason field.
NBA Championship odds
NBA championship odds are currently available at top sportsbooks in North America. Click on the price you like to bet on the pro basketball title winner.
NBA Finals odds: Futures report
Below is our NBA 2022 Finals odds futures report with title prices and the latest on each contending team.
Golden State Warriors (): The Warriors have shown their championship acumen time and time again in these playoffs and raced out to a 3-0 lead over Dallas in a Conference Finals matchup that was expected to be difficult. Andrew Wiggins is stepping up as an unsung hero alongside their established core.
Boston Celtics (): Now 5-0 in these playoffs following a loss, Boston pounded Miami to even the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night. The Celtics have only lost three quarters to the Heat in that series and seem to have another gear they can hit when Robert Williams (knee) is healthy.
Miami Heat (): Injuries are piling up for Miami with Jimmy Butler (knee), Tyler Herro (groin), and Kyle Lowry (hamstring) all playing at less than 100 percent. Yet the Heat still has home court in a Best of 3 finish against the Celtics.
Dallas Mavericks (): The Mavs are looking to become the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-0 deficit, and they would have to do it against a Warriors team that has made the finals in five of the past seven seasons.
How NBA Finals odds are changing
NBA Finals odds for 2022 have been posted at DraftKings Sportsbook for nearly a year. Here we will monitor how the odds have changed from last year to now.
|Team||Opener||August 5 NBA Title Odds||October 18 NBA Title Odds||February 4 NBA Title Odds||April 13 NBA Title Odds||April 26 NBA Title Odds||May 17 NBA Title Odds|
|Golden State Warriors||+1200||+800||+1100||+475||+850||+280||+140|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+5000||+5000||+8000||+50000||OTB||OTB||OTB|
|New Orleans Pelicans||+8000||+9000||+11000||+100000||+50000||+12000||OTB|
|New York Knicks||+10000||+8000||+10000||+25000||OTB||OTB||OTB|
|San Antonio Spurs||+25000||+25000||+35000||+100000||+100000||OTB||OTB|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+50000||+50000||+100000||+100000||OTB||OTB||OTB|
How the 2022 NBA Playoffs work
The 2021-22 NBA regular season consisted 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
- Michigan Sportsbooks
- New Jersey Sportsbooks
- New Mexico
- New York Sportsbooks
- Pennsylvania Sportsbooks
- Rhode Island
- Tennessee Sportsbooks
- West Virginia
- 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 at the start of the season. Phoenix is now the favorite at +270.
When will the 2021-22 NBA season start?
The 2021-22 NBA regular season started on Oct. 19 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?
Start with our own 6-part NBA betting series right here:
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