Do the Los Angeles Lakers have a shot at repeating as NBA champions this year? The ‘Lake Show’ has had more than their share of tough luck injuries to Anthony Davis and LeBron James so far this season. If Davis and James get healthy, can anyone challenge the Lakers in the Western Conference?
The Brooklyn Nets have spent Jay-Z’s big money in grand fashion by compiling a dream team of players. Nets fans expect a championship ring this season since their team has a star-studded lineup with Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and James Harden. Should the Nets be considered the team to beat in the Eastern Conference?
Let’s take a look at the current betting odds to win the 2021 NBA championship. We will also recommend three teams for you to think about adding to your NBA Futures betting portfolio before the playoffs begin soon. So, without further adieu, here are the current NBA title odds at BetMGM.
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After taking a deep dive into the list of the top 10 most likely players to win MVP, we will look into the ten teams that currently have the shortest odds of winning the NBA championship in 2021-22. This might be a season where we don’t see as many surprises as in the past two years, but there is still value to be found on the list. Let’s get started!
Brookly Nets (+250)
The Nets are the rightful title favorites heading into the first night of the season. Brooklyn has two top ten players in their prime in Kevin Durant and James Harden and even if Kyrie Irving won’t play a minute this season, they should be favored to go all the way. Brooklyn has made all the right moves in the offseason and bringing in guys like Patty Mills and Paul Millsap to boost their rotation should go a long way. If Brooklyn can get 70+ games out of both Harden and KD there is no one stopping them from getting the first seed and they should be comfortably roaming through the Eastern Conference on their way to the Finals.
Los Angeles Lakers (+400)
While LeBron & Co. brought a lot of great shooters on board, the lack of chemistry could seriously hurt LA’s chances, especially in the playoffs. Bringing in Russel Westbrook was also a questionable decision as he has never played winning basketball, especially in the playoffs. The team also lost quality pieces in Kyle Kuzma, Alex Caruso & KCP, among others. Multiple new players are already starting the season on the injured list and with age catching up to LeBron & Anthony Davis being almost always banged up, it is hard for us to trust this squad. Still, if AD indeed ends up playing most of his minutes in center, this team could make a run in the West. Let’s not write LA down this early!
Milwaukee Bucks (+650)
The defending champions return with a handful of changes to their roster. We are glad that the Bucks brought back Bobby Portis but losing P.J. Tucker will be a big issue in the upcoming season, especially as he played a key part in Milwaukee’s games against Brooklyn. We feel that the Bucks could still easily be better than any other team in the league not named the Nets, but this roster isn’t as good as last year’s squad and Milwaukee being the third most likely team to win it all is a pretty realistic prognostication.
Golden State Warriors (+1200)
The Warriors are heading into the season without Klay Thompson and even the most positive forecasts are not expecting him back before January. The Warriors are extremely thin, and everything is hanging on Curry & Green continuing to play at an extremely high level. The small-ball lineup with Green at center resulted in Golden State stealing a lot of victories in the 2020-21 season, and we could see their success continuing this year, but this team is clearly one level below the top contenders and is one Curry / Green injury away of finishing in the bottom five of the Western Conference.
Los Angeles Clippers (+1600)
The Clippers are likely not going to make a lot of waves this year with Kawhi Leonard sitting out what seems to be the entire season. The roster also got meaningfully worse in the offseason, and this is also one of the oldest squads in the league. We do love Paul George (and he might have a career season), but the supporting cast is questionable at best, and there is regression coming to Reggie Jackson, who was a beast in last year’s playoffs.
Utah Jazz (+1400)
The Jazz are among the top regular-season teams in the league and there is zero question about that. Utah plays an extremely physical brand of basketball and teams do have issues slowing down Rudy Gobert in the regular season. Utah is –300 to win their division and we don’t see them not finishing in the top 3 in the Western Conference, but their track record in the playoffs is ugly and there is a way more valuable long shot on the board than the Jazz.
