NBA Championship Odds are now available for you to bet on through several sportsbooks. The Title Odds represent the odds given to a particular team in the NBA winning the championship in that given season; therefore, it is considered a future bet. There are several teams in legitimate contention this year, and we will go over all of them to identify which ones to take a gamble on and which ones to stay away from completely!
NBA Championship Odds 2021-22
NBA Championship Odds Explained
Title Odds have a very straightforward meaning: they define the quantitative odds placed on a team to win the NBA Championship. It is one of the more straightforward futures bets to understand; therefore, it can be a favorite for beginning and experienced bettors. Below, we will discuss more specific examples of title odds bets in the NBA for this upcoming 2021-22 season.
NBA Championship Odds Changes
Futures’ odds can be ever-changing until the actual event or game take place. What that means in the context of title odds is that these odds can change constantly based on injuries or a player or team’s performance. There are constant changes in the NBA, whether an injury to a key or role player, locker room turmoil, coaching changes, and team chemistry. These changes are quantified and expressed in the change in a team’s title odds. For instance, if a team is on the verge of being eliminated from the NBA Playoffs, then their odds will drastically decrease to reflect that. Sometimes betting early on a team to win the title can be beneficial (i.e., betting on the Milwaukee Bucks before the season to win the title last year) or can be detrimental (i.e., betting on the Los Angeles Lakers before the season to win the title.) That is the risk of the betting type and is also why you can get more favorable odds on teams that you would think would be heavily favored.
Futures Bettors – NBA Championship Odds
Title Odds bettors are very speculative. The bettors who spend a lot of time and money wagering on these types of bets usually have a strong opinion on a specific team. This could be because of an off-season acquisition, free-agent signing, coaching change, or even just a gut feeling. It can be fun to have a bet that lasts so long before you win or lose, and some bettors just enjoy that aspect of it.
Favorite NBA Championship Odds
The Denver Nuggets are probably my favorite team on this list for a multitude of reasons. For one, they have reigning MVP Nikola Jokic, who had one of the ten greatest seasons in NBA history in terms of PER (player efficiency rating). Jokic is only 26 years old and about to enter his NBA prime as the game becomes slower and slower for him. Another reason to love the Nuggets is the scoring potential that they have. Some returning players who can fill it up are Michael Porter Jr, who just signed an enormous extension, Aaron Gordon, who is also about to hit his prime age, and Jamal Murray. Murray will not play for a majority of the season due to a torn ACL he suffered just before the playoffs last year; however, he might be back in time for the playoffs. Western Conference teams will need to watch out because they could compete with any team if that happens.
This choice is self-explanatory. When the Nets have the “big three” (Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving) on the floor, they are virtually unstoppable. That team has two of the greatest scorers ever, the greatest ball-handler, and terrific role players like former All-Stars, Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap, and LaMarcus Aldridge. Additionally, they acquired veteran Patty Mills and were able to bring back Bruce Brown. Joe Harris and Nicolas Claxton will also play a vital role on this team. This may be the most loaded roster ever. The Nets are far and away the favorite to win the NBA Championship this year, and it is no mystery why.
It seems that Vegas, and everyone else, quickly forgot how incredible the Utah Jazz were last season. In an incredibly competitive Western Conference, the 2020-21 Utah Jazz went 52-20 during a condensed NBA season. They were bested in six games by a surging Los Angeles Clippers team in the Western Conference Semifinals. Had Kawhi Leonard stayed healthy, the Clippers probably would have won the NBA Championship. What many people also forget, though, is that the Jazz did not have their starting point guard, Mike Conley Jr, for five of those six games. Utah is returning its top seven scorers as well. It will bring back Conley Jr, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Bojan Bogdanovic, Rudy Gobert, Jordan Clarkson, and Royce O’Neale. The Jazz also drafted Jared Butler, who should fit right into that offense, and brought Eric Paschall and veteran Rudy Gay to give them more depth. Defensively, the Jazz ranked sixth in opponent points per game and third in opponent field goal percentage last year. If they replicate that this year, then they will undoubtedly be atop the Western Conference once again.
Cue the eye rolls. Many people will disagree with me, but my contention on the Warriors being title contenders almost certainly stems from a different argument than most. The consensus is that many people do not think that the return of Klay Thompson catapults the Warriors from missing the playoffs to being a title-contending team. Something to consider, though, is the Warriors’ identity. For many years, it has been about run-and-gun three-point shooting and making the extra pass. This will still be their identity, but something will be added to it: defense. The Warriors will have Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, and Jonathan Kuminga harassing opposing players on the other end of the floor. Golden State will not be a fun team to play. Even without Thompson, Golden State established itself as defensive-minded by holding teams to the second-lowest field goal percentage in the NBA, only behind the New York Knicks. Let’s assume that Golden State improves James Wiseman as a rim protector as he takes a step forward in his development, keeps everyone healthy, returns Klay to All-Star form, and utilizes its long, rangy wings to antagonize opposing perimeter players. That sounds like a championship-caliber team to me.
You can bet on any team you want in the NBA to win the title, so you are not limited in any way! It can be fun to watch your bet unfold over many months, which is why these types of bets are so attractive to confident bettors. I like the Nuggets at +2200 a lot. They are loaded with the reigning MVP in Nikola Jokic, Aaron Gordon, Will Barton, Michael Porter Jr, and others. Jamal Murray hopefully will be at full health by the playoffs as well. Other teams that have terrific odds, in my opinion, are the Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, and Utah Jazz.