The 2021/22 NBA regular season provided fans with a great prelude to some feisty playoff matchups and superstar encounters that has left fans questioning on which franchises will progress to this year’s rendition of the Finals to compete for the Larry O’Brien Championship.
This year’s NBA Finals are scheduled to commence on the 2nd of June and could likely stem to the 19th depending on whether the series reaches a seven-game decider with basketball fans and analysts alike already placing their early predictions in play on which two major teams will represent the two conferences.
These are the latest NBA finals betting odds, by way of Draft Kings, profiling the most likely teams to compete for a championship this season.
Phoenix Suns (+130):
Last year’s Western Conference champions, the Phoenix Suns, will be looking to make a swift return to the Finals this season after bolstering the NBA’s best regular season record with 64 wins to 18 losses.
With an impressive backcourt duo of superstar guards Chris Paul and Devin Booker as well as a capable frontcourt featuring DeAndre Ayton, Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder, the Suns remain in the hotseat to represent the West in the NBA Finals as they search for their first championship in franchise history.
Golden State Warriors (+175):
Even without the likely services of Stephen Curry for the majority of their first round series against the Denver Nuggets, the Warriors look set to make a return back to title contention after a short absence in recent years due to an assortment of injuries to major star names.
With Klay Thompson and Draymond Green now fully recovered alongside a tremendous developing core of youth including Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins, the Warriors remain a major force heading into the post season.
Milwaukee Bucks (+220):
Heading on over to the Eastern Conference, the reigning NBA Champions Milwaukee Bucks once again stand at the best odds of claiming the East for the second year in a row which could likely setup another highly anticipated encounter against a Western giant in the Finals.
With the sublime services of superstar pairing Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton working in tandem within the frontcourt as well as an equally impressive depth within the roster, the Bucks remain as the most likely Eastern team to reach the Finals according to the latest odds.
Boston Celtics (+310):
After a rather underwhelming start to the regular season, the Celtics have suddenly burst into life following on from the NBA All-Star break and have catapulted themselves back into championship contention thanks to the wider efforts of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart.
The Celtics are arguably the most inform team in the league at this current juncture and could potentiallygrow into a contender to win it all this year and once again become the leading NBA franchise with the most titles, with banner number 18 being a sight that every Celtics fan would happily welcome.
Miami Heat (+330):
Even despite a recent vocal confrontation on the sidelines during the regular season between head coach Erik Spoelstra and franchise star Jimmy Butler, the Heat were still able to clinch the number one seed in the Eastern Conference and will attempt to make a return to the NBA Finals after falling short of the Championship back in 2020 during the Orlando bubble against LeBron James and the LA Lakers.
With the summer additions of former champions Kyle Lowry and PJ Tucker, the Heat have remained a major force in the league this year and the continuous development of young point guard Tyler Herro has left many to claim that the Heat could make a daunting return back to the Finals.
Philadelphia 76ers (+450):
The 2022 NBA Trade Deadline showcased a blockbuster move that sent James Harden to the Sixers with Ben Simmons, Seth Curry and Andre Drummond heading in the other direction to Brooklyn.
Since this trade, Harden and MVP candidate Joel Embiid have formed a formidable duo in the league and with the help of talented role players such as Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris and Danny Green, the Sixers look set to be a major obstacle for any team raring for a chance to win an NBA Championship this year.
Some other notable contenders include the Brooklyn Nets (+550), the Memphis Grizzlies (+600), the Utah Jazz (+1000), the Dallas Mavericks (+1700) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (+4000).
With the 2021/22 NBA Playoffs now well underway, fans are already placing their bets on the star names and outcomes of each individual game/series, with some even producing various early calls for the likely NBA teams that could be expected to reach the Finals this year.
After an eventful regular season, the NBA postseason is sure to bring a multitude of high action-packed encounters featuring the league’s biggest and best names taking center court.
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