Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship Odds 2022-23

The current Cleveland Cavaliers NBA championship odds are . The Cavs finished as the 8th seed last season before losing 115-108 to the Brooklyn Nets and 107-101 to the Atlanta Hawks in the play-in games. Following their season of growth, Cleveland decided to go all-in and acquire All-Star Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz. They lost a substantial amount in Markkanen, Sexton, Agbaji, and draft capital, but Cleveland now possesses a dynamic backcourt.

Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship Odds & Futures 2022-23

The current odds for Cleveland futures are located in the table below. It includes championship, conference, division, and win total odds for the Cavaliers. 

Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship Odds & FuturesOdds (Updated February 2023)
2023 NBA Championship Odds
Eastern Conference Winner Odds
Central Division Winner Odds
Regular Season Win Total Odds
Odds To Reach Playoffs

Cleveland’s odds to win the championship, conference, and division were all dicey heading into the off-season due to the sheer competitiveness of the Eastern Conference and parity around the league; it has been a while since there were this many true contenders in the NBA. However, the addition of Donovan Mitchell completely flips the outlook on this Cavs team heading into the 2022-23 regular season. 

Their conference winner odds are appealing considering the talent on both ends of the court. Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen will roam the paint and guard Giannis and Embiid as well as anyone can. Garland and Mitchell provide elite off the dribble scoring and playmaking, so the offense is efficient. The Cavs are also one of the deepest teams in the NBA. At those odds, it’s wise to back the Cavs to represent the East in the Finals.

Reasons Why Cleveland Cavaliers Can & Can’t Win NBA 2022-23 Championship 

Strengths

  • Frontcourt Versatility: The Cavaliers are one of the most malleable teams in the NBA, starting Mobley (6’11”) and Allen (6’10”) at the four and five, respectively. Additionally, they bring Kevin Love off the bench, too, and he can play both power forward and center. Mobley and Allen have yet to truly reach their potential, so every year, they should continue to improve, while Love still provides valuable minutes and scoring off the bench.
  • Interior Defense: Mobley shredded his rookie label and utterly dominated on the defensive end. He’s an elite shot-blocker who has wing mobility. Even if Mobley is on the perimeter, his agility and length allow him to be a constant help-defending threat. Jarrett Allen terminates shot attempts inside and holds up well against the stronger and larger centers. With Mobley and Allen, the paint is locked down completely. The Cavaliers will once again limit opponents around the rim and force them to become a jump-shooting team.  
  • Ball Movement: Cleveland was 9th in passes made per game last season, and I expect that number to increase hopefully as  Garland continues to improve and establish himself as an elite playmaker. His passing opens up the court, and the ball moves with a sense of urgency. Mobley and Love are also talented passers, which keeps the ball movement unpredictable because it occurs from the paint, too. Cleveland’s overall shot quality is elevated from the number of passers on the roster, which bodes well for the offense. 
  • Donovan Mitchell Acquisition: Cleveland’s biggest struggles last season revolved around its shot creation offensively. Its unconventional starting lineup was great in terms of size and length, but it did not have enough players who could create their own shots or shots for others. Mitchell not only fixes this problem but gives the Cavs a No. 1 option and superstar to stick alongside elite playmaker Darius Garland.

      Weaknesses

      • Streaky Shooting: While they were able to generate clean looks, shooters were often streaky and unreliable. The Cavaliers ranked 26th in spot up offense despite their shot quality; their 3PT% should have been higher. It especially hurt them in clutch situations (5 minutes left with at most a 5-point margin), as they had a 28.4 3PT%. If Cleveland can be more consistent with their jumpers, then the offense wouldn’t cost them games. 
      • Backcourt Defense: Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell form an elite offensive backcourt, but the defense is extremely suspect. With both players checking in at 6’1″, the undersized backcourt will struggle against teams with limitless length, such as the Boston Celtics. Can they hold up in the endless pick and rolls? Allen and Mobley can only do so much before a pick ends in an isolation possession. Isaac Okoro has to take a huge leap and aid the backcourt, along with Allen and Mobley.
          Braxton has been writing for Lineups since December 2021, covering everything betting from NBA to NFL to PGA to ATP. He is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania with a sports analytics background.He is fascinated in the identification and breakdown of trends that optimize success in the sports betting world.

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