New Orleans Pelicans NBA Championship Odds 2022-23

The current New Orleans Pelicans NBA championship odds are . New Orleans is one of my favorite dark horse teams heading into the 2022-23 season after pushing the Phoenix Suns to six games in the first round of the playoffs without star Zion Williamson. Williamson averaged roughly 27 points, seven rebounds, and four assists in just his second season during the 2020-21 season. If he returns next season completely healthy, the Pels will surprise everyone.

New Orleans Pelicans NBA Championship Odds & Futures 2022-23

All New Orleans Pelicans’ futures are now available to bet on in the table below. The list of futures you can bet on includes their odds to win the championship, the Western Conference, the Southwest Division, and their win total. New Orleans is a huge dark horse team that you should watch out for as long as it avoids the injury bug!

New Orleans Pelicans NBA Championship Odds & FuturesOdds (Updated February 2023)
2023 NBA Championship Odds
Western Conference Winner Odds
Southwest Division Odds
Regular Season Win Total Odds
Odds To Reach Playoffs

A massive deal before the end of the trade deadline in February allowed the New Orleans Pelicans to go from a mid-tier team to a competitor. The Pels were able to pry C.J. McCollum away from the Portland Trail Blazers, pairing him with Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram to form a lethal “Big Three.” Unfortunately, we did not see New Orleans at full strength due to Williamson missing the entire 2021-22 season; however, he will be back this upcoming season. Williamson’s return will create one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA, with Jonas Valanciunas as his frontcourt partner; even without Zion, the Pels finished third in the NBA in total rebounding percentage. Regardless, between Williamson, Valanciunas, and Brandon Ingram, the Pels will be incredibly frightening on both ends of the floor.

Reasons Why New Orleans Pelicans Can & Can’t Win NBA 2022-23 Championship

Strengths

  • Ceiling: What entices me so much about the New Orleans Pelicans roster is that we have not seen all of these guys play together yet. As a matter of fact, from the time the Pels acquired C.J. McCollum until the end of the 2021-22 season, they ranked fifth in defensive rating and sixth in offensive rating. That effectively would have made New Orleans a top five or six team during that stretch, which is incredible considering it was missing its best player, Zion Williamson. With Williamson returning and Top 10 draft pick Dyson Daniels joining the squad, we can’t even fathom how good this team could be.
  • Coaching/Defensive Approach: Willie Green took this team from a 1-12 record through the first 13 games of the 2021-22 campaign to believing that they could compete with anyone, including the Phoenix Suns, who they almost knocked off in the first round of the playoffs. Green has done this primarily through instilling a culture backed by defense, which catapulted them from the bottom of the league into the top ten by the end of last season. The addition of Dyson Daniels will only further propel the Pels on the defensive end of the floor as he is an NBA-ready defender. Daniels and Herb Jones will anchor the perimeter while Zion protects the rim with his freakish athleticism.
  • Star Power: As I alluded to above, the Pels will have plenty of firepower to keep up with Golden State, Phoenix, and Memphis in the Western Conference. New Orleans should have three 20+ point scorers in Zion, Ingram, and McCollum and will also get steady production from talented veteran center Jonas Valanciunas.

    Weaknesses

    • Primary Ball-Handling: I don’t love the Pelicans’ current guard situation, with C.J. McCollum bound to take most of the lead-guard duties. McCollum is a lethal scorer, especially in catch-and-shoot and isolation situations; however, he has never been a terrific playmaker for others. Hopefully, Dyson Daniels and Jose Alvarado will alleviate some of those duties, but that is still to be seen. Teams without true point guards have struggled to get over the hump. The Boston Celtics traded for Malcolm Brogdon for this reason, which is undoubtedly a valid concern.
        Drew is one of the NBA Lead Writers at Lineups.com, specializing in betting content such as game predictions and player props. With a deep knowledge of players and prospects, Drew has an extensive edge in covering everything NBA.

        Hot Betting Odds Stories