Phoenix Suns (+1500)
Phoenix is our favorite underdog to win it all. Like Utah, the Suns were one of the most dominant regular-season teams last season and we are expecting the same results this year. The difference is that Phoenix is over +200 to win its division (a bet that we like a lot) and they have higher odds at winning it all than Utah has, despite us liking their chances way more. The Suns have better depth, more young talent, and probably the better coach as well over Utah. At +1500 or better, this is one of the stronger bets you can take before opening night!
Denver Nuggets (+2500)
The Nuggets are likely without their #2 player in Jamal Murray through the season. The weak back-court has been Denver’s only issue in the 2021-22 post-season and the Nuggets did nothing to fix it. Guys like Facundo Campazzo and Monte Morris won’t cut it in the playoffs, and we are easily skipping Denver in what should be a bit of an off-year for the Nuggets.
Miami Heat (+2500)
The Miami heat made a lot of improvements through the summer bringing in Kyle Lowry and P.J. Tucker among a handful of other additions. This will be the best defensive team in the league and their brand of basketball should work very well in the playoffs. We do have questions about this roster’s age and their offensive capabilities, but if they get to the playoffs (as they should), Miami will be a team that no one should overlook!
Our Favorite NBA Championship Futures Bet: Clippers +600
We are taking the Nets to win it all. You can find lines in the +250 range out there and this line should not be higher than +200. Despite the drama surrounding Kyrie Irving, the Nets clearly deserve to be the favorites to win the East.
Harden and Durant are not only superstars, but they are superstars hungry for a title and reaching the end of their window to make that happen. Bringing in proven veterans like Patty Mills and Paul Milsap adds depth and leadership that was lacking on this roster last season.
It is never sexy going with the odds on favorites in these futures articles, but Brooklyn is so much better than the rest of the East, it is just a matter of seeing if a contender can come out of the West to challenge them in the NBA Finals this season.
Our Best Longshot NBA Title Futures Bet: Heat +2500
Call us crazy if you must, but we are taking a flyer on the Miami Heat as our best longshot pick to win the NBA title. While we originally gave out Miami at 44-to-1 odds this offseason, we are still taking the bait at 25-to-1. You could make the argument that they are an injury to one of the big three in Brooklyn away from being the best team in the East.
Although the Heat ended up losing in the NBA Finals to the Lakers in six games, an Eastern Conference championship was still a fine achievement. Here are a few reasons why we see a good amount of value in the Heat at 25 to 1:
- Jimmy Butler - In case you all have forgotten, Jimmy Butler is a complete savage in the playoffs. In fact, ‘Jimmy Buckets’ was the playoff leader in games played, field goal percentage, and assists per game last year. Butler is having another fine season this year by averaging 21 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists per game so far. If Butler gets rolling, other teams better watch out!
- Seeding - The Heat are currently sitting as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Assuming they can hold on to that seed, Miami would have the luxury of avoiding the new play-in tournament. The added rest would be huge for the Heat so hopefully, that scenario will play out in their favor.
- 1st Round Matchup - The Heat proved during last year’s bubble playoffs that they can slow down the Greek Freak and the Milwaukee Bucks. As things stand now, the Heat would face the Bucks in the opening round of this year’s playoffs. The Heat’s success against the Bucks last year should give them some added confidence if they do indeed meet in round one this year.
Bonus NBA Title Futures Bet: 76ers +2000
The Sixers are currently sitting as the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference, as they have an impressive record of 44-21. Getting 12 to 1 odds seems like a fabulous wager as the Sixers are one of the best teams in the East. Joel Embiid is an absolute monster down low and is basically unguardable when he is on his game.
In fact, Embiid is currently in the running for the NBA MVP Award because he is averaging 29 points and nearly 11 rebounds per contest so far this season. The 7 foot, 280 pounder looks to be completely healthy after an unfortunate injury earlier this season. If Embiid, Tobias Harris, and Ben Simmons all get hot at the same time, the Sixers can do some major damage in the playoffs this year